Strategic Planning in 2019

In 2019, Rose Community Foundation is undertaking a comprehensive strategic planning process that will chart our path forward. We will spend this year asking and answering questions about our vision for the future, how we will serve our region, and the roles we will play in our next chapter.

We embark on this work sensitive to the impact it will have not only on our organization but also on all those with whom we work and the communities we serve. We are just beginning the strategic planning journey and have more questions than answers at this time. We ask that our partners and stakeholders have patience with us as we undertake this important work.

Follow our blog post as we embark on this work.

Here is what we do know now:

Will Rose Community Foundation’s geographic catchment area change?

No. Our grantmaking will continue to focus on serving communities within the seven-county metro Denver region (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties).

Will the Foundation’s grantmaking change?

Possibly. We are taking a comprehensive look at all of the Foundation’s work and will be setting strategy for the future including what work we do and how we approach it. We know that we will continue to be a grantmaker, deploying philanthropic resources to strengthen Greater Denver. And we will continue to anchor our work in addressing core community issues. We also know that we will continue to have a specific commitment, carried forward from the legacy of Rose Medical Center, to funding in the Jewish community. Based on what we hear and learn this year, the particular program areas, strategies and priorities we pursue may change as a reflection of changes in community needs and the evolving funding landscape, but we will continue to place a high priority on the relationships and partnerships we have with our grantees, other funders, and community members.

Will the Foundation’s philanthropic services work change?

Whatever the outcome of strategic planning, Rose Community Foundation will remain committed to supporting donors in their philanthropy through a range of charitable giving vehicles including donor-advised funds, designated funds, giving circles, and legacy giving. We also will remain committed to helping nonprofits sustain their missions into the future through the creation and stewardship of endowment funds. As we look to the future, we will explore ways to enhance this work and to strengthen the synergies between the two core roles we play as a community foundation – grantmaking and donor services – to magnify impact for everyone with whom we work.

What is the timeline for strategic planning?

Our strategic planning work will take most of 2019 and will include reflecting on past work and growth opportunities, exploring needs and priorities in Greater Denver and the role we can play in addressing them, and developing strategic priorities to guide our next chapter. Toward the end of the year we will develop a thoughtful and responsible approach to implementation and budgeting for 2020 and beyond. To learn more about our strategic planning process and journey, visit our blog.

What opportunities will there be for involvement in the Foundation’s strategic planning work?

We are engaging a wide range of voices to inform this work and we are deeply grateful to those who are sharing their time and perspective with us. Through focus groups and interviews, we are seeking insight into current and anticipated needs and opportunities in the Greater Denver region, as well as listening to feedback on the Foundation and its role in strengthening the community. While we cannot directly engage all voices in this process, we are hearing from people from a wide range of identities and backgrounds, across different sectors and geographies, and with varying degrees of connection to us and our work, from longstanding grantees, fund holders and peer funders, to those with whom we have not worked closely in the past but whose knowledge and particular vantage points we are eager to learn from to inform our future direction.

What about 2019; has anything already changed?

In 2019, as we undertake strategic planning, it is largely business as usual at Rose Community Foundation. We are still grantmaking in the five program areas we have always funded: Aging, Child & Family Development, Education, Health, and Jewish Life. Our priorities and grants processes in those areas will not substantively change this year, so if you are a grantee, you can expect to continue to work with us in the ways you are accustomed to through the end of 2019. We will also continue to invest in efforts to support immigrant and refugee communities and to make Greater Denver a safer and more inclusive place for people vulnerable to hate and discrimination through our Community Action Fund. The one adjustment we have made to grantmaking that has already gone into effect is that we will not be making multi-year grants in 2019.

We will provide updates along the way in our strategic planning journey. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out with questions to Sarah Indyk, director of specials projects at or 303.398.7416.