Roots & Branches Foundation

Roots & Branches Foundation 2015-2016 members.Roots & Branches Foundation 2015-2016 members

Get Involved. Get Connected. Give Together.

Roots & Branches Foundation is a collaborative philanthropy program at Rose Community Foundation for Jewish people ages 25 to 40 who are interested in giving together to help shape their Jewish and broader communities.


Each year, Roots & Branches Foundation brings together a diverse, talented and motivated group of Jewish people who work together to make a difference in the Greater Denver community.

We value diversity. Participants’ Jewish backgrounds range from secular to Orthodox. Some are native Coloradans and others are newcomers to the area. Their occupations vary from meteorologist to teacher, stay-at-home-parent to lawyer, and yoga instructor to psychiatrist. They are foodies, activists and musicians. This year we are pleased to begin accepting applications from people who are employed by Jewish organizations.

Roots & Branches members…

  • Leverage time, talent and personal philanthropy to make a greater difference.
  • Connect Jewish values to the good they seek to do in the community.
  • Learn about and connect with Greater Denver and Boulder’s Jewish communities.
  • Research and discuss community needs.
  • Engage in strategic philanthropy – identify a community need or opportunity, learn about nonprofits working in that area and award grants totaling up to $50,000.
  • Become a part of the next generation of funders at Rose Community Foundation.

View our 2016 members.


The application for the 2016 cohort has now closed. If you are interested in applying for the 2017 cycle, please email Emily Kornhauser at to be notified when the application becomes available next spring.

The Commitment

All applicants should reside within the Greater Denver community of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties, and should identify as Jewish.

Members are required to:

  • Attend and participate in all meetings (one pre-approved absence is permitted).
  • Spend some time outside of meetings reading, researching issues and meeting with nonprofits for site visits.
  • Make a personally meaningful donation to the Roots & Branches grantmaking pool. We recognize that members have diverse circumstances and we believe philanthropy is defined by intention and commitment, not by gift size, so there is no recommended donation amount and amounts contributed are kept confidential.

Members of Roots & Branches Foundation work together in consensus; all voices and perspectives are considered before a final decision is reached. This kind of collaboration requires participants to be curious, open, patient and committed to process, not just outcomes. Working as a team in this way is rewarding, but we realize it is not for everyone. We ask applicants to consider their comfort with group collaboration before applying.

The Meetings

Members of Roots & Branches Foundation will meet for six sessions over six months, from July through December 2016. Rose Community Foundation staff supports the group and facilitates its meetings.

2016 Meeting Dates and Times
Meetings will be held once a month on Sundays or Wednesdays at locations throughout Greater Denver and Boulder.

  1. July Meeting: Sunday, July 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  2. August Meeting: Wednesday, August 17, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  3. September Meeting: Sunday, September 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  4. October Meeting: Wednesday, October 19, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  5. November Meeting: Wednesday, November 16, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  6. December Meeting: Wednesday, December 7, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Roots & Branches Foundation 10th Anniversary Alumni Opportunity

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Roots & Branches Foundation. We are celebrating by trying out new ways for alumni to connect and reconnect to one another, to Jewish philanthropy and to Rose Community Foundation. We hope Roots & Branches Foundation alumni and current members will join in celebrating this anniversary by being part of one of these projects.

Giving circle leadership training and launch pad

Over the years, many of you have said you wished your Roots & Branches experience could continue beyond the program. Here’s your chance. We are partnering with Amplifier, a network of giving circles inspired by Jewish values, to host a one-day training exclusively for Roots & Branches alumni who would like to learn the nuts and bolts of creating and hosting a giving circle. As you all know from your Roots & Branches experience, giving together is not only a powerful way to magnify your impact, it’s also a way to learn, build community, develop your skills and deepen your connection to Judaism.

  • This one-day training will take place on Sunday, January 29, 2017 and will cover the skills and tools you need to create your own giving circle.
  • Participating in the training implies a commitment to start a giving circle by March 31, 2017.
  • Your giving circle could engage any group of people (Jewish people or people of other faith traditions, R & B alumni or not, of any age) and could focus on any issue.
  • Giving circles granting to nonprofits within the Greater Denver community may be eligible to receive matching funds from Rose Community Foundation.
  • To express interest in the training or to sign up, email Emily Kornhauser at and provide the following information:
    1. Your name and , if you’ll have one, the name of your co-leader (need not be a R & B alum)
    2. Do you imagine your giving circle will focus on a particular issue or topic? For example, arts and culture, Jewish innovation, hunger, etc. If so, please describe.
    3. Do you imagine your giving circle will focus on a particular participant group? For example, women, children, your own family, members of your R & B cohort, etc. If so, please describe. 
  • Additionally, we are interested in learning whether any alumni would like to lead or co-lead a giving circle specifically for interfaith couples to participate in, OR a giving circle focused on giving to Jewish nonprofits and projects in the Greater Denver community. If either of these opportunities is of interest to you, please contact Sarah Indyk at or 303.398.7416.

For more information about this opportunity and to ask questions, contact Emily Kornhauser at or 303.398.7417.


Since 2007, Roots & Branches Foundation has granted more than $590,000 to strengthen the Greater Denver and Boulder Jewish and broader communities.

The application period is now closed. The Roots & Branches Request for Proposals (PDF) is provided for reference only.

View our recent grants.


Roots & Branches Foundation was created in 2007 as a result of Rose Community Foundation’s Next Generation Initiative, which sought to explore and deepen the connection of Jews in their 20s and 30s to Jewish life. Roots & Branches was modeled after Rose Youth Foundation, and was shaped with input from Jews in their 20s and 30s from throughout Greater Denver and Boulder.

The Foundation’s goals in creating Roots & Branches Foundation were to:

  • Empower young Jewish adults to explore their community and address its needs and challenges through the practice of strategic, Jewish philanthropy.
  • Develop current and future community leaders by helping them connect their Jewish values and identities to the difference they seek to make in the world around them.
  • Engage a diverse group of Jewish people in their 20s and 30s in a meaningful, shared Jewish experience.
  • Engage young Jewish adults in the work of Rose Community Foundation and broaden the Foundation’s grantmaking perspective and reach.


If you are interested in making a donation to help increase the funds Roots & Branches Foundation will grant this year, visit Rose Community Foundation's online donation page (In the "Please direct my gift to" field, choose Roots & Branches Foundation.) or contact Sarah Indyk, director of special projects, at or 303.398.7416. All donations to Roots & Branches Foundation exclusively fund the group’s grantmaking.


Shaping Our Jewish Future, Roots & Branches Foundation's Report to the Community