In late 1960s several business leaders saw that Golden had many needs for which tax revenues were not available. They founded the Golden Civic Foundation. The Foundation was incorporated in 1970 under the Colorado Non-Profit Act to raise funds for the betterment of Golden.
Since then, the Foundation has been an instrumental partner in nearly every major building project in downtown Golden, most notably, the American Mountaineering Center, Table Mountain Inn, the Golden Hotel, Gateway Station, Clear Creek Commons, the Foothills Art Center's new Astor House project, and the new Miners Alley Performing Arts Center.
The Foundation has also been a strong supporter of Golden families in need, first by conducting the capital campaign to build the CAG Food Pantry and Thrift Store, and then providing continuing support through the Barbara Foss Fund.
Golden's schools and nonprofit organizations eagerly anticipate the award of over $200,000 annually in community grants, which are the result of the annual Golden Civic Foundation Wild West Oktoberfest and the auction event held in the fall.