We believe that the more vibrant and resilient a community’s nonprofits, the more effective they will be in serving the community and contributing to its well-being. Strengthening nonprofits through grantmaking is one of Community First Foundation’s three focus areas. This page outlines the grant opportunities we offer as well as a few of the other ways we support the nonprofit industry.
Helping nonprofits sustain their futures through endowment building is a hallmark of our work. Our Incentive Grant Program helps nonprofits build their endowments by providing additional funding when nonprofits contribute to their endowment fund. Grant amounts are based on contribution amounts.
In June 2019, the Foundation awarded grants to the following organizations to participate in Jumpstart, a nationally recognized, immersive fundraising program. The Jumpstart program is one year long and is conducted by fundraising experts Network for Good. The participating organizations will build their fundraising capacity with the guidance of highly experienced coaches and the implementation of technology to help them use data to improve their effectiveness. The Foundation is offering this program for the first time.
Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity
Cat Care Society
Colorado Homeless Families
Dental Aid, Inc.
Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis
Dominican Home Health Agency, Inc.
Jeffco Human Services Foundation
Jeffco Schools Foundation
Open Media Foundation
The Greenway Foundation
Community First Foundation and Red Rocks Community College created the Nonprofit Pathway–a higher education certificate program –to prepare individuals to enter the nonprofit sector, support existing nonprofit professionals, and supply the nonprofit sector with a skilled, inclusive and diverse workforce. We offer scholarships organizations that have established funds at Community First Foundation, also know as our Nonprofit Endowment Partners.
Jefferson Center for Mental Health, a nonprofit community mental health center, began its endowment in 2005 to sustain services for people who could not afford treatment for behavioral health and wellness needs. Jefferson Center’s endowment fund received the maximum incentive grant of $100,000 for its annual contributions to the fund.
“For years Jefferson Center for Mental Health wanted to create an endowment to ensure that mental health care would be available to the community and help pay for the care of the most vulnerable people. Community First Foundation helped us realize our dream.” Harriet L. Hall, Ph.D., CEO of Jefferson Center for Mental Health
Comprised of bicycle enthusiasts and advocates, Community Cycles repairs donated bikes and teaches bicycle maintenance and safety. Created in 2014, the Luke Harding Scholarship Endowment Fund provides a revenue stream to fund apprenticeships and bicycles for low income, disadvantaged or struggling young people. The incentive grant from Community First Foundation added fresh momentum to the new and growing endowment.
“This endowment has achieved two important goals: first, it has provided a reliable funding stream for a chronically underfunded part of our work: providing education in bicycle mechanics for people struggling with poverty. Second, it has helped us see how important an endowment can be in strengthening mission-critical aspects of our programs.”
Sue Prant, Executive Director, Community Cycles