Current Projects

We prioritize community needs.

We listen to communities to understand and respond to the most pressing needs.


Critical Needs Fund

The Critical Needs Fund allows us to be flexible and responsive in urgent and challenging times, such as those we’re experiencing now. As our community navigates the COVID-19 crisis and recovery from it, we will support high-impact initiatives, collaborations, and organizations providing essential services to priority populations.

We ask for your support of the Critical Needs Fund to be able to respond to our community. We accept gifts of all types and sizes. Everyone can be a philanthropist, and every gift makes a difference.

If you would like to give via your donor-advised fund, please contact the Philanthropic Services Group at 303.300.1790.

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Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC)

This new fund aims to support Black-led and Black-serving organizations working to dismantle systemic racism across the seven-county Metro Denver region. Initial priorities are addressing racial inequities that have been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic and building power among Black communities to effect policy change.

BRIC was established in June 2020. In its first year, with support from individuals, giving circles, and foundations, BRIC will distribute more than $1 million in grants.

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Colorado Health Access Fund

The Colorado Health Access Fund (the CHA Fund) is a Field of Interest Fund managed by The Denver Foundation, which is entrusted to oversee its grantmaking and evaluation. Established in 2014 with an anonymous gift of $40 million, the Fund is dedicated to improving health outcomes for underserved Coloradans. Between 2015 and 2022, the fund was charged to distribute grants to increase access to health care and improve health outcomes for populations with high health care needs across the state. We are committed to allocating resources among rural, urban, and suburban areas in Colorado.

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COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund

Denver arts organizations have been hard-hit with unprecedented revenue losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. In response, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and The Denver Foundation have teamed up to create the COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund, an emergency fund aimed at helping midsized arts organizations survive this crisis. In August 2020, the COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund made its first round of grants, distributing $1.2 million in grants to 41 nonprofits in Metro Denver.

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COVID Recovery & Resilience

What systems-level ideas and solutions has your organization developed in response to COVID-19? What’s the big, bold idea that you’re confident would make a difference in the lives of people in our community? We want to hear about it. The Denver Foundation will support successful proposals through a range of resources including grants, program-related investments, and policy advocacy. We will also host convenings and critical conversations. Support will be concentrated in the following areas and assessed through an equity lens.

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Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund

The Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund (DILSF) is a special project fund at The Denver Foundation.  DILSF was developed following an executive order signed by Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock in August 2017, pledging support for immigrants and refugees, including an estimated 55,000 unauthorized immigrants who live in Denver. Many of these immigrants work and are connected to family members with varying types of legal status. Legal status is the primary barrier to successful integration into the U.S. for immigrants, yet access to affordability of legal representation create significant challenges.

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