Rose Community Foundation Announces $12.4+ Million in Grants from Second Half of 2018

Denver, CO — Between July and December 2018, Rose Community Foundation awarded 565 grants totaling over $12.4 million. Of this amount, $5,912,771 was awarded for 132 grants from Rose Community Foundation’s program areas to nonprofit organizations and government agencies that support the well-being of the Greater Denver community. Donor-advised funds housed at the Foundation approved 368 grants totaling $3,631,874. Restricted funds housed at the Foundation awarded 65 grants totaling $2,940,417. This brings Rose Community Foundation’s 2018 grants total to $25 million; the Foundation has awarded grants totaling over $287 million since its inception in 1995.

The Foundation’s staff and board of trustees authorized the following grants between July 1 and December 31, 2018. Program grants are listed by program area and donor-directed grants are listed alphabetically.



Brothers Redevelopment, Inc., $55,000 to support the Home Modification & Repair program, providing home rehab services that improve safety, structure and in-home mobility for disabled and older adult homeowners.

Changing the Narrative (fund housed at Rose Community Foundation), $180,300 to continue, refine, expand and enhance Changing the Narrative in Colorado, an awareness and communication campaign designed to shift the perception about aging that results in an age integrated society.

Coal Creek Meals on Wheels, $5,000 to support the provision of home-delivered meal programs to homebound older adults in Lafayette, Louisville, Superior and Erie.

Colorado African Organization, $15,000 to support the Elder Refugee Citizen Project in providing pro bono legal services for Naturalization with Medical Waiver applications.

Colorado Gerontological Society, $75,000 to support, in English and Spanish, Medicare and Medicaid benefits and access to health care counseling and education for low-income individuals over age 60.

Colorado Nonprofit Development Center

  • $75,000 to support Benefits in Action’s Health Benefit Navigation which provides access to health care for older adults with an emphasis on low income and vulnerable older adults.
  • $200,000 to support Boomers Leading Change in harnessing the experience, energy and conviction of adults age 50+ to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families. This includes creating healthier, better-informed, more confident healthcare consumers and improving access to healthcare for all in Metro Denver.

Cultivate, $20,000 to promote independent living of older people in Boulder and surrounding areas through Cultivate’s Safety Net Services, specifically its Carry-Out Caravan, Fix-it and Medical Mobility programs.

Denver Regional Council of Governments, $15,000 to support older adults from refugee communities with transportation to access activities of the Elder Refugee Program, and to support the Denver Regional Council of Governments and partner agency Colorado African Organization in providing options counseling and community navigation to connect participants with community resources.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of Colorado, $30,000 to support SAGE of the Rockies and Capitol Hill Care Link that provides supportive programs and services for LGBTQ and allied older adults (age 60+) in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, an area recognized by the City of Denver as a naturally occurring retirement community.

Hunger Free Colorado, $20,000 to provide low-income older adults in the metro area with connections to food resources and assistance with submitting and obtaining nutritious food resources.

Jewish Family Service of Colorado, $130,000 to support the Jay and Rose Phillips Senior Solutions Center to provide services and supports designed to help older adults and their caregivers so they are able to maintain a good quality of life, participate in their communities and maintain their independence.

Latino Community Foundation of Colorado (fund housed at Rose Community Foundation), $210,000 to support Latino Age Wave Colorado for a community-led multi-year place-based project that utilizes a Family Center Approach to aging for Latino older adults, their caregivers and the local community in Montbello.

Longmont Meals on Wheels, $25,000 to support the delivery of home delivered meals to older adults in Longmont, Lyons, Niwot and the surrounding rural areas.

Meals on Wheels of Boulder, $35,000 to support the provision of home-delivered meal programs to homebound older adults in Boulder and its social venture quiche business, Think Goodness.

National Council on Aging, $25,000 to support the National Council on Aging, in partnership with SCL Health and other community-based organizations in Colorado, in demonstrating the potential of the Aging Mastery Program® to improve the lives of older adults and their caregivers in Colorado, especially underserved populations.

Project Angel Heart, $25,000 to support the provision of home-delivered meal programs to homebound older adults in the metro Denver area.

The Senior Hub, $150,000 over 18 months to support a menu of direct services to low-income older adults living in Adams and Arapahoe counties and surrounding areas.

Spark the Change Colorado, $20,000 to support the Colorado Senior Companion Program, which provides opportunities for low-income Senior Companion volunteers to serve frail older adult clients to maintain their ability to live independently in their own homes with improved or equal quality of life for as long as possible.

Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning, $20,000 to support a Life Long Navigator project that will connect older adult refugees and immigrants to services that promote good health and prevent isolation in Denver and Aurora.

TLC Meals on Wheels, $10,000 to support the provision of home-delivered meal programs and a friendly visitor to homebound older adults in the Littleton area.

Volunteers of America Colorado Branch, $65,000 to support the provision of home-delivered meal programs to homebound older adults in the metro Denver area.

