2022 Midterm election recap
The Denver Foundation spoke up about several ballot measures that impacted housing, climate, and funding for important services, like K-12 education.
Civic Fabric Fund awards a total of $115,000 to nonprofits working to Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) this November
Through the Civic Fabric Fund, The Denver Foundation provides nonprofits with funding to support their policy and advocacy efforts, including the critical activities of voter registration and engagement.
The Denver Foundation 2022 Ballot Guide
One of our values as an organization is to be a catalytic leader that engages in critical issues and accelerates systems change. Our involvement in policy issues impacting our community is one way we bring these values to life.
August is Zero Fare for Better Air
Throughout the entire month of August, RTD invited everyone to ride on public transit – for free. “Zero fare for better air” was a collaborative effort to increase the use of public transportation and reduce harmful emissions.
The Denver Foundation supports environmental efforts amid new Supreme Court ruling
The Supreme Court’s recent ruling in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency will make it harder for federal agencies to regulate emissions that contribute to global warming. We partnered with the Colorado Health Institute to develop a Climate Health Index that can help us think about climate differently.
Denver Extends Nationally Recognized Supportive Housing Program
Providing homes and wraparound supportive services to individuals experiencing chronic homelessness has had a lasting impact in Denver. Lives are changed, stability is achieved, and taxpayer expenses for costly emergency services are significantly reduced. These are the results seen through Denver’s recent Supportive Housing Social Impact Bond (SIB) initiative.
Ways to Engage: After the 2022 Legislative Session
Throughout the 2022 legislative session, The Denver Foundation took positions on several policy proposals. We were thrilled to have Senator Coleman and Senator Lundeen join us on June 9 to discuss the session (pictured). View a recording of the event here.
2022 Policy Positions – Legislative Session Wrap Up
It’s been an exciting legislative session. This represents the start of deeper involvement in policy and advocacy from The Denver Foundation. We were grateful to be part of such meaningful conversations about how to improve our communities.
2021 Election Recap: Voters and Denver Foundation Align on Key Initiatives
The Denver Foundation and our fundholders have long invested in solutions to address social change through grantmaking. As articulated in our new Strategic Framework, The Denver Foundation is developing a broad strategy to guide our work in public policy and advocacy and deepen our commitment through systemic change.
Denver Foundation November 2021 Ballot Measure Positions
Through analysis and review of all the ballot measures voters in Metro Denver will consider, The Denver Foundation decided to support and oppose these November 2021 Ballot Measure Positions.
Understanding the ACE Act
The ACE Act establishes new rules for private and community foundations and their respective donor-advised funds specific to deduction eligibility and payout requirements and timelines. This piece of legislation is the subject of a rigorous debate within the philanthropic sector, with strong opposition from the Council on Foundations and others.
New Statewide Immigration Defense Fund Signed Into Law
Universal representation advocates—who promote using the model of the U.S. public defender system in immigrant detention hearings—celebrated on June 25 when Governor Jared Polis signed into law House Bill 21-1194, establishing an immigrant legal defense fund in Colorado.
Denver Foundation Welcomes Naomi Amaha, Director of Policy & Government Affairs
Naomi Amaha has joined The Denver Foundation as Director of Policy & Government Affairs. This position was created under the foundation’s new Strategic Framework, which was launched in February.
Denver’s Immigrant Legal Defense Fund Got A Big Boost This Week
Denver City Council in 2021 approved adding $300,000 to the Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund, which was established to give money to local nonprofits helping low-income undocumented immigrants facing deportation. The money it gives out can also be used to pay for naturalization proceedings and DACA applications.
Defending Our Democracy and Denouncing White Supremacy Through Civic Engagement
Now more than ever, we see it as our duty to ensure that as many Coloradans as possible take advantage of having their voices heard. We urge you to use that voice to denounce White Supremacy, advocate for Racial Equity and Justice and lift up our younger generations who are imagining and designing solutions to the issues we face today, and the ones yet to come.