An Enduring Legacy

The Fund for Denver is made up of a variety of charitable assets that have been entrusted to The Denver Foundation for investment management and strategic grantmaking.

The core asset of The Fund for Denver is our permanent endowment. Since 1925, The Denver Foundation has served as the home for philanthropy for members of the Metro Denver community. Our permanent endowment is made up of unrestricted gifts to The Denver Foundation to meet the needs of today and ensure there are resources for building a better Denver far into the future. The Denver Foundation establishes the areas of focus for our Community Grantmaking Program based upon periodic listening sessions and multi-year strategic plans.

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The Fund for Denver also encompasses a host of charitable funds established by community members with a defined grantmaking focus. The staff of The Denver Foundation manages grantmaking from these funds, thoughtfully balancing the intent of each fund with the evolving needs of Metro Denver.

Other assets included in The Fund for Denver provide flexible options for charitable giving and responsive and innovative community investment. These funds are typically invested on a short-term timeframe to address specifically identified needs.

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Grants from The Fund for Denver

Through the Community Grants Program, The Denver Foundation makes grants from the Fund for Denver to support nonprofits that serve the seven-county Metro Denver area; advance our Core Values of constituent engagement and racial equity; and align with our priority funding areas:

  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education
  • Environment and Climate
  • Housing
  • Transportation

View Community Grants Program Guidelines

Advisory Committee for Community Impact

The Denver Foundation’s Advisory Committee for Community Impact is made up of 50 community members from across the Metro Denver region, offering a broad range of lived experience and professional knowledge. Our committee members have proven to be active participants in community leadership and philanthropy, committed to racial equity, and have a specific connection to one or more of The Denver Foundation’s areas of focus.

Read About Our Committee Roster


Meet Our Grantees

Rooted in Storytelling: Kaizen Food Rescue

A former refugee from Vietnam, Thai Nguyen founded Kaizen Food Rescue because she believes healthy, culturally relevant foods should be accessible to all. A grant from The Denver Foundation’s Community Grants Program is helping her continue her work of hosting food distribution pop-ups in neighborhoods across Metro Denver — and advocating for food justice.