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Giving circles and affinity groups help democratize philanthropy, welcoming people of all giving levels to the power of giving.
Giving circles and affinity groups connect individuals who donate their money to pooled funds shared with other donors. The donors decide together which nonprofit organizations or community projects to support. Through the process, donors build strong connections and increase their engagement in the community.
Giving circles and affinity groups at The Denver Foundation support the community through the 5 T’s: time, talent, treasure, testimony, and social ties. Their collective efforts have resulted in the investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.300.1790.
EPIC Giving Circles
The Asian American and Pacific Islander Circle
The Asian American and Pacific Islander Circle is the first of its kind. This charitable fund at The Denver Foundation was built with the resilience of the many Asian, Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities in mind and how we strengthen our unique communities and cultures through intentional community investment. Visit this webpage to learn more about this giving circle. To inquire about how to join The Asian American and Pacific Islander Circle, please submit this form.
Denver African-American Philanthropists (DAAP)
Denver African-American Philanthropists (DAAP): 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 Metro Denver. 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 DAAP? Apply for membership here. Check out DAAP on Facebook.
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 is a philanthropic giving circle motivated by making an intentional and impactful difference in communities of color. To learn more about this giving circle, contact Genevieve Laca at email@example.com.
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 expertise to inspire, and highlight Metro Denver’s thriving arts community. Since its founding, the group has provided $368,000 in grants to 41 arts organizations. After four successful Art Tank events, AAG underwent a strategic review and, in 2021 announced a change in its funding model. AAG now uses a Random Acts of Arts Philanthropy platform, identifying small nonprofits that use business-unusual practices to bring innovative projects and programming through the arts. For more information about joining AAG, please contact Rick Acosta firstname.lastname@example.org or Dina Bleecker email@example.com. Follow the AAG on Instagram.
Denver Reparations Fund
The Denver Reparations Fund, facilitated by Reparations Circle Denver and granted through the Denver Black Reparations Council, is a philanthropic home for Americans of European descent who recognize that their wealth has roots in the enslavement of Africans in the United States, and/or that they have enjoyed financial advantages due to systemic inequities and policies that have benefited white Americans at the expense of Black Americans for generations.
For information about joining the Fund for Reparations Affinity Group, please email Genevieve Laca at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303.300.1790.
Environmental Affinity Group
The Environmental Affinity Group (EAG) is a group of more than 25 donors who pool resources to build a sustainable Colorado through high-impact, informed philanthropy. The group’s mission is to create a network of engaged and effective environmental philanthropists to collectively identify, promote, and support environmental action on Colorado’s wide range of issues. Read a brief summary of the EAG’s grant history.
To learn how to join the EAG, please email email@example.com or call 303.300.1790 and ask to speak with Julie Voyles.