The Denver Foundation is rooted in Metro Denver, the place we’ve called home since 1925. As a growing metropolis, the local landscape and community needs and opportunities are continually changing. One constant amidst this change is The Denver Foundation, the philanthropic home for generations of generous people.
Xcel Energy’s Renewable Energy Trust (RET) is a grant program that supports renewable energy projects for Colorado nonprofit organizations and public entities. The program is funded through contributions from Xcel Energy residential and business customers either with lump-sum donations or through a premium on energy bills. The fund is administered through The Denver Foundation as a donor-advised fund. For more information on this program please visit the RET page on the Xcel Energy Website.
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Crisis Relief Donation Options
Our hearts are with those in the disaster areas and concerned family and friends across the nation. As the crisis and philanthropic response options change, we will update this page with new options to support those in need. Donors with questions about grantmaking are encouraged to contact their fund manager at 303.300.1790.
The Red Cross has a drop-down menu of options for immediate support for those impacted by Harvey, Irma, Maria, or other disasters.
GlobalGiving's homepage has links to geographic area specific giving campaigns including hurricanes and the earthquake in Mexico.
The One America Appeal, supported by the five living former U.S. presidents, allows donors to make gifts from donor-advised funds for general hurricane support, or to direct your gift to a specific geographic area.
For those seeking to assist Hurricane Maria recovery efforts, the One America Appeal, supported by the five living former U.S. presidents, allows donors to make gifts from donor-advised funds that will support United for Puerto Rico and The Fund for the Virgin Islands.
The Miami Foundation has three funds available for gifts and a list of active local nonprofits. Click here to review their resources.
Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund is a coalition of organizations raising relief funds for Northeast Florida.
GlobalGiving's Hurricane Irma Relief Fund will support recovery and relief efforts for Hurricane Irma. Initially, the fund will help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted organizations responding to this disaster.
Hurricane Harvey: Help for the Long Term
Dedicated recovery funds have been established at the Greater Houston Community Foundation and Coastal Bend Community Foundation. The Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana is also deeply involved in Hurricane Harvey recovery.
Relief for Those Impacted by Wildfires
With wildfires raging across the west, we welcome you to contact the philanthropic services group at 303.300.1790 if you would like assistance in making a donation to one of the many relief funds that have been established. To date, many relief funds are focused on western Montana. However, with fires across the West, we can research options for regions and areas of need you wish to support.
The Garfield County Relief Fund is a subsidiary of the Central Montana Foundation. They have a fund for relief of those impacted by the 2017 Lodgepole Complex fire: The Garfield County Fire Foundation
Metro Denver is home to people from around the world, including many who have fled the devastating effects of war, violence, poverty, and oppression, both distant and recent. They come here seeking new opportunities, freedom from fear, and a chance to participate in the dream of America. Our refugee and immigrant neighbors contribute mightily to the cultural, economic, educational, and spiritual tapestry of the community we share.
For many years, The Denver Foundation and donors, partners, and local communities have helped new Americans transition to a new culture, open businesses and nonprofits, build homes, acquire new trades and professional skills, and obtain scholarships to pursue higher education. We’ve seen the impact and transformation that’s possible when newcomers to our country are embraced as individuals with the inspiration and determination to build new lives and contribute to our shared community.
At The Denver Foundation, we are committed to building a better future for everyone, including the most vulnerable among us. To refugees and immigrants who call Metro Denver home, we stand beside you.
We also extend our gratitude to those who are providing support to refugees and immigrants, through donations, services and guidance, and friendship. To learn more about recent events and resources available for communities most impacted, please visit Denver Public Library.
A letter from Christine Marquez-Hudson
As my first year as the President & CEO of The Denver Foundation comes to a close, I have been inspired by the depth and breadth of our connections to the community. I am grateful to be part of the longstanding tradition of philanthropy at the largest, oldest community foundation in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.
We are rooted in Metro Denver and committed to the place we call home. Click here to read more.