LETTER FROM LORII RABINOWITZ

Dear Friends,

While this annual report celebrates our most recent fiscal year, we would be remiss if we did not also address the unprecedented events of 2020 and their impact on all communities including our Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) community. DSF staff, board and associate board members, Denver Public Schools (DPS) students, DSF Scholars, donors and community partners have traveled a collective journey marked with strength and perseverance, and I am so incredibly proud and humbled to be a part of this organization. The dictionary defines the word remarkable as “worthy of attention”, and while the efforts put forth this year are highly worthy of attention and unlimited gratitude—to call this past year remarkable would be an understatement.

DSF kicked off its 2019-20 fiscal year with a new three-year strategic plan, To and Through 2022, focused on sustainability, connectivity, and visibility. We also intensified our internal equity and inclusion efforts, and were moved this past summer to develop a formal, written commitment (read more) in response to the social unrest and continued systemic racism that personally impacts our students, our staff, our partners, and supporters.

As a goal-oriented organization which measures impact both quantitatively and qualitatively, by March 2020, we were well positioned for a successful year. Our DSF College Advisors were in the final stretches of preparing our high school students for their transition to college, we were introducing an improved DSF Scholarship application, and our DSF Scholars were succeeding in their college journeys. We did not know that, almost overnight, our measurements of success would increase and change so dramatically.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we are celebrating success each day, with each other, our students and our partners — from small personal victories to organization-wide achievements. We were so fortunate to have the people, programs and processes in place to quickly transition to virtual program delivery—providing support in new and impactful ways.

Not surprisingly, our students and Scholars have redefined resiliency as they remain focused on their postsecondary goals while managing unforeseen challenges related to the pandemic and beyond. 2020 has been a challenging year for our students, yet they continue to inspire us each day with their words, actions, and determination. You can share in this inspiration through the insights of Albert Ursetta (read more), John F. Kennedy High School class of 2020 and DSF Scholar.

Additionally, we were thrilled to be featured in Forbes (read more) this past August in an article celebrating student potential and highlighting the ways in which DSF is helping students navigate through COVID-19 barriers to success.

As we move through our current fiscal year, we will continue to foster potential as we support DPS students to and through college completion. I thank the entire DSF community for its hard work and dedication to our mission and I share every success with each of you.

Warmest regards,

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LORII RABINOWITZ

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
DENVER SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION

DSF VOTED AS TOP
WORKPLACE 2 YEARS RUNNING

Hover over the photos below to see fun facts about DSF.

BUDDY GROUPS

DSF Employees connected through Buddy Groups, which brings together small groups of staff members from different areas of DSF to build friendships through lively discussion and activities.

For the second year in a row, DSF was thrilled to be named one of Colorado’s Top Workplaces through The Denver Post! This recognition is based solely on independent, anonymous employee engagement survey results which not only identify Top Workplace winners but also help DSF leadership understand and enhance current culture to set a path for even greater future success.

 

DSF strives to provide employees the tools and support to do their best work, and bring their whole selves, in an environment that is nurturing, innovative, and inclusive. We set the emotional well-being of our employees as a priority, and value the importance of personal connections, shared successes and collaborative problem-solving. Importantly, in-person or online—interwoven throughout DSF is a sense of family, friendship, and fun.

GRATITUESDAYS AND BIG WIN WEDNESDAYS

DSF Employees Participated in weekly virtual Gratituesdays and Big Win Wednesdays which encouraged positivity, gratitude and recognition.

18 CULTURE BOOSTING EVENTS

DSF Employees enjoyed 18 culture boosting events, including BBQs, potlucks, and an excursion to the Denver Art Museum (all pre-COVID), hosted by DSF’s Culture Club, an employee-led group working to sustain a welcoming environment, increase connectivity, and strengthen DSF culture.

HALF DAY FRIDAYS

DSF employees received 2,124 hours of free wellness time thanks to Half Day Fridays throughout the summer months.

CELEBRATING WORK ANNIVERSARIES

This year we have 20 Proud DSF Staff Celebrating 3+ Years with our organization!

