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 an eight-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. If you are interested in applying for a future cohort, please contact Gillian Breuer.

2021-22 Grantmaking

The 2021-2022 cohort of Roots & Branches Foundation focused its grantmaking on access to quality early childhood care and education for children and families experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. The members awarded grants to the following organizations:

  • You be You Early Learning ($16,230) To support the teacher-led cooperative mobile preschool classroom in Aurora Section 8 housing.
  • The Village Institute ($20,000) To support the holistic live, learn, work center for refugee and immigrant families through housing assistance, early childhood education, family development services, job readiness training, and mental health support.
  • Warren Village ($13,500) To support single-parent families by providing resources, opportunities and support systems to change their life trajectory in order to achieve personal and economic self-sufficiency.