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Meeting the Moment: A 2020 Report to the Community

Our new report, Meeting the Moment: A 2020 Report to the Community, illustrates how The Denver Foundation has brought people together in this time of crisis, pooled resources, and put them to immediate use.

Community foundations are uniquely equipped for times like these. As this report makes clear, every aspect of our work has accelerated since the pandemic took root in our community. We listened deeply to understand the community’s most essential needs. In partnership with our generous donors, we activated our Critical Needs Fund to meet them.

Our fundholders responded with a similar urgency, dispatching more than $46 million to hundreds of nonprofit organizations helping people in Colorado and across the country stay safe and healthy.

Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC)

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. Since the announcement of BRIC, 130 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. Make a gift to the Black Resilience in Colorado Fund.

Learn more about the BRIC Fund at denverfoundation.org/blackresilience.

Mobilizing Philanthropy: Donor-Advised Giving

The Denver Foundation’s community of donors, fundholders, partners, and friends always come through in challenging times. We are inspired by your generosity, and for joining with us to help people across our state navigate an unprecedented challenge. Since the COVID-19 crisis took hold in mid-March, donor-advised giving has increased significantly, with substantial support for Colorado nonprofits and the Critical Needs Fund.

As of September 30, fundholders have directed 1,784 grants, totaling $45.7 million. Fundholders and donors have made 234 gifts to the Critical Needs Fund, totaling more than $2.3 million.

Supporting Our Community

Through our Critical Needs Fund, The Denver Foundation has granted nearly $1.2 million to 52 nonprofit organizations across Colorado. These organizations work with people who are vulnerable to the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, including housing insecurity and lack of access to food and health care services.

COVID-19 relief grants have focused on nonprofit organizations engaged in collaborative COVID-19 work, with an emphasis on organizations that may not have access to federal relief funding. In addition, The Denver Foundation has granted $1.1 million in expedited funding to 42 nonprofits through our Community Grantmaking Program. These grants support COVID-19 relief in the areas of Basic Human Needs, Economic Opportunity, Education, and Leadership & Equity.

Supporting Recovery: The Critical Needs Fund

Supported by donors, the Critical Needs Fund allows us to be flexible and responsive in times of great need, such as those we’re experiencing now. We ask for your support of the Critical Needs Fund, which is fast, flexible, and accepts gifts of all types and all sizes. Everyone is a philanthropist and every gift makes a difference.

You can make a gift online. If you would like to give via your DAF, please contact the Philanthropic Services Group on 303.300.1790.

Learn more:

Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) 

Critical Needs Fund

COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

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“When you are successful there is a temptation to believe you did it all yourself, when in reality thousands of people touch our lives along the way. I believe we all have the power—and the responsibility—to create these moments for young people, to help them shoot for the moon.”

– Reggie Rivers, Donor

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– Barbara Grogan, Donor