COLLEGE ACCESS

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DSF staff operated 14 Future Centers serving 22 Denver Public Schools high schools.

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DSF College Advisors worked proactively with 3,262 seniors and their families (57% of all DPS seniors in Future Center Schools).

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DSF served TRIO Talent Search participants in 9-12 grade at 10 schools.

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DSF served 2,556 9th-11th grade students at 17 schools.

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DSF ADDRESSES “SUMMER MELT” AND HOW TO SUPPORT STUDENTS ON THEIR DEGREE PATH

Federico Rangel is a DSF College Advisor, helping college-bound graduates thrive academically and realize their dream of earning a college degree. This type of support is hard to find in the summer, when many students lose momentum.

Also known as “summer melt”, this phenomenon is prevalent across the country, with first-generation college students being most vulnerable. Nationally, up to 40% of college-intending students didn’t show up for their first day of fall semester in 2019.

Ensuring students have support from someone like a DSF College Advisor to tackle logistical challenges of enrollment and stay on track with financial aid deadlines can prevent summer melt. It’s not for lack of ambition that these students don’t go to college. They just need help checking all the boxes to get there.

SCHOLARSHIPS

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DSF provided 1,760 scholarships to esteemed and determined Scholars in Denver in 2019-20.

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DSF provided $4.5 million in scholarship dollars to graduates of Denver Public Schools pursuing a college education in 2019-20.

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DSF surpassed $48 million in scholarships awarded to 7,676 Denver Public Schools graduates since the fall of 2007.

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88% of Scholars were first-generation college students and 92% identified as students of color in the most recent 6-year cohort.

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“I WANT TO LEAVE A PATH FOR THE NEXT GENERATION TO FOLLOW.”

Daniel Rivera-Ibarra will be the first in his immediate family to graduate from college. Throughout his post-secondary educational journey, he’s found a new way to define success. “I define success as realizing my full potential and helping others find theirs along the way.” For him, that’s what makes college worth the price tag.

Daniel is thankful for his support systems that helped him navigate challenges and define who he is as a student. Feel inspired by his passion and story by reading his article in The Hechinger Report.

COLLEGE SUCCESS

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83% of DSF Scholars are enrolled in college or have already graduated with a degree or certificate in the most recent 6-year cohort.

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In 2019-20, DSF partnered with 31 technical colleges, community colleges and universities in Colorado to provide on-campus support for Scholars.

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On average, as a part of our partnership, each year our Scholars receive $3 in additional financial aid from our College Partners for every $1 they receive from DSF.

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In 2019-20, 87.8% of Students Empowered Educated Determine (SEED) students had completed a college degree or were still enrolled in college.

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DSF ALUMNUS TAKES LEADERSHIP SKILLS TO LONDON.

DSF Alumnus Bryant Burciaga’s sense of adventure took him all the way to London, England on a six-month assignment working as a technology analyst for Janus Henderson Investors, a global asset management company. During his time abroad he also spent time hiking, driving, and exploring European countries.

Since his graduation from University of Colorado Denver in 2015, Bryant has been a model DSF Alumnus. He serves on the Alumni Advisory Committee, presented at the Annual Gala, and during the Annual Leadership Conference. He believes adaptability, empathy, and sense of self guides him to successful leadership. DSF Alumni are achieving incredible accomplishments and giving back to Denver’s community.

THRIVING THROUGH TRANSITIONS: OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent transition to remote learning for DPS schools and college campuses impacted all areas of the organization, with the greatest impact on the students we serve. Recognizing the importance of programming continuity and connectivity between DSF Advisors, DPS students, and Scholars, DSF made a significant shift in day-to-day operations and program structures last spring, transitioning all program services to virtual delivery. DSF Advisors continue to offer the same exceptional slate of services, but also increased their level of support to meet the growing needs of their students.

This high level of virtual advisement continued throughout the summer and fall. It has allowed DSF to develop improved strategies for student communication, identify best practices, and create new tools for students and their families to successfully navigate the often-complex processes of college planning, financial aid, and enrollment. The successes experienced by DPS students and DSF Scholars is a testament to their individual perseverance and hard work.

