COVID-19 R.E.S.P.O.N.D. Fund: Rose Emergency Support for Philanthropic Opportunities, Needs & Demands

Rose Community 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.

100% of dollars donated to the R.E.S.P.O.N.D. Fund are deployed as grants to nonprofits addressing the impact of COVID-19 in our community.

The Foundation recently awarded 395 grants totaling over $4.1 million in its second phase of COVID-19 grantmaking, bringing the Foundation’s COVID-19 grantmaking total thus far to more than $7 million over three months.

“I donated to the R.E.S.P.O.N.D Fund because I could think of no better organization to quickly and equitably support those most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in the Denver area. I am confident that my donation is making a tangible impact, and want to thank everyone at the Foundation who is helping support the community at this time.”
– Sara Goldstein, Rose Youth Foundation alum

Priority funding areas include:

  • Mental and behavioral health
  • Job loss / back to work support
  • Basic needs assistance for individuals and families
  • Census outreach work that has been disrupted by COVID-19
  • Food insecurity
  • Health disparities in communities of color
  • Racial/ethnic backlash (i.e. anti-Asian sentiment)
  • Virtual service delivery
  • Wellness slide-back and public health

The Foundation is also funding Jewish nonprofits to enable them to focus on immediate recovery from COVID-19 and support near- and long-term mission fulfillment.

Give to the R.E.S.P.O.N.D. Fund

Rose Community Foundation donor-advised fundholders can give to the R.E.S.P.O.N.D. Fund through Donor Central. Click on “Recommend a Grant,” and from there, you can list Rose Community Foundation as your charity. In the section under grant purpose, please specify R.E.S.P.O.N.D. Fund.

“We gave to the R.E.S.P.O.N.D Fund in honor of my sister, Bridget, who has contracted COVID-19 as a result of an outbreak in her memory care home. One of the funniest, most irreverent and delightful people you could ever meet, Bridget was a tireless volunteer and community builder wherever she lived and worked. It is in this spirit that we honor her with this donation to her community.”
–  Anonymous R.E.S.P.O.N.D. Fund donor

If you have questions, our team is here to support you and keep you connected to our community’s evolving needs and response efforts.