Archive for December, 2018

PNC Foundation awards $300,000 to Children’s Museum of Denver

  • December 10, 2018
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on PNC Foundation awards $300,000 to Children’s Museum of Denver

PNC Foundation awarded the Children’s Museum of Denver a $300,000 grant. The grant was made in conjunction with PNC Grow Up Great®, PNC’s $350 million, multi-year bilingual initiative to improve early childhood education across its communities. The grant is payable over four years and will fund the Early Learning Initiative, a multifaceted program focused on young learners. The Initiative will provide opportunities and environments to support healthy growth and development for young children, help forge strong adult-child bonds and lay the foundation for children to thrive in school and in life. Programming will launch at the Museum in January 2019.

More about the new program and partnership are included in this press release here.

The Colorado Trust, The Colorado Health Foundation, and Gary Community Investments oppose proposal to change “public charge” definition

  • December 6, 2018
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on The Colorado Trust, The Colorado Health Foundation, and Gary Community Investments oppose proposal to change “public charge” definition

CAF members, The Colorado Trust and The Colorado Health Foundation, submitted a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, opposing its proposed rule change to the so-called “public charge” assessment. Colorado’s two largest health foundations spoke out against the changes on the grounds that it would “severely jeopardize the health of children in the U.S.” by reducing access to healthcare services, nutritious foods, and safe and stable housing.

Under federal immigration law, the term “public charge” is used to describe a person that is dependent on government-funded cash assistance or institutionalization for the majority of his or her support. If it is determined that an individual is likely to become a “public charge,” their application to enter the U.S. or become a permanent resident may be denied.

Gary Community Investments earlier filed public comments on the proposed federal rule change. GCI opposes the regulations because they have the potential to affect more than 300,000 Coloradans, including 143,000 children. Click here to learn more about GCI’s position and how to submit a comment to the federal register before the Monday, December 10 deadline.

The new proposal broadens the definition of “public charge” by including non-emergency Medicaid, Medicare low-income subsidy, SNAP, and Section 8 public housing, among others. This public charge test is not applied to certain statuses of immigration, including refugees, asylees, and victims of trafficking. It also is not applied to those seeking to apply for U.S. citizenship. To learn more about potential impacts of these proposed regulations, the Colorado Center on Law and Policy has created a Public Charge Fact Sheet.

PNC Bank makes the case for community investment

  • December 6, 2018
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on PNC Bank makes the case for community investment

CAF Member, PNC Bank, argues that place-based investment and corporate giving can yield long term results for companies. Ryan Beiser, Regional President and Head of Corporate Banking, says the best types of investments are ones which position nonprofits as partners rather than traditional grantseekers.

“Consumers are drawn to doing business with companies that are committed to long-term investment where they live and work. This is especially true for younger generations, who continually seek out socially responsible products, companies and employers. As these generations continue to enter the workforce implementing impactful community investment strategies will be of the upmost importance to attracting and retaining top talent.

Read more here.

Community First Foundation presents CO Gives Day Dec. 4, 2018

  • December 4, 2018
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on Community First Foundation presents CO Gives Day Dec. 4, 2018

Colorado Gives Day returns for its ninth year on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. This annual giving day celebrates and increases philanthropy in Colorado with the rallying cry, “Give Where You Live!” Colorado Gives Day is powered by ColoradoGives.org, a year-round giving website featuring more than 2,500 Colorado nonprofits.

Colorado Gives Day is the second largest giving day in the nation. The day of giving helps Coloradans safely and easily support their favorite nonprofits online and explore new ones. ColoradoGives.org is the only online giving site dedicated exclusively to charitable giving in Colorado. Community First Foundation makes fundraising easy for nonprofits and inspire philanthropy among a significant community of givers.

Community First Foundation launched Colorado Gives Day in 2010 with just 539 participating nonprofits and a goal to raise one million dollars. Coloradoans gave more than eight million dollars, far surpassing the goal and proving that Coloradans value their nonprofits. From 2010 – 2017, $182 million has been raised for the state’s nonprofit community.

Each year Community First Foundation strive for growth, particularly in number of donations, number of donors, and number of counties participating. Each year CFF also expands partnerships with other foundations and entities throughout the state who can bring ColoradoGives and Colorado Gives Day to their communities.

Learn more about CO Gives Day here.

EPIC honors David Merage

  • December 3, 2018
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on EPIC honors David Merage

CAF is excited to learn that Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC) honored David Merage at their 9th Annual Business Leader’s Dinner with a Lifetime Achievement award for his commitment to Early Care and Education and for establishing Early Learning Ventures (ELV) in 2009. Learn more about David and his commitment to EPIC here.