Donor-Directed Grants

In 2015, donor-directed grantmaking at Rose Community Foundation totaled $2.7 million and reflected a broad range of community interests supported by our donors. These grants do not necessarily align with our program areas, nor are they restricted to our seven-county service area.

The donor-directed grants awarded in 2015 include:

  • Grants recommended from donor funds held at the Foundation
  • Matching gifts to qualified charities that received personal contributions from our trustees, committee members and staff
  • Discretionary grants

If you are interested in establishing a donor-advised fund at the Foundation, learn more.

Organizations are sorted under the following categories:

Arts, Culture and Media

Anatomy in Clay Centers
Anderson Ranch Arts Foundation
Art from Ashes, Inc.
Arts Street
Aspen Film
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Austin City Limits
Bravo Colorado Music Festival Endowment Foundation
Carbondale Clay Center
Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities
Celebrate the Beat
The Children's Museum of Denver
Colorado Ballet Endowment Fund
Colorado Gerontological Society
Colorado Public Radio
Colorado Public Television (CPT12)
Colorado Symphony Association
DAVA - Downtown Aurora Visual Arts
Denver Art Museum
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Denver Film Society
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Public Library Friends Foundation
High Country News
History Colorado
La Vereda Foundation
LOCAL Theater Company
Mizel Arts & Culture Center
Mizel Museum
Music Associates of Aspen
Opera Colorado
Physically Handicapped Amateur Musical Actors League
RedLine Endowment Fund
Rocky Mountain PBS
Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Service
Smithsonian Institution
Swallow Hill Music Association
Taoist Tai Chi Society of the United States of America
True Media Foundation
Vail Performing Arts Academy
Vail Symposium
Wyly Community Art Center
Zimmer Children's Museum


Children and Youth

Adoptions Together
BabiesNow! Foundation
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver
The Bridge Project, University of Denver
Clayton Early Learning
Colorado Youth Matter
Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver
Girls on the Run of the Rockies
Invest in Kids
Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center
SOS Outreach
USA Outreach Priority 1
Youth on Record


Economic Self-Sufficiency/Safety-Net Services

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Emergency Family Assistance Association
Energy Outreach Colorado
Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado
Food Bank of the Rockies
The Gathering Place
Life Moves (formerly InnVision Shelter Network)
The Manaus Fund
The Private Redemption Foundation
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties
Seniors Project Support
Third Way Center
Tipping Point Community
Urban Peak
Warren Village
Women's Bean Project
Work Options for Women



ACE Scholarships
Alexander Dawson School
Aspen Prep Academy
Aspen Waldorf Foundation
Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
Auburn Theological Seminary
Book Trust
Breakthrough Kent Denver
Carbondale Community School
Cherry Hills Palmer Scholarship Foundation
Colorado "I Have A Dream"® Foundation
The Colorado Education Initiative
Colorado Impact Initiative
Colorado State University Foundation
Columbia University
Connecticut College
Dartmouth College
Delta Eta Boulé Foundation
Denver Urban Scholars
The Denver Waldorf School
Diamonds in the Rough Foundation
English in Action
Girls Athletic Leadership Schools
Graland Country Day School
Harvard Divinity School
The Hartsbrook School
Kent Denver School
Lewis & Clark College
Literacy Outreach
The Logan School for Creative Learning
Macalester College
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers
Minds Matter of Denver
Montessori School of Denver
Naropa University
Northfield Mount Hermon School
Pay for Success
Poudre River Friends of the Library
RAFT Colorado
Rangeview Library Friends Foundation, Inc.
Reach Out and Read Colorado
Reading Partners
Roaring Fork School District
Shawnigan Lake Foundation
Stanley British Primary School
Teach for America
Tufts University
The UCLA Foundation
University of California San Francisco Foundation
University of Colorado Foundation
University of Denver
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Idaho Foundation, Inc.
University of Pennsylvania
University of Puget Sound
Washington University in St. Louis


Environment/Outdoor Education

Adaptive Adventures
Animal Care Foundation
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Butterfly Pavilion
The Colorado Golf Association
Colorado Headwaters Land Trust
Colorado Open Lands
Colorado Wild Public Lands
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture
Conservation Colorado
Conservation Colorado Education Fund
Crested Butte Land Trust
Denver Urban Gardens
Drop in the Bucket
Dumb Friends League
Equity Trust
First Descents
Food and Water Watch
The Greening of Detroit
The Grey Muzzle Organization
Gunnison Trails
Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families
Independence Pass Foundation
The Institute for Environmental Solutions
Kestrel Land Trust
Little Bellas
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust
National Geographic Society
National Park Foundation
National Parks Conservation Association
National Sports Center for the Disabled
Natural Resources Defense Council
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy in Colorado
The Nature Conservancy of Hawai'i
Peninsula Open Space Trust
PLAY Boulder Foundation
Rainforest Action Network
Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust
Roaring Fork Conservancy
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Seeds of Solidarity Education Center
Shambhala Mountain Center
Solar Cookers International
Spider Chain of Lakes Association
The Trust for Public Land – Denver Office
Union of Concerned Scientists
Vermont Wilderness School
Walking Mountains Science Center
Western Golf Association
Wilderness Workshop


