Community Benefit Report 2018. Download the 2018 Report in PDF.
Increasing Generosity and Powering Community for Positive Change.

 

Community First Foundation logo. Powering Communuty Together.

HONORING OUR ROOTS AS WE LOOK TO THE FUTURE

You’ll see in this report what an exciting year it has been at Community First Foundation, full of change and growth. We said goodbye to our CEO Marla J. Williams, who successfully led Community First Foundation for eight years. She left us in a good place, with a talented staff, solid processes and strong financials. The Board then undertook the important task of launching a highly successful executive search for a new CEO and President.

A change in leadership always represents an opportunity, a precious moment in time, to reflect on how far we have come while looking intently at where we want to go. It is an opportunity to assess and reevaluate. A time to double down on what is working and create healthy change where needed.

As the Community First Foundation Board of Directors reflected on where we wanted to go, we realized we needed a leader who epitomized inclusivity and innovation. Someone who could inspire a new vision for the future while tending to the roots of what makes us strong and unique. With this vision in mind, we rolled up our sleeves and launched a national search. Out of more than 180 candidates, Kelly Dunkin rose to the top. Not only does Kelly bring foundation experience, she is an innovative thinker and is already exploring how to increase community impact.

As you read this report, we are halfway through 2019 and getting ready to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 10. Kelly has had a great start and I am thrilled to be working with her. I want to thank all of our partners, our great staff and my fellow Board of Directors. Our future is bright and this is a great time to be at Community First Foundation!


Lynne D. Valencia, Chair, Community First Foundation Board of Directors

 

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As a community foundation, we engage people to be a positive force for change in their communities. We know it can be daunting to choose where and how to give. That’s why we offer a variety of giving options, from simple online donations to planned gifts.

 

SUPPORT MULTIPLE NONPROFITS WITH ONE IRA CHARITABLE DISTRIBUTION

Individuals aged 70 1⁄2 or older are required to withdraw a minimum distribution (RMD) from their Individual Retirement Account (IRA) each year. By directing this distribution to a qualified charity, they bypass income tax on those dollars. In 2018 we created a way for people to make a single IRA Charitable Distribution to Community First Foundation and receive a Giving eCard for that amount. The eCard can then be used to support multiple charities on ColoradoGives.org. Last year, more than $280,000 was distributed to nearly 300 nonprofits this way.

See IRA Charitable Distribution guidelines

 

 

 

 

DONOR-ADVISED FUNDS SUPPORT ENGAGED GIVING

Donor-Advised Funds are the perfect tool for individuals, families and businesses looking for greater engagement in their charitable giving process without undue administrative burdens. By creating a charitable fund at Community First Foundation, they can recommend grants and receive expert fund management as well as an immediate tax benefit. The minimum to establish a fund at the Foundation is $5,000.

Learn More about Donor-Advised Funds
“This is a great new system for making charitable gifts from an IRA. I can support multiple local charities with just one contribution to Community First Foundation.”
Martha Swanson, retired CPA and Treasurer, Empowerment Center of East County

AREAS OF GIVING FOR DONOR-ADVISED FUNDS

Grants from donor-advised funds support the causes individuals, families and businesses care about most. In 2018, grants from donor-advised funds supported the causes shown below. An additional seven percent was granted to miscellaneous causes.

To learn about giving options, contact Philanthropic Services at philanthropy@CommunityFirstFoundation.org or 720.898.5900.

Religion-
Related

Arts, Culture, & Humanities

Human
Services

 

Education
& Youth


Health

There are many ways to give online. Local nonprofits love Colorado Gives Day. But they often remind us that donations to support their services are needed other times of the year, too. In response to this need, ColoradoGives.org offers a wide variety of ways to appeal to donors.

AFFORDABLE PEER-TO-PEER FUNDRAISING

Peer-to-peer fundraising lets individuals, groups and organizations create personalized online fundraising pages to support charitable causes. It is an exceptional way for nonprofits to expand their reach through personal endorsement. ColoradoGives.org Fundraising Pages offer a uniquely local focus with only a two percent third-party processing fee. What’s more, donations are not subject to other transaction, setup or marketing fees commonly charged on other platforms. In 2018, $2.7 million was donated to nonprofits through ColoradoGives.org Fundraising Pages.

Set up a fundraising page

 

KIDS HAVE A PLACE TO GIVE, TOO

Like most values, generosity takes hold best when modeled at home, early in life. That’s why we crafted age-appropriate activities to help families introduce the topic of generosity and community service to little ones. A clever online quiz helps children identify what matters to them the most. A Kindness Bingo game creates a giving mindset. These activities work in concert with KidsforColoradoGives.org, a safe place for kids to learn about and support local nonprofits. In 2018, 132 nonprofits received donations through KidsforColoradoGives.org.

Give Today at KidsforColoradoGives

 

RECURRING DONATIONS: GIFTS THAT KEEP GIVING

ColoradoGives.org offers donors the option to schedule gifts to recur. Donors can select what is best for them: weekly, monthly, or annually are just a few of the many options. Giving over time like this eases the impact on a donor’s pocket book while providing a reliable stream of funding to a nonprofit. In 2018, $2.5 million was raised through ColoradoGives.org for nonprofits in our community using this feature.

Spark the joy of giving:
Check out our Kids Giving Kit

GIVING AS A STATE

$35.3 MILLION RAISED ON COLORADO GIVES DAY 2018

Giving together—Coloradans uniting on one special day of the year—is clearly a winning formula. Since 2010, donors have come together on Colorado Gives Day to raise more than $217 million for local nonprofits.

On the ninth annual Colorado Gives Day, 2,547 nonprofits participated, more than any previous year. Also, the number of donations exceeded previous years, with 161,060 donations made in 24 hours. Once again, Community First Foundation and FirstBank contributed equally to a $1 Million Incentive Fund, one of the largest giving day incentives in the country.

Colorado Gives Day Growth in Giving: TOTAL from all years is $217.2M / 2018 $35.3M / 2014 $26.3M / 2012 $15.4M / 2010 $8.4M

 

COLORADO GIVES DAY 2018

2,547

nonprofits

$14,000

average raised per nonprofit

58,000

donors

$35.3M

donated

161,060

donations in 24 hrs

 

Strengthening Nonprofits

We believe a strong nonprofit sector is fundamental to a community’s strength. That’s why we’re dedicated to helping local nonprofits succeed and thrive. We provide a variety of programs and services, such as expert endowment management, workforce development, free meeting space, fundraising consultation and complimentary trainings led by industry experts.

