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Give Magazine is a publication of The Denver Foundation with stories of Metro Denver Philanthropy.


  • Fall 2015

    Stories of Metro Denver Philanthropy

    Denver Social Impact Bond for Supportive Housing

    A Call to Action by Professor Robert Putnam

    Common Sense Discipline in Southwest Denver

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    Welcome to our Fall 2015 issue of Give Magazine, which appears just as The Denver Foundation celebrates its 90th birthday. This may sound like an advanced agebut its just the beginning in the life of a community foundation, an entity that is designed For Good. Forever.

    While The Denver Foundation continues on to serve future generations, each one of us who is privileged to serve as staff will only be part of its history for a proscribed period. After nearly 20 years, it is time for me to leave this remarkable organization to move on to a new opportunity: creating the Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise at the University of Denver.

    As I depart, I fi nd myself refl ecting on what Ive seen during my time with the Foundation. Certainly weve grownour charitable assets under management in 1996 were $58 million and now exceed $730 million. But the stories of the growth of philanthropy behind those numbers are what excite me, and our growth has been matched by an expansion in giving throughout our community. More generous people are getting involved in more causesin ways that are both cutting edge and tried and true.

    I will always remember spending time with Frances Charsky, who lived a remarkable life traveling the world with her husband. I got to know Mrs. Charsky when she was in her eighties and nineties, and she still actively followed politics and the fi nancial world. She left an extraordinary gift in her estate to our community in the form of an unrestricted endowment fund for The Denver Foundation. Today, in her name, we help students graduate from high school, families fi nd homes, and grassroots entrepreneurs build businesses. Her support for the Metro Denver will continue on for generations to come.

    I am confi dent that Metro Denver has many more untapped reservoirs of philanthropy. People like Carrie Morgridge, Chrissy Deal and Shawn King, and Bruce and Lorrie Schroffel, whose stories are shared in Why I Give (pages 13-15), demonstrate that people fi nd community involvement deeply satisfying and are always looking for ways to make an impact.


    4 Common Sense Discipline in Southwest Denver


    8 Joining Forces for Good: SVP Denver and Denver Active 20-30

    10 In the Weeds: A Philanthropic Lens on the Colorado Marijuana Industry

    11 Sense and Sensibility 12 Denver Social Impact Bond for

    Permanent Supportive Housing


    13 Carrie Morgridge, Chrissy Deal and Shawn King, Bruce and Lorrie Schroffel


    16 Charitable Giving by Phil Keenan GIVING IN ACTION

    18 Impact 100 Metro Denver 19 Brutons Books20 Playing it Forward One Square at a Time23 Th e Denver Foundations Community

    Leadership Circle

    24 Greenberg Traurig: Great Minds Great Hearts

    25 Mind the Gap: A Call to Action by Robert Putnam

    26 So Much Soul28 A Scholars Journey29 Food for Th ought

    Executive EditorRebecca Arno

    Managing Editor Angelle Fouther

    Contributing WritersLaura Bond, Phil Keenan, Lauren Martinez, Louise Martorano, Phil Nash, and Amy Jewett Sampson

    Staff WritersRebecca, Arno, Angelle Fouther, Sarah Harrison, and Kate Lyda

    PhotographyFlor Blake, Jim Havey, Redline, and Agustina Woodgate

    DesignPurple Sage Design

    Th e mission of Th e Denver Foundation is to inspire people and mobilize resources to strengthen our community. We hope that the tips and stories of generous individuals, families, and organizations in this publication will inspire you to give!

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    Denver Foundation Board of Trustees 2015

    Jandel Allen-DavisBarbara BaumannVirginia BaylessSarah BockDenise BurgessMario CarreraChrissy DealJeremy DuhonDaniel EscalanteHarold FieldsKC Gallagher

    Betsy MangoneRuben MedinaJoyce NakamuraDenise OLearyBill SchmidtBruce SchroffelStephen SeifertSandra ShreveGeorge SparksDr. Chris Urbina

    Cover photo: Philanthropists Lola Salazar pays a visit to Kepner campus, where she attended middle school, and where she has invested in the implementation of Common Sense Discipline. She is featured with Ivan Nieves of City Year and Santana Garcia, a student at Compass Academy.

