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.

The 2021-2022 member application process is currently closed. If you are interested in learning more about the program or being notified of the 2022-2023 member application process and timeline, please contact Gillian Breuer at


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.