SUBMITTED BY SARAH KURZ
ROSE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
With the desire to help make Greater Denver a welcoming and safe place for all, Rose Community Foundation awarded more than $1 million in grants in 2018 to local nonprofits serving immigrants and refugees, as well as communities vulnerable to discrimination and hate crimes, including the Ethiopian Community Development Council, Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center and Jewish Family Service of Colorado.
“As a foundation rooted in values of social justice and inclusion, we are compelled to stand up for those who feel threatened by uncertainty in the immigration policy landscape, troubling upticks in hate crimes or escalating discriminatory rhetoric,” said Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, president and CEO of Rose Community Foundation. “We aim to stay abreast of evolving community needs in these arenas to determine how philanthropic dollars can be deployed to help.”
The initiative, known as the Community Action Fund, was launched by Rose Community Foundation in 2016 to respond to emerging issues that threatened the sense of safety and security for communities in the Denver area.
“Greater Denver is fortunate to have numerous nonprofit organizations serving and standing up for populations who are experiencing heightened fears and concerns as a result of policies, language, and even violence directed at them,” said Katherine Gold, board chair for Rose Community Foundation. “Those frontline organizations have been facing increased demand and stresses, and Rose Community Foundation’s Community Action Fund is intended to support those needs.”
The 2018 grants from Rose Community Foundation’s Community Action Fund, ranging from $1,000 to nearly $100,000, were distributed to more than 45 nonprofits. Grants to organizations serving immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers from a variety of countries and providing services including filing for green cards, applying for special immigrant juvenile status for children, or representing children in the court system and detention cases.
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