Building Community

Critical Needs Fund

The Denver Foundation operates a Critical Needs Fund that can be activated to meet essential community needs outside of the normal course of our grantmaking.

This fund has been activated three times since its creation in 2005.  The first time was in 2005 to address dramatically rising energy costs and the resulting effect on local nonprofit organizations.  The fund was activated a second time in 2006 to meet a challenge in provision of food to schoolchildren during the summer months. 

We are currently activating the fund to help the Aurora community respond to the shootings at Aurora Town Center.  We have deep, longstanding relationships with the Aurora community through our Strengthening Neighborhoods Program.

Grants from The Denver Foundation’s Critical Needs Fund in response to the Aurora shootings have helped Aurora Public Schools align services and assistance with students, families, and community members and also supported the work of Aurora Mental Health with immigrant communities through interpretation and counseling.

All grants are made exclusively to nonprofit organizations. We hope to direct additional support to students in Aurora schools in the future.

Please donate now to build the Critical Needs Fund.