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The Denver Post Community Foundation works to improve and enrich the lives of those in our community. Join us to support Arts and Culture, Children and Youth, Education and Literacy and the basic provision of Human Services.

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The Denver Post Season To Share

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
General population
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

The Denver Post Season To Share is the annual holiday fundraising campaign of The Denver Post Community Foundation. To learn more or to donate directly to Season To Share, please visit seasontoshare.com.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In March 2020, $1,400,000 was granted to 55 nonprofit agencies in metro Denver.

The Denver Post Ride The Rockies

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Outdoor Recreationists

Description

The Denver Post Ride The Rockies is an annual bicycle tour that takes 2,000 cyclists, assisted by more than 100 volunteers, on a 6-7 day ride on paved roads through Colorado's Rocky Mountains each June.
Ride The Rockies route is different each year, but always climbs a few challenging mountain passes and showcases the state's spectacular scenery. Daily treks can be as short as 40 miles or as long as 100 miles, but generally average 60-70 miles.
While the tour route changes each year, the benefits and responsibilities of each host community remain the same. Benefits include publicity, positive economic impact, fundraising opportunities and a grant provided to an eligible non-profit agency in each host town by The Denver Post Community Foundation. Host communities provide alternative lodging, inexpensive community meals, and entertainment.
Riders on past Ride The Rockies have represented all 50 states and 18 foreign countries. Ride The Rockies is a non-competitive event open to cyclists of all ages and participants are encouraged to ride at their own pace.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Sales tax revenues are significantly increased when Ride The Rockies visits; Nonprofit organizations receive support for their missions.
Each host town typically has in influx of $250,000 from riders during their stay.
Host towns also receive support for a local nonprofit organization that provide services for low-income children and youth through recreation, education, or the arts and/or agencies that offer direct-service literacy programs.

The Denver Post Colorado State Spelling Bee

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Description

Each year more than 10,000 students from across Colorado participate in this longstanding tradition which encourages and rewards our young people's love of learning. Nearly 300 of the top spellers make it to the Colorado State Spelling Bee to compete for a chance to represent Colorado in the Scripps National Spelling Bee held near Washington D.C.

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Evidence of Program's Success

More than 10,000 students participate each year; Colorado representatives have done well at the national competition.

The Denver Post Pen & Podium

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Description

This lecture series features distinguished and renowned writers from around the world. It highlights literary contributions, hosts book discussions and provides support for education and literacy throughout the metro area.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Sold out venues, lively book group discussions, increase in literacy skills for those served by partners

The Denver Post Pedal The Plains

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Description

This cycling event celebrates the agricultural roots and frontier heritage of Colorado's eastern plains. This "ride for the rest of us" engages a diverse range of riders and provides an educational and recreational experience.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Increases in the number of riders each year, increased sales tax revenue.
Each town generally has an influx of $100,000 from the riders.
Cyclists on the ride are able to increase their knowledge of the rich agricultural heritage on the Eastern Plains through the educational exhibits along the route.

The Denver Post Passport To The Arts

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public

Description

This multi-disciplinary performing arts sampler series offers a combination of music, dance, theatre and opera performances to showcase Denver's institutions and increase arts patronage in the metro Denver area.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Each year, this sampler series reaches a broad demographic.
The participating performing arts organization are able to increase their audiences and introduce new patrons to their arts genre.

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