 

STRENGTHENING THE NONPROFIT SECTOR WORKFORCE

The Nonprofit Pathway certificate program was created by Community First Foundation and Red Rocks Community College to supply the nonprofit sector with a skilled, inclusive workforce. In just a few years of the program, enrollment in this higher education program has doubled. Community First Foundation funded nearly $30,000 in staff scholarships for nonprofits with endowment funds at the Foundation.

Learn More about the Nonprofit Pathway Curriculum

The Nonprofit Pathway is fueling an inclusive and diverse nonprofit workforce. 27% identify as nonwhite.

 

Nonprofit Pathway Student Makeup for 2017-2019. 62% identify as low-income or first generation.

"I feel more secure in my knowledge of program evaluation, nonprofit management and development, and empowered to use my new skills.”
Christina Hoffman, student

THE LOWRY FOUNDATION:

ENRICHING QUALITY OF LIFE

The Lowry area of east Denver was once home to Lowry Air Force Base, a prominent training center for the U.S. military and Allied Forces. Once occupied by aircraft hangers, barracks, and classrooms, Lowry is now home to a vibrant mixed-use community.

Preserving the legacy of Lowry Air Force Base and strengthening the community are cornerstones of The Lowry Foundation’s mission. In addition to operating the historic Eisenhower Chapel, The Lowry Foundation stewards a beloved reading garden and 12 pieces of public art in the neighborhood. In spring of 2018 The Lowry Foundation established a $500,000 endowment at Community First Foundation and was awarded $50,000, one of our largest incentive grants. Funds generated by the endowment will be used to enrich the quality of life in Lowry through programs of artistic, cultural, educational, and civic value.


WAYS WE SUPPORT NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

  • Endowment-building grants and support
  • Expert endowment management
  • Planned giving resources
  • Fundraising consultation
  • Complimentary training
  • Free state-of-the-art meeting space
  • Workforce development and scholarshops
  • Online giving tools

ENDOWMENTS FOR A STRONG, SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

For more than a decade, we have been offering endowment-building programs
to help nonprofits prepare for their future needs. Although an endowment is a long-term investment, interest earnings can provide a steady revenue source and help organizations weather the ups and downs of other funding sources. Savvy donors recognize that an endowment reflects an organization’s stability, prudence and fiscal responsibility.

 

INCENTIVE GRANTS SUPPORT NONPROFITS BUILDING ENDOWMENT

In 2018 we dedicated $285,880 to an Incentive Grant Program to encourage organizations to establish and build endowments to prepare for their futures. Twenty-nine organizations benefited from the program.

Is Your Nonprofit Endowment-Ready? Learn About the 2019 Incentive Grant Program (PDF)

 

Promoting

Mental Wellness

 

 

 

 

Community First Foundation has been on a journey to understand the root causes of poor mental health outcomes in the Denver area. We’ve learned that investing early to support the mental health of infants and young children will produce benefits later. We’ve learned that social connections help people overcome the barriers to improving health, such as stigma. Most of all we’ve learned that it takes collective action from the community to transform the systems supporting mental health. The participation and leadership from those invested in mental wellness have helped us make bold investments in this field.

Learn More about How We Support Mental Wellness

 

MENTAL WELLNESS FOCUS AREAS

Supporting the social and emotional development of infants and young children

Facilitating coordinated, systematic efforts to improve community mental wellness

Investing in promising approaches to reduce mental health stigma

GRANTS SUPPORT WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT FOR HOME VISITATION PROGRAMS

Home visitation programs give struggling parents the tools and support they need to raise emotionally healthy children. Yet the professionals who provide these services are often at risk for burnout and second-hand trauma. To strengthen their resilience and provide quality in-home services for families, Community First Foundation is granting $1.47 million for the workforce development of several nonprofits providing home visitation services. The grants, delivered over the past three years, pair workers with mental health consultants and ensure families receive the best in evidence-based care. In 2018, eight organizations received nearly $400,000 for year-two grants to support this work.

 

Home Visitation Grantees from 2017 & 2018

Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council

FamilyStar

Jeffco Public Schools / HIPPY

Jeffco Schools Foundation / Parent Child Home Program

MSU Denver Foundation / MSU Denver’s Family Literacy Program

Mountain Resource Center

Parent Possible

Roots Family Center

 

 

COLLABORATIONS SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH OF YOUNG COLORADANS

Our community understands more than ever before that the social and emotional health of infants and young children is vital to proper development. To ensure behavioral health becomes part of the early care of children, several Colorado communities partnered with Community First Foundation and other funders to implement a program called LAUNCH Together.

Based on a successful national framework, LAUNCH Together is helping local communities incorporate behavioral health into services that already support young children. For example, pediatricians, childcare providers, school administrators, educators and others will be tasked with coordinating their services to ensure the needs of vulnerable young children don’t fall through the cracks. Community First Foundation is supporting this work in Jefferson County with an investment of $2.7 million in grants over five years.

 

The Innovators Society. Community First Foundation is an early investor in promising, but not yet proven, approaches to reducing mental health stigma. We created The Innovators Society to accelerate the development of these approaches and invited the Denver metro community into our grantmaking process.

Since 2015, The Innovators Society has supported 12 nonprofit innovations through a comprehensive accelerator experience.

The intensive and creative work of The Innovators Society has also connected networks of people who are passionate about mental health access, treatment and support. Bringing people together in this way has sparked even more exciting, creative ideas to improve mental wellness in the Denver area. Read on about youth programs, art outreach and a podcast series that have stemmed from the collaborative nature of The Innovators Society.

 

Meet the Innovators

See the Innovators at Work






 

THE ACCELERATOR EXPERIENCE

In 2018 The Innovators Society selected nonprofit innovators to participate in an accelerator experience that included funding, rigorous coaching, program development, hands-on workshops, and the chance to win even more funding at a pitch competition. At the competition, community members were empowered to award $450,000 in Community First Foundation grant dollars among the innovators.

The Innovators Society 2.0 improved upon The Inaugural Innovators Society by changing the flow of the experience. This enabled the innovators to focus separately on the two main elements of the experience: preparing for the pitch competition and accelerating innovations. The Innovators Society 2.0 accelerated the mental health concepts of the following six innovators:


Nonprofit Innovators

Community Grant Awarded

Apprentice of Peace $89,850
B.I.O.N.I.C. $110,050
My Quiet Cave $58,625
Open Labs $55,875
Young Invincibles $60,525
YouthRoots $75,075

PODCASTING TO REDUCE MENTAL HEALTH STIGMA

One in five adults live with mental illness in the U.S. and 70 percent of them don’t seek mental health treatment at all. Stigma is the main reason they don’t get the help they need. Community First Foundation provided funding to The National Mental Health Innovation Center to develop Crazed, a podcast series that shines a light on innovations in mental health and the people behind those ideas. Each month the podcast features promising new approaches and inspiring success stories, including guest appearances with our very own Innovators.