The successes experienced by DPS students and DSF Scholars is a testament to their individual perseverance and hard work. To the right are just a few celebratory highlights of the past year.

Last spring, DSF extended its DSF Scholarship application deadline by one month to ensure all eligible DPS seniors and DSF Scholars received the additional time and assistance needed to complete the application. DSF Advisors worked tirelessly, helping students and Scholars in completing this important application, in a new virtual environment, resulting in a total of 2,969 scholarship applications received, eight more than the previous year!

DSF saw its highest scholarship applicant to finalist yield in the last three years, meaning more students are persisting on their path to college completion. This year, 91% of incoming and continuing DSF Scholars fulfilled their DSF Scholarship requirements, compared to 86% the previous year.

DSF Advisors served their largest class of students this past summer in their transition from high school to college. Advisors served 1,374 students from the high school graduation class of 2020 through text messaging, video conferencing, engaging parents, and collaborating with financial aid offices and admission offices at DSF College Partner institutions.

At the start of the pandemic, DSF provided Advisors with a list of more than 100 essential needs-focused resources to help students and their families navigate and access a variety of services, including those related to food, housing, job loss, technology, mental health, and overall healthcare. DSF Advisors were able to refer over 200 students to the resources, close to home, that they needed.

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DENVER HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS NAVIGATE THE CHALLENGES WITH GOING REMOTE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Despite moving to a remote and virtual environment on March 16, 2020, DSF remains steadfast in supporting DPS students. Recognizing that navigating virtual engagement is a challenge for many students, DSF believes in their ability to stay on track. “What we’ve done is really take those conversations virtual,” said Lorii Rabinowitz, CEO of the organization. “We believe that students and Scholars can cross that finish line and we believe that their futures will be even brighter than they originally thought,” she said. While it is a transition to move from visiting physical Future Centers to engaging virtually, DPS students have redefined resiliency and are optimistic in their futures.

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FACING UNCERTAINTY WITH DETERMINATION – DSF SCHOLAR ON HER JOURNEY TO COLLEGE GRADUATION

When the Hussein family left Iraq and arrived in the United States in 2009, Israa had not received any prior education. Immersed in an unfamiliar city and navigating a foreign language, Israa says she did not know how to spell her name. Diving head-first into her new life was not easy. But Israa was determined to learn, knowing her parents had sacrificed so much to allow her to gain an education. “I transferred three times before I ended up at South High School,” Israa shares. “That was where I found a support system.” Engaging at the DSF Future Center helped Israa find the right school for her. She enrolled in CU Denver and is graduating in the fall of 2020. Despite uncertainty with COVID-19, she is taking it day by day and continues to believe it is important for people to see the good in each other.

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DSF ALUMNA KEEPS YOUNG STUDENTS CONNECTED DURING REMOTE LEARNING

Liliana Flores is a paraprofessional at Swansea Elementary School, where she works with first-grade students. A DSF Alumna and 2017 graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, Liliana is in her second year in the paraprofessional role. Having graduated from John F. Kennedy High School, Liliana is proud to serve DPS students through her career. Liliana says that her goal is to remind students that their teachers, friends, and families are here to support them even though they may be far apart. “I continuously remind my students that this is a hard time for everyone, and we all need to come together and help one another,” she shares. “I love my students and I will continue to serve them to the best of my ability.”

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHTS

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DSF DONORS

PROSPERITY DENVER FUND MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE HARD WORK AND DILIGENCE OF CATHEY FINLON, A LONG-TIME CHAMPION FOR DSF

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DSF PARTNERS

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EDNIUM: THE ALUMNI COLLECTIVE

Community Spotlight 01: DSF Donors

PROSPERITY DENVER FUND MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE HARD WORK AND DILIGENCE OF CATHEY FINLON, A LONG-TIME CHAMPION FOR DSF

Cathey Finlon has been a business leader in the Denver community since the late 1980s, and a passionate champion for DSF from its inception. Cathey’s personal support of public education is what led her to DSF. Cathey has served on DSF’s Board of Directors since 2014, including as Board Chair, and in 2018, led the charge in the passage of the Prosperity Denver Fund initiative, a fund created by a .08% sales tax increase to support scholarships for higher education for DPS students.

