Collective Giving


Amplify your impact.

Giving circles and affinity groups help democratize philanthropy, welcoming more people than ever to the joys of giving. 

Giving circles and affinity groups are a form of philanthropy that connect individuals who donate their money to a pooled fund and then decide together which charities or community projects to support. In doing so, donors get to know each other and increase their engagement in the community.

Denver Foundation giving circles and affinity groups strive to support the community through the 5 T’s: time, talent, treasure, testimony, and social ties. Their collective efforts have resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours supporting our local community.

Through Elevating Philanthropy in Communities of Color (EPIC), The Denver Foundation supports communities of color in their philanthropic endeavors. With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the EPIC program seeks to recognize and grow philanthropy in communities of color. EPIC offers shared learning opportunities, provides tools to support giving, and connects philanthropists of color to work collectively toward positive community change.

To learn more about the EPIC program, please contact Genevieve Laca at glaca@denverfoundation.org or 303.300.1790.

 

EPIC Giving Circles


Denver African-American Philanthropists (D.A.A.P.)

Denver African-American Philanthropists (D.A.A.P.): Black Men Giving with a Purpose is a circle of men committed to giving their Time,  Talent, Treasure, Trust, and Testimony back to the Black community in the Denver metro area. The men of DAAP have adopted a code of operation as a guide to help maximize their impact and promote the narrative, “We are Philanthropists”. Interested in joining D.A.A.P.? Formally apply for membership. Check out D.A.A.P. on Facebook

 

LatinasGive!

LatinasGive! is a circle of women who share both their heritage and a love for taking action in the community. Check out LatinasGive! on Facebook.

 

Latinos Impacting our Future Together (L.I.F.T.)

Latinos Impacting our Future Together (L.I.F.T.) supports and empowers Colorado communities by elevating identity, awareness, and culture through philanthropy. L.I.F.T. is a group of men who have chosen to use their time to serve the Latino community in various capacities, their talents to impact the community, and their treasure to support the amazing work done by nonprofit organizations uplifting the Latino community. Learn more at liftgc.com.

 

Women of Color Making a Difference

Women of Color Making a Difference: WE ARE PHILANTHROPISTS, giving our time, talent, and treasure where needed in the community of color. To learn more about this giving circle, contact Genevieve Laca at glaca@denverfoundation.org.

 

Affinity Groups


Arts Affinity Group

The Arts Affinity Group (AAG) started in 2013 to bring arts philanthropists together to build connections with other inspired donors, learn together about the artists and organizations that use their creations to inspire, and highlight Metro Denver’s thriving arts community. After four successful Art Tank events, AAG underwent a strategic review and is excited to announce a funding model change. AAG will now use a Random Acts of Arts Philanthropy platform! AAG members are looking forward to identifying small nonprofits that use business-unusual practices to bring life lessons through the arts. For more information about joining AAG, please contact Brandon Baird at bbaird@denverfoundation.org or 303.300.1790.

 

Environmental Affinity Group

The Environmental Affinity Group (EAG) comprises more than 25 donors who pool resources to build a sustainable Colorado through high-impact, informed philanthropy. Its mission is to create a network of engaged and effective environmental philanthropists to identify, promote, and support environmental action on Colorado’s wide range of issues. Read a brief summary of the EAG’s grant history

The Environmental Affinity Group Endowment Fund is a component of the EAG’s designated fund of the Foundation. The purpose of this permanent endowment is to ensure the Foundation’s perpetual support for environmental and conservation causes in Colorado. For more information about joining EAG, please contact Brandon Baird at bbaird@denverfoundation.org or 303.300.1790.

 

Fund for Reparations Affinity Group

The Fund for Reparations Affinity Group reflects an increasing number of European descent Americans who recognize that their wealth can be traced back to the U.S. history of the enslavement of Africans or financial advantages accrued over generations of local and national policies benefiting white Americans at the expense of Black Americans. For more information about joining the Fund for Reparations affinity group, please contact Genevieve Laca at glaca@denverfoundation.org or 303.300.1790.

 

Social Venture Partners (SVP)

SVP is a global network of local partners, aligning passion and purpose. Whether you are an individual hoping to volunteer your skills to local nonprofits and realize greater impact with your giving, a nonprofit looking to take your work to the next level, or a business that wants to engage more effectively with your community — SVP might be the perfect place for you! Learn how you fit in at svpdenver.org.

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For more information on collective giving or to inquire about joining an affinity group at The Denver Foundation, please call 303.300.1790 and ask to speak to a member of the Engaged Philanthropy Group.

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