What Our Members Are Doing

Philanthropy Colorado members are increasingly working to advance racial equity through their grantmaking, investments and initiatives. Here are a few examples:

 

"Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) Fund is the first Black-focused community fund established in Colorado, explicitly providing financial resources and support to Black-led and serving organizations. Established on Juneteenth (June 19, 2020), BRIC is a movement forward for change to address systemic racism and inequities that negatively impact Black communities throughout the seven-county Metro Denver area and beyond."

 

 

"For the past several years, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation has been on a journey to advance equity and anti-racism in all our work. To learn about the steps we’ve taken visit our timeline here. If you would like to read the results of our 2021 racial equity survey conducted as part of our ongoing work with The Gemini Group, it can be found here in this Culture & Climate Report."

"Catalyzing community to advance and accelerate economic opportunities for Colorado women and their families." The Women’s Foundation of Colorado "strives to understand the intersection of identities and to address structural systems of inequity in the pursuit of equity. We believe that deliberately including diverse perspectives in our work and in our decision-making will lead to better results".

 

 

"First-time Black and African American homebuyers in the Denver metro area can utilize up to $40,000 in down payment assistance through the newly created Dearfield Fund for Black Wealth. Since its soft launch in September 2021, the Dearfield Fund has provided down payment assistance to more than 40 homebuyers and plans to support another 500 homebuyers in the next five years."

 

Rose Community Foundation has published a giving guide that provides information about the organizations it has supported that are addressing systemic inequities for BIPOC communities, with a particular focus on lifting up the Black community in Denver.
You can find more information here: Racial Justice and Equity Giving Guide

 

 

"The Colorado Health Foundation has been committed, since 2015, to becoming a diverse, inclusive and equity-centered organization. The Foundation’s staff work every day with the intent of creating health equity for all Coloradans, especially those for whom health is furthest from reach due to avoidable, unfair or systemically caused differences. That means we prioritize communities of color in all that we do, and intend to disrupt racist systems and structures by pursuing racial justice as a key pathway to achieve health equity."

 

"The Denver Foundation’s new strategic framework is designed to be the guiding light for the Foundation over the next decade. The Framework affirms The Denver Foundation’s commitment to centering racial equity and prioritizing community leadership, inside and outside the organization."

 

 

"Caring for Colorado Foundation asks our grantee partners to collaborate with others, to stay informed about best practices in their fields, and engage in continuous quality improvement. As funders, we have the same expectations for ourselves. Philanthropy Colorado's member services, peer networks and learning activities help ensure we adopt best practices, measure our progress, and identify opportunities for collaboration with our colleagues."

-- Melanie Bravo (she/her), Vice President of Philanthropy, Caring for Colorado Foundation