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GRANTMAKING FAQS

WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THE BOETTCHER FOUNDATION'S GRANTMAKING?

Foundation staff invite organizations to submit an inquiry form for a human capital or building capital (community infrastructure) proposal that aligns with our core strategies to convene, collaborate, learn, and lead. The Foundation will also prioritize initiatives and organizations that emphasize rural depth and/or statewide breadth in their focus.

WHAT DOES THE FOUNDATION MEAN WHEN REFERENCING "HUMAN CAPITAL INVESTMENTS?"

We invest in high-potential organizations and individuals striving to make transformational impact. Investing in human capital has been a pillar of the Boettcher Foundation’s work since inception. Whether it’s through our scholarship program, support for early career biomedical researchers, or other initiative-based investments, we support leaders and organizations who are tackling community challenges to build a better Colorado.

WHY DID THE FOUNDATION CHOOSE TO ENGAGE IN A STRATEGIC REVIEW PROCESS OF ITS GRANTMAKING?

As an 82-year-old organization, we typically engage in a periodic review of our grantmaking to ensure that our investments are as impactful as possible. The strategic review process included listening and learning from individuals and organizations throughout the state. Two themes resonated from our engagement:

1) The impact of our human capital investments — scholarship program, biomedical research, and other initiative-based investments;

2) The importance and need to continue our support of capital infrastructure projects that align with community-building.

IS THIS A MAJOR CHANGE FOR THE FOUNDATION?

This is a clarification of our core strategies and focus areas. We want organizations to better understand our giving priorities that deepen our investments in Colorado. The Boettcher Foundation will continue to support human capital and building capital (community infrastructure) projects that align with the core strategies and focus areas.

WAS THIS THE FIRST TIME THE BOETTCHER FOUNDATION REFINED ITS FOCUS?

Like any strategic and learning organization, Boettcher has refined its focus over the years. Throughout our history, we have occasionally revised our funding priorities to ensure that we are in tune with the State of Colorado and its needs. Most recently, the Foundation conducted a strategic review and adjusted our investment priorities in 2011.

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