Since 2007, Rose Community Foundation has brought together diverse, talented and community-minded Jewish young adults to learn and give together and make a difference in the Greater Denver community.

Roots & Branches Foundation members begin their collaborative philanthropic journey by participating in a seven-month program where they explore Jewish values, learn about community issues, and put the tools of strategic philanthropy to work, ultimately granting up to $50,000 together. Joining Roots & Branches means becoming part of the next generation of funders at Rose Community Foundation and joining a network of alumni who continue to gather to celebrate holidays, volunteer and make new connections.  

Becoming a Member

Applications are now closed for the 2024-25 cohort. For any questions, please contact Emily Kornhauser.

All members should identify as Jewish and be between the ages of 25 and 40 years old. You do not need to be of a certain income level, wealth status or earning potential. We welcome members who can bring a diversity of voices, life experiences and perspectives to the program.

Grantmaking Funds

Rose Community Foundation seeds the group’s grantmaking with $30,000 and provides a dollar-for-dollar match for members’ combined contributions, up to $10,000. All members are asked to make a personally meaningful donation. There is no recommended contribution amount and all amounts donated are confidential.

2023-24 Grantmaking

The 2023-2024 cohort of Roots & Branches Foundation focused its grantmaking on increasing economic stability through eviction prevention, emergency assistance and resources for self-sufficiency and wealth building.  The members awarded grants to the following organizations: 

  • Colorado Poverty Law Project: ($7,500): General operating support for eviction legal defense, tenant and landlord mediation, and housing advocacy.
  • Family Tree ($15,000): General operating support to prevent eviction for families and individuals across the metro area through rental assistance and case management.
  • Warren Village ($15,000): General operating support for formerly unhoused, single-parent families to build their personal educational, and economic competencies leading to self-sufficiency.
  • Focus Reentry ($7,500): Program support for the Building Home program that matches mentors to peers who are newly housed in an effort to provide socialization, housing navigation and life skills.