Dean Singleton Legacy Grant
In 2014, in honor of William Dean Singleton, Chairman and former Publisher of The Denver Post, and the tremendous impact he has on our community, The Denver Post Community Foundation created this special $50,000 legacy grant to be awarded each year to one unique, deserving nonprofit organization doing high impact work to benefit others in our community.
2016 Recipient – Colorado FFA Foundation
“The Colorado FFA Foundation is near and dear to my heart. I am so proud that The Denver Post Community Foundation is able to support the Supervised Agricultural Innovation Grant program this year,” said Dean Singleton, the Legacy Grant namesake. “The work being done by FFA students is so important to our community and this grant will help encourage new and improved ideas. I was honored to be an FFA member in my younger days and encourage all current and future student members to be proud of the values represented by wearing the blue jacket. I know I am, 50 years later.”
“This grant will be transformational for many students and FFA Chapters across the state. It will provide the needed funding to help students gain experience in innovative entrepreneurship experiences,” said Don Thorn, Executive Director of Colorado FFA Foundation. “This is just what we needed to get this program off the ground. Many thanks to The Denver Post Community Foundation and Dean Singleton for providing us this opportunity.”
For more information on Colorado FFA Foundation, click here.
2015 Recipient – Judi’s House
The 2nd Annual Dean Singleton Legacy Grant was awarded to Judi’s House on October 6, 2015, for their great work and dedication to helping bereaved families. This years’ grant will provide 38 children with the Pathfinder’s Program for a year. Pathfinders is a research-based, ten-week curriculum developed at Judi’s House that is tailored to meet the needs of bereaved children and families.
“Judi’s House is honored to receive this year’s Dean Singleton Legacy Grant. We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with The Denver Post Community Foundation and the many ways it has supported our critical services for grieving children and families. We consider Dean not only one of our biggest advocates in the community, but also a dear friend,” said Judi’s House Founders Brook and Brian Griese.
“I couldn’t be happier with the selection of Judi’s House as the 2015 Legacy Grant recipient,” Singleton said. “Brook and Brian’s dedication to the children in our community is next to none. They have built such a valuable resource here in Denver and we are grateful that this money will help many children learn to cope with tremendous loss in their lives.”
For more information about Judi’s House, click here.
2014 Recipient – National Sports Center for the Disabled
“The Dean Singleton Legacy Grant is an amazing honor for us. He has been on the NSCD board, served as chair and has continued to stay involved in our organization,” said Becky Zimmermann, president and CEO, National Sports Center for the Disabled. “We serve 3,000 people per year in our therapeutic recreation programs but our program fees only cover 15 percent of the program costs, so we rely heavily on grants and donations. This grant will help provide more than 500 lessons in over 15 sports to participants next year.”
“I can’t think of a more deserving organization to receive this legacy grant. I have seen and experienced firsthand how the NSCD enables participants to learn more about sports and about themselves though therapeutic sports and recreation programs,” Singleton said. “Developing and awarding a legacy grant through the Denver Post Community Foundation has been a dream of mine and now it’s a personal thrill to see it come to fruition. I have been honored to be a part of NSCD for almost 20 years and am pleased that they are the first recipient of this grant.”
For more information about the National Sports Center for the Disabled, click here.