Listen to the Podcast

YOUNG PEOPLE DESIGN PROGRAMS TO REDUCE STIGMA

Community First Foundation believes young people can play an active role in reducing stigma and supporting mental wellness. To support this belief, we invited high school students to design ways to reduce mental health stigma in their schools and among other youth populations. The students, selected from Rotary’s Interact clubs, The Children’s Hospital Youth Action Board, and the City of Denver Mayor’s Youth Commission, presented creative concepts and plans to a panel of mental health and youth service professionals for feedback. Four student groups received approximately $10,000 each to implement their ideas during the 2018-19 school year.

HAPPY CITY DENVER: ART WITH A MESSAGE

After attending The Inaugural Innovators Society event, internationally acclaimed British artist Stuart Semple and the Denver Theater District contacted the Foundation to collaborate on an expansive city-wide event called Happy City Denver: Art for the People. This six-week art experience was designed to spark happiness in urban areas by connecting strangers in creative ways.

Stuart Semple, known for his major public art projects, believes art has a unique ability to break down personal, emotional and social barriers. “I’m hoping that by exploring art and human connections together we find it’s easier to experience the world as a happier place,” he said. The event’s art installations included reimagined alleyways, drifting happy cloud bubbles, and an immersive dance party. A series of mental health discussion panels added an in-depth educational component to the experience.

More About the Event

 

Honoring
Jefferson County

Community First Foundation has a special relationship with Jefferson County, stemming from our history as the fundraising arm for Lutheran Medical Center and our location in Arvada. We leverage our leadership and connections here to work collectively towards a grand vision that all people who live, work and play in Jefferson County are healthy and thriving.

ART AND CULTURE EXPERIENCE REINVIGORATES NEIGHBORHOOD

40 West Arts District, a community-driven nonprofit, is adding culture and beauty to Lakewood’s lowest income and most diverse neighborhood. After years of community input and research, 40 West Arts, along with the City of Lakewood and West Colfax Business Improvement District, undertook a project to enhance the area through the 40 West Artline. The Artline is a four-mile walking and biking arts experience connecting three parks and featuring sculptures, murals, fence art, interactive elements, and more. A grant from Community First Foundation is helping to fund these improvements for residents who are historically underserved by arts programming, infrastructure, and safe, walkable/bikeable places.

Learn how to experience the Artline

IMPROVING CONDITIONS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH

$1.75 MILLION TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY HEALTH IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

We know that our health is shaped by more than the absence of disease. Factors such as the physical, social and economic environment in which we live have a long-lasting impact. Lack of access to healthcare and good education also has a profound effect. Conditions like these are known as the social determinants of health. When these conditions are optimized for all individuals living in a community, we can say we have a healthy community. Unfortunately, the conditions in Jefferson County are not optimized for everyone. That is why we’ve infused more than $1.75 million in Improving Conditions of Community Health grants to 124 organizations serving Jeffco.

GRANTEE EARLY SUCCESS

Education
Improved graduation rates

Denver Street School contributed to a 100 percent graduation rate of high school seniors who were at risk of not graduating.

Economic Stability
Increased Income

Mountain Resource Center strengthened the economic stability of mountain-area clients, with 26 percent of respondents reporting an increase in income.

Health and Health Care
Decreased risk of disease

Carin’ Clinic decreased risk of communicable diseases by achieving an 88 percent immunization rate for patients under the age of three in families with low incomes.

Social and Community Context
More connection for seniors

Jewish Family Service of Colorado increased social and emotional programs for older adults, resulting in 83 percent of participants feeling more connected to their community.

Neighborhood and Built Environment
More accessible homes

Home Builders Foundation of Metro Denver improved quality of life for people with a physical disability by making their homes more accessible.

 

 

2018 Financial Overview

 

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION — As of December 31, 2018
ASSETS

Cash and Investments

$ 382,715,131

Other Assets

4,967,710

Total  Assets

387,682,841

LIABILITIES

Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses

838,196

Grants Payable

4,273,516

Other Liabilities

68,647

Agency Funds

30,193,416

Total Liabilities

35,373,775

Net Assets

352,309,066

Total Liabilities and Net Assets

$ 387,682,841

STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES — For the Year Ended December 31, 2018
REVENUE

Contributions

$       1,460,150

Other Income

1,656,920

Total Revenue

3,117,070

GRANTS AND EXPENSES

Grants

7,030,242

Other Program Expenses

3,241,937

Supporting Services

2,169,071

Total Grants and Expenses

12,441,250

CHANGE IN NET ASSETS FROM OPERATIONS

(9,324,180)

Net Return on Investments

(12,525,928)

CHANGE IN NET ASSETS

(21,850,108)

Net Assets, Beginning of Year

374,159,174

Net Assets, End of Year

$ 352,309,066

 

Detailed Financials (PDF)

 

 

Board and Staff

2018 Board of Directors

Marla J. Williams
President and CEO
Community First Foundation

Aaron Azari
Executive Vice President
Colorado State Bank and Trust

David L. Bomberger
Chief Investment Officer
Pinnacol Assurance

Elycia R. Cook
President and CEO
FRIENDS FIRST

Janet Heck Doyle, Esq.
Retired CEO and President
Kramer Junction Company

Joy S. Johnson
Community Advocate

Russell W. Kemp, Esq.
Attorney
Ireland Stapleton

Shelley A. Marquez
Senior Vice President
Community Relations Senior Manager
Wells Fargo

Christopher Davis-Massey, Esq.
Board Secretary
Chief Operating Officer
ChoLon Restaurant Concepts

Ronald C. Meyer, M.D.
Retired Community Pediatrician
Pediatrics West

Donovan J. (Jerry) Paul, CFA
Senior Vice President
Fixed Income and Portfolio Manager

ICON Advisers

Hereford Percy
Board Treasurer
Retired President
FirstBank North

Lydia Prado
Executive Director
Lifespan Local Change Partnerships

Emily S. Robinson
Board Chair
Chief Operating Officer
FirstBank

Cynthia Stevenson, Ph.D.
Instructor, School of Education and Human Development
University of Colorado—Denver

Penfield W. Tate III
Partner
Kutak Rock LLP

Robert Urwiler
Retired Chief Information Officer
Vail Resorts, Inc.

