The Denver-based Daniels Fund has announced that it awarded nearly $65 million in grants and scholarships in 2020.
The total includes $48 million in grants to nonprofits in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, and select national organizations in eight funding areas: aging, amateur sports, disabilities, drug and alcohol addiction, early childhood education, K-12 education reform, homeless and disadvantaged populations, and youth development.
Grants totaling $27.8 million were awarded to initiatives and nonprofits in Colorado, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, Longmont Meals on Wheels, and United Way of Southwest Colorado. The foundation also awarded $16.8 million in scholarships across the four-state region — including $11.2 million in Colorado — through the Daniels Scholarship Program, which provides funds to deserving high school seniors, and the Boundless Opportunity Scholarship program, which helps participating colleges offer scholarships to non-traditional students.
In addition, the fund awarded COVID-19 response grants totaling approximately $4 million to nonprofits across the four-state region working to assist those most impacted by the pandemic, as well as $200,000 in grants to help those impacted by the wildfires in Colorado.
"[The year] 2020 was a year of unprecedented and unique challenges across our community," said Daniels Fund president and CEO Hanna Skandera. "Our grantees demonstrated agility as they swiftly pivoted in light of new challenges, and we are grateful for their continued impact on those in need."