Changing the Narrative Mini Grants (in partnership with NextFifty Initiative)

  • Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, $500 to support Benefits in Action’s reframing of outreach materials, including its website and social media sites, to better communicate to and about older adults.
  • Easterseals Colorado, $500 to support redesigning the Warm Water Therapy Pool brochure and the program’s other collateral material.
  • Hunger Free Colorado, $500 to support a redesign of the organizational brochure.
  • Seniors’ Resource Center, $500 to acquire new stock photos in an effort to change the narrative.

Child and Family Development

Ability Connection Colorado, $15,000 to support the implementation of a math skills intervention program as an adjunct to regular preschool education programming to counter weaknesses pertaining to mathematics education and improve proficiency in that subject area.

The Acorn School for Early Childhood Development, $5,000 to support implementation of a social emotional development curriculum, Pyramid Plus, for upcoming and existing early childhood teachers.

Bal Swan Children’s Center, $5,000 to support services to children with special needs, medical challenges and at risk of school failure, as well as early learners with typical learning styles.

The Bell Policy Center, $30,000 to support general operations, research, outreach and advocacy to address the economic mobility forces affecting Coloradans and their communities–economic inequality, shifting demographics, changing technology, and shrinking public investment–so that all children and their families have the opportunity to thrive.

Bright by Three, $30,000 to foster social-emotional competency and school-readiness for young children by strengthening caregiver-child relationships and building a greater network of communication and resources in Metro Denver

Broomfield Early Childhood Council, $10,000 to support the quality, capacity, affordability and accessibility of programs, services and supports to improve the health and education of young children (0-8) their families and their service providers.

Catholic Charities, $10,000 to support family self-reliance and school readiness through access to excellent, inclusive early childhood education programs and wrap-around services for Denver’s neediest children and families.

Centro San Juan Diego, $10,000 to support the provision of culturally competent adult education, personal development and family support services, including emergency services, to immigrants in Denver metro area.

Children’s Haven Child Care Center, $10,000 to support quality improvements for an early education center in Southwest Denver serving 150 low-income children.

The Children’s Museum of Denver, $10,000 to support the planning and development of two culturally responsive Early Learning Experience Galleries, which will inspire responsive adult-child interactions, scaffold caregiver knowledge and connection, and support cognitive, physical and social-emotional development for young children.

Clayton Early Learning

  • $75,000 to support the research and evaluation agenda designed to answer key questions regarding the efficacy of programs, curriculum and approaches.
  • $30,000 to conduct an environmental scan and develop a professional development plan as Clayton expands its training initiatives for early childhood educators.
  • $10,000 to support state-level early childhood advocacy efforts by helping with the local match for the 2018-2019 Alliance for Early Success grant.

Colfax Aurora Community Economic Opportunity Project, $5,000 to support a pilot group of 12-15 in-home Latino daycare providers that will form a cooperative in Northwest Aurora.

Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, $10,000 to support a feasibility study to inform Boomers Leading Change and prospective partners about the potential for well-trained older volunteers to strengthen the early child infrastructure in Metro Denver identifying needs, program opportunities and resources.

Denver Early Childhood Council, $20,000 to support the Council’s work with child care providers, policymakers, and other partners to enhance the quality and availability of child care and early education opportunities for children and families.

Denver Public Library Friends Foundation, $5,000 to support the Read Aloud Program, an early literacy program provided in low-income, often ethnically diverse neighborhoods designed to ensure that the prevalence of at-risk preschool children will enter kindergarten better prepared for continued learning and future academic and professional success.

Early Childhood Council of Boulder County, $20,000 to support systems building by acting as the backbone for the Boulder County Early Childhood Collective, providing quality improvement programs for licensed childcare and professional development.

Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance, $50,000 to support families with young children, so they have access to high quality early learning opportunities and comprehensive physical and mental health services and supports.

Early Childhood Leadership Commission (fund housed at Rose Community Foundation)

  • $10,000 to provide staffing and program support.
  • $10,000 to support enhancements, modifications, marketing and policy design and implementation for the Early Childhood Colorado Framework website.

Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County, $20,000 to support the enhancement of an early childhood system to support children’s readiness for school through strong partnerships, sufficient investments and strong shared accountability.

Early Excellence Program of Denver, $10,000 for professional development for a center in Cole neighborhood that provides high quality early childhood programs to 80 students.

Early Milestones Colorado, $50,000 to continue to build capacity as an independent non-partisan organization helping to advance innovative solutions to improve policies and practices in early childhood in order to create lasting, positive change for children.

El Centro Amistad, $10,000 to support parenting education classes in Spanish to 160 Latinx parents at four locations in Boulder County during the 2018-2019 school year.

El Centro Humanitario Para Los Trabajadores, $10,000 to support children and families by offering early learning programs in high needs neighborhoods. The grant will contribute to five programs across Denver serving children birth to 5 and their families.

Family Star, $10,000 to support professional development for teachers and staff that serve 210 children in two center-based programs as well as a home-based program.

Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado

  • $30,000 to support the Student and Family Support Program and Early Childhood Education Center, which work in tandem to provide wraparound support to teen mothers and their children.
  • $17,000 to support the Legal Clinic that provides teen mothers with undocumented parents or family members access to immigration legal advice, services, and representation.

Friends of the Haven, $10,000 to support the Baby Haven in providing classroom and center materials, education and training for center staff and qualified substitute teachers with required background checks to maintain/exceed a Level 4 Colorado Shines rating.

The Gathering Place, $10,500 to provide administrative and capacity building support for the Denver Women’s Collaborative, a collective voice on behalf of women and girls, and their families in the Metro Denver area

Growing Home, $10,000 to support early childhood programs for low-income families with children in Adams County and the north Denver metro area.

Hope Center, $10,000 to support professional development, materials and quality improvements to provide top quality early childhood education in Northeast Denver.

Intercambio Uniting Communities, $3,000 to support an English language, economic sustainability, integration and cross-cultural skills training program for immigrants in Boulder.

Invest in Kids, $40,000 support high-quality scaling efforts specific to the Incredible Years program, which engages teachers and parents in the healthy social-emotional development of young children.

Jefferson County Library Foundation, $5,000 to support a childhood literacy program produced year-round by Jefferson County Public Library, which helps parents/guardians introduce babies, toddlers and preschoolers to reading and literacy, helping children to become reading ready before they enter kindergarten.

Laradon, $10,000 to expand staff capacity for the Family, Infant and Toddler Program.

Little Giants Learning Center, $5,000 to serve the Commerce City community by providing quality care in a safe environment, whereby each child is enriched with experiences that are conducive to their academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural development.

Mile High Early Learning

  • $20,000 to support Babies Ready for College, which provides intentional support for families and caregivers to ensure they have the information, resources, and tools they need to prepare their children for school.
  • $25,000 to support implementation of Mile High Early Learning’s work on race and equity in early learning, specifically training and professional development for staff as they work toward equitable practices, respectful interactions and a commitment to race and equity.

Mountain View United Church, $5,000 of general operating support for the Rocky Mountain Welcome Center, an immigrant-led multi-tenant, shared space organization based in Aurora with the mission of fostering intercultural learning, understanding and integration among immigrants, refugees and Colorado residents.

New Horizons Preschool, $5,000 to support low-income, Latino children and their parents through the Parent Outreach Program which includes the Spanish Family Literacy Program, parent education programming, home visits and targeted one-on one parent outreach.

New Legacy Charter High School, $10,000 to the school’s Early Learning Center, which primarily serves pregnant/parenting teens and their children, for early childhood development and professional development of teachers and staff.

Office of the Governor, State of Colorado, $10,000 to support the match for grants from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) for the Parents and Children Thriving Together (PACTT): Two-Generation Policy Network.

OUR Center, $5,000 to support new and existing teachers to stay up to date with the Pyramid Plus model, as OUR Center continues to aim for the highest quality rating scores.

Parent Possible, $40,000 to support continued implementation of the Vroom Colorado Strategic Plan. Vroom translates the science behind the brain’s executive functions into easy, actionable tips that encourage interaction between parents and young children to support the child’s healthy development.

Reach Out and Read Colorado, $10,000 to support the evidence-based program model working in partnership with medical providers to give new books and anticipatory guidance for parents to become their child’s first and most important teacher, enhancing developmental milestones and school readiness across 110 clinics in Metro Denver.

Sewall Child Development Center, $10,000 to support early childhood staff with ongoing coaching and training in the Pyramid Plus model that serves over 300 children in 9 preschool sites across Denver, helping a broad range of children with differing abilities

TLC Learning Center, $10,000 to support continued training of staff in the Pyramid Plus positive behavior development model and provide mental health services through Kid Connects.

TSNE Missionworks

  • $75,000 to support Raising the Childcare Fund, a coordinated philanthropic effort to strengthen the voice for childcare and continue to build momentum for increased public investment.
  • $85,000 to support the implementation of the Tools Integrated PreK to Grade 3 Partner Model in Colorado, in order to improve reading achievement and executive functions outcomes for children at risk for academic failure, leading to a scalable model that could reach 400,000 children per year by 2030.

University of Colorado Foundation

  • $20,000 to support assessment services, early childhood programs for children with and without disabilities, parent education, and community and state outreach support.
  • $30,000 to support the ongoing implementation and evaluation of the Pregnancy and Parenting Partners program at three Denver Health clinics.

Warren Village, $18,000 to support the Workforce Development cluster’s future development and collaboration through the hiring of a consultant to help with assessment of the field, ecosystem research, and facilitation of cluster meetings.

We Are Jeffco, $2,500 to support ballot measures 5A and 5B, a mill levy override and bond that would provide financial resources to support operations directly related to student learning and success and would enable needed upgrades to school facilities in Jeffco Public Schools.

YMCA of Boulder Valley, $6,035 to support the implementation of the Tadpole preschool online management tool.