Lynne D. Valencia
Board Vice Chair
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Denver7/KMGH

Gaye Woods
System Director
Community Benefit

SCL Health

2018 Community Committee Members

Felix W. Cook, Sr.
Governance Committee
Retired Director of Technical Service Center,
Bureau of Reclamation

William Ernstrom
Finance and Investment Committee
Founder, Voyant Technologies, Inc.

Peggy Jennings, CPA
Audit and Compliance Committee
Audit Partner, Eide Bailly LLP

Richard J. Klau
Community Impact Committee
Chairman, Hajoca Corporation

Brian Larson
Audit and Compliance Committee
Regional President, Metro Denver First Bank

Lauren Larson
Community Impact Committee
Deputy Director for Operations,
Office of the Lieutenant Governor

John Lischer
Philanthropic Services Committee
Shareholder, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

Malcolm Tarkanian, M.D.
Governance Committee
Arvada Eye Associates

John U. Trefny, Ph.D.
Philanthropic Services Committee
President Emeritus,
Colorado School of Mines

Lydia Prado
Community Impact Committee
Director of Community Partnerships
The Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise 

2018 Staff Members

Marla J. Williams
President and CEO

Noah M. Atencio
Vice President of Community Impact

Angela Bevacqua
Senior Communications Specialist

Raymael Blackwell
Program Associate

Valerie Brown
Meeting Space Administrator

Neelamai Chunlapak
Senior Accountant

Kelly Degering
Community Impact and Online Giving Administrative Assistant

Veronica Farrell
Philanthropic Services Specialist

Jenni Foxworth
Receptionist/Office Assistant

Jennifer Griffis
Program Associate

Cheryl Haggstrom
Executive Vice President

Lynn Homenick
Executive Assistant

Kenneth R. Kirwin
Chief Financial Officer

Lisa Lujan
Online Giving Coordinator

Beth McConkey
Director of Communications

Christine Moreland
Controller

Paul Mulligan
Grants Administration Manager

Karen Newcomb
Finance Administrative Assistant and Accounting Clerk

Emily Nightingale
Philanthropy and Communications Assistant

Rebecca Olchawa Barker
Director of Philanthropic Services

Lynda Ricketson
Vice President of Philanthropic Services

Dana Rinderknecht
Director of Online Giving

Jenica Tomdale
Communications Coordinator

Tina Trela
Accountant

Bryce Wilkinson
Senior Online Giving Specialist

Nonprofit Endowment Partners

Congratulations to the following nonprofit organizations who are building endowments for a more secure financial future. To support their goals, we provide endowment stewardship, grant opportunities, educational seminars, scholarships and more.

Learn About Endowment Management and Support

The Action Center
Adam’s Camp
Adaptive Sports Association
The Adoption Exchange
AllHealth Network
American Gelbvieh Foundation
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
Audubon Society of Greater Denver
Aurora Mental Health Center
Blue Sky Bridge
Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity
Boulder History Museum
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado
Butterfly Pavilion
Carin’ Clinic
CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties
Castle Rock Senior Activity Center
Cat Care Society
Center for Health and Hope
The Center for Trauma & Resilience
Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE)
Clínica Tepeyac
Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation
Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education
Colorado Cancer Research Program
Colorado Children’s Chorale
Colorado Homeless Families
Colorado Humanities
Colorado Neurological Institute
Colorado Nonprofit Association
Colorado Preservation
Colorado Public Television
Colorado VNA
Community College of Denver Foundation
Community Cycles
The Conflict Center
Dental Aid
Denver Dumb Friends League
Denver Indian Family Resource Center
Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis
Denver Street School and StreetSchool Network
DenverWorks
Doctors Care
Dominican Home Health Agency
Eaton Senior Communities and Foundation
Economic Literacy Colorado
El Centro Su Teatro
Escuela de Guadalupe
Families First
Family Tree
Friends of Chamber Music
Friends of Peak to Peak
Friends of the Haven
Girl Scouts of Colorado
The GLBT Community Center of Colorado
Glory Community
Goodwill Industries of Denver
Grand Beginnings
The Greatest Generations Foundation
The Greenway Foundation
Griffith Centers for Children
ICAST
Jeffco Human Services Foundation
Jeffco Schools Foundation
Jefferson Center for Mental Health
Jefferson County Library Foundation
Jewish Family Service of Colorado
JEWISHcolorado
Junior Achievement - Rocky Mountain
Lakewood Legacy Foundation
Latin American Educational Foundation
Littleton Symphony Orchestra
Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains
Mackintosh Academy - Littleton
Metro Denver Partners
Mountain Area Land Trust
NAMI Colorado
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado
Open Media Foundation
OpenWorld Learning
Outdoor Lab Foundation
Phamaly Theatre Company
Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation
Pop Culture Classroom
Project Angel Heart
REDI Corporation
Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation
Rocky Mountain MS Center
Rotary Club of Wheat Ridge Foundation
SafeHouse Denver, Inc.
Seniors’ Resource Center, Inc.
Sister Carmen Community Center
Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning
Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center
Step Denver
STRIDE Community Health Center
SungateKids
Swallow Hill Music Association
Tennyson Center for Children at Colorado Christian Home
Tesoro Cultural Center
Westminster Public Schools Foundation
White Rose Scholarship Foundation
The Wildlife Experience, Inc.
WorldDenver
YMCA of Metropolitan Denver, Susan M. Duncan Family Branch

Welcome New Nonprofit Endowment Partners
Almost Home
Colorado Association of Funders
Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care
Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts
Evergreen Naturalists Audubon Society
Friends of Dinosaur Ridge
The Lowry Foundation
St. Andrew Society of Colorado

Donor-Advised Funds

A donor-advised fund is a charitable giving vehicle that allows donors to support causes over time, yet receive immediate tax benefits. These types of funds appeal to those seeking a hands-on, strategic, yet convenient way to support nonprofit organizations. We are honored to steward the following funds.

