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We invest in the power of community

Founded and funded by and for Denver, we turn our community’s desire to help into action to address Denver’s mental health and substance misuse needs.

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Take our 2022 Community Check In Survey!

Take our 2022 Community Check In Survey!

Caring for Denver Foundation was founded and funded with overwhelming voter support to address Denver’s mental health and substance misuse needs. Guided by community input, the organization has funded more than $82.2 million in the areas of alternatives to jail, care...

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Caring for Denver Invests $12.1M in Alternatives to Jail Grant

Caring for Denver Invests $12.1M in Alternatives to Jail Grant

Out Front Magazine (OFM) AUGUST 9, 2022 Photo courtesy of Caring for Denver on Facebook A previous poll by The Colorado Health Foundation found that many people consider mental health and substance use serious problems for Coloradans. This is especially true for BIPOC...

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What we’ve accomplished together so far

Without you there is no us. Since 2019, we’ve funded organizations that serve every City Council District and neighborhood in Denver to transform mental health and substance misuse care.

$83+

million granted to address mental health & substance misuse

70%

reduced substance misuse
(across grantees reporting)

83%

improved mental health
(across grantees reporting)

Where
we work

We listen to Denver’s communities, those with lived experience, and those doing the work to understand how mental health and substance misuse show up in our lives. Together, this knowledge, experience, and collaboration reveal what reports and metrics alone can’t, and guide our funding priorities.

Alternatives to Jail

Community-Centered Solutions & Care Provision

Youth

Denver’s Stories of Progress

Women’s Wilderness

Women’s Wilderness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLjmI08gFN0 Women’s Wilderness supports girls, women and LGBTQ+ people in accessing their power and improving their health through connections to the outdoors and community. Caring for Denver funded the Women’s Wilderness Outdoor...

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Colorado Village Collaborative

Colorado Village Collaborative

“Something very powerful when you recover is you want to help other people going through the same thing.”
– Cuica Montoya, Colorado Village Collaborative

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Make a Chess Move

Make a Chess Move

At Make a Chess Move, an organization committed to dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and teaching common sense education, the game of chess symbolizes real-life situations. This Caring for Denver grant recipient offers in-school and community-based programs in...

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