The Women's Foundation of Colorado 2017 Grantmaking
The Women’s Foundation of Colorado is proud of our long history supporting excellent nonprofit organizations that make our state a better place for women and girls. During that time, we have evolved to meet the changing needs of our community. Last year, as we approached our 30th anniversary, our board and staff focused on planning how we can continue to work with incredible partners across the state to be a force for positive change. As a result, the 2016 grant process for our Community Investments in the areas of Girls Graduate, Public Policy, Single Moms Succeed (formerly Low-Income Single Moms), and Vail Valley were closed to new applicants.
Guidelines and priorities for our 2017 grantmaking will be released in June 2017. Please check back here or sign up for our e-newsletter to be alerted of our 2017 guidelines.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve heard you’re in the midst of a strategic planning process. What kinds of grants will you make in 2017 and beyond? Will your process and priorities change? Will you still fund the same areas? Our board is working hard to create a strategic plan to set the direction for The Women’s Foundation’s work in the future. We don’t yet have specific information to share about our priorities or process. When that information is available to share, we will post it on our website and send out emails to our partners across the state. We anticipate sharing the Strategic Plan in early 2017 and then will share information about our grantmaking as it becomes available.
Can I apply for a sponsorship from The Women’s Foundation of Colorado? As we strategically build resources to meet current and future needs, our grantmaking is focused on our priority initiatives. With that in mind, WFCO does not award unsolicited sponsorship requests.
Where do your grant dollars come from? The Women’s Foundation of Colorado has many generous donors, from individuals who provide funding for one specific area to giving circles and all those who attend our annual luncheon. Corporations who share our focus on supporting opportunity for women and girls also provide gifts that we are then able to use for grantmaking, research, and other community investments. It’s the incredible generosity of Coloradoans that makes our work possible, and we are honored to have the opportunity to invest these resources in the community.
Doesn’t WFCO provide grants through other channels than these four RFPs, such as through Beyond Our Borders and Donor Advised Funds? Yes, we do. We are proud to work with partners across the state to support opportunity for women and girls in a variety of ways. Beyond Our Borders and our donor advised fund holders do not accept unsolicited applications for funding and they independently make grant recommendations to the WFCO board.
Last year, I provided feedback through your online survey and through other conversations about your work in Colorado and needs in our state. What are you doing with that feedback? We are so grateful to all of the people who shared their wisdom and insights with us about the needs of women and girls and about the work of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado. We are considering this extraordinary feedback from nearly 1,300 individuals and organizations that represent the entire state as a part of our strategic planning process. In early 2017, we anticipate having information to share with the community about our strategic plan and future community investment and grantmaking work.
Who can I call with questions? If you have additional questions, please call or email us! Alison Friedman, Manager of Community Initiatives and Investments, can be reached at 303-285-2972 or firstname.lastname@example.org.