2017 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report 
Please enjoy this annual report from Caring for Colorado. As always, we welcome your thoughts and suggestions as we do our work to improve health and health care for the people of Colorado.


In 2017, Caring for Colorado awarded 106 grants totaling more than $6.63 million to organizations throughout Colorado. Review our 2017 grantmaking and learn more about our funding priorities
This year we also contracted with the Center for Effective Philanthropy to understand how grantees perceive the foundation and to identify areas where we have strengths as a funder, and where we should be working toward improvements. View the survey results
In 2017, we also started to share the evaluation results from our grantmaking portfolios. We plan to report these results annually to share what we’ve learned through our grantmaking and its impact in Colorado’s communities and for Colorado’s residents.


Caring for Colorado has many exciting efforts underway all designed to work on systems- and community-level health improvements. 
LAUNCH Together – Healthy social and emotional development in a child’s early years creates a foundation for overall health, well-being and success in school and life. LAUNCH Together is an initiative designed to promote and improve social, emotional and behavioral outcomes for young children and their families in Colorado. Created through a unique collaboration of eight Colorado-based foundations, communities in Chaffee, Denver, Freemont, Jefferson and Pueblo counties are enhancing prevention and health promotion practices and building coordinated community systems to support the mental health of Colorado’s children. Read more about LAUNCH Together and our implementation partner Early Milestones.

SMILES Dental Project® – Oral disease has been called the “silent epidemic” because it gets little attention in the media, as a health care concern or as a social justice issue. SMILES Dental Project is working to solve inequities in oral health access and outcomes.  Our grantee partners have been providing care for the past year using telehealth technology thus providing virtual dental homes. As of January 2018, five partner organizations have served 2,300 patients in community settings. Many of these patients have never been to the dentist, and more than half were not receiving regular dental care.  Learn more about the SMILES Dental Project.

Adolescent Behavioral Health – Over the last few years, we’ve heard from partners, grantees and health leaders of their growing concern about the behavioral health needs of adolescents in Colorado. As a starting point for developing a longer-term initiative, Caring for Colorado released a funding opportunity in 2017 to promote adolescent behavioral health in Colorado. Organizations were invited to apply for one-time grants to grow or strengthen behavioral health systems and services for prevention and early intervention for adolescents ages 10 to 18 in schools and community-based settings.  The grant review process and other engagement activities have served as opportunities for continued learning around community needs and existing efforts, which will help inform the development of the Foundation’s longer-term strategy for adolescent behavioral health.

Commitment to Health Equity

In 2017, Caring for Colorado began work to further incorporate health equity principles and practices into our work. We have an ongoing commitment to advance our mission by applying tools and practices for equity, diversity and inclusion. Read our commitment to health equity and guiding principles.


With the guidance of our Investment Committee, we worked to maximize our investments so that as many dollars as possible are available to Colorado communities. Read our 2017 financial statement.











From left, back row: Chris Wiant, Ryan Sells, Bill Jennings, Jo Ann Pegues, Dennis Lewis, Karen Lloyd, David Henninger
Front: Judith Albino, Patty Braun, Carl Clark, An Nguyen, Phyllis Sanchez, Ozzie Grenardo.
Not pictured: Martin Flahive, Paul Major, Christy Whitney


Connecting in the Community

It’s always our goal to spend time with people throughout our state to understand the unique communities and cultures in Colorado.  We look forward to meeting with you!  Meet our board and staff.  
With gratitude,


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Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD
President and CEO

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Oswaldo A. Grenardo, MD, MBA, MS
Board Chair, May 2015 - April 2018