The following programs are past initiatives or programs that received substantial funding from Rose Community Foundation during their startup phase.

Past Initiatives

BenefitsCheckUp is a national web-based program to help older adults find out about public benefits which they may be eligible to receive. Locally, BenefitsCheckUp Colorado is administered by Centura Health. Rose Community Foundation brought the program to the state.

BOOST (Building Organizational Operating Strength Together) was a grant initiative designed to strengthen Rose Community Foundation grantees that were experiencing rapid organizational growth or were in their startup phase. Read the final assessment report (PDF).

Colorado Health Institute (CHI) is the state’s center for health-data resources and analysis. Rose Community Foundation, Caring for Colorado Foundation and The Colorado Trust provided nearly $6 million for CHI’s first five years of operation.

The Endowment Challenge was a three-year grant initiative started in 1999 to create endowments at local Jewish organizations. At the end of 2002, nearly $19 million in permanent endowment funds had been established benefiting 19 Denver/Boulder Jewish institutions. We continue to support nonprofit organizations in establishing endowments.

Getting There is the name of a multi year collaborative between Rose Community Foundation and The Colorado Health Foundation to evaluate and improve transportation for older adults in the Denver metro area. A transit analysis done in 2005 is available as a summary or as a full report.

The Next Generation Initiative was a project geared to deepen the connection of Jews in their 20s and 30s with Jewish life. Read more about this work in the report, Legwork, Framework, Artwork: Engaging the Next Generation of Jews. As a result of findings from this project, we established Roots & Branches Foundation. Learn more about this collaborative philanthropy program for Jewish people ages 25 to 40.

The Denver Opportunity Youth Initiative is a collective impact strategy to build and deepen pathways that achieve better outcomes in education and employment for opportunity youth. Opportunity youth are young adults between the ages 16 and 24 who are disconnected from school and or employment.

This initiative was incubated at Rose Community Foundation and is now housed at the Denver Chamber of Commerce.

SkillBuild Colorado was a public/private funding collaborative focused on moving entry level workers into middle skill careers and helping businesses recruit and retain a skilled competitive workforce.  The focus was on enhancing the quality of jobs and the capacity of workers by making coordinated investments at the individual, organizational and system level. Strategic investments lead to better jobs, skilled workers, and a business focused workforce development system.

In 2016, Rose Community Foundation launched a philanthropic challenge to answer the question, What idea could you bring to life to empower youth to make the community better? The effort awarded $250,000 in grants and support to implement the winning ideas.

A total of ten projects were awarded the grants. Four of these projects were youth awardees, or ideas submitted and implemented by youth in our community, and six were youth-adult partnerships. The youth projects each received $5,000 in support, and the youth-adult partnerships each received $30,000.

After 11 years and $2 million in investments from Rose Community Foundation, the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado launched as an independent 501(c)(3) in April 2019. The work of the LCFC encourages new leadership, innovation and community-building opportunities of individual Latino donors to benefit communities throughout Colorado. Rose Community Foundation continues to support the work of this groundbreaking organization, one of only a few Latino community foundations in the country.