Past Initiatives

The following programs are past initiatives or programs that received substantial funding from Rose Community Foundation during their startup phase.

BenefitsCheckUp is a national web-based program to help older adults find out about public benefits which they may be eligible to receive. Locally, BenefitsCheckUp Colorado is administered by St. Anthony Hospitals. Rose Community Foundation brought the program to the state.

BOOST (Building Organizational Operating Strength Together) was a grant initiative designed to strengthen Rose Community Foundation grantees that were experiencing rapid organizational growth or were in their startup phase. Read the final assessment report (PDF).

Colorado Health Institute (CHI) is the state's center for health-data resources and analysis. Rose Community Foundation, Caring for Colorado Foundation and The Colorado Trust provided nearly $6 million for CHI's first five years of operation.

The Endowment Challenge was a three-year grant initiative started in 1999 to create endowments at local Jewish organizations. At the end of 2002, nearly $19 million in permanent endowment funds had been established benefiting 19 Denver/Boulder Jewish institutions. We continue to support nonprofit organizations in establishing endowments. Learn more about opening an endowment fund at the Foundation.

Getting There is the name of a multi year collaborative between Rose Community Foundation and The Colorado Health Foundation to evaluate and improve transportation for older adults in the Denver metro area. A transit analysis done in 2005 is available as a summary (PDF) or as a full report (PDF). In addition, the Getting There Guide (PDF) to transportation is available online.

The Next Generation Initiative was a project geared to deepen the connection of Jews in their 20s and 30s with Jewish life. Read more about this work in the report, Legwork, Framework, Artwork: Engaging the Next Generation of Jews (PDF). As a result of findings from this project, we established Roots & Branches Foundation. Learn more about this collaborative philanthropy program for Jewish people ages 25 to 40.

ProComp is Denver's teacher-compensation system for Denver Public School teachers. Rose Community Foundation played an instrumental role in ProComp's creation and implementation.

SkillBuild Colorado was a public/private funding collaborative focused on moving entry level workers into middle skill careers and helping businesses recruit and retain a skilled competitive workforce.