black resilience in Colorado (BRIC)

Established in June, the Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) Fund directs resources to address systemic racism and its impact on Black communities across the seven-county Metro Denver region.

The Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) Fund application is now closed. Decisions on funding and grant awards will be made in mid-October.

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

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

The Impact of Your Gift to BRIC

Thanks to the generosity of our community we exceeded our goal of $50,000 for our gift matching program during Black Philanthropy Month. Your gift to the Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) Fund will help us reach our ultimate goal of $1.5 Million.

Make a gift to the Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) Fund.

Giving Black 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 celebrated why we give through the testimonies of Black philanthropists and a celebratory toast for the establishment of the Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) Fund. A recording of this event can be viewed below.

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About BRIC

The goal of the Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) 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, 113 donors, have generously contributed a total of over $1,000,000 to this fund, including a $50,000 donation matching program from The Denver Foundation.

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.

For Black-led/serving organizations who aspire to build, access to capital is one of the main barriers. To help address this disparity, The Urban Land Conservancy has supported the Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) Fund in the amount of $250,000 to support 501-c-3 organizations that are Black-led/serving with low-interest loans for pre-development or capital expenditures. The maximum amount awarded will be $50,000 per organization. More details about the application process are coming soon. For more information, contact LaDawn Sullivan, The Denver Foundation, lsullivan@denverfoundation.org.

Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) Advisory Committee
Eula Adams
Desta Asfaw
Javon Brame
Haroun Cowans
April Denmon
JC Futrell
Richard T. Lewis
Yvonne Moore
Stephanie Rance

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