Foundations of Colorado

49 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2023

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Todd Ely

University of Colorado Denver - School of Public Affairs

Date Written: August 2022


This project documents the private foundation landscape in Colorado, including the characteristics of foundations and patterns in grantmaking, and also highlights how foundations leverage assets for greater social impact. A primary goal of the work is to inform the public and stakeholders about Colorado’s foundations, specifically non-operating private foundations, and help bring light to organizations that are often poorly understood both in their origins and activities. Highlighting promising practices in grantmaking and reporting provides guidance and examples for peer organizations.

Keywords: Private foundations, endowment, grant making, philanthropy

JEL Classification: L30, L31, L38

Suggested Citation

Ely, Todd, Foundations of Colorado (August 2022). Available at SSRN: or

Todd Ely (Contact Author)

University of Colorado Denver - School of Public Affairs ( email )

1380 Lawrence Street
Suite 500
Denver, CO 80204
United States

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