To solve community problems

We seek to expand the impact of nonprofit partners in our community through philanthropic grant making designed to catalyze long term, sustainable impact.

In our grant-making activities, we look for opportunities to be a catalyst in the formation of ventures that combine the resources and talents of the public and private sector.”

Sam GaryGary Community Ventures Founder

What We Fund

Grant-making is one of the most powerful tools we use to catalyze opportunity for Colorado kids and families. All of our philanthropic grants support partners who share our racial equity commitment and who:

  • Focus on improving outcomes aligned with our strategies in School Readiness, Youth Success, and Family Economic Mobility; and 
  • Aim to advance the promise and potential of kids and families from low-income backgrounds and BIPOC communities in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, and/or Jefferson counties.
  • Seek catalytic dollars that drive toward breakthrough solutions, scale, and/or systems change.

Over the years it’s been an honor to support grantees, including: Elephant Circle, Colorado Children’s Campaign, Early Milestones, Ednium, Colorado Youth Congress, Colorado Economic Defense Project, and more.


Colorado Pay It Forward Fund

Colorado philanthropy backs outcomes-based loans that tie repayment to wages 

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Colorado Legislative Study

A proposed legislative study seeks to better understand the impacts of racisms in housing, wealth gap and education.

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9th Grade Success Skyrockets

In 2019 Center High School saw its graduation rates drop to the lowest in the state. With funding to support its 9th grade success program, grad rates are now among the highest.

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How to Apply for Funding

Once a year we issue a request for grant proposals that reflect specific strategies for impact within our outcome areas. We also welcome the opportunity to connect with organizations engaged in aligned work at any time. Please feel free to reach out to the contacts below.

Director of School Readiness

Steffanie Clothier 

Director of Youth Success

Angie McPhaul 

Director of Family Economic Mobility

Julie Stone 

Discover New Possibilities

Together, we will create the change our community wants to see. Whether you want to discover more about our ventures, or connect with a member of our team, we want to hear from you.