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Fire Relief Fund

Colorado Fire Relief Fund

The Allocation Board of the Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012 has completed its funding.  Click below for the full report on the Fund's expenditures (Part I) and lessons learned for the philanthropic community (Part II).



Interim reports on the Fire Relief Fund are below:

Click here for the January 2013 interim report on the Colorado Fire Relief Fund.

Click here for the September 2012 interim report on the Colorado Fire Relief Fund.


For 87 years, The Denver Foundation has worked to strengthen the seven-county Denver Metro region by mobilizing resources to address community issues and needs.  From time to time urgent needs arise that require immediate resources and attention. 

The fires that have burned sections of the Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and Boulder regions of Colorado, among others, are examples of this type of urgent need – claiming lives, destroying homes, and forcing thousands to be evacuated.

Immediate needs

We are encouraging the community to help support the victims of these fires and those working to contain them by making donations to organizations that deal directly with disaster response.  

A list of these organizations can be found at  While financial contributions are especially helpful at this time, because resources can then be directed to the area of most urgent need, there are also volunteer opportunities listed as well as material donation requests.

Intermediate needs

The Governor's Office partnered with The Denver Foundation and several other community foundations across Colorado to develop the Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012.  This fund was held at The Denver Foundation and collected major gifts to address the intermediate-term needs that resulted from the wildfires.  

The Allocation Board of the Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012 convened in Summer 2012, electing David Miller, President & CEO of The Denver Foundation, to chair the fund.  The board members represent the heads of the community foundations in the regions that have been most impacted by the wildfires in Colorado in 2012. 

The members of the board worked with a project manager to develop and issue guidelines, and to help in the process of making grants from the fund.

Please click here for a list of board members and guiding principles for the fund.