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How we invest your funds

The Denver Foundation's investment performance has been consistently strong, in bad times as well as good. An all-volunteer investment committee hires and reviews recommendations from an outstanding investment advisory firm. Our approach is moderately conservative, designed to grow charitable assets over the long-term and to avoid the extremes of the market.

Unitized Pool

The majority of Denver Foundation funds are invested in a unitized investment pool that includes highly-diversified investments across a number of asset classes managed by over forty fund managers. The Denver Foundation’s annualized investment returns for the unitized pool exceed 8% over the last 10 years.

Sustainable and Responsible Investing

The Denver Foundation offers a Sustainable and Responsible (SRI) Pool for donors interested in investing their charitable funds in a way that’s better aligned with their values. This pool is separate from the Foundation’s unitized portfolio and invests in a mix of socially-responsible mutual funds. Click here for more information.

Advisor-Managed Option

The Denver Foundation offers an advisor-managed option to new fundholders with funds that exceed $1,000,000 in value. Fundholders can recommend their own trusted advisor to the foundation to invest and manage the fund in a separate custodial account.

Impact Investing

Impact Investing is different from other investment options in that it is philanthropic in nature. Impact Investments are intended to create a social impact and may also return principal and below-market interest to the donor-advised fundholder. 


Investment returns are reported net of manager fees. Moderate administrative fees are charged annually for all funds. Tiered fees range from 45 to 150 basis points, depending on the type of fund and fund balance.

Questions? Call the Philanthropic Services Group at 303-300-1790.

Confirmed in Compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.

Questions? Call the Philanthropic Services Group at 303.300.1790.

Michelle Sie Whitten: Executive Director, Anna and John J. Sie Foundation

What's the focus of the Sie Foundation? The focus is to make Colorado the best place for people with Down Syndrome to live.

Robert and Judi Newman: Philanthropists, Art Lovers on Stage at The Newman Center, University of Denver

How did they hear about The Denver Foundation? When their business went public, they wanted to do something charitable, but they needed to act fast. Some friends recommended they start a fund at The Denver Foundation.