Learn About Donor-Advised Funds

Banko Family Fund
Best Should Teach Fund
David Bomberger Fund
Brennan Family Fund
Butterfield Family Donor-Advised Fund
Sam Cheris Charitable Fund
Valerie and Gilmour Clausen Fund
Coburn Family Fund
Aliyah and Milani Cook Fund
Felix and Margie Cook Fund
Dahl Family Donor-Advised Fund
Davis-Massey Family Fund
Fred, Janet and Lucas Doyle Donor-Advised Fund
Eicher Family Donor-Advised Fund
Family & Children's Health Donor-Advised Fund
Janet Fania Memorial Scholarship Fund
Franklin Family Fund
Griffith-McVey Family Fund
Haggstrom Family Donor-Advised Fund
Hanson Ernstrom Family Donor-Advised Fund
Darl and Darlene Hobson Fund
Jennings Human Capital Improvement Fund
Joie de Vivre Fund
Kemp Family Fund
Klau Family Foundation Fund
Leach Family Donor-Advised Fund
Marquez Family Fund
Jean and Ron Meyer Family Fund
Molenaar Family Donor-Advised Fund
Moreland Family Donor-Advised Fund
Morrissey Family Fund
Nu Sigma Nu Donor-Advised Fund
Oliver Family Fund
Paul Family Fund
Percy Family Fund
Koger and Marcie Propst Family Donor-Advised Fund
PBJ Reece Charitable Fund
Reidy Family Donor-Advised Fund
Barbara E. & Robert J. Reilly Charitable Fund
Ricketson Family Fund
Vernon and Sharon Ritzman Donor-Advised Fund
Alan and Emily Robinson Donor-Advised Fund
Shean Family Fund
Phelan Smith Family Fund
Keith and Alisha Stagg Fund
Susan Stark Fund
Stevens Family Fund
Stevenson Fund
Storatz Family Donor-Advised Fund
Tarkanian Family Fund
Penfield W. Tate III Foundation Fund
Tough Enough To Wear Pink Fund
Sharon L. & John U. Trefny Donor-Advised Fund
Tuthill Family Fund
Robert and Carla Urwiler Charitable Giving Fund
Lynne Valencia Family Fund
Vanderstoep Family Fund
Raymond & Viola Wagner Family Fund
Waring Family Fund
Marla J. Williams Donor-Advised Fund
Vickie Wilson Family Fund
Winkler Family Foundation Fund
Womanist Empowerment Fund
Woolsey Paustian Fund

Welcome New 2018 Donor-Advised Funds
Gardner Azari Family Fund
Johnson Foundation of the Rockies Fund
V.L. Ponce Fund

Other Funds

Community First Foundation manages a variety of charitable funds to help members of the community connect with causes they care about. We are honored to steward these financial resources to energize giving and address community needs.

 

Assistance League of Denver HELP Endowment Fund
Bonfils Blood Center Donor Advised Fund
Collier Family Fund
Colorado Blood Cancer Institute Patient Assistance Fund
Community First Foundation Unrestricted Fund
Easter Seals Colorado Endowment Fund
Francis Winston Collopy Endowment Fund
Friends of Chamber Music Operating Endowment Fund
Hospice and Palliative Care Endowment Fund
Project Angel Heart Fund
Spalding Community Foundation Family of Funds
White Rose Scholarship Foundation Fund

Donors

We work with a variety of individuals, families and nonprofit organizations to help them power their passions—whether they wish to give today or in the future. We are grateful to the following people and entities that supported community in 2018 through a fund stewarded by Community First Foundation.

Individuals

Anonymous
Marvin Aal
Donna Albin
Richard Albin
William Alldredge
Gary Amble
Shanon Arellano
Aaron and Anita Azari
Sonja Baum
Mary and John Beattie
Robert Beebe
Kenneth Bell
Barry Berlin
Leo Beserra
Wendy Bolyard
David Bomberger
Cornelius Borman
Joan S. Brennan
Michele Burrus
John Capps
Richard Carande
Mark Carapella
Donald Carlson
Paula and David Carnes
James Carr
Ronald Catalan
Barbara Cook
Elycia and Byron Cook
Kathy Cook
Joseph DeBrohun
John Dolfis
Robert Donohue
Diane Dunn
Lucille Echohawk
Holle and Chad Eicher
Judy and Mark Fania
Caroline Fuller
John Fuller
Michael Glassman
Barbara and Michael Goberis
Mark Graham
Carol Grever
Lorraine Gruber
Patricia A. Gunckel
Cheryl and John Haggstrom
Harriet Hall, Ph.D.
Lois Harrison
James Harvey
Thomas Healy
Mary Hoagland
Susan Hoffer
James Holland
Allan Horton
Sharlene Hren
Brook Jackson
Ralph Jones
Robert R. Keatinge
Debra Kennedy
V. Wensley Koch
Thomas Korson
Gloria Lamb
Cherise and Brian Larson
Jonathan Larson
Barbara Lavender
Sue Leever
Eileen Lepisto
Leslie Levine
John Litz
Juanita Lucero
Jackie and Fred Lunger
Peggy and David Marks
John McCarthy
Mary Kate McCutcheon
Lou McDowell
David L. McKinley
Mike McQuistan
Julia and Jonathan McVey
Evan B. Metcalf
Jean and Ron Meyer, M.D.
Christine and Terry Moreland
David Morrison
Roger Morton
Janet and John Mulay
Deborah Norton
Arthur O'Hayre
Jane Olson
Barry Owen
William Owens
Stuart Pack
B. Jefferson Parks
Joan and Hereford Percy
Elizabeth Phelan and Paul Smith
Michael Phillips
Christine and Kirk Pokrandt
Richard Polk
Victoria L. Ponce
Carol Prescott
Marcie and Koger Propst
Agnieszka Przeszlowska and Jared Coburn
Fran Reid-Sanden
Barbara and Robert Reilly
Charlie Rhoades
Andrea J. Rhodes
Eldene Ronnekamp
Thomas Sass
Judith Servoss
Mary Shafer-Malicki
Lorni Sharrow
Jeanne Shuldener
Kenneth Singer
Alana K. Smart
Janet Squires
Kent M. Stannard
Arianthe Stettner
Cynthia Stevenson
Arthur Strasburger
Martha Swanson
Alan Switzer
Hermine and Malcolm Tarkanian, M.D.
Judy and Jim Taylor
Roda Taylor
Louise Thomas
Sharon and John Trefny, Ph.D.
Carla and Robert Urwiler
Renee Varon
John Vaughey
Ronald Villiotti
Paul Waidler
Colleen Walker
Peter Wall
Bill Waller
Lois Walton
Meloney West
Ronald Westerberg
Matthew Williams
Marla J. Williams
Toni and Larry Winkler
Richard Wisott
Bob Zavodsky
Janice and Mark Ziegler

