black resilience in Colorado fund

The Denver Foundation is proud to announce the Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) Fund, which will direct resources to address systemic racism and its impact on Black communities across the seven-county Metro Denver region.

Make a gift to the Black Resilience in Colorado Fund.

 

 

Double the Impact of Your Gift to BRIC

Your gift to the Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) Fund can go even further! The Denver Foundation will match contributions from individual donors up to a total of $50,000 during Black Philanthropy Month. Contributions of any amount help us support the important work of Black-led and serving organizations in the Greater Metro Denver area. As you make your donation online, by August 29, 2020, enter "BPM 2020" in the Comments field of the donation form.

Black Giving Day (Virtual) Celebration

For the last six years, The Denver Foundation has hosted activities to highlight the contributions of Colorado Black philanthropists - those giving their time, talent, treasure, testimony, and social ties to positively impact OUR community.  This year we celebrate why we give through the testimonies of Black philanthropists and a celebratory toast for the establishment of the Black Resilience in Colorado Fund. Join us on Friday, August 28 for a virtual celebration of roots of giving in the Black community! To receive a detailed invitation please email events@denverfoundation.org with the subject line “Black Giving Day Celebration”.

About BRIC

The goal of the Black Resilience in Colorado Fund is to distribute up to $1M in its first year. The fund will focus on the ways in which racial inequities have been heightened and deepened by the health and economic impact of COVID-19, as well as a recent wave of racial violence across the United States.

The fund will specifically support nonprofit organizations led by and serving Black communities. The fund will issue grants and support capacity building to help these organizations build resources to withstand the current crises and build long-term sustainability.

Since the announcement of BRIC, donors have contributed nearly $625,000 to the fund.

The Black Resilience in Colorado Fund will be managed by The Denver Foundation, which has made an initial contribution of $50,000. The Colorado Health Foundation has invested $500,000. Other initial partners include Mile High United Way, the Gates Family Foundation, and Molson Coors. Individual donors have stepped up, as well, including Tina Walls, past President of The Denver (CO) Chapter of The Links, Inc. Denver African American Philanthropists (DAAP), a men’s giving circle at The Denver Foundation, has also been instrumental in getting BRIC off the ground with its first contribution, of $10,000.

The Foundation seeks support for the Fund among foundation peers, Black membership organizations, businesses, corporations, and individual donors of every background.

Gifts can be made online. Donor-advised fundholders can request a restricted grant to this fund.

Grant awards will typically range from $5,000 to $25,000. Organizations will be selected following a competitive application process and review by an advisory committee. The Denver Foundation prefers requests for general operating support, but will consider both general operating and program support.

Eligibility: Applying organizations must:

  • Be a viable 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization or have a fiscal sponsor

  • Be Black-led and Black serving. The Denver Foundation defines “Black” as encompassing people of African and Afro-Caribbean descent, including African immigrants and refugees.

  • Serve the seven-county Metro Denver area

  • Fit one or more of the identified priorities, to be determined by a community-led advisory committee

Applications will open later this summer.

For more information: Contact LaDawn Sullivan, Director of Leadership & Equity, lsullivan@denverfoundation.org.