With more than 180 alumni, the Roots & Branches Foundation network includes a diverse group of Jewish young professionals. Rose Community Foundation continues to support the philanthropic and Jewish journeys of this community in a number of ways.

Alumni Council

The Roots & Branches Alumni Council meets quarterly and plans and leads events to continue to bring the Roots & Branches alumni community together to learn, celebrate, give and grow.


Night of Giving
Tuesday. April 24, 2018
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cableland 4150 E Shangri La Drive, Denver, CO 80246
Dinner and drinks provided.
To RSVP click here.
To make your personally meaningful contribution, click here, and select “2018 Roots & Branches Night of Giving” from the ‘Please direct my gift to’ drop down.

One night to gather, learn, give!

Roots & Branches Foundation alumni and prospective members are invited to participate in the annual Night of Giving. By the end of the evening, participants will discuss values that inspire giving, learn about local organizations working to make a difference in our community, and collectively decide where to grant the pooled dollars.

All participants are asked to make a personally meaningful contribution that will be pooled with other participants’ contributions. Up to $1,000 is available in matching funds from Rose Community Foundation. 100% of funds will go directly to the nonprofits collaboratively selected during the program.


For the second year, Roots & Branches Foundation is offering funds for Roots & Branches alumni to further their philanthropic and Jewish leadership in our community. Alumni of Roots & Branches Foundation are invited to apply for a mini-grant of up to $500 to create a meaningful Jewish and/or philanthropic experience for the Roots & Branches community, friends, and family. We encourage alumni to use this opportunity to think creatively. We hope mini-grant supported events will be used to grow and strengthen our community, and that Roots & Branches alumni feel empowered to develop the skills and connections they used during Roots & Branches Foundation. $6,000 will awarded in 2018 on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information and eligibility, and selection criteria, please click here.

To apply, please complete the online application form.

Please use this provided budget form to complete your application.
When you click the link the file will download. Enter your information, save it on your computer, and upload the file in the Formsite application.

Applicants will be notified within 10 business days from date of application submission.

Grant and Expense Report
The following information is provided to help you plan your grant report. Grant and expense reports must be submitted online within two weeks of event date. Grant and expense reports submitted via email or other form will not be considered complete. Reimbursement checks will be sent via mail within 10-14 business days after we receive your grant and expense reports, and receipts.
1. Attendee list, with Roots & Branches affiliation. [FORM]
2. Photo(s) from event. You can upload up to five.
3. Three takeaways or lessons learned from hosting event
4. Look back at what you originally hoped to accomplish, in what ways did you succeed, what happened that was different from your original goals? Include anything else you think we would be interested to know or that you would like to tell us.
5. Expense report. [FORM]
6. Single PDF of receipts.

Board and Committee Connections

Throughout the Roots & Branches core program, participants learn the ins and outs of nonprofit operations, strategic philanthropy, community engagement and Jewish values. Continue to serve your community after the core program by serving on a nonprofit board or committee.

Alumni, if you would like to be connected to board or committee opportunities, please email Emily Kornhauser at ekornhauser@rcfdenver.org with your bio, resume and interests.

If you work for a nonprofit organization that seeks talented, younger candidates for possible board or committee service, please reach out to Emily Kornhauser at ekornhauser@rcfdenver.org with the skills and characteristics you are looking for, as well as your organization’s mission and a brief description of the board or committee position(s) you seek to fill.

Giving Circles

Continue your collaborative, Jewish giving journey by launching your own giving circle.

In partnership with Amplifier Giving, we offer training and support to Roots & Branches alumni to lead their own giving circles. Our support includes a framework for meetings, facilitation training, tools to help you lead conversations about Jewish giving and philanthropy, ongoing coaching, targeted matching grants and the option to create a Giving Circle Fund at Rose Community Foundation to house your grantmaking dollars.

If you are interested in learning more about starting your own giving circle, contact Emily Kornhauser at ekornhauser@rcfdenver.org.