Organizations

Adaptive Sports Association
Almost Home
Argonaut Management Services
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
Audubon Society of Greater Denver
Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity
Carin' Clinic
Charities Aid Foundation of America
Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation
Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care
Colorado Association of Funders
Colorado Children's Chorale
Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts
The Comcast Foundation
Community College of Denver Foundation
Community Cycles
Community Health Charities
Community Shares of Colorado
The Conflict Center
Culver's of Westminster
Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis
Dominican Home Health Agency
Emerson Charitable Trust
Evergreen Naturalists Audubon Society
Friends of Dinosaur Ridge
Friends of Peak to Peak
Hellenic Orthodox Community of Denver
The Hewit Charitable Trust
Hotel de Paris Museum
Jefferson County Library Foundation
Johnson Foundation of the Rockies
The Lowry Foundation
Mountain Area Land Trust
Open Media Foundation
Pearlman-Swartz Charitable Fund at The Denver Foundation
PetAid Colorado
Pop Culture Classroom
Charles Schwab Foundation
Schwab Charitable Fund
Sister Carmen Community Center
St. Andrew Society of Colorado
Tesoro Cultural Center
Vanguard Marketing Corporation
Wonderful Giving
WSA Fraternal Life
YourCause
The Yule Family Trust

Grants

In 2018, Community First Foundation provided grants totaling more than $54 million to support nonprofits in Jefferson County, the Denver metropolitan area and beyond. Of that amount, more than $47 million was granted from donations received through ColoradoGives.org, our online giving website. The remaining consisted of grants and distributions from the Foundation’s discretionary funds, nonprofit agency funds, donor-advised funds and other funds to which donors have contributed over time.

Our grantmaking areas of focus are promoting mental wellness, honoring our heritage in Jefferson County and strengthening nonprofits. We also seek to increase generosity through grants related to ColoradoGives.org and donor-advised funds.

Grants Promoting Mental Wellness

Behavioral Health Integration in Pediatric Primary Care (BHIPP)

The following organizations received grants totaling $295,000 as part of our continued investment to support practice transformation work among primary pediatric care providers in the areas of behavioral health promotion and prevention. These grantees are working in partnership with Project CLIMB (Consultation Liaison in Mental Health and Behavior) at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Colorado Children’s Healthcare Access Program (CCHAP) to expand the number of pediatric practices promoting mental health and well-being in a fully integrated care model.

Doctors Care
KidsFirst Pediatrics
Montbello Family Health Center
Mountainland Pediatrics
Peak Pediatrics
Rocky Mountain Health Centers Pediatrics

 

Other grants made in support of the BHIPP Initiative include:

Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation
$235,750 to support continued technical assistance and support from Project CLIMB as the lead agency for the BHIPP Initiative.

$17,500 to support the Pediatric Integrated Care Value-Based Payment (VBP) Project associated with the BHIPP Initiative.

 

Enhanced Home Visitation

The Enhanced Home Visitation initiative aims to improve the effectiveness of early childhood professionals delivering home visitation programming for families in the area of social-emotional development, and to improve outcomes for children and families receiving home visitation services.

The following organizations received second year grants as part of our three-year grant investment to support home visitation programs in the Denver metropolitan area:

Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council
$81,000 to support activities related to the Enhanced Home Visitation grant initiative.

Family Star
$42,500 to support activities related to the Enhanced Home Visitation grant initiative.

Jeffco Public Schools
$48,000 to support HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) program activities related to the Enhanced Home Visitation grant initiative.

Metropolitan State University of Denver Foundation
$37,000 to support MSU Denver’s Family Literacy Program activities related to the Enhanced Home Visitation grant initiative.

Mountain Resource Center
$40,500 to support activities related to the Enhanced Home Visitation grant initiative.

Parent Possible
$39,314.00 to support Parent Possible as the Lead Agency for the Enhanced Home Visitation Grant Initiative.

Roots Family Center
$50,750 to support activities related to the Enhanced Home Visitation grant initiative.

 

LAUNCH Together

The following organizations received grants for their role in LAUNCH Together, a multi-funder, multi-year initiative to support Colorado communities in building coordinated systems to support the social and emotional development of children.

Early Milestones Colorado
$87,983 to support LAUNCH Together in Jefferson County.

Jefferson Center for Mental Health
$625,000 to support LAUNCH Together in Jefferson County.

University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work
$42,085 for the Butler Institute for Families to serve as the LAUNCH Together evaluation partner in Jefferson County.

 

The Innovators Society 2.0

The following organizations received grants totaling $450,000 to support capacity building and accelerate their innovative approaches to changing perceptions of mental health and illness as a result of their participation in The Innovators Society Community Pitch Showdown event held on June 5, 2018:

Apprentice of Peace Youth Organization - $89,850
BIONIC Team - $110,050
My Quiet Cave - $58,625
Open Labs - $55,875
Young Invincibles - $60,525
YouthRoots - $75,075

In addition, each organization received an initial $25,000 grant to support their engaging with a coach in preparing to pitch their innovations at the Community Pitch Showdown event.

Youth Mental Health Stigma Reduction Design Challenge

The following organizations received grants as part of the Youth Mental Health Stigma Reduction Design Challenge to support creative and innovative ways to reduce mental health stigma affecting youth in their schools, or other affected youth populations.

Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation
$10,000 to support Children’s Mental Health Youth Action Board’s Youth Stigma Design.

Commerce City Rotary Foundation
$10,000 to support Adams City High School’s Rotary Interact Club’s Youth Stigma Design.

Golden Rotary Foundation
$10,000 to support Golden High School’s Rotary Interact Club’s Youth Stigma Design.

Office of Children's Affairs (City of Denver)
$9,000 to support the Mayor's Youth Commission's Youth Stigma Design.

Other grants made in support of the Youth Mental Health Stigma Reduction Design Challenge include:

NAMI Colorado
$5,000 in general operating support in recognition of their supportive role throughout the Youth Mental Health Stigma Design Challenge.

Other Promoting Mental Wellness Grants

Assuring Better Child Health and Development
$127,638 to increase the integration of pregnancy related depression screenings and referral to services among Pediatric and OB/GYN providers in the metropolitan Denver area.

Colorado Association for Infant Mental Health (CoAIMH)
$3,300 as an initial payment to support capacity building and operating funds for CoAIMH’s early childhood mental health workforce development activities.

Colorado Health Institute
$25,000 to support objective research relating to mental health and wellness and the social determinants of health.

The University of Colorado Foundation
$100,000 to support the development of a Mental Health Innovation Podcast Series at the National Mental Health Innovation Center.

