Agency (Nonprofit) Funds

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Who are agency funds for?

These funds are available to charitable organizations including 501c3 nonprofits, schools, organized houses of worship, and government entities. For many organizations, creating a long-term fund is a path to building their capacity and sustainability. Yet managing a fund can be an administrative burden. When you partner with The Denver Foundation, we’ll serve as an extension of your team, helping you navigate the ins and outs of charitable fund management — and allowing you to focus on the day-to-day work of advancing your mission.


What is an agency fund?

Agency-endowed and non-endowed funds help charitable organizations achieve long-term financial stability through sound investments. By establishing a fund, your organization’s assets are invested alongside those of The Denver Foundation and our other fundholders. The Denver Foundation team will help you craft a fund that will support the goals of your organization.


Why work with us?

We are dedicated to the community’s long-term success, which is why we provide services to help the nonprofit sector thrive. The Denver Foundation has nearly 100 years of experience managing philanthropy for individuals, businesses, families, and nonprofits. Currently, we hold endowment and advised funds ranging from $25,000 to $8 million for more than 65 nonprofits in Metro Denver. Our resources in charitable investing, planned giving, and complex gift acceptance are available to our nonprofit partners.


How does it work?

First, we’ll talk! Our goal is to work with each organization to determine if and what type of fund management is a good fit for your organization’s financial sustainability goals. We help you to select the investment pool option that best matches your organization’s goals and values. Another key decision point in the process will be your annual spending rate percentage. Our team is here to guide you through that selection to achieve an annual distribution suitable for your organization. Each year, you will have the option to receive an annual distribution payment from the fund to help meet current budget needs or to reinvest the distribution in your fund to support long-term financial goals. Need some best practices or guidance along the way? Let’s talk.


What are the other benefits?

  • Access to sophisticated investment services and diversification through pooled investing.

  • The ability to accept complex gifts such as appreciated stock, real estate, trusts, virtual currency, and annuities.

  • Assistance with planned giving and other strategies to grow your fund over time.

  • All administrative and accounting services including quarterly fund reporting and donor acknowledgment.

  • Endowment funds that remain an asset on the balance sheet of the nonprofit.

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Agency Fundholders

Access Gallery Fund
ACLU Foundation of Colorado
Ars Nova Chamber Singers Inc.
Art Students League of Denver
Attention Inc. – TGTHR
Aurora Economic Opportunity Coalition
Balarat Outdoor Education Legacy Fund
Barton Institute for Community Action
Bienvenidos Food Bank / North West Family Assistance Center
Birds of Prey Foundation
Bluff Lake Nature Center
Buena Vista Community Education Assistance Fund Inc.
Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods, Inc.
Center of The Golden One
Cobalt Foundation
Colorado Children’s Campaign Inc.
Colorado Children’s Chorale
Colorado Forum Fund
Colorado Judicial Institute
Colorado Nonprofit Association
Colorado Open Lands
Colorado Personalized Education Program for Physicians
Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable
Columbine Memorial Foundation Inc.
Community Resource Center
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Denver Alumnae Chapter
Denver CASA – Child Advocates
Denver Center for International Studies Foundation
Denver Film Society
Denver Health Foundation
Denver Park Trust
Denver Press Club
Denver Public Schools
Denver Public Schools Foundation – DPS Foundation
Denver School of Science and Technology, Inc.
Denver Waldorf School Association
Emily Griffith Foundation
Fine Arts Foundation, Inc.
Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado
Friends of Chamber Music
Friends of Good Shepherd
Friends of IB Scholars Foundation
Friends of The Denver School of The Arts
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver
Jefferson County Sheriff Employee Assistance Fund
Judi’s House – JAG Institute
Latin American Educational Foundation
Lower Downtown Rotary Club
Montessori Academy of Colorado
Museo de las Americas, Inc.
National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum
Open Media Foundation
Opera Colorado Foundation
Pura Vida Ministries
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Educational and Charitable Foundation
Rocky Mountain Institute
Senior Support Services
Special Olympics Colorado
Sportswomen of Colorado, Inc.
Support Our Schools Salida
Telecommunications History Group, Inc.
The Denver Indian Center, Inc.
The Gathering Place
The Learning Source
The White Rose Foundation, Inc.
Thorne Ecological Institute
University Press of Colorado
Urban Land Conservancy
Victim Outreach Incorporated
Warren Village Inc.
WellPower – Mental Health Center of Denver
West High School Travel Club Fund

The Denver Foundation Agency Fund Orientation

Watch our agency fundholder orientation to make the most of your nonprofit fund at The Denver Foundation. You’ll meet the team behind our nonprofit fund program and get an overview of our work and philanthropic investments.

Learn more

To learn more about opening nonprofit endowed and non-endowed agency funds, please email Zach Clapper at, or call 303.300.1790.

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