The Daniels Fund announced that it distributed $64.9 million in grants and scholarships in 2020. The total includes $48 million in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, as well as to select national organizations and $16.8 million in scholarships to students throughout the four-state region.
Communities across Colorado are benefiting from $27.8 million in grants to outstanding nonprofits throughout the state. The Daniels Fund makes grants in eight funding areas as specified by its founder, Bill Daniels: Aging, Amateur Sports, Disabilities, Drug & Alcohol Addiction, Early Childhood Education, K-12 Education Reform, Homeless & Disadvantaged, and Youth Development.
The Daniels Fund’s grantmaking actively addressed the unique challenges its communities faced in 2020. The Daniels Fund provided approximately $4 million in COVID-19 response grants to nonprofit partners across its four-state region to help those most affected by the pandemic. In addition, the Daniels Fund made $200,000 in grants to help those impacted by the devastating wildfires in Colorado.
“2020 was a year of unprecedented and unique challenges across our community,” said Hanna Skandera, President and CEO of the Daniels Fund. “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.”
For a list of nonprofits that were awarded grants in 2020 for programs in Colorado, click here.
Colorado students received $11.2 million in scholarships through the Daniels Fund’s two distinct scholarship programs. The Daniels Scholarship Program provides college scholarships to deserving high school seniors. Daniels Scholars have attended more than 400 colleges in 48 states. The Boundless Opportunity Scholarship program provides funding to participating colleges to offer scholarships to non-traditional students.
The Daniels Fund also provided grant funding for ethics education through the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program and other efforts.