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.
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.
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.
COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund
Lockdowns and stay-at-home orders have been especially difficult to the arts & culture sector in our community. Closed doors, canceled performances, lay-offs, and artists out of work are the reality many organizations and individuals continue to face. Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and The Denver Foundation just announced 52 arts organizations that received grants through the second and final round of the COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund, totaling almost $900,000.
COVID Recovery & Resilience
Through the COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund, The Denver Foundation has supported several projects and ideas to drive systems change, in partnership with the community. At this time we are no longer accepting proposals. Below are a few of the bold or new ideas we have funded that we believe will shape Colorado’s recovery and resilience in response to COVID-19.
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.
DESCI: Community Housing Program
The DESCI Community Housing Program provides monthly portable rent subsidies to qualified low-income Denver Public Schools’ employees, retirees, and members of their immediate families ages 60 and above. Immediate family is defined as a DPS employee’s /retiree’s spouse/partner, grandparents, parents, siblings, grandchildren, mothers- and fathers-in-law.