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

We regularly and carefully refine our grantmaking priorities in response to the needs, desires, and solutions we hear from the community. We’re pleased to share our new Strategic Framework with you. Updated grant application guidelines will be available in early June. 

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.

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Meet Our Grantees

Rooted in Storytelling: Denver VOICE

Denver VOICE is much more than a newspaper. Every month, this Fund for Denver grantee shares the stories of men, women, and families who live with homelessness and poverty in our community. All contributors, many of whom are currently experiencing homelessness, are paid for their stories and photos. The VOICE also creates flexible and meaningful entrepreneurial opportunities. In 2018, VOICE vendors collectively earned more than $120,000 selling papers in Denver.