Mission & Charitable Giving
Furthering the values and ideals of Bill Daniels
T he Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative.
Daniels Fund Grants Program
We provide grants to support highly effective nonprofit organizations in our four-state region, as well as some programs with national impact. Each year, approximately 70% of the Daniels Fund’s community investments are made through the Daniels Fund Grants Program in funding areas defined by Bill Daniels:
- Alcoholism & Substance Abuse
- Amateur Sports
- Early Childhood Education
- Homeless & Disadvantaged
- K-12 Education Reform
- Youth Development
Daniels Fund Scholarship Program
The Daniels Fund Scholarship Program — consisting of the Daniels Scholarship Program and the Boundless Opportunity Scholarship Program — represents approximately 30% of the Daniels Fund’s annual charitable distribution.
The Daniels Scholarship Program provides a comprehensive, four-year annually-renewable college scholarship for graduating high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their communities.
The Boundless Opportunity Scholarship provides college scholarships for non-traditional students of all ages, awarded by select colleges and universities using funds provided by the Daniels Fund.
Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative
The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative encompasses three components — the Collegiate Program, the High School Program, and the Case Bank — each with a specific approach and target audience. All strive to deliver principle-based ethics education and reinforce the value of ethical conduct.
Honoring Donor Intent
We adhere to Bill Daniels’ direction regarding our charitable giving. As we do this, we strive to exemplify the values and ideals that shaped his life.
- Relationships are integral to our style of doing business.
- We believe in providing people with a hand-up to help them improve themselves, and eventually, help others.
- We strive to be a permanent and impactful resource in the communities we serve.
- An entrepreneurial spirit is ever-present in our work.
- We uphold ourselves, and those with whom we are associated, to high quality work and standards.
- We are committed to ensuring this organization continues to operate in a manner that serves as a model among, and advocate for, foundations nationwide.
Impact at a Glance
In 2015, the Daniels Fund surpassed $646 million in grants and scholarships awarded since 2000.
As of 2015, there are 3,256 Daniels Scholars, 1,613 of which have graduated with a degree and have entered the workforce.
Daniels Scholars currently attend 212 colleges and universities in 45 states, with approximately 66% attending school in our four-state region. At any given time, roughly 1,000 Daniels Scholars are pursuing four-year degrees at colleges and universities across the country.