$2.3 Million+ in Grants and Fundraising Support

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When the need for food in rural Jefferson County (Jeffco) nearly tripled earlier this year, Mountain Resource Center stepped in, distributing more than 300,000 pounds of food to over 1,114 households. In a similar spirit of community support, Bright by Text, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting healthy child development, is partnering with pediatricians, researchers, and early childhood experts to provide free, evidence-based information to families, helping them foster nurturing relationships, improve school readiness, and ensure children grow into healthy, happy, and successful adults.

Colorado Gives Foundation recently awarded nonprofits more than $2.3 million in grant funding to support their work to help communities thrive in Jefferson County.

“The real impact of [this grant] cannot be overstated. For our community, food is medicine. We are grateful for Colorado Gives Foundation’s dedication to improving the health and stability of the communities we serve.”

Mandy Louis, director of development for Vivent Health

Economic Prosperity: Bright Futures

Recognizing the critical link between quality early childhood care and future professional success, several Jeffco nonprofits dedicated to strengthening families through early childhood and family care, education, and training have been awarded a total of $401,775. This funding underscores the importance of laying a strong foundation for bright futures and economic prosperity by investing in early childhood education.

Grantees include:

Bright by Three 

Catholic Charities and Community Services of the Archdiocese 

Colorado Children’s Campaign 

Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition 

Executives Partnering to Invest in Children 

Explore and Discover: A Reggio Emilia Infant and Toddler Care Center 

Impact Charitable 

Jefferson Center for Mental Health 

Mountain Resource Center 

Nebula Early Childhood Collaborative 

Additional grants totaling $683,500 were made to support thriving communities. 

Grantees include:

The Action Center 

The Arc – Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties 

Arvada Chamber of Commerce
Apex Park and Recreation District 

Colorado Community College System Foundation 

Donnell-Kay Foundation

Housing Colorado 

Jefferson County Public Health 

Jeffco Public Schools 

Lifespan Local 

Philanthropy Colorado 

Upstream Education 

ViVe Wellness 

Fundraising Support for Nonprofits 

In addition to its grantmaking work in Jeffco, Colorado Gives Foundation serves nonprofits and donors across Colorado by investing in free digital fundraising, donor services, giving funds and endowments. With the support of the Schlessman Family Foundation, Colorado Gives Foundation selected 100 nonprofits on ColoradoGives.org to participate in the second year of its Level Up Digital Fundraising program, providing valuable training at no cost to help them build digital fundraising skills. The free program helps nonprofits leverage strategy, technology, and skilled volunteers to grow the nonprofits’ capacity and raise funds year-round on ColoradoGives.org. Since ColoradoGives.org was created in 2007, more than $650 million has been donated to nonprofits through the platform.