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2023 Fall Grantee Partner and Giving Circle Roundup with collage of Grantee/Giving Circle photos

Grantee Partner & Giving Circle Roundup – Fall 2023

// October 11, 2023

What’s New and Noteworthy With WFCO Grantees and Giving Circles

Welcome to our first “Grantee Partner and Giving Circle Roundup,” where we’re thrilled to share the latest developments and inspiring stories from our grantee partners and giving circles! In these quarterly updates, we’ll take you on a journey through the impactful work being done by these incredible organizations and community-driven initiatives. From innovative events to heartwarming success stories, our goal is to showcase the tangible difference our partners and giving circles are making throughout the state.

WINcome Grantee Partners

Cover of Colorado Fiscal Institute's "Low Wage Work in Colorado" report. – Colorado Fiscal Institute’s “Low Wage Work in Colorado” report states the labor market is favoring workers, but this window of opportunity may not stay open for long.

Stress, social media, and the pandemic are taking a toll on Colorado kids’ mental health, according to Colorado Children’s Campaign’s Kids Count report that tracks child well-being.

9to5 celebrated its 50th anniversary in Washington D.C. to urge our reps to pass federal worker’s rights, paid leave, and climate polices on 9-25 (see what they did here?)

– Center for Community Wealth Building and 11 more groups – including Women & Girls of Color Fund Front Range grantee partner Transformative Leadership for Change – launched ShopBIPOC – a web site that hosts a directory of businesses owned by people of color.

– Colorado Center for Law and Policy was quoted in The Colorado Sun about the cumbersome application process for the county-administered SNAP system.

– POSADA of Pueblo opened Sunset Senior Living, a 17-unit apartment complex offering affordable living options for those 55+.

Women & Girls of Color Fund, 2023 Rural Grantee Partners

El Movimiento Sigue's Rita J. Martinez Youth Leadership Conference flyer

– El Movimiento Sigue is organizing its Rita J. Martinez Youth Leadership Conference on October 19, a day of workshops & cultural teachings for 9-12 graders at CSU Pueblo.

– Grupo Folklórico del Pueblo is hosting Dia De Los Muertos on November 4 and 5, which includes a parade, dinner, and a show.

– Tu Casa in San Luis Valley offers presentations to any group wanting to learn about healthy relationships, healthy sexuality, domestic violence, teen dating violence, sexual harassment, and sexual abuse.

– The BMS Foundation is accepting applications for its 2024 Brittiney Sierra Scholarship, which offers a $500 to one student who identifies as a woman of color fulfilling their post-graduate degree.


Women & Girls of Color Fund, 2022 Front Range Grantee Partners

Group photo of CHIC staff accepting $100,000 grant check.Collaborative Healing Initiative within Communities (CHIC) was one of two organizations awarded $100,000 from The Black Resilience Fund’s Liberation Investment Grant program.

– Soul 2 Soul Sisters hosted its 5th Annual SistaSoul Search Retreat this past weekend, October 7-8, with keynote speaker Annika Hansteen-Izora.

Denver’s YouthSeen will host on October 11 at Cheesman Park a National Coming Out Day event with speakers, resources, music, voter registration stations, and more.

– The Family Center/La Familia of Fort Collins’ Mi Voz Program was featured on 9News as part of Next with Kyle Clark’s “Word of Thanks” micro-giving program.

Kaizen Food Rescue in partnership with two other organizations hosted a free Community Celebration this past Saturday, October 7 at Loretto Heights Community Center with face painting, games, pumpkin painting, and more.

Commerce City’s Fortaleza Familiar, promoting the wellness of Indigenous, Chicanx, Latinx, Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Queer, Trans, and two-spirit young people and their families, celebrated its third anniversary in June.

Giving Circles

The Community Chest hosted its Boobapalooza concert on September 30 to raise funds for breast cancer survivors.

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