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? 

      • We have closed our physical office space, and our team has continued to operate all functions while working remotely.
      • 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 committed the bulk of its 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. Read about that grantmaking here.
      • In June, the Foundation awarded 395 grants totaling over $4.1 million in its second phase of COVID-19 grantmaking. Read about that grantmaking here.
      • In November, the Foundation awarded 531 grants totaling over $4.6 million in its third phase of COVID-19 grantmaking, bringing the COVID-19 grantmaking total thus far to more than $11.6 million. Read about that grantmaking here.
      • The Foundation does not currently have any open funding opportunities. Information about future grant opportunities will be available at the end of the first quarter of 2021.
  • 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? 

      • 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
  • 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.
      • We hope you consider supporting Rose Community Foundation’s R.E.S.P.O.N.D. FundIf 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.
      • In 2020, donor giving increased tremendously in response to the converging crises facing our region. Visit our blog for 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 fundholders updated as new developments arise. Please reach out to chief financial officer, Gretchen Lenamond, with any questions.