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- Annual Report
- Giving and Volunteering Studies
- Inclusiveness Project
- Strengthening Neighborhoods Annual Report
- Catalyst Monthly E-Newsletters
2011 Annual Report: Taking the Initiative
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 Coloradoand new mayors in Denver, Aurora, and a number of other municipalities. In the nonproﬁt sector, we saw theinaugural Colorado Collaboration Prize garner 170 entries from creative groups of partners working all over thestate, and we listened as foundations, from the Gay and Lesbian Fund to the Gates Family Foundation, announcedchanges in focus for their grantmaking. The Denver Foundation is undergoing change as well. As a community foundation, it is our job to align withthe needs of Metro Denver, and when the economic downturn took a dramatic toll on the lives of our region’smost vulnerable residents, we knew it was time to adjust.
Giving and Volunteering Studies
2005 Giving and Volunteering Study
The Denver Foundation just completed its 2005 Giving and Volunteering Study to examine how Metro Denver residents give and volunteer, the causes they support, and the motivations and barriers to their giving. The 2000 study is used as a benchmark to assess the 2005 findings. Below is the full report. (20 pages)
2000 Giving and Volunteering Study
The Denver Foundation conducted a study of Metro Denver residents in 2000 regarding their giving and volunteering habits. The results are summarized in this booklet. (12 pages)
The Denver Foundation began hearing from Metro Denver nonprofit organizations as far back as the late 1990s about a desire to have more diversity in their staff, boards, and volunteers, and their need to find ways to accomplish these goals. In 2001, The Denver Foundation made a commitment to engage with nonprofits, including funders, to become more inclusive of people of color, believing that a commitment to diversity might change the face of an organization, but a commitment to inclusiveness will change the overall impact. Through the Foundation’s Inclusiveness Project, we’ve worked to accomplish this mission on three different levels: sharing best practices sector-wide, working with nonprofit organizations, and connecting with individuals. A key goal is to increase the number of individuals of color involved in the nonprofit sector, thereby supporting more effective nonprofits.In 2007, The Denver Foundation released the “Report from the Pipeline: Reflections on the Nonprofit Sector from People of Color in Metro Denver.” The report highlighted conversations with over 100 individuals of color and the results of a survey of 110 college students and young nonprofit professionals from communities of color.
Strengthening Neighborhoods 2010 - 2011 Annual Report
Over the past fourteen years, we have heard repeatedly from our
neighborhood partners that “Strengthening Neighborhoods needs
to find more ways to connect us, and then you all need to get out
of the way.” In this annual report we are celebrating the power
of folks getting together to share their stories and learn from
At the heart of the Strengthening Neighborhoods Program
are the residents who lead and shape our partnerships with
Catalyst Monthly E-Newsletters
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