“Prosperity Denver Fund provides funding for measurable work because we can see what can happen with DPS students when they are provided with equal opportunity to go to college and earn a degree or certificate,” explains Cathey. “I do not, will not, ever believe those individuals who say that education after high school is not important.”

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Community Spotlight 02: DSF Partners

MOLD-BREAKING STUDENTS ENCOURAGED DURING ARCHITECTURE LESSON

DPS students from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College, along with DSF Scholars from Denver’s Auraria Campus, visited MBH Architects at their downtown office where they learned more about the firm and got an inside look at a career in their field.

Some of the students are first-generation college-bound, and they benefit from encouragement about their education and future career plans beyond high school. DSF Future Centers help students plan for goals like becoming an architect by hearing from professionals working in the field, and learning about the work hands-on through tours like this one.

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Community Spotlight 03: DSF Alumni

EDNIUM: THE ALUMNI COLLECTIVE

There is no better feeling than seeing DPS alumni hold important decision-making positions in our communities. It is even more empowering when an alumnus has overcome significant adversity in life and owns their story to positively uplift and impact others.

TeRay Esquibel is one of those alumni. “‘I realized there were a lot of people who did not share my lived experience utilizing my story to gain moral authority over a conversation about the direction of my community,” TeRay said. “We need to build our own tables and develop with love and integrity the voices lost so we can own our own stories past and build our future together,” TeRay said.To give TeRay’s vision a foundation, a new nonprofit organization, Ednium: The Alumni Collective, was born.

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“DSF has allowed me to go to the college of my dreams! I wouldn't be able to afford the experience without it and I am so thankful.”

Jon Serrano
DSF Scholar

“If it wasn't for the aid and guidance from DSF, I wouldn't have achieved my dreams. As a first-generation Latina woman, this organization opened many doors. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing what you do and helping students!” - Alexandra Lucia Carbajal

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DSF Alumna

“I am grateful to work towards the notion that “College is Possible” and even when working remotely gets tiring or hard, there are wins that keep me going”

Emily Carlson

DSF Staff

“Despite the additional challenges of this past year, we are committed to our students and Scholars, and are inspired by their resiliency. They continue to thrive, follow their dreams, and persist toward college graduation.”

Bob Deibel
DSF Board Chair

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“I believe in access to and support in education, which is why DSF’s work is so important to me. DSF supports students and Scholars to and through education and the workforce.”

Mike Kelly
DSF Associate Board Chair

“Growing a workforce that can meet the challenges of the science, technology, math, and engineering industries of tomorrow is a concern for all of us in these industries and Ball wants to support and take an active role in cultivating our future employees and business leaders.”

Chris Chavez
DSF Corporate Partner

“DSF works to ensure we give every student the opportunity to pursue their education goals. I am inspired by the courage and determination of DSF students and Scholars and hope that my donation will inspire others to do good in their community.”

Kim Poast
DSF Individual Donor

BLOG STORIES

STORIES: ANNUAL GALA 2019

On Wednesday, October 25, 2019 nearly 800 DSF Alumni, supporters, partners, staff, and board members came together to celebrate the achievements of our DSF Scholars during the 2019 Annual Gala. Keynote speaker Geoffrey Canada, founder of Harlem Children’s Zone, moved us with his remarks on the transformative impact of communities like ours coming together to support their students. Thanks to the Colorado Scholarship Initiative (COSI), every donation that night was doubled! DSF Scholar Lazarus West and younger brother Lawrence shared their story of friendship, perseverance, and success on their journeys to and through college.

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OCTOBER 2019

STORIES: LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE + VF FOUNDATION

DSF’s Annual Leadership Conference serves as a unique opportunity for students served by the organization to gain tools and knowledge to grow as leaders, while forging connections with their peers. February’s conference theme was Thriving Through Transitions, featuring sessions that equipped students with tools to prepare for a successful college to workforce transition to help continue development post-graduation. “If you really challenge yourself, you can truly change your world,” says Luis Benitez, the 2020 Annual Leadership Conference keynote speaker and Vice President for government affairs and global impact at the VF Corporation. He inspired DSF students to keep dreaming big and pursuing their goals through, to, and after graduation.

