This page will be updated regularly as circumstances evolve. Please keep checking back and feel free to contact us with any questions.

  • How will the Foundation’s operations be affected by COVID-19? 

      • While we have closed our physical office space, our team will continue to operate all functions while working remotely. At this time, we anticipate a closure through at least July 30; however, as the situation continues to unfold, we will extend those plans as necessary.
      • We continue to remain committed to serving the needs of our fundholders, our grantees and the community. While our office is closed, we will not host or participate in any in-person meetings.
  • Where is Rose Community Foundation directing its grantmaking resources? 

      • Rose Community Foundation has committed the entirety of our remaining 2020 grantmaking to a multi-phased response to the impact of this crisis in our region.
      • In April, the Foundation awarded over 120 grants totaling over $1.7 million to nonprofit organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about that grantmaking here.
      • In June, the Foundation and its fundholders awarded 395 grants totaling over $4.1 million in its second phase of COVID-19 grantmaking. Read more about that grantmaking here.
      • There will be no additional open community grantmaking funding opportunities in 2020. Our last COVID-19 opportunity of 2020 will be invitation-only. While no timeline has been established yet, we will be announcing 2021 opportunities via our website and social media.
  • I am currently a grantee of Rose Community Foundation. Am I still required to meet the specific requirements and deliverables outlined in my grant? 

      • This pandemic places a major burden on our community’s nonprofit organizations – in terms of increased demand for their services, increased strain on their staff, and interruption of fundraising activities that further exacerbate the strain on their resources. As such, we recognize that many of our grant recipients may need to reorient their funds in order to respond to the continuously changing circumstances. We appreciate that each of our grantees has responded with great empathy and nimbleness in these unprecedented times. We want to support you in these efforts and in your ability to focus on the big picture, prioritizing the health and safety of our communities.
      • The Foundation will be flexible regarding grant objectives, activities, reporting and timelines in situations where COVID-19 impacts your capabilities or priorities. Please reach out to our Programs staff if you have questions about your grant.
  • Where should I donate to support COVID-19 relief efforts? 

      • (1) Contribute to Rose Community Foundation’s COVID-19 R.E.S.P.O.N.D. Fund.
        • The Foundation has created a dedicated fund for individuals who would like to partner with us in an equity-focused, multi-phased response to the medical, economic and social impacts of COVID-19 in seven-county Metro Denver. Give to the R.E.S.P.O.N.D. Fund here.
      • (2) Contribute to the Governor’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.
        • Rose Community Foundation is proud to support the Governor’s Relief Fund at Mile High United Way, a coordinated, statewide effort bringing together government and philanthropy to respond to this crisis, now and in the months to come, as we shift from response to recovery.
      • (3) Support nonprofits on the frontlines of COVID-19 response.
        • To see the full list of local organizations the Foundation has supported in its first two rounds of grantmaking, visit our COVID-19 Response page. The Foundation’s Philanthropic Services team can also connect you to opportunities that align with your priorities and values.
  • How can I support relief efforts in ways other than donating money? 

      • There are numerous opportunities to support local organizations by making non-monetary donationsvolunteering or giving blood. Visit our resources page to learn more. 
  • I am a fund holder at Rose Community Foundation. How can I use my fund to support COVID-19 relief efforts?

      • Donor-advised funds are powerful tools for good at this time. One of the benefits of a donor-advised fund is its flexibility, the fact that it allows a tax-deductible donation at any time and can then be used at any time when giving strategy, community needs or opportunities arise. In ways most of us have not witnessed in our lifetimes, this IS that moment.
      • Consider supporting Rose Community Foundation’s R.E.S.P.O.N.D. Fund, the Governor’s COVID Relief Fund or one of the other regional giving opportunities on our resources page. If you have specific questions about your fund or your giving, please reach out directly to your philanthropic services representative. Our team is here to support you and your philanthropy and to keep you connected to our community’s evolving needs and response efforts.
      • From March 15 through June 15, our donor-advised fundholders made 307 grants totaling
        $1.65 million. This represents a roughly 300 percent increase in dollars granted over what is
        typical this time of year. View our blog for the latest stories about how our donors are responding.
  • I am a fund holder at Rose Community Foundation. How, if at all, is the Foundation’s investment strategy shifting in response to COVID-19’s effect on the market? 

      • As a foundation created to serve Greater Denver for generations to come, our investment approach has always been – and will continue to be – a long-term strategy focused on building for the future and minimizing downside risk when possible. This conservative approach guards against market volatility, mitigating losses when the market hits a downturn.
      • As we continue to see the markets respond to the uncertainty created by COVID-19, we are also gratefully reminded that one of the benefits of the OCIO (outsourced chief investment officer) relationship we have with J.P. Morgan is that in times of market fluctuation, they are continuously and actively reviewing the portfolio’s positioning.
      • We will continue to keep our fund holders updated as new developments arise. Please reach out to chief financial officer, Gretchen Lenamond, with any questions.