Greenlee Family Foundation, a Colorado foundation promoting family, philanthropy, community, and opportunity through creative grantmaking, collaboration, and partnerships          Greenlee Family Foundation
                    

 

Dear Friends,

I enjoy sharing the highlights of what is happening at the foundation. It gives me time to reflect on the prior year and to let you know of what is to come. In 2007 we celebrated our 10th anniversary of service to our communities. Since our inception, the Greenlee Family Foundation has made contributions, primarily throughout the State of Colorado, in excess of $1,000,000. We have been able to offer technical assistance training to local nonprofits in governance and board development, strategic planning, and other types of capacity building. We have conducted some strategic planning of our own and realized that we needed to make some changes to the foundation's grantmaking practices.

The board of directors reviewed our grant making over the last ten years and felt that we needed to consolidate our efforts while staying within our original intent: Promoting family, philanthropy, community, and opportunity. We felt that, while our intentions were good, we could offer more to the nonprofit sector while narrowing our grantmaking focus. As we looked at our prior contributions, we noticed that there was a trend: we defined as promoting or encouraging "self sufficiency." As a board, we discussed this trend and concluded that we have the ability to help improve the lives of individuals by focusing our grantmaking efforts in this funding area.

Another decision was made to limit the geographic area in which we will consider funding. We have determined to concentrate our efforts in Metro Denver, Boulder and Broomfield counties.

We know that you are concerned about how your organization might apply for funding to the Greenlee Family Foundation or invite us to learn more about your program. The primary focus will be on self sufficiency. We know that can mean different things to different people. We are particularly interested in programs and organizations that help individuals to achieve economic self sufficiency--that is, ways to improve their situation through economic means. In the developing world, we call this practice "micro enterprise." Finding ways to help individuals and families improve their quality of life through achieving economic self sufficiency will be our quest. We expect it to be challenging, invigorating and hopefully, rewarding.

Looking ahead, we hope to continue our relationships with organizations in our communities and to offer technical assistance to nonprofits in need. We also hope to build new relationships and increase awareness of social enterprise and microcredit on a state and national level. As more information becomes available, I will be sure to add it to the website.

I thank everyone for their continued interest in the Greenlee Family Foundation.

With warmest regards,

Rob Greenlee
Executive Director

Greenlee Family Foundation is a Colorado foundation promoting family, philanthropy, community, and opportunity through creative grantmaking, collaboration, and partnerships. Greenlee Family Foundation is a Colorado foundation promoting family, philanthropy, community, and opportunity through creative grantmaking, collaboration, and partnerships. Greenlee Family Foundation is a Colorado foundation promoting family, philanthropy, community, and opportunity through creative grantmaking, collaboration, and partnerships.

Rob Greenlee, Executive Director
Greenlee Family Foundation
1369 Forest Park Circle, Suite 206
Lafayette, CO 80026
Phone: 303.666.8720
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