Innovate for Good 2015

The Beginning

Rose Community Foundation created Innovate for Good (#IFGDenver) in 2015, a venture to find and fund new, innovative projects “to make the Greater Denver community a better place to live.” The Foundation received nearly 400 submissions in response to the question, What new and innovative idea would you bring to life to make the Greater Denver community a better place to live?

In June 2015, with the criteria to be innovative, make a difference, be feasible and implementable, and be consistent with Rose Community Foundation’s mission to enhance the quality of life in Denver, a team of 130 community members named twenty-two organizations as finalists and nine organizations as winners. A total of $250,000 was awarded to fund their projects.

2015 Winners

Bright by Text
Submitted by: Bright by Three (formerly Bright Beginnings)
An educational text-messaging system that sends parents evidence-based tips to support the development of very young children. This iteration will expand to also provide parents with localized community resources and information.
Watch a video about their project.

Clean River Design Challenge
Submitted by: The Greenway Foundation
A design competition for students attending Metro State University of Denver, created as a mechanism to remove trash from the South Platte River.
Watch a video about their project.

Creative Youth Take Flight – La Alma Connection
Submitted by: Arts Street
Underserved youth will learn about urban design, creative placemaking and economic development by producing a master art plan and public art series encouraging pedestrian use of the light rail and 10th Avenue, in the La Alma neighborhood.
Watch a video about their project.

Fresh Food Connect
Submitted by: Groundwork Denver 
The Fresh Food Connect application (app) will feed families, reduce waste and provide income to low-income youth by allowing home gardeners to donate extra produce for distribution at food banks and through affordable sale. The app will connect gardeners to youth who will be employed to pick up and deliver donated produce using bikes and trailers.
Watch a video about their project.

Race, Policing and Community Justice Advocates
Submitted by: Shorter Community AME Church
This program will forge a partnership with other community stakeholders to engage high school kids in becoming peer presenters in the areas of racial equality, community awareness based policing and justice advocacy work.
Watch a video about their project.

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot
Submitted by: Denver Center for the Performing Arts 
This “food truck for the arts” will provide affordable, high quality theatrical performances to high school students in school parking lots followed by actor-led workshops to support classroom teaching and learning.
Watch a video about their project.

The Stompin’ Ground Games
Submitted by: Warm Cookies of the Revolution 
The Stompin’ Ground Games is a monthly, year-long Olympics-style competition between Denver neighborhoods where arts, culture and history are combined in the name of civic pride and engagement.
Watch a video about their project.

Veterans in Food Deserts
Submitted by: Denver Botanic Gardens
Military veterans will help grow and sell fresh produce and share knowledge about planting, harvesting and nutrition through farm stands in neighborhoods with limited access to healthy foods.
Watch a video about their project.

Workshop on Wheels
Submitted by: Be the Gift 
A workshop on wheels truck will be outfitted with all of the tools and materials ‘Be the Gift’ volunteers need to complete home repair projects for single mom families.
Watch a video about their project.