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Social Justice Fund
We believe every individual must receive equal opportunity to pursue their dreams and maintain their livelihood.
Community United. This has become our mantra, our motto, and our call-to-action.
For 135 years, Mile High United Way has believed that a community and a country can only succeed when we are united, and that every individual must receive equal opportunity to pursue their dreams and maintain their livelihood. Mile High United Way's Social Justice Fund invests in impact-focused and collaborative community efforts to address issues of equity and social justice across the Denver metro area.
Apply for funding:
We welcome eligible organizations serving the seven-county Metro Denver community to submit a proposal aligned with our community priorities. Applications must be submitted to Mile High United Way by 5:00pm MST on June 10, 2022. View RFP to learn more.
Align like-minded individuals and corporations around a strategy that focuses on equity and social justice, creating greater ability for impact within the community
Provide additional opportunities for small non-profits to gain funding around innovative programs that directly contribute to the advancement and support of communities of color
Address a systemic lack of investment in communities of color
Social Justice Funding Areas
Gifts made to the Social Justice Fund will be allocated equally across the following areas:
Supporting Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Organizations (25%)
Our Social Justice Fund supports 45 community partners who are led by BIPOC leaders and/or who serve BIPOC communities. Funding is being awarded to organizations that focus primarily on the support and advancement BIPOC communities, including:
Ability Connection Colorado
Adams 12 School District
Center for Work Education and Employment
Centro Humanitario para los Trabajadores
Centro San Juan Diego
City Year Denver
Clayton Early Learning
Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers and Scientists
Colorado Legal Services
Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition
Colorado Youth for a Change
Denver Children’s Advocacy Center
Denver Indian Family Resource Center
Denver Public Schools Foundation
Downtown Aurora Visual Arts
Early Excellence Program of Denver
Environmental Learning for Kids
First Steps at Monarch Montessori
Florence Crittenton Services
Focus Points Family Resource Center
Girl Scouts of Colorado
Girls Inc of Metro Denver
Heart and Hand Center
Hunger Free Colorado
Invest in Kids
La Raza Services
Metro Denver Partners
Mile High Early Learning Centers
Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives
Rocky Mountain Welcome Center
Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network
Roots Family Center
Sun Valley Youth Center
The Bridge Project
The Senior Hub
Volunteers of America
YMCA of Metro Denver
Bold indicates Black-led organization and/or specifically serving the Black community
Mile High United Way’s Work in Under-Resourced Neighborhoods (25%)
Mile High United Way’s community programs support equity and social justice in targeted neighborhoods throughout Denver/Boulder metro area.
This funding category will be allocated by Mile High United Way for emerging needs and impact specific to Social Justice work within direct Mile High United Way programs, including United Neighborhoods, Bridging the Gap, 2-1-1 Help Center, and Policy. In June 2021, Mile High United Way will assess the total dollars invested in this fund as well as emergent needs in our BIPOC communities to make program investments.
Resident-led, focused support of BIPOC schools. Parents are empowered to make decisions around highest needs for students and provided with micro funds to create solutions for their children.
Engaging community advocates, using a strengths-based framework, to support young people transitioning from high school to the workforce.
Empowering Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) childcare providers with culturally relevant trainings and support to provide high-quality early childhood education, and address the lack of accessible childcare, particularly needed in Aurora and refugee communities.
Providing BIPOC owned businesses access to capital and skilled volunteers to help grow and be successful.
Mile High United Way Social Justice Innovation Fund (25%)
Supporting innovative, social justice-focused project(s) submitted by non-profit organizations whose work aligns with the criteria of service to BIPOC communities. Investors will take part in the grantee selection process for this category.
This funding category is allocated to innovative, social justice-focused project(s) identified by Mile High United Way Board of Trustees through an application process. Project funding will be decided by investors in the Mile High United Way Social Justice fund in June 2021, once the total fund amount has been assessed. This fund is open to non-profit organizations in our seven-county footprint, whose work aligns with the criteria of service to BIPOC communities. Funding is to be used for an innovative, new project that they would otherwise not be able to deliver.
Projects that address the mental health needs of BIPOC communities given current climate and historical injustices
Projects that address the digital divide in BIPOC communities and schools
Projects that address parent advocacy for education, pay equity, and civic engagement
Capacity Building and Training for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (25%)
This funding category will be allocated to community organizations who seek to grow their own capacity as non-profit entities, and, for organizations who wish to implement more holistic programs on diversity, equity and inclusion within the populations they serve, or within their own organization.
With your investment, you are creating a more equitable community.
You are a part of a Community United that fights to ensure no one is left behind. That fights for positive, systemic change in the lives of families, children, business owners, and individuals across the Denver-Boulder region.