YWCA Boulder County, $15,000 to support at-risk parent/caregiver economic self-sufficiency and promote healthy child development through a two-pronged approach with families: a drop-in, temporary childcare center and career counseling and support for the parents.

Opportunity Youth (Child and Family Development and Education in partnership with the Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation)

  • Goodwill Industries of Denver, $26,000 to support the Youth Services Career Program during the 2017-2018 school year at Emily Griffith High School GED+ Program as part of the Denver Opportunity Youth Initiative, as overseen by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.


Aurora Citizens for Excellent Schools, $2,500 to support Yes on 5A-Aurora Public Schools Mill Levy to provide up to $35 million annually to invest in key areas that support student health, safety and learning.

The Bridge Project, University of Denver, $10,000 to support the Bridge Project’s Early Literacy and Writing Program.

Chalkbeat, $50,000 to support efforts to inform Colorado’s conversation about education with high-quality news, information, and storytelling.

City Year Denver, $5,000 to support the Whole School Whole Child Program.

The Colorado Education Initiative, $100,000 to support the design and implementation of education systems that are increasingly responsive to the needs of their students, teachers, communities, and workforce, including increased educator voice on state policy, and increased school and district readiness to tackle persistent and emerging equity gaps.

Colorado “I Have A Dream”® Foundation, $10,000 to support the Academic Day Support & After-School Extended Day programs.

Denver Kids, Inc., $5,000 to support elementary educational counseling.

Fort Logan Northgate, $18,500 to support student learning of mathematics through increasing teacher professional development.

Heart & Hand Center for Youth and Their Families, $5,000 to support the Academic Enrichment program.

I Have a Dream® Foundation of Boulder County, $10,000 to support positive academic futures for Dreamer Scholars in grades 1-5.

Public Education & Business Coalition, $60,000 to support a senior program manager to help launch the Teach Colorado Teacher Recruitment Initiative.

Reading Partners Colorado, $5,000 to support Reading Partners Colorado.

ReSchool, $20,000 to support building the capacity of working parents to navigate the education system and access meaningful learning experiences within and beyond school.

Scholars Unlimited, $5,000 to support the Scholars After School program.

Sheridan High School, $17,000 to support students at Sheridan High School with access to resources for their future in college, career and life.

Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning, $25,000 to support strengthening existing systems and partnerships to improve the behavioral health of refugee and immigrant youth in Denver and Aurora.

STRIVE Preparatory Schools, $25,000 to support STRIVE Prep’s students through mental health resources, family engagement programming and the DreamerStudent Task Force.

Sun Valley Youth Center, $5,000 to support Fun in the Sun summer programming.

Teach for America, $25,000 to support the Colorado Talent Initiative, an effort to increase diversity in the educational leadership pipeline and build new pathways into education for underrepresented groups.

Teach Plus, $200,000 to support recruiting, selecting, training and supporting teachers in a Colorado Teaching Policy Fellowship where they will engage state and local policy makers to inform the writing, implementation and sustainability of policy to support student success.

We Are Jeffco, $2,500 to support ballot measures 5A and 5B, a mill levy override and bond that would provide financial resources to support operations directly related to student learning and success and would enable needed upgrades to school facilities in Jeffco Public Schools.

Zocalo Outreach, $2,000 to support the center-based after school enrichment program.

CEO Funders Collaborative (In partnership with Denver Foundation and Gates Family)

  • Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, $30,000 for the African Leadership Group to build the operational tools to deliver on-going advocacy training and civic engagement opportunities for the African immigrant community, with emphasis on improving the public education systems, in Aurora and Denver.

Rose/James Walton New Leaders Program (in partnership with Walton Family Foundation)

The Early Stage Community Leaders Learning Network aims to build the capacity of rising leaders in the out-of-school time community by providing participants with skills and training, empowering them to grow their community programs. The trainings will establish a community of practice/network among early stage and promising program providers through trust, shared best practices, and collaboration. Upon completion of the trainings, Leaders will be prepared to apply for larger grants that support expanded or deeper services for their students.

  • Hadanõu Collective, $1,000 designated for Vocal Coalition in honor of Joel Pace’s work with the Early Stage Community Leaders Learning Network.
  • Crowley Foundation, $6,250
  • Hadanõu Collective, $6,250
  • Hulk Industries LLC, $6,250
  • Independent Arts & Media, $6,250
  • Kids Above Everything, $6,250
  • Make A Chess Move, $6,250
  • Trailhead Institute, $6,250
  • Village Exchange Center, $6,250


Bayaud Enterprises, $25,000 to support the wrap around approach to employment services through a navigator model, which lowers barriers to health care coordination, benefits acquisition and local resources for persons with disabilities.

Center for Care Innovations, $14,400 to support phase two planning for a Colorado Innovation Community among the state’s health care safety net providers.

Center for Health Progress, $6,747 to support the Colorado health policy leadership retreat.

Colorado Access, $160,600 to support improved access to mental health services for socio-economically disadvantaged perinatal women in order to improve multigenerational health outcomes for both the mother and child.

