Daniels Fund to award $450k to three organizations at Inaugural Salute to Excellence Event

Medal of Excellence Finalists: Climb Wyoming, Gold Crown Foundation and Step Denver

The Daniels Fund will host its inaugural Salute to Excellence, an award reception to recognize the work of three notable grantees who demonstrated and advanced pioneering solutions and community impact in the areas of job training and support for single mothers, youth sports, homelessness and addiction. The event will showcase the leadership, influence and dedication of the three finalist organizations and then announce the winner of the Daniels Fund Medal of Excellence:

Climb Wyoming breaks generational poverty for women and their children through job training and placement that leverages confidence, social capital, and community connections.

Gold Crown Foundation provides affordable and impactful sports and educational programs that help youth gain foundational skills for success such as hard work, grit, confidence, and respect.

Step Denver offers men a pathway to recovery that ends the cycle of drug and alcohol addiction, rebuilds their lives and relationships, and returns them to society as contributing citizens.

One organization will be awarded the prestigious Daniels Fund Medal of Excellence and will receive an impressive $250,000 to further support its mission. Two runners-up will each receive $100,000.

Where:  Denver Museum of Nature and Science

2001 Colorado Blvd.

Denver, CO 80205

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When:  Wednesday, January 10, 2024

6:00 p.m. Reception

6:45 p.m. Welcome and award presentation

7:15 p.m. Conclusion of 

Information: Jackie Brown-Griggs (303-300-2255, jackie

Emma Harrison (630-632-0285, emmaharrison@gbsm.com)

Daniels Fund
The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative.

Bill Daniels established the Daniels Fund Grants Program to give back to people in the states he loved with specific funding priorities that held a deep personal significance for him. In 2023, the Daniels Fund awarded $54 million in grants to over 350 highly effective nonprofit partners that are transforming their communities across Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

Throughout its nearly 25-year history, the Daniels Fund has awarded more than $1 billion in grants and scholarships. Visit DanielsFund.org to learn more.