GoodWorks: Nonprofit roundup for 11.14.17

Denver Metro Area

History Colorado Center: On Nov. 18, History Colorado opened Zoom In, an exhibit of 100 objects depicting life in the Centennial State. The 3,700-square-foot exhibit was previously meeting and office space. Museum officials estimated it took $500,000 to convert the room.

The first piece in the exhibit is a 13,000-year-old spear point found north of Fort Collins. The rest of the exhibit travels through important times in Colorado’s history such as the gold rush and railroad building. It also highlights historical figures like Molly Brown, who is best known for having survived the sinking of the Titanic. 

Volunteers hand out meal boxes for the Empworth Foundation giving event.

The Empworth Foundation: November 2017 was proclaimed Colorado Feed-A-Family Month by Gov. John Hickenlooper, in honor of a 53-year tradition started by “Daddy” Bruce Randolph. On Nov. 18, the Empworth Foundation gave out complete Thanksgiving meals that could feed a family of eight. Around 1,000 volunteers participated and gave out 6,580 boxed meals statewide.

Metro Cab donated car rides to deliver meals. This was the first year the event included a job fair, where 27 different employers offered jobs.

SafeHouse Denver: In November, Bank of America awarded SafeHouse Denver a $200,000 no-restrictions grant to help adults and children who are victims of domestic violence. The bank also provided two years of leadership training through their Neighborhood Builders program.

Haymakers for Hope: The Boston-based nonprofit will be expanding to Denver, hosting its first Rumble in the Rockies event at the Fillmore Auditorium on June 14. Haymakers for Hope hosts charity boxing matches to raise funds for cancer awareness and research.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House: The restaurant donated $51,000 to Food For Thought, an organization that fights childhood hunger by delivering food to two Denver-area elementary schools. Del Frisco’s also donated $12,600 to Eric Cares, a nonprofit helping families with funeral expenses after the loss of a child.

The American Indian College Fund hosted a dinner for 300 elders.

American Indian College Fund: On Dec. 4, the college fund hosted a dinner for 300 American Indian elders. The event was held at the Cable Center at the University of Denver. The American Indian College Fund also presented an Elder of the Year award for service to the community.

Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art: The museum will open to the public in its new location at 1201 Bannock St. on March 10. The new museum was designed by architect Jim Olson. It will host its annual gala at the new building March 1.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science: On Nov. 28, the DMNS announced it had received a donation of dinosaur fossils from the Hankla family from Kentucky. The collection featured 6,000 edmontosaurus bones excavated in Wyoming.

Last week the museum announced that Tiny, the triceratops fossil discovered in August in Thornton, was actually a torosaurus fossil.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck: The Denver-based law firm collected toys for low-income families, which will be given away along with a turkey and fixings for a holiday meal Dec. 18. The Karma Toy Drive and Wrapping Party will be held at the Volunteers of America Mission downtown.

Larry H. Miller Dealerships: On Nov. 29, Larry H. Miller Dealerships presented Firefly Autism with a $10,000 donation as part of the company’s Five Weeks of Giving program. Firefly offers clinical assessments and individual treatment plan development for students with autism.

Postino Wine Café: The café is donating $5 for every $15 glass of Banshee Pinot Noir to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund. The promotion started late last month in support of the North Bay area of California that was devastated by large fires. Banshee Wines will match each $5 donation from Postino.

Ratio Beerworks: The RiNo brewery is hosting several events for its 12 Days of Giving. Starting Dec. 4, the brewery will donate $1 for every beer sold during event days to nonprofits. This is the second year Ratio will host 12 Days of Giving. It raised more than $1,600 for local nonprofits last year.

Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation: On Dec. 9 the Denver Beer Co. hosted an ugly sweater party and toy drive benefiting the RMCHF. In September, the brewery released the Water Tower Wit, for which a portion of sales over the next year will be donated to the RMCHF.

The RMCHF also received a $50,000 grant from the Daniels Fund for the Baby Box program, which supplies information on newborns for parents.

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities: Regis University recently joined with the Arvada Center to offer art classes to university students. The new agreement will allow Regis students to take art classes for credit from the Arvada Center starting in January.

Colorado Enterprise Fund: The CEF was awarded the first Impact Catalyst Award at CO Impact Days. The CEF provides loan options to small businesses and startups that are unable to secure traditional funding.

Denver Foundation: On Nov. 14, the Denver Foundation announced the 2017 Philanthropic Leadership Award winners: Andrea L. Blackwelder, Frederick B. Taylor, Linda D. Phillips and Jeff Watkins. The foundation also gave out Community Leadership awards last month to Eric Duran, Angela Cobián and Carlos Martinez.

National Sports Center for the Disabled: The NSCD was raising awareness at Union Station downtown for Colorado Gives Day. This is the second year the nonprofit has presented at the station. The organization offers therapeutic sports and recreation programming for disabled athletes and veterans.

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