Colorado Black Health Collaborative, $70,000 to support the design, development and production of an updated version of the Black Health Collaborative’s Resource Directory.

Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition, $5,000 to support the annual S.O.U.P! event, which raises awareness for childhood immunization.

Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, $25,000 to strengthen advocacy for people with all types of disabilities by educating allies and key public sector staff that Coloradans with disabilities are a key constituent base.

Colorado Health Institute, $200,000 to support a suite of nonpartisan, evidence-based legislative services provided to state legislators, local officials, and stakeholders across Colorado; and to support the state’s premier health policy conference, Hot Issues in Health, of which Rose Community Foundation is the founding sponsor.

Colorado Nonprofit Development Center

  • $45,564 to support Colorado Children’s Healthcare Access Program’s development of a business case and financial model for the long-term sustainability of mental health services in pediatric care.
  • $200,000 to support Boomers Leading Change harnessing the experience, energy and conviction of adults age 50+ to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families by creating healthier, better-informed, more confident healthcare consumers and improving access to healthcare for all in Metro Denver.

Denver Children’s Advocacy Center, $50,000 to support the Community Outreach to Undocumented Families Project, which responds to the urgent need among this vulnerable and traumatized population for mental health care and practical support in a climate of fear caused by wide-scale detention and deportation.

Denver Indian Health & Family Services, $79,840 to support the development and implementation of a quality improvement plan.

Inner City Health Center, $77,210 to support the provision of quality, compassionate mental health services in primary care for Denver’s underserved and at-risk pediatric, prenatal and adult-women patients.

Jewish Family Service of Colorado, $100,000 to support secure client tracking software and the technology upgrades and staffing necessary to comply with HIPAA in order to increase productivity and the number of clients served through the mental health counseling, senior solutions, family safety net and workforce development programs.

Kids in Need of Dentistry, $60,000 to support increased oral health education programming, a higher number of patients served and quality improvements.

Latina Safehouse Initiative, $10,000 to support general operating expenses to help build infrastructure and capacity to serve those in need.

Mental Health Center of Denver, $70,000 to support the immigrant and refugee community in the Denver area in overcoming the isolation and wariness that prevents community members from obtaining needed behavioral assistance and promote the faith community’s role in addressing those needs.

One Colorado, $40,000 to support a statewide survey to better understand the mental, physical and behavioral health for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families.

Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning, $81,250 to support strengthening existing systems and partnerships to improve the behavioral health of refugee and immigrant youth in Denver and Aurora.

Young Invincibles, $30,000 to support professional development, mentorship, and alumni engagement of young adults in the Young Advocates leadership program, which teaches health equity advocacy skills and primarily serves young adults ages 18-34 who are low-income or people of color.

Health Advocacy Mini Grants

  • Center for Health Progress, $5,000 to support key staff’s attendance at a day-long training in human-centered design.
  • Colorado Children’s Campaign, $5,000 to support executive coaching for key staff and attendance at an OpEd seminar.
  • Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, $1,486 to support key staff’s participation in the El Pomar Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program.

LAUNCH (in partnership with Buell Foundation, Caring for Colorado, Colorado Health Foundation, The Denver Foundation, The Piton Foundation, and Walton Family Foundation)

  • Canon City Schools, $625,000 to support Canon City Schools through phase III of the LAUNCH Together project.
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pueblo, $625,000 to support Catholic Charities through phase III of the LAUNCH Together project.
  • Denver Early Childhood Council, $625,000 to support DECC through phase III of the LAUNCH Together project.
  • Early Milestones Colorado, $250,232 to support Early Milestones in its role as the Lead Agency for year four of the LAUNCH Together project.
  • University of Denver, $164,745 of support for the Butler Institute as the LAUNCH Together Evaluation Partner for 2018-2019.

Jewish Life

Anti-Defamation League, Mountain States Regional Office, $95,000 to support expansion of the Words to Action program to empower students with tools to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Israel activity at the high school and college levels and to fund a new peer internship and longitudinal study measuring how students apply the knowledge and skills when they get to college.

B’nai B’rith International, $50,000 to support Denver/Boulder teens to attend the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization International Conference in Denver.

Boulder Jewish Community Center, $300,000 to support the implementation of a new user-centered Customer Relationship Management system to facilitate relationship building and a pipeline of engagement.

Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, $300,000 to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in ten Jewish early childhood education centers through intensive leadership team development, teacher and director coaching and cohort learning and training for three years.

Ekar Farm, $90,000 to support the 2019 growing season.

Hazon, $5,000 to support Hazon’s national strategic planning process.

Honeymoon Israel, $50,000 to support the Colorado coordinator who engages couples with at least one Jewish partner on the fringes of Jewish life by providing immersive trips to Israel, followed by peer-led programs and other Denver/Boulder activities in partnership with MazelTogether.

Jewish Family Service of Colorado, $396,325 to secure client tracking software and the technology upgrades and staffing necessary to comply with HIPAA and increase productivity, the number of clients served through the mental health counseling, senior solutions, family safety net and workforce development programs, as well as a new refrigerated Weinberg Food Pantry delivery truck to transport 400,000 pounds of donated perishable foods.

