The Daniels Fund has reached $1 billion in giving since its founding just over 20 years ago. During that time, the foundation has awarded more than 13,000 grants and nearly 4,600 college scholarships. The billion-dollar mark was officially crossed last night when the Daniels Fund awarded a $200,000 grant to Arrupe Jesuit High School at a celebration at the Cable Center.
“Bill Daniels gave freely in his life. It’s an honor to carry on his legacy of generosity today as we celebrate $1 billion invested in our communities,” said Daniels Fund President and CEO Hanna Skandera. “There’s no doubt that lives have been changed for the better thanks to the gift he provided when he created this foundation. It’s incredible to think about the impact $1 billion has had in this region and the lives that have been touched.”
Daniels Fund Board Chair John Suthers (right) and Daniels Fund President & CEO Hanna Skandera (center) present a grant check to Arrupe Jesuit High School President Michael O'Hagan (left).
Cable pioneer and Denver resident Bill Daniels established the Daniels Fund to operate in perpetuity and left $1 billion to fund the foundation upon his death in 2000. Today, the fund annually invests roughly $60 million in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming through grantmaking and scholarships. In addition to its nationally-recognized Daniels Scholarship Program, the foundation funds exceptional organizations that focus on aging, amateur sports, disabilities, drug and alcohol addiction, early childhood education, ethics, homelessness, K-12 education reform, and youth development.
“You see Bill Daniels’ values of integrity, honesty, and respect for people in the students we serve at Arrupe,” said Arrupe Jesuit High School President Michael O’Hagan. “The Daniels Fund believed in us when we were just getting started and has helped shape our organization and given us the opportunity to pass those values on to hundreds of students.” Read more stories of impact at DanielsFund.org/Stories.