General Community Support

American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education
Aspen Community Foundation
The Aspen Institute
The Aspen Strong Foundation
Aspen Valley Land Trust
The Bell Policy Center
Capitol Hill Community Services
The Civic Canopy
Colorado Nonprofit Development Center
Colorado Women's Hall of Fame
Creede Repertory Theatre
Denver Justice Council
Denver Rescue Mission
Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan
Growing Home
Hands of the Carpenter
Jewish Women's Fund of Colorado
Latino Community Foundation
Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado
Mary Gittings Cronin Fund
Metro Volunteers
Milken Institute
Navy Seal Foundation
Negev Foundation
River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding
Rose Community Foundation
Rose Women's Organization Donor-Advised Fund
Rose Youth Foundation
The Salvation Army, Intermountain Division
Sexual Abuse Ending Forever (SAFE)
Space Science Institute
Tag Foundation for Social Development
Third Sector New England
Town of Carbondale
Vail Valley Foundation
The William J. Clinton Foundation
Women Donors Network
The Women's Foundation of Colorado



ALS Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter
American Diabetes Association, Colorado Area
Anchor Center for Blind Children
Brent Eley Foundation
Cancer League of Colorado Foundation
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
The Center for African American Health
Center for Women's Health Research, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Chai Lifeline
Children's Diabetes Foundation at Denver
Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation
Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Colorado Donor Alliance
Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance
Compassion & Choices
Craig Hospital Foundation
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Day of Caring for Breast Cancer Awareness
Denver Health Foundation
The Denver Hospice
Fisher House Foundation
Global Down Syndrome Foundation
Harmony Foundation
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center
Judi's House
Judson Center
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Los Angeles Chapter
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Rocky Mountain Chapter
The Listen Foundation
Lupus Colorado
Mental Health America of Colorado
Mental Health Center of Denver
Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Michigan Autism Partnership
National Jewish Health
Northeast Organic Farming Association, Massachusetts Chapter
Partners in Health
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver, Inc.
Roundup River Ranch
S.L.E. Lupus Foundation
Second Wind Fund of Metro Denver
There With Care
Valley View Hospital Foundation



American Jewish World Service
Capital Sisters International
Doctors Without Borders USA
Ethiopia Reads
Friends of Hatzolah Darom
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
Global Fund for Women
Global Partners in Peace and Development
Heifer International
Himalayan Children's Fund
Himalayan Development Foundation
International Community Foundation
International Development Enterprises
Jews for Judaism International
JQ International
Marshall Direct Fund
New Israel Fund
PEF Israel Endowment Fund
ShelterBox USA


Jewish Life

Aish Denver
Aleph Institute
Alumni of the Rabbinical College Knesseth Israel of Slabodka Kowno
American Friends of Darche Noam
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
American Support for Israel
Anti-Defamation League, Mountain States Region
Aspen Jewish Congregation
Beth El Synagogue
Chabad Jewish Community Center
Chabad Lubavitch of Colorado-Bais Menachem
Chabad of South Denver
The Chai Center
Colorado Agency for Jewish Education
Denver Academy of Torah
Denver Community Kollel
Denver Jewish Day School
Guardians of the Jewish Home for the Aging
Harold Grinspoon Foundation
Hebrew Educational Alliance
Hillel of Colorado
Jewish Community of Amherst
Jewish Education Center of South Florida
The Jewish Experience
Jewish Family Service of Colorado
Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
Jewish Free Loan Association
Jewish National Fund, Mountain States Region
Jewish Women's Archive
Jewish Women's Renaissance Project
Judaism Your Way
Kavod Senior Life
Keshet of the Rockies
MAZON: A Jewish Response To Hunger
Mesivta of Greater Los Angeles
Moving Traditions
National Yiddish Book Center
Neshama Center
Pirchei Shoshanim, Inc
Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center
Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society
Samuel A. Fryer, Yavneh Hebrew Academy
Shalom Cares
Tufts Hillel Foundation
Union of the Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America
Yeshiva Toras Chaim Talmudic Seminary of Denver



Congregation Beth Evergreen
Congregation Beth Menachem of Glogev
Kabbalah Experience
Saint John's Cathedral
Temple Emanuel
Temple Israel
Temple Micah


Social Justice

9to5 Colorado
Americans for Responsible Solutions Foundation
Building Bridges
Class Action
Facing History and Ourselves
The GLBT Community Center of Colorado
Grassroots International
Human Rights Watch
Link Hands for Humanity
NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado Foundation
New Era Colorado Foundation
New Venture Fund
One Colorado
Political Research Associates
ProgressNow Colorado
Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network
Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights
Warm Cookies of the Revolution