What does it mean to be rooted in a community?
To be rooted is to be grounded, with deep connections to people and places. It means being part of an ecosystem in which diverse, generous, and committed people work together to solve challenges. It means nourishing connections between businesses, nonprofit organizations, individuals, and families to strengthen Metro Denver.
Our 2018 Annual Report provides an inspiring snapshot of the many ways that The Denver Foundation is rooted in the place we call home. Last year, we made grants to dozens of nonprofits through The Fund for Denver, our permanent endowment, which the community has helped us build over generations. These grants supported organizations working in the Community Impact areas of Basic Human Needs, Economic Opportunity, Education, and Leadership & Equity.
As is true every year, our engagement in these areas went far beyond the financial.
We continually grew and nourished our relationships with people across the seven-county Metro area, knowing that residents understand the strengths and needs of their neighborhoods and communities better than anyone.
We challenged ourselves to plant the seeds of an inclusive future by advancing racial equity in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.
And we invited fundholders to learn about issues, initiatives, and organizations that align with our core work — and to co-invest with us.
In 2018, The Denver Foundation and fundholders distributed 5,109 grants, totaling $79 million to nonprofit organizations. Much of that giving was led by our donor-advised fundholders, who awarded 3,398 grants totaling more $54 million. Though their generosity extends globally, several of donor-advised grants went to nonprofit organizations rooted in Metro Denver. As this report highlights, Denver Foundation fundholders are a diverse and varied group, a mosaic representing a range of backgrounds, interests, and passions.
The Denver Foundation is embedded in the history and future of Metro Denver. We continue to sprout new branches to match the needs and opportunities of this rapidly changing city. Thank you for partnering with us as we learn and grow. We hope you enjoy reading this report to our community.
Nita Mosby Tyler, Ph.D., Chair, Board of Trustees
Virginia B. Bayless, Interim President & CEO