The Denver Post Community Foundation

The Denver Post Community Foundation, a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, raises funds through individual and corporate donations, through six unique Signature Events and Programs, including the annual holiday campaign Season To Share. The overall mission is to improve and enrich the lives of those in our community through support of programs that benefit arts and culture; children and youth; education and literacy; and the provision of basic human services. Since inception in 2011,over $6,656,750.00 has been raised and distributed. Many thanks to our partners and to the thousands of donors and event participants over the years who have helped to improve and enrich the lives of those in our community.

  • Signature Events and Programs

These well-established events and programs have become staples in the community with many lasting over 30 years. They offer partners, participants and volunteers something unique each year. They include: Ride The Rockies and Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tours, Pen & PodiumPassport To The Arts, and the Colorado State Spelling Bee.

The 2021/22 Denver Post Season To Share holiday fundraising campaign is underway and runs through Friday, December 31, 2021. Donations up to $500,000 will be matched at 50% by our matching partner, Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation and will support more than 50 metro Denver nonprofit agencies providing life-changing programs to low income children, families and individuals to help move them out of poverty and into stabilization and self-sufficiency. Click here to make a donation to Season To Share.

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Thank you for supporting Season To Share

Thank you to everyone who generously donated to The Denver Post Season To Share holiday fundraising campaign! Donations up to $500,000 were matched at 50% by our partners at Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation and will support more than 50 metro Denver nonprofit organizations. These agencies are working tirelessly to help those who need it the most in the areas of hunger, homelessness, children and youth programs and health and wellness. The total amount to be granted will be announced soon. Donations are accepted year-round; future gifts will be included in the next campaign; click here to donate.

Congratulations Stories on Stage

We had the pleasure of welcoming Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Andrew Sean Greer to The Denver Post Pen & Podium Literary Author Series. Prior to Andrew’s lecture, he joined us backstage to present a monetary contribution to Stories on Stage, a nonprofit that brings stories to life. Through entertaining stage performances of literature, they encourage and enhance literacy and the love of reading.

Pictured from left to right are: Stacy Schafer, communications and grants manager of The Denver Post Community Foundation; Andrew Sean Greer, award-winning author; from Stories on Stage are Abbe Stutsman, executive director, Anthony Powell, artistic director, and Theresa Keatinge, board president; and Tracy Ulmer, president and ceo of The Denver Post Community Foundation.

Congratulations Lighthouse Writers Workshop

We kicked off the 16th season of The Denver Post Pen & Podium Literary Author Series with the 2 time National Book Award winner, Jesmyn Ward. During her lecture, Jesmyn shared deep moments from her past and why she was drawn to write. It was a moving and powerful presentation. The evening began with her helping us present a check backstage to our charity partner, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, a nonprofit organization that works so hard to support writers and readers of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels to achieve their fullest potential as artists and human beings. Ms. Ward then said hello to our Pen & Podium sponsor, Northwestern Mutual’s guests and subscriber guests in a backstage VIP kickoff reception prior to her taking the stage.

Pictured from left to right are: Stacy Schafer, communications and grants manager of The Denver Post Community Foundation; Laurie Wagner, development director of Lighthouse Writers Workshop; Jesmyn Ward, award winning author; and Tracy Ulmer, president and CEO of The Denver Post Community Foundation.

Congratulations to Anchor Center for Blind Children

On Monday, January 27, 2020 we welcomed award winning novelist and Poet, Michael Ondaatje to The Denver Post Pen & Podium Literary Author Series. The author of the classic, bestselling novel “The English Patient” and most recently of “Warlight,” talked about how he has used his personal life and surroundings to create some deep characters and intricate settings in his novels.

At each lecture, we are proud to recognize and present a grant to a nonprofit agency focused on literacy and education and on Monday, we welcomed Anchor Center for Blind Children, where literacy opens up a whole new world of discovery and is a central component of their early childhood education and therapeutic programming, including braille, assistive technology, and the nationally accredited “Expanded Core Curriculum” for young students with visual impairments and additional disabilities.

Michael Ondaatje joined us backstage to present their grant seen here, in the center of the photo with (from left to right): from The Denver Post Community Foundation, Stacy Schafer, communications and grants manager; from Anchor Center for Blind Children: Sarah Rice, volunteer program and administrative services manager; Molly Jenkins, grants and proposal development manager; Savannah Wippel, director of development and community relations; and Frances Owens, community relations manager; and from The Denver Post Community Foundation, Tracy Ulmer, president and CEO