The Community Action Fund supports efforts to advance racial justice in Greater Denver and build just and inclusive systems and policies.
Racism, in all its forms, endangers people’s safety and security and damages the fabric of our community. The Foundation is committed to supporting the diverse people that make up and define Greater Denver, which means a focus on values-driven philanthropy that is inclusive and equitable.
“We each tackle issues facing the Black community from different angles, but we have a shared commitment to advancing the well-being of our community.”
– Jicelyn Johnson, Founder and CVO of The Black Business Initiative, a Community Action Fund grant recipient
History of the Fund
The Community Action Fund was launched at the end of 2016 to respond to emerging issues that threatened the sense of safety and security for communities in Greater Denver. In its initial iteration, those issues were primarily related to immigrant and refugee populations and communities facing hate and discrimination. In 2020, national tragedies focused long-overdue attention on historic structural racism within our community. The subsequent national and local dialogue has created actionable opportunities to advance racial equity.
Give to the Fund
Contributions will fund grants to grassroots organizations in communities of color working to address systemic inequities by creating opportunity, bolstering resilience and empowerment, growing awareness and understanding, and building just and inclusive systems, policies and communities.
Racial Justice Grantmaking
In November 2020, the Foundation awarded awarded 14 grants totaling $735,000 to Greater Denver nonprofits advancing racial justice. These grants built upon additional investments made earlier in 2020 to advance economic inclusion and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in communities of color. The diverse slate of grant recipients included organizations working at the intersection of racial equity and justice and a wide range of other issue areas, from economic and educational opportunity to health equity and environmental justice. Read the full release here.
- be well Health and Wellness Initiative via The Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities
- The Black Business Initiative via Trailhead Institute
- Black Child Development Institute
- Climate Strong Initiative via Co-Lead International
- Colorado Black Women for Political Action via Colorado Black Women Endowment Fund
- Colorado People’s Alliance
- The Kaleidoscope Project
- Montbello Organizing Committee
- Project VOYCE
- Reimagining Community Safety Project via Center for Trauma & Resilience
- Righteous Rage Institute for Healing and Social Justice via Breaking Our Chains
- Sistahbiz via Foundation for Black Entrepreneurship
- The Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado
- Young Aspiring Americans for Social and Political Activism