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    By Rebecca Arno

    L ola Salazar remembers when she came to Kepner Junior High as an outgoing, determined eleven-year- old. I was the reduced- lunch kid, she says. I guess

    that made me different, and some kids treated me that way. But I never let it stop me. As she stands on the playground of Kepners campus in 2015 surrounded by students, she smiles. I was one of these girls. Now a successful business owner and young grandmother, Lola and her family are generously supporting the newest crop of students in her old neighborhood.

    The Kepner campus is now home to a trio of schools, all part of the efforts in Denver Public Schools to build avenues for student achievement. One of these is Compass Academy, a new and innovative charter school that launched this fall with its fi rst class of sixth graders. These students will be the leaders in the school, which will grow by a grade each year until it becomes a combined middle and high school.

    Compass Academy currently occupies a wing on the second fl oor of the Kepner building. The school is created in partnership with two national organizationsCityYear and the Center for Social Innovation at Johns Hopkins University. CityYear places nearly a dozen recent college graduates into the classroom as near-peer mentors and educational assistants. Johns Hopkins offers the best available research on what


    Reaching Back, Sharing Hope

  • Compass Academy is the fi rst school in the Denver Public Schools district to work with Th e Denver Foundation on comprehensive restorative practices. For two years, the Foundation has been working with partners to implement Common Sense Discipline in Aurora Public Schools (APS), an approach aimed to keep students in school and learning. Th e Foundation supports school-wide and targeted teacher training to give teachers and school leaders the skills and tools to more effectively handle challenges in the classroom so that everyone can focus on learning. Th is training also extends to parents and includes restorative practices and restorative justice as well as culturally responsive practices, and an understanding of trauma-informed practices, or the knowledge that students living in poverty often experience trauma that affects their behavior and requires different kinds of support in the classroom.

    Th e Denver Foundation is also working with consultants and teachers to help students learn how to make better choices, make amends when they make mistakes, and understand the power of positive engagement in their school and the larger community. Th rough a connected parent leadership program, the Foundation is giving parents and families skills and tools to support their children's education and development, both at school and in the home.

    Th e fi ve Rs of restorative practices are:

    Working with a cohort of 15 schools in the APS District, Th e Denver Foundation convenes a group of teachers and administrators every other month to strengthen all their work in Common Sense Discipline and to receive training. Th is process offers and supports best practices,

    provides professional development and high-quality external evaluation, and connects all parts of a teamstudents, parents, teachers, administratorsto the shared goal of student achievement. Th e early data show that one school saw a 92% reduction in teacher referrals and multiple data sets point to increased learning in all academic areas. At this school, students spent 1,080 fewer days out of school due to suspensions in the 2014-15 school year than in the previous year. APS was so impressed with the project that they have now expanded two of the three programs, including restorative practices work, district-wide.

    To learn more about Common Sense Discipline and restorative practices, visit Th e Denver Foundations YouTube Channel, accessible through our website at Th ere, you can view the trailer for Rising Above: Keeping Kids in School and Learning, a documentary on the power of this work.

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    works with students in the classroom. Together with a dedicated board, a visionary executive director, hard-working staff, and outstanding teachers, the goal is to help the 112 sixth graders who make up the inaugural class, and the students who follow them, to achieve success in school and in life.

    The school is driven by values such as Academic Excellence, Leading to Learn, and Ubuntu, which translates from Zulu to mean I am a person through other people; my humanity is tied to yours. As part of their willingness to learn, Compass aspires to follow the evidence. The school is driven to continuous improvement by data about student achievementbut rather than the data being solely held and examined by administrators, its in the hands of the students themselves. In a math class, the students were graphing test results. The teacher asked, So what does