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Who We Are

Established

1925

Mission

We inspire people and mobilize resources to strengthen our community.

Overview

The Denver Foundation is a community foundation. We inspire people and mobilize resources to improve our community.

Roles

The Denver Foundation has three primary functions. First, we invest funds received from donors and distribute those investment earnings to nonprofit organizations through grants to nonprofits. Second, we manage and administer personalized funds for individuals, families, businesses, and other organizations that have specific charitable objectives. And third, we work with community and philanthropic leaders to address the core challenges that face Metro Denver.

Gifts

The Denver Foundation received $68 million in 2015 from hundreds of individual donors who want to improve life here in Denver. Donors established 82 new funds at the Foundation and contributed to both new and existing funds. Some of the contributions were gifts to create donor-advised funds - personalized giving tools for individuals, families, and businesses.

Grants

Through donor-advised funds, Community Grants and special programs, The Denver Foundation granted $97 million to nonprofit organizations in 2015.

Community Grants Focus Areas

Basic Human Needs, Economic Opportunity, Education, and Leadership & Equity.

Special Programs

Strengthening Neighborhoods, Social Venture Partners Denver, and The Colorado Nonprofit Loan Fund.

Staff

45

Volunteers

More than 100

Financial Highlights

From fiscal year ending December 31, 2015 (unaudited numbers):
$722 million in total assets
1.0% expense/asset ratio - (administrative expenses as a percentage of total assets)
$68 million in donor contributions

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