$16,500 to support the production of a Lifelines video vignette and consulting work for the development of a podcast series at the National Mental Health Innovation Center.

 

Grants Honoring Our Heritage in Jefferson County

The following fifty-eight organizations received grants totaling $750,000 as part of our Improving Conditions of Community Health in Jefferson County 2018 grant opportunity:

40 West Arts
$25,000 to support the creation and maintenance of public art and wayfinding signage along the 40 West ArtLine.

A Precious Child
$12,000 to support the Essentials to Thrive program for Jefferson County residents.

A3 Adapt Adjust - Achieve
$12,500 to support Sight for Seniors program for Jefferson County residents.

Action for Healthy Kids
$17,500 to support Colorado Parents for Healthy Kids programming in Jefferson County.

Adaptive Adventures
$5,000 to support programming for Jefferson County residents.

The Adoption Exchange
$5,000 to support the Intensive Recruitment Program for Jefferson County residents.

All-Stars Club
$8,000 to support programming for Jefferson County residents.

America's Kids Belong
$12,500 to support the Dream Makers program in Jefferson County.

Anchor Center for Blind Children
$10,000 to support programming for Jefferson County residents.

Augustana Arts
$5,000 to support the City Strings program for Jefferson County students.

Autism Society of Colorado
$5,000 to support the Autism Training Series program for Jefferson County residents.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado
$20,000 to support programming for Jefferson County youth.

Big Green
$12,500 to support the Edible Garden initiative and Garden Bites Curriculum at Arvada K-8 and Edgewater Elementary School.

Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council
$12,500 to support the Leadership Assistance Program for Jefferson County youth.

Cat Care Society
$5,000 to support the Cat Clinic for Jefferson County residents.

Centro Humanitario de los Trabajadores
$12,500 to support programming for Jefferson County residents.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
$12,500 to support the Equity Bootcamp program for Jefferson County students.

Clinica Tepeyac
$25,000 to support healthcare services for Jefferson County residents.

Colorado Ballet Company
$12,500 to support the Leap N Learn and Student Matinees programs for Jefferson County students.

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
$20,000 to support the Renaissance Children's Center in Jefferson County.

Colorado Enterprise Fund
$23,500 to support general operations for Jefferson County residents.

Colorado Nonprofit Development Center
$25,000 to support Benefits in Action programming for Jefferson County residents.

Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition
$17,500 to support Providers Advancing School Outcomes (PASO) Institutes in Jefferson County.

The Colorado Teen Project
$23,500 to support the Project: SELF-START program for Jefferson County residents.

Conifer Historical Society and Museum
$5,000 to support programming for Jefferson County residents.

The Consortium
$25,000 to support the School Health Services program in Jefferson County schools.

Denver Area Youth for Christ
$12,500 to support the Juvenile Justice Ministry mentoring program for Jefferson County residents.

The Eating Disorder Foundation
$5,000 to support the School Health Services program in Jefferson County schools.

Friends First
$20,000 to support Project AIM in Jefferson County schools.

Girls on the Run of the Rockies
$12,500 to support programming for Jefferson County girls.

Golden History Museum & Park
$5,000 to support the Building Colorado program for Jefferson County students.

Healthy LifeStars
$12,500 to support The LifeStar Challenge program for Jefferson County students.

Jeffco Schools Foundation
$20,000 to support the Learning Ally program in Jefferson County schools.

Jefferson Center for Mental Health
$10,000 to support the ROAD program for Jefferson County youth.

Junior Achievement - Rocky Mountain
$10,000 to support experiential learning programs for Jefferson County students.

KidsTek
$5,000 to support programming in Jefferson County schools.

Lakewood Symphony Orchestra
$5,000 to support programming for Jefferson County residents.

Mental Health Colorado
$7,000 to support school and early childhood mental health efforts in Jefferson County schools.

Mi Casa Resource Center for Women
$12,500 to support programming for Jefferson County residents.

Mile High Youth Corps
$24,000 to support the Energy & Water Conservation program for Jefferson County residents.

Miners Alley Playhouse
$12,500 to support programming for Jefferson County residents.

Museo de las Americas
$12,500 to support the Museo Sin Fronteras/Museo without Walls program for Jefferson County residents.

NAMI Jeffco
$7,000 to support the Ending the Silence program in Jefferson County schools.

National Sports Center for the Disabled
$12,500 to support programming for Jefferson County residents.

Nehemiah Global Foundation
$5,000 to support programming for Jefferson County residents.

Outdoor Lab Foundation
$25,000 to support Outdoor Lab School programming for Jefferson County students.

Ovation West Performing Arts
$12,500 to support programming for Jefferson County residents.

PeaceWorks
$12,500 to support programming for Jefferson County residents.

Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation
$5,000 to support the financial assistance program for Jefferson County cancer patients.

Rebuilding Together Metro Denver
$12,500 to support the General Home Repair program for Jefferson County residents.

Rocky Mountain Police Chaplains
$5,000 to support programming for Jefferson County residents.

The Salvation Army
$10,000 to support services for Jefferson County clients.

Sunshine Home Share Colorado
$12,500 to support programming for Jefferson County residents.

Tennyson Center for Children at Colorado Christian Home
$12,500 to support the #NoKidWaits program for Jefferson County.

Volunteers of America
$5,000 to support the Safety of Seniors Handyman program for Jefferson County residents.

Whiz Kids Tutoring
$20,000 to support programming for Jefferson County residents.

WINGS Foundation
$12,500 to support programming for Jefferson County residents.

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program
$25,000 to support Ask4Help training in Jefferson County schools.

 

Other Honoring Our Heritage in Jefferson County Grants

The Action Center
$200,000 for general operating support.

 

Grants to Strengthen Nonprofits

The following grants power community by strengthening nonprofit organizations and the nonprofit sector:

The Civic Canopy
$7,250 to support Results Based Accountability training.

Red Rocks Community College Foundation
$29,600 to support scholarships for the Nonprofit Pathway Program.

 

Incentive Grants

The Incentive Grant Program is one of the many benefits we provide for our Nonprofit Endowment Partners that have established an endowment fund with the Foundation. The following Nonprofit Endowment Partners received grants from the Incentive Grant Program totaling nearly $290,000 on contributions they made to their endowment funds at the Foundation in 2018.

