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 six-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

Rose Community Foundation is seeking a diverse, talented and motivated group of Jewish people, ages 25 to 40, to work together to make a difference in the Greater Denver community using their Jewish values and the tools of strategic philanthropy.

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Roots & Branches members:

  • Engage in strategic philanthropy.
  • Leverage time, talent and personal philanthropy.
  • Connect Jewish values to the good they seek to do.
  • Learn about and connect with Greater Denver and Boulder’s Jewish communities.
  • Become a part of the next generation of funders at Rose Community Foundation.

The Commitment

Members of Roots & Branches Foundation will meet for seven sessions over five months, from October 2021 through February 2022. Meetings are held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Rose Community Foundation office.

Members are required to:

  • Attend and participate in all meetings (one pre-approved absence is permitted). If participants are feeling ill they are encouraged to participate via zoom.
  • Spend time outside of meetings connecting with fellow members, researching community issues, reading relevant materials and grant proposals, and meeting with nonprofits for site visits.
  • Make a personally meaningful donation to the Roots & Branches grantmaking pool. Rose Community Foundation provides a grantmaking pool of $30,000 and up to $10,000 in additional funds to match dollar-for-dollar donations from Roots & Branches members

Eligibility

All applicants should reside within the Greater Denver community of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties, identify as Jewish, and be between the age of 25 to 40 years old. There are often more interested applicants than we are able to accommodate in the program and, as a result, the Foundation is not able to accept all of the qualified applicants.

To Apply

Please submit your written application by Monday, August 9 at 5:00 p.m. You will be prompted to create a login and password if you choose to save and return to your application. All applicants will be notified of selection decisions by September 1. If you have any questions about applying or the program, please contact Gillian Breuer.

2021 GRANT AWARDS

Total: $28,494

Asian Pacific Development Center: to support AAPI immigrant and refugee communities in Colorado through a fully integrated system of care which includes behavioral and medical health services, adult education, youth programming, victim assistance, health policy advocacy, and an interpreter’s bank.

BLM5280: to support a holistic racial justice approach that includes strengthening individual and community health and wellness, relationship-building, educational programming, and movement building to unite Black communities while eliminating anti-Black violence and racism.

Collaborative Healing Initiative within Communities: to help families break intergenerational cycles of poverty and violence by strengthening the support and services provided to women and girls in the education, workforce and criminal justice systems.

Colorado Circles for Change: to reduce juvenile violence, end the school to prison pipeline, and break generational cycles of trauma for youth of color to heal and reach their full potential.

Denver Metro Community Impact: to advance equity and generational success by elevating the voices of the systemically oppressed through the facilitation of organizational collective action led and constructed by the community.

Groundwork Denver: to engage residents of lower-income communities in the planning and implementation process to improve the communal environment and promote the health and well-being of residents.

Institute for Racial Equity and Excellence: to create inclusive environments and ensure equity and social justice at all levels of society including dismantling the school to prison pipeline.

Project VOYCE: to partner with youth to cultivate transformational leadership that addresses the root causes of inequity in underrepresented communities by training, employing, organizing, and building equitable youth-adult partnerships.

Second Chance Center: to help formerly incarcerated individuals successfully transition back to society and reestablishing their lives with case management, mentoring and vital resource assistance.