JEWISHcolorado, $50,000 to support Jewish Explorers, which engages, educates and empowers families with young children to feel excited about and comfortable with practicing Judaism in their homes and out in the community through experiential Jewish learning classes and holiday celebrations for parents and young children in the Highlands and Stapleton.

Mizel Arts & Culture Center, $80,000 to support Jewish arts and culture programs offered by JAAMM Fest (Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies & Music) to attract new audiences and for innovative strategic program development consulting for all the organization’s offerings that will result in new and improved programming, reaching broader audiences.

Rose Community Foundation, MazelTogether, $91,000 to support a strategic planning process for MazelTogether.


Colorado Nonprofit Association, $30,000 of general operating to support the organization in leading, serving and strengthening Colorado’s nonprofit community, to improve the quality of life throughout the state.

Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, $20,000 of general operating to support a more efficient, innovative and accountable Colorado nonprofit sector through the utilization of Colorado-based, professional fiscal sponsorship.

Community Resource Center, $15,000 of general operating to support the organization in building the capacity of individuals, organizations and the nonprofit sector through comprehensive programs providing resources, education and leadership development.

Community Shares of Colorado, $10,000 of general operating to support organization-wide strategic initiatives, which work together to increase capacity for local nonprofits and extend philanthropy across Colorado through sustainability and workplace giving.

The Denver Foundation, $10,000 to support Mile High Connects’ priorities around advancing racial, economic, environmental and health equity while simultaneously addressing the most critical day-to-day challenges for low-income communities and communities of color.

Latino Community Foundation of Colorado (fund housed at Rose Community Foundation, $40,000 to support efforts to increase Latino philanthropy and funding to Latino nonprofit organizations.

Spark the Change Colorado, $10,000 of general operating to support the mission of inspiring, engaging, mobilizing and empowering individuals, communities and organizations to become a driving force for good through volunteerism and service/engagement.


Anti-Defamation League, Mountain States Regional Office, $40,000 to support the Mountain States against Hate Coalition, whose members represent people targeted by race (African American and Latino/a), religion (primarily Muslim and Jewish), sexual orientation (LGBTQ) and gender identity, disability, and resident status and national origin (refugees and immigrants).

Center for Immigrants and Immigration Services, $15,000 to support recruitment and capacity building for the Center’s pro-bono legal program, which serves survivors of torture, asylum seekers, asylees, refugees and immigrants.

City of Denver, $5,200 to provide the 2018 match for the City of Denver’s Cities for Citizenship (C4C) “America is Home” Initiative grant, a $5 million bipartisan grant program to help municipalities and community partners encourage U.S. citizenship among eligible immigrants and increase naturalization application rates.

Colorado African Organization, $15,000 to support the Elder Refugee Citizen Project in providing pro bono legal services for Naturalization with Medical Waiver applications.

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition

  • $75,000 to support year two of the CIRC initiative, Colorado Rises: a statewide communications coalition that supports impacted community members and allies who wish to become involved in the work of protecting the rights and dignity of immigrants and refugees.
  • $500 honorarium for participation as a panelist in Census 2020 Forum.

Denver Health & Hospitals Foundation, $10,000 to support core service provision at the Denver Health Human Rights Clinic and fulfill a matching grant requirement.

Denver Public Library, $15,000 to support programming at the New Americans Project, including the expansion of citizenship exam preparation classes to Southwest Denver, legal assistance with the citizenship application form, and cultural enrichment activities for immigrants and refugees in the Denver metro area.

Denver Public Schools Foundation, $5,000 to support programming to provide a space for African American young women to discuss the issues and challenges they face and celebrate who they are in accordance with Rose Community Foundation’s Community Action Fund focus on making Denver a safe and welcoming space for all.

ECDC African Community Center of Denver, $15,000 to support ACC’s legal program to provide low cost, high quality legal assistance to refugees and other migrants, including representing them before USCIS, as well as legal training to other staff.

Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado, $500 honorarium on behalf of Elizabeth Garner for her participation as a panelist in the Census 2020 Forum.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of Colorado, $12,500 to upgrade security surveillance system to allow The Center to continue functioning as an open-door, welcoming community center for all who seek its services

The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, $5,000 to support a Progressive Congregation Network meeting around advocating against hate in our communities and to support the creation of fact sheets for legislators around the diversity of their constituents (race, religion, refugee or immigration status).

Matthew Shepard Foundation, $2,500 donation in recognition of the 20th anniversary and in honor of the anti-hate work the Foundation does, in conjunction with the Community Action Fund’s priority on creating a safe and welcoming space for all.

Metropolitan State University of Denver Foundation, $10,000 to assist MSU students with the costs associated with renewing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. Students have significant problems funding their own DACA renewals, and this status allows them to remain legally and pursue their studies in the country they know as home.

