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 as well as communities facing hate and discrimination. In 2020, national tragedies have focused long-overdue attention on historic structural and institutional racism within our country and our community in very public and personal ways. The subsequent national and local dialogue is creating actionable opportunities to advance racial equity and develop reforms to combat systemic racism.
Racism, in all its forms, endangers people’s safety and security and damages the fabric of our community. We recognize the privilege and power that comes with being a foundation and had already committed in our new strategic plan to listening, learning and directing our philanthropy toward advancing equity, justice and inclusion.
We are expanding relationships with organizations on the front lines of racial-justice work in our community, including and especially those with whom we do not already have history. We are also exploring the regional policy and advocacy landscape on racial justice issues to find opportunities where the Foundation can meaningfully engage. Several racial justice organizations received grants in our recent COVID-19 impact mitigation cycle, and we look forward to partnering with many more.
If you would like to join us in this racial justice grantmaking, please consider contributing to the Community Action Fund | Racial Justice.