We all experienced a year of change in 2011. On the international front, we watched entire systems of government shift in the Arab Spring, while here at home we swore in a new governor for the State of Colorado and new mayors in Denver, Aurora, and a number of other municipalities. In the nonprofit sector, we saw the inaugural Colorado Collaboration Prize garner 170 entries from creative groups of partners working all over the state, and we listened as foundations, from the Gay and Lesbian Fund to the Gates Family Foundation, announced changes in focus for their grantmaking.
In 2010, The Denver Foundation learned though signs of economic recovery are emerging throughout our community like green shoots in hard soil, challenging times continue. The unemployment rate is down, but the rate of child poverty continues to rise, and food pantries report that client numbers are still climbing. The state of Colorado and all of the municipalities in the Metro area are facing their own economic woes and cutting their budgets accordingly. This means less money for services to help those in need.
In 2009, The Denver Foundation found out just how tough our roots are. Over the past 85 years, The Denver Foundation has put the gifts of generous donors to work addressing the needs of our community. The Foundation has been here to help through the Great Depression, World War II, the cultural upheaval of the sixties, the stagflation of the seventies, and numerous market downturns. Now we're called to help our community work through the fallout from the Great Recession...another test of our roots and our strength.