Almost Home
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
Audubon Society of Greater Denver
Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity
Carin' Clinic
Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation
Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care
Colorado Association of Funders
Colorado Children's Chorale
Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts
The Conflict Center
Community College of Denver Foundation
Community Cycles
Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis

Dominican Home Health Agency
Evergreen Naturalists Audubon Society
Friends of Dinosaur Ridge
Friends of Peak to Peak
Hotel de Paris Museum
Jefferson County Library Foundation
Lowry Foundation
Mountain Area Land Trust
Open Media Foundation
PetAid Colorado
Pop Culture Classroom
Sister Carmen Community Center
St. Andrew Society of Colorado
Tesoro Cultural Center

 

Grants that Increase Generosity

The following grants help energize generosity in Jefferson County, the Denver metropolitan area and beyond.

ColoradoGives & Colorado Gives Day Grants

Community First Foundation granted back donations totaling more than $45 million to more than 2,400 organizations through its year-round online giving website, ColoradoGives.org. Of that amount, more than $34 million was raised on Colorado Gives Day.

Donor-Advised Fund Grants

The Foundation stewards donor-advised funds that have been established by individuals, families, businesses and others. The following organizations received 252 grants, totaling more than $970,000, from our donor-advised funds.

350 Colorado
4 Paws 4 Life Rescue
A Shared Vision: Partners in Pediatric Blindness and Visual
ACE Scholarships
ACLU Foundation of Colorado
The Action Center
Adopt Colorado Kids
The Adoption Exchange
All Aboard Animal Rescue and Shelter
All Souls Rescue
Alpha Tau Omega Foundation
Alpine Autism Center
Alternatives Pregnancy Center
Alzheimer's Research Foundation, Fisher Center
American Cancer Society
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Inc.
American Diabetes Association
American Red Cross
Angels with Paws
Ascend Performing Arts
ASSET Education
Autism Society of Boulder County
The Bell Policy Center
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
Blood Systems
Boron Bible Church
Boulder Valley Women's Health Center
California Western School of Law
CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties
Case Western Reserve University
Cat Care Society
Cherry Creek Theatre Company
Chestnut Hill Benevolent Association
Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation
City Year Denver
Colorado Black Health Collaborative
Colorado Business Committee for the Arts
Colorado Cancer Research Program
Colorado Children's Campaign
Colorado Children's Health Access Program
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Colorado Community College System Foundation
Colorado Golf Association
The Colorado Independent
Colorado Lawyers Committee
Colorado Mesa University Foundation
Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance
Colorado Outdoor Education Center
Colorado Public Radio
The Colorado Teen Project
Colorado Vincentian Volunteers
Community Table
Craig Hospital Foundation
The Denver Brass
Denver Dumb Friends League
Denver Health Foundation
Denver Kids
Denver Philharmonic Orchestra
The Denver Post Community Foundation
Denver Rail Heritage Society
Denver Rescue Mission
Denver Urban Scholars
Denver Zoological Foundation
Early Milestones Colorado
Energy Outreach Colorado
Epicpromise Employee Foundation
eTown
Fallen Officer Fund of Douglas County Foundation
Food Bank of the Rockies
Food for Thought Denver
Foundation for African Medicine and Education
Friends First
Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve
Friends of Foothills Animal Shelter
Friends of the Ridgway Library
Geneva Glen Camp
The GLBT Community Center of Colorado
God's House of Hope
GoFarm
Greater Park Hill Community
GuateStar
Gunnison Valley Health
Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver
Headstrong Project
Holt International Children's Services
International Justice Mission
Jeffco Schools Foundation
Jefferson Center for Mental Health
Jewish Family Service of Colorado
Judi's House
Learn Your Rights in Colorado
Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado
Life After Hate
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains
Lutheran Medical Center Foundation
Martha's Mutt Movers
Matthew Shepard Foundation
Mental Health Center of Denver
Metro Caring
Mile Hi Church
Mile High Early Learning
Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center
Morris Animal Foundation
Mount Sneffels Education Foundation
OUR Center
Ouray County Food Pantry
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Parent Possible
Peruvian Hearts
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
Plum Creek Community Church
Public Communicators
Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp
Rangeview Community Free Will Baptist Church
Red Rocks Community College Foundation
Ridgway Chautauqua Society
Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation
Rocky Mountain Preparatory School
Rocky Mountain Public Media
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
Safe Place for Pets
Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence
Saint Patrick's Church of Elkhorn, NE
Seniors' Resource Center
Sense of Security
St. Augustine Indian Mission
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Stapleton Fellowship Church
Starfish One by One
Stout Street Foundation
SummitStone Health Partners
Swallow Hill Music Association
Teach for America
Temple Micah
Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership
United States Fencing Association
The University of Colorado
The University of Colorado Foundation
University of Denver
University of Nebraska Foundation
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Urban Peak Denver
USD 403 Otis-Bison
Vision Health International
Vision of Children
Warren Village
We Don't Waste
Weehawken Creative Arts
The Women's Foundation of Colorado
Women's Foundation of Minnesota
World Vision
Young Life
Young Musicians Foundation of Colorado
Zion Natural History Association

Other Increasing Generosity Grants

Junior Achievement – Rocky Mountain
$10,000 to sponsor the Philanthropy Kiosk at Junior Achievement Finance Park during the 2018-2019 school year.

Young Americans Center for Financial Education
$13,000 to support the Philanthropy Unit at Young AmeriTowne at Belmar during the 2018-2019 school year.

 

Other Community Grants

Community First Foundation stewards funds to which donors have contributed over time to address community needs. The following organizations received grants from the Foundation’s pool of discretionary and restricted funds, totaling more than $360,000:

A Little Help
ACE Scholarships
AFP Colorado Chapter
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
Assistance League of Denver
Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado
Broomfield FISH
Catholic Charities and Community Services of the Archdiocese
Cherry Creek Has Heart
Colorado Black Health Collaborative
Colorado Canyons Association
Colorado Community College System Foundation
Colorado Conservatory of Dance
Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance
Community Cycles
Council on Foundations
Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's
Delaney Donates
The Denver Hospice
Denver Human Services
Denver Young Artists Orchestra Association
Easter Seals Colorado
Emergency Family Assistance Association
Friends of the Haven

Gift of Adoption
Girl Scouts of Colorado
Grand Mesa Little League
Hilltop Community Resources
Jeffco Schools Foundation
Jefferson Center for Mental Health
Jefferson County School District R-1
Junior League of Denver
Kids Aid
Minds Matter of Denver
The Park People
Parker Task Force
PawsCo
RamStrength
Reading Partners
Riverside Educational Center
Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation
Search and Rescue Control
Southeast Community Outreach
Street's Hope
There With Care
West Chamber Serving Jefferson County Foundation
Wounded Warrior Project
Zero to Three