The following programs are past initiatives or programs that received substantial funding from Rose Community Foundation during their startup phase.

Past Initiatives

BenefitsCheckUp is a national web-based program to help older adults find out about public benefits which they may be eligible to receive. Locally, BenefitsCheckUp Colorado is administered by Centura Health. Rose Community Foundation brought the program to the state.

BOOST (Building Organizational Operating Strength Together) was a grant initiative designed to strengthen Rose Community Foundation grantees that were experiencing rapid organizational growth or were in their startup phase. Read the final assessment report (PDF).

Colorado Health Institute (CHI) is the state’s center for health-data resources and analysis. Rose Community Foundation, Caring for Colorado Foundation and The Colorado Trust provided nearly $6 million for CHI’s first five years of operation.

The Endowment Challenge was a three-year grant initiative started in 1999 to create endowments at local Jewish organizations. At the end of 2002, nearly $19 million in permanent endowment funds had been established benefiting 19 Denver/Boulder Jewish institutions. We continue to support nonprofit organizations in establishing endowments. Learn more about opening an endowment fund at the Foundation.

Getting There is the name of a multi year collaborative between Rose Community Foundation and The Colorado Health Foundation to evaluate and improve transportation for older adults in the Denver metro area. A transit analysis done in 2005 is available as a summary or as a full report.

The Next Generation Initiative was a project geared to deepen the connection of Jews in their 20s and 30s with Jewish life. Read more about this work in the report, Legwork, Framework, Artwork: Engaging the Next Generation of Jews. As a result of findings from this project, we established Roots & Branches Foundation. Learn more about this collaborative philanthropy program for Jewish people ages 25 to 40.

The Denver Opportunity Youth Initiative is a collective impact strategy to build and deepen pathways that achieve better outcomes in education and employment for opportunity youth. Opportunity youth are young adults between the ages 16 and 24 who are disconnected from school and or employment.

This initiative was incubated at Rose Community Foundation and is now housed at the Denver Chamber of Commerce.

SkillBuild Colorado was a public/private funding collaborative focused on moving entry level workers into middle skill careers and helping businesses recruit and retain a skilled competitive workforce.

SkillBuild Colorado was a public/private funding collaborative that leveraged resources from member organizations to improve the system for meeting the workforce development needs of employers and workers in target industries. The focus was on enhancing the quality of jobs and the capacity of workers by making coordinated investments at the individual, organizational and system level. Strategic investments lead to better jobs, skilled workers, and a business focused workforce development system.

Rose Community Foundation served as fiscal sponsor for this project. Contact Senior Program Officer Elsa Holguín at 303.398.7414 or eholguin@rcfdenver.org for more information.