About Caring for Denver
We’re on a mission
To address Denver’s mental health and substance misuse needs by growing community-informed solutions, dismantling stigma, and turning the community’s desire to help into action.
Founded and funded by Denver, Caring for Denver Foundation was created on November 6, 2018 when seventy percent of Denver turned an idea into a reality.
The ballot initiative was simple, yet powerful. For every $100 spent in Denver, 25 cents totaling over $30 million dollars (dependent on the economy) goes toward addressing mental health and substance misuse needs in our city. With this enduring investment, our vision is a vibrant Denver where all communities are strengthened by the mental health and substance misuse support they need.
After all, the statistics are deeply concerning.
of those we polled were concerned about the issues of mental health and substance misuse in Denver.
Coloradans say they have at least 8 days of poor mental health every month – enough to fill Mile High over 7 times
believe those with a mental health and/or substance misuse needs are not currently receiving the care they need.
As we work to address the mental health and substance misuse needs in Denver, we are committed to funding and supporting innovative efforts that move us towards equity and outcomes where race/ethnicity, disability, immigration status, and identity can no longer be used to predict life outcomes.
We recognize that the power is in taking bold action. Our ongoing efforts must elevate the voices of those impacted and repair the historical trauma and oppression. Our work has only just begun.
The impact of living under social conditions that include racism, sexism, heterosexism, homophobia, ageism, ableism, xenophobia, or any other form of oppression has a direct effect on the mental health and wellbeing of the individuals within a community. Whether these conditions be historic or present-day, we all have a part to play in dismantling the systems of inequity that are harmful to our larger society. Driven by the voices of community, Caring for Denver Foundation will work through our grantmaking, evaluation, community engagement, and communication initiatives to push impact together in the pursuit of equity. We will seek guidance, perspective, and insights always.
Our values guide our actions
Be Courageous in action.
Meet people where they are.
Focus on impact for communities.
Advocate out loud.
Caring for Denver Milestones
- Board appointed
- 1st Board Meeting
- ED Appointed
- City contract finalized
- Office space secured
- 501c3 designation received
- All staff hired and onboarded
- Community engagement efforts begin
- Community engagement forums
- Development & release of draft strategic funding priorities
- First grants approved
- 2019 Annual Report published
- COVID-19 Support Fund announced
- Alternatives to Jail Call-for-Proposals released
- $6.7M for Alternatives to Jail funding approved
- Community-Centered Solutions Call-for-Proposals released
thank you enough
To the community organizations, partners, and residents who provided support and feedback throughout this process, thank you. This work is as much a reflection of you as it is us. And although we know we can only tackle so much at one time, we will continue to listen and collect feedback to inform future funding areas and grant opportunities.
We are honored to serve you.
State Representative, Board Chair