History and Mission

Philanthropy Colorado was founded in the early 1970s by representatives from local foundations who recognized the value in sharing expertise, skills and experiences. The organization was later officially incorporated and received nonprofit, 501(c)3 status in 2003.

We went by the name Colorado Association of Funders until the board unanimously approved a name change in 2019. As we’ve evolved and grown over almost a half-century, we found the new name better reflects our membership, mission and values.

Philanthropy Colorado now functions as a dynamic statewide network, with active involvement of 120 member organizations that represent the diversity of the sector and our state. We welcome private, family and community foundations, businesses and corporate foundations, federated funds and workplace giving programs, government agencies, donor-advised funds, individual philanthropists, and those who advise the field to be part of our network.

Our mission is “to strengthen Colorado communities by bringing people, information and resources together.”

We provide our members with educational and numerous peer learning and networking opportunities – along the Front Range and in rural communities. And we continue to work on strengthening connections between funders, philanthropists and the charitable organizations they support. We also advocate for the sector and work to communicate the value of philanthropy to policymakers, community leaders and the media.

State of Colorado Proclamation Philanthropy Colorado Day March 21st


As a new program officer, I was thirsty for opportunities to connect with my peers and rapidly improve in the craft of grantmaking. Philanthropy Colorado is a great resource that brought nationally acclaimed training to my very office. They are great at keeping members engaged, connected to one another, and apprised of relevant developments in the field of philanthropy.”

 -- Raymael Blackwell, Sr. Program Officer, Caring for Denver Foundation