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GRANTMAKING FAQS

What is the status of the Boettcher Foundation's grantmaking?

The Boettcher Foundation is not accepting new grant applications at this time. This decision is part of the foundation’s strategic review of its grantmaking programs.

Why has the foundation made this decision?

We want to ensure that our philanthropic investments are as effective and meaningful as possible. Over the course of the last year, we engaged in a strategic review process that included listening, learning and engaging individuals and organizations throughout the state.

What resonated with us over the course of these conversations and is true to our mission is the power of our investment in human capital through our scholarship, biomedical research and other initiative-based investments, which develop and support the leaders who are tackling the various challenges facing our Colorado communities.

As such, we have decided to continue to focus our investment in human capital development. We will not, however, be accepting new grant applications at this time.

What does this mean for current grantees?

We will continue to honor our existing commitments to physical capital projects, but we will not be accepting new grant applications at this time. We will use this time to continue to refine how our leadership investments and other initiatives can best support the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans.

Is this a major change for the foundation?

No. The Boettcher Foundation is continuing its investments in human capital, including scholarships, biomedical research and initiative-based projects. We are simply not accepting new grant applications while we continue to refine our funding focus.

Is this the first time the Boettcher Foundation paused its grantmaking or refined its focus?

No. Throughout the foundation’s history, we have occasionally revised our funding priorities to ensure that we are in tune with the State of Colorado and its needs, as well as our own founding principles. Most recently, the foundation conducted a strategic review and adjustment of its of its grantmaking priorities in 2011.

Will the foundation begin accepting grant applications again? When?

It will depend on the findings of our ongoing strategic review. We are using this time to continue to refine how our leadership investments and other initiatives can best support the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans.

What if my nonprofit has a project coming up that we think the foundation would be interested in?

We remain committed to understanding and addressing the needs of our Colorado communities, and we want to be apprised of the nonprofit community’s work. Organizations can keep us apprised of their initiatives through our website. In addition, our team will continue to engage in the community both to deepen our understanding of Colorado’s needs and to learn what our nonprofit community is focused on.

What does the foundation mean when it says "human capital investments?"

Investing in human capital has been a pillar of the Boettcher Foundation’s work since its founding. Whether through our scholarship program, support for early career biomedical researchers and other initiative-based investments, we believe we can most effectively build Colorado by developing and supporting the leaders who are tackling the biggest challenges facing our Colorado communities.

Does the foundation's decision to temporarily stop accepting new grant applications reflect financial problems at the foundation?

No. The foundation is on strong financial footing. The current pause in accepting new grant applications is simply intended to position the foundation for greater impact in the future.

Does the pause in accepting new grant applications mean the foundation is reducing its investment in the State of Colorado?

No. The foundation remains committed investing in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. In fact, in recent years, the foundation has increased its investment in its scholarship program through added alumni programming, added biomedical research funding to its grantmaking portfolio and supported significant multiyear initiatives including Space to Create Colorado.

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