A Legacy of Impact

2011-2020 Impact Report

The most effective community foundations refine their strategies as the external landscape evolves and new lessons are learned. Our Impact Report provides key outcomes of The Denver Foundation’s previous 10-year strategic plan related to the three community-impact objectives and highlights innovative work and approaches.

Close to Home

CLOSE TO HOME was developed in response to comments voiced by residents in a metro-wide listening tour conducted by The Denver Foundation. Residents said they increasingly cannot meet their basic needs and believe their struggles are largely invisible. They urged support for efforts to increase awareness and understanding, and get more people engaged to help solve these challenges. 

Stories take us on a journey, help us understand others’ challenges, consider what we would do in similar circumstances, and show us how we can make a meaningful difference.

The Storytellers Network engaged individuals who have directly experienced homelessness, supporting them in sharing their stories. Their powerful testimonials helped others to learn about the circumstances that led them to lose their housing, and what it took for them to move back to safe, stable housing.

CTH InfographicThe Denver Foundation commissioned a poll of Metro Denver residents’ awareness, understanding, and values related to homelessness. The poll was conducted January 14-22, 2015, by the bipartisan research team of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates and Public Opinion Strategies. Telephone interviews were conducted with 812 registered voters across the seven-county Denver metro area, with oversamples of African American and Latino voters. All data were statistically weighted to reflect the true ethnic composition of Metro Denver residents.

Key Findings from Public Opinion Poll

Public Opinion Findings by County


The Landscape Project

In 2018, The Denver Foundation’s Leadership & Equity (L&E) staff and independent evaluators reached out to our Metro Denver nonprofit community partners through surveys, focus groups, and interviews to determine the current diversity, inclusiveness, and racial equity “landscape” of the nonprofit sector. The L&E Committee and staff are pleased to share the Landscape Project’s final summary, entitled “The Landscape Report,” with our local, regional, and national partners — especially those who have proactively inquired about the Foundation’s leading work in the area of racial equity.