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FEBRUARY 2020

STORIES: 2020 COLLEGE PARTNER OF THE YEAR

The University of Colorado (CU) Denver demonstrates exceptional innovation and collaboration to support DSF Scholars. “CU Denver goes above and beyond, year after year, to champion the dreams of DSF Scholars,” said Lorii Rabinowitz, DSF CEO. In recognition of all of their work, and this outstanding partnership, we are thrilled to share that CU Denver is DSF’s College Partner of the Year! Of DSF’s 31 partner institutions in Colorado, CU Denver ranks third in number of DSF Scholars served, with 289 DSF Scholars pursuing a degree at CU Denver in 2018–19. Since its founding in 2006, DSF has awarded over $7,300,000 in scholarships to DSF Scholars attending CU Denver.

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JUNE 2020

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DSF STRATEGIC PLAN HIGHLIGHTS

TO AND THROUGH

2022

Launched in July 2019, DSF’s strategic plan, To and Through 2022, is helping the organization toward long-term stability, sustainability, and marketplace responsiveness with defined and measurable goals. DSF is committed to ensuring the ongoing success of its programs and Scholars, and the strategic plan supports this commitment through targeted strategies in financial sustainability through donor growth and retention, increasing the number of DSF advocates in the community, and proactively deepening connections with all stakeholders.

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Sustainability:

Increased persistence and graduation rate for DSF Scholars to 83.1%, exceeding the three-year goal of 82.4%.

Visibility:

Increased storytelling and promotional assets by 38%, far exceeding the three-year goal of a 25% increase.

Connectivity:

Deepened connections with all partnered stakeholders by 91%, far exceeding the three-year goal of a 25% increase.

Honor Roll

Support from generous donors like you brings our work to life. Thank you for making college possible!

$1,000,000+

Colorado Department of Higher Education
Denver Public Schools

 

$500,000 – $999,999

Stead Foundation
United States Department of Education

 

 

$200,000 – $499,999

The Anschutz Foundation

 

$100,000 – $199,999

Anonymous
Anonymous
Daniels Fund
Harvey Family Foundation
The Holleman Family, in memory of Andrew D. Holleman
Cydney and Thomas Marsico
The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
Thelma and Robert W. Scott Scholarship Trust

 

$50,000 – $99,999

Anonymous
Arrow Electronics
Ball Foundation
Bohemian Foundation
Lawrence J. Davis
Peierls Foundation
The Cielo Foundation
The LARRK Foundation
Virginia W. Hill Foundation

 

$25,000 – $49,999

Linda S. Bowman, Ph.D. and Roger Bowman
Aimee and Jonathan Coleman
Connie Burwell White and William W. White Foundation
Consulado de México
Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation
Renee and John Elofson
Cathey M. and Richard Finlon
Katie MacWilliams
Mile High United Way
Salazar Family Foundation
The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Colorado
Tracy Family Foundation
VF Foundation

 

$10,000 – $24,999

Alpine Bank
AMG National Trust Bank
Anonymous
Better Business Bureau Serving Denver/Boulder
Colorado School of Mines
Crown Family Philanthropies
DaVita, Inc.
Dana and Barry Dorfman
Enerplus Corporation
Cynthia and Steven Enger
GE Johnson Holding Company
Michelle and John Hanley
HealthONE Hospitals
Janus Henderson Foundation
Janus Henderson Investors
Suzanne and Steven Johnson
Libby Anschutz Foundation
Maffei Foundation
MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation
Rachel Baumel and Daniel Mitzner
Jody and Scott Nycum
OfficeScapes Group
Pinnacol Assurance
QEP Resources
Roy A. Hunt Foundation
David Scanavino, M.D.
Schlessman Family Foundation, Inc.
Kim Benson and Allen Staver
Suncor Energy
Arlene Bobrow and Charles Tanabe
The Frederic C. Hamilton Family Foundation
The Herbert & Judