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private foundation funding sources: Adolph Coors Foundation, Anschutz Family Foundation, Bohemian Foundation, Buell Foundation, El Pomar Foundation, Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, and Schlessman Family Foundation


Private foundations are created by an individual or a family. Funding typically comes from one source.  These foundations have their own individual funding interests and priorities. Some banks represent a variety of discretionary charitable foundations. As stewards of these charitable funds, they work to award grants in accordance with the mission of each donor.  Bank of America Philanthropic Solutions is an example of this type of funding. 

  • Adolph Coors Foundation
    Special consideration is given to rural Colorado nonprofits.  Funding goals are primarily in youth and youth development.
  • Anschutz Family Foundation
    Grant funding areas include homeless and disadvantaged, youth development, early childhood development, community and capacity building, seniors, and the disabled. Typical grants range from $5,000 to $10,000. General operating or program/project requests within the funding areas are accepted. Does not fund capital campaigns/building construction.
  • Awesome Foundation
    The Library Pipeline through the Awesome Foundation is offering $1,000 grants for both technical and nontechnical library innovations that embody the principles of diversity, inclusivity, creativity, and risk-taking.
  • Bohemian Foundation
    Pharos Funds are available to those who provide services within the Poudre School District boundary. Program goals include: encourage and enable youth to thrive; empower individuals and families on the path toward economic stability; and strengthen our vibrant community.
  • Buell Foundation
    Funding available for programs that support the education and development of children zero to five. It is a priority of the Foundation to fund programs in rural Colorado.
  • El Pomar Foundation
    A general purpose foundation which means grants are approved across a wide spectrum of focus areas including: arts and culture, civic and community initiatives, education, health, and human services.  Applications accepted for general operating, program, and capital support. Priority consideration will be provided to capital projects that have received local community and other support. 
  • Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
    The Ezra Jack Keats Mini-grant is an award of up to $500 that the Foundation gives to eligible organizations to provide creative, innovative programs that support or extend the Common Core Standards in education. Programs may serve children from preschool to grade 12. Public schools and libraries may apply. 
  • Next 50 Initiative
    NextFifty Initiative seeks to identify and partner with organizations that are working to improve the lives of the current aging population. The Initiative seeks projects that target the most vulnerable in the aging sector including low income individuals, ethnic minorities, the homeless and LGBT communities. 
  • Pilcrow Foundation
    The Foundation provides a 2-to-1 match to rural public libraries that receive a grant through its Children’s Book Project and contribute $200-$400 through local sponsors for the purchase of up to $1,200 worth (at retail value) of new, quality, hardcover children’s books. Grant recipients can select titles from a list of over 500 books.
  • Schlessman Family Foundation
    Funding is limited to the seven-county Metro Denver area.  Primary funding areas include: disadvantaged youth programs and services; special needs groups; and education programs that work to address the needs of at-risk students and improve literacy among adult learners.
  • Snapdragon Book Foundation
    The foundation provides funding for school/educational libraries that serves disadvantaged youth. Funds may be used for circulating books, processing or cataloguing fees from book vendors, reference materials, and magazine or newspaper subscriptions.

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