The Denver Foundation: Mission, Vision, and Values


We inspire people and mobilize resources to strengthen our community.


We envision a community where all residents in Metro Denver have the opportunity for a high quality of life, including but not limited to: education, employment, food, clothing, and shelter; health; rich cultural offerings; safety; and the ability to give of themselves and connect with their community.


  • Leadership: We listen to and learn from our community. We address the root causes of community problems and mobilize resources for the common good.
  • Equity: We strive for equity and we focus primarily, but not exclusively, on people who are disadvantaged.
  • Inclusiveness: We practice and champion inclusiveness in our community. We honor the diverse strengths, needs, voices, and backgrounds of all members of our community.
  • Accountability: We serve as stewards for our community investments and honor the charitable intentions of our donors to meet current and future community needs. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of ethics, integrity, service, and fiduciary responsibility.