Basic Human Needs.
The Denver Foundation carries out its mission of improving life in Metro Denver by investing in the vision, passion, and expertise of hundreds of nonprofit organizations and residents, and by working in partnership with our donors to give scholarships to help students further their educations. We steward the Community Endowment to meet the changing needs of the community now and for generations to come. Earnings from the endowment help local nonprofits through Community Grants, Technical Assistance Grants, the Inclusiveness Project, and Strengthening Neighborhoods. We also help Metro Denver individuals, families, and businesses accomplish their goals, including through scholarship funds.
The Denver Foundation awards grants annually to nonprofit organizations in the seven- county Metro Denver area -- Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties. Grants are awarded to resident groups and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations working in the areas of Basic Human Needs, Economic Opportunity, Education, and Community Leadership. Note that our guidelines have changed significantly in 2015. Click here for more information.
Strengthening Neighborhoods Grants
Strengthening Neighborhoods is The Denver Foundation's grassroots neighborhood development program that provides grants directly to neighborhood residents of specific neighborhoods for projects developed and led by the residents themselves. In the past these grants were restricted to residents of specific partner neighborhoods, but starting in 2013 this restriction was lifted. Click here to learn more…
Technical Assistance Grants
These grants are provided to help our grantees become more efficient and effective. Technical assistance can be many things, but mostly it helps the leaders of an organization learn something new that will increase their capacity to lead, manage, and direct the organization to achieve its mission. Click here to learn more…
Our communities are becoming more diverse and disparities persist in how people from different backgrounds experience issues of economics, health, and education. The Denver Foundation is committed to creating a community of inclusive resident groups and organizations in the Metro Denver nonprofit sector. Click here to learn more…
Nonprofit Internship Program
Each summer, undergraduate students intern with grantees for a ten-week internship. Interns develop leadership skills while working in the community, and students are exposed to several aspects of the work of a nonprofit organization. Click here to learn more…
The Denver Foundation offers a number of scholarship programs established by generous families, businesses, and individuals for which students and teachers can apply. Click here to learn more…
The Denver Foundation’s Impact Investing Fund provides below-market loans and other investments to organizations aligned with the Foundation’s Community Grants focus areas of Basic Human Needs, Economic Opportunity, Education, and Community Leadership. Investments must have a mechanism for repayment such as a social enterprise or other source of revenue. The Fund does not make loans for capital campaigns and other fundraising campaigns. Click here to learn more