Equity Collective Initiative

Initiative to Support POC-Led Organizations and Build Power in Community

We believe that communities have the inherent ability to identify and solve their own challenges when they are equipped with the decision-making power, infrastructure and financial capital to do so. Historically, community-based organizations led by people of color and that are deeply rooted in health equity and racial justice have not been afforded the same access to resources to sustain their work and build power. The Colorado Health Foundation’s Equity Collective Initiative will provide one-time investment awards to selected organizations – that are led by people of color – to develop their own approaches and long-term direction to drive health equity and racial justice work forward.

Investments will be awarded to selected community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits and groups with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor who deeply align with and reflect the following organizational characteristics:

  • Strongly aligned with the Foundation’s mission and cornerstones.
  • Organizations that are based in Colorado and focus specifically on Colorado communities.
  • Have existing work that is deeply rooted in health equity and racial justice efforts.
  • Led by people of color
    • These organizations have a governing and implementation body (board, executive leadership, staff, etc.) who are predominantly people of color—Arab/Middle Eastern, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, and Indigenous/Native American and multiracial communities— and their purpose is to center, improve the lives of and uplift that specific population.
  • Clearly demonstrated credibility, trust and historical connections with communities they exist to serve.
  • Positioned to conduct and advance work “with” and “by” communities they exist to serve, and a track record of collaborative and constructive approaches within and across communities to advance health equity and racial justice.
    Demonstrated strategic thinking on organization mission and purpose. The Foundation is not requesting a strategic plan, but instead want to understand the strategic thinking about the role and intent of the organization’s long-term work to advance health equity and racial justice.
  • Demonstrated capacity to engage in and advance self-determined approaches to put investment award to use in advancing health equity and racial justice.
  • Minimum organizational budget of $100,000 or at least $100,000 budget for fiscally-sponsored projects.
  • An interest, openness and commitment to engaging in a participatory review process.
  • Commitment to transparency, openness and reciprocal relationship with The Colorado Health Foundation and other community partners, as well as a high tolerance for risk of unknowns in the context of a fluid, participant-driven effort.

We ask that interested organizations complete the following steps:

  1. Learn more about the Equity Collective Initiative.
  2. Review the organizational characteristics to ensure alignment with this Initiative.
  3. Connect with us directly if you are interested in applying.

The deadline to submit an application is 5 p.m. MT on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021.


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