Mountain View United Church, $5,000 for general operating support for the Rocky Mountain Welcome Center, an immigrant-led multi-tenant, shared space organization based in Aurora with the mission of fostering intercultural learning, understanding and integration among immigrants, refugees and Colorado residents.

Muslim American Society Denver Chapter, $1,000 to support the 2018 Muslim Youth Empowerment Conference, which aims to empower, engage, and evolve Muslim youth through spiritual, academic, and professional development.

Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, $20,000 to bolster and expand current service offerings for youth under age 21 who are seeking immigration relief by obtaining Special Immigrant Juvenile Status to live with nonparent caregivers.

Rose Community Foundation, Roots and Branches Foundation, $10,000 to amplify Roots & Branches Foundation’s 2018 giving in the area of immigrant and refugee support.

Shorter Community African Methodist Episcopal Church, $10,000 to support Race Talk University, a program designed to help African Americans, people of color and white people consider and dialogue around the subject of race and racist systems rooted in hate.

Together We Count (fund housed at Rose Community Foundation), $35,000 to support 2020 Census outreach and engagement across Colorado through Together We Count’s mini-grant work, which will allow organizations to prioritize census work that they believe will work best in their communities without taking away from their other organizational priorities. It will also provide TWC with on the ground information about how different groups are responding to census messaging and materials.

United for a New Economy, $10,000 to support the second cohort of the Transformative Leadership for Change Fellowship. It seeks to build a diverse peer network of Colorado leaders of color who have high-level personal and organizational capacities and identify the culture and conditions in the Colorado progressive ecosystem that support and transform leaders of color.

Village Exchange Center, $10,000 to support a range of programming, with a focus on multi-faith cross-cultural events and supporting young adults in the refugee and immigrant population.

LIVE ON | LIFE & LEGACY (in partnership with The Harold Grinspoon Foundation)

Organizations participating in Live On | LIFE & LEGACY were given the opportunity to receive a $1000 bonus grant for reaching their Year One goals by Dec. 31, 2018. Sixteen of 28 organizations qualified, and either received the bonus grant in Dec 2018 or will receive the grant in Feb. 2018. 2018 recipients listed below.

Congregation Bonai Shalom, $1,000

Congregation Nevei Kodesh, $1,000

Congregation Rodef Shalom, $1,000

Denver Jewish Day School, $1,000

Congregation Hebrew Educational Alliance, $1,000

Kavod Senior Life, $1,000

Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and Beck Archives, University of Denver, $1,000


Casa de Paz, $5,254 of general operating support to provide immediate needs assistance for families and individuals affected by the immigrant detention center for two months.

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, $13,000 to support lawful permanent residents in achieving naturalization and integration into community.

DRIVE Project, $10,000 to support workshops that empower immigrants and refugees with the understanding and tools of American government, civic engagement and voter registration, as well as partial funding for a paid internship program.

Project Worthmore, $12,500 of general operating support for programs and services that promote community, self-sufficiency and increase the quality of life for refugees.

Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network, $20,000 to support the project management of volunteer lawyers who provide free legal services in child deportation cases.


Donor-advised funds housed at the Foundation made 368 grants totaling $3,631,874.

( ) – indicates number of distributions to organization.

    The Action Center

    Alliance for Children Foundation

    American Bar Foundation

    American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado

    American Friends of Jordan River Village Foundation

    American Friends of Magen David Adom

    American Friends of Yahad-In Unum

    American Friends of Yeshiva Tiferet Inc.

    American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

    American Jewish World Service

    Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program

    Anthroposophical Society in America

    Anti-Defamation League, Chicago

    Anti-Defamation League, Mountain States Regional Office (9)

    The Art Base

    Aspen Community Foundation (2)

    Aspen Jewish Congregation

    Aspen Waldorf Foundation

    Association of Waldorf Schools of North America

    Audience of One Youth Theater Inc.

    The Bell Policy Center

    Beth El Synagogue

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado

    Birthright Israel Foundation

    BMH Congregation

    B’nai B’rith International

    B’nai Havurah – CJRF (3)

    Book Trust

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

    Bravo! Vail (2)

    Brent Eley Foundation

    Bridges to Prosperity

    Bridging Hope

    Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center

    The Cable Center

    Camp Ramah in California, Inc.

    Cancer League of Colorado Foundation (2)

    Carbondale Arts (2)

    The Center for African American Health

    Center for Jewish Culture & Creativity

    Center for Jewish Family Life

    Chabad of Beverlywood

    The Chai Center (2)


    Cherry Hills Palmer Scholarship Foundation

    Children’s Diabetes Foundation at Denver (2)

    Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation (4)

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (3)

    Clínica Tepeyac

    Colby College

    Colorado “I Have A Dream”® Foundation (2)

    Colorado Academy (3)

    Colorado Children’s Campaign

    Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (3)

    Colorado Democracy Network (3)

    Colorado Humanities

    Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition

    Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts

    Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance

    Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable

    Colorado Public Radio (4)

    Colorado River Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited

    Colorado State University Foundation

    Colorado Wild Public Lands

    Columbia University (2)

    Congregation Beth Menachem of Glogev

    Craig Hospital Foundation (3)

    Creede Repertory Theatre

    Delta Eta Boule Foundation

    Denison University

    Denver Animal Shelter

    Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

    Denver Art Museum (2)

    Denver Botanic Gardens

    The Denver Hospice

    Denver Jewish Day School (2)

    Denver Museum of Nature & Science (2)

    Denver Rescue Mission

    Denver Scholarship Foundation

    Denver School of the Arts Friends Foundation

    Denver Share

    Detroit Dog Rescue

    Downtown Denver Partnership

    Drop in the Bucket

    Eagle Valley Land Trust

    East Angel Friends & Alumni Foundation (2)

    Easterseals Colorado


    English in Action


    Family Tree

    Firefly Autism

    Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado (4)

    Food Allergy Research & Education

    Food Bank of the Rockies (3)

    Forgotten Harvest

    Four Corners Group Psychotherapy Society

    Fractured Atlas

    Friends of Roots

    Friendship Bridge

    Friendship Circle Los Angeles

    Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of Colorado

    The Gender Identity Center of Colorado

    Girl Rising

    Global Kindness (2)

    Global Livingston Institute (2)

    Graland Country Day School (2)

    The Greening of Detroit

    Gunnison Trails


    Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (3)

    Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families

    Hillel of Colorado

    Honduras Hope Mission

    Independence Pass Foundation

    Institute for Children’s Mental Disorders (UCHSC)

    IYYUN Inc.

    J Street

    Jerusalem U

    Jewish Community of Amherst

    Jewish Community Watch

    Jewish Family Service of Colorado (7)

    Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts

    Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

    Jewish National Fund, Mountain States Region (2)

    Jewish Vocational Service and Community Workshop

    JEWISHcolorado (8)

    Jews for Judaism International

    John Austin Cheley Foundation

    JQ International (3)

    Judaism Your Way (4)

    Judi’s House (4)

    Judson Center

    Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Rocky Mountain Chapter

    Kelly Brush Foundation

    Kendall & Taylor Atkinson Foundation

    Kestrel Land Trust

    Latino Community Foundation of Colorado

    Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado

    The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

    The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Rocky Mountain Chapter

    Lewis & Clark College

    Literacy Outreach

    Live Forward

    The Maddie Kramer Foundation

    Marshall Direct Fund

    MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Melanoma Research Foundation

    Merona Campus Leadership Foundation (2)

    Mizel Museum

    Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

    Mountain Family Health Centers

    Moving Traditions (2)

    Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

    Music and Memory

    Naropa University

    National Geographic Society

    National Jewish Health (2)

    The Nature Conservancy in Colorado

    Negev Foundation (2)

    New Era Colorado Foundation (2)

    New Israel Fund

    Northeast Organic Farming Association, Massachusetts Chapter

    Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

    Orient Land Trust

    Outdoor Lab Foundation

    Parent Possible

    Parkinson Association of the Rockies

    The Park People

    PassageWorks Institute (2)


    Phillips Exeter Academy

    Pinnacol Foundation

    Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (2)

    Protect Our Winters

    PTA Colorado Congress C3 PTSA

    Pushing Boundaries

    RAFT Colorado

    Ramah in the Rockies (2)

    Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation

    Reach Out and Read Colorado

    Reading Partners Colorado


    Reenas Bais Yaakov

    Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers

    Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center

    Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network

    Rocky Mountain PBS (2)

    Rose Andom Center (2)

    Rose Community Foundation (10)

    Rose Community Foundation, Child and Family Development Fund

    Rose Community Foundation, Community Action Fund (10)

    Rose Community Foundation, Community Builders Fund

    Rose Community Foundation, Rose Women’s Organization

    RSVP Colorado

    Sasa Harambee

    Seeds of Solidarity Education Center

    Shambhala Mountain Center (3)

    Sharsheret (2)

    Silver Muzzle Cottage

    Smiling Goat Ranch

    Solar Cookers International

    Soldiers Project

    SOS Outreach

    Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning

    St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School Foundation

    Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center (8)

    Stanley British Primary School


    Step Denver

    Sustainable Settings (2)

    SWC Museum

    Temple Emanuel (3)

    Temple Sinai (2)

    There With Care

    Third Way Center


    Thunder River Theater Company

    Tree of Life Synagogue (2)

    Tufts University (2)

    Union of the Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America

    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

    University of California, Berkeley

    University of Colorado Foundation (9)

    University of Denver (4)

    University of Idaho Foundation, Inc.

    University of Michigan

    University of Pennsylvania

    University of Wisconsin Foundation

    Urban Peak (2)

    Vail Symposium

    Valley Settlement

    Volunteers of America Colorado Branch

    Walking Mountains Science Center

    Warren Village (4)

    Washington University in St. Louis

    Watershed School

    Westside Kollel

    Wildland Firefighter Foundation

    Wish for Wheels Inc.

    Wolf Sanctuary

    Women’s Bean Project

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Wounded Warriors Family Support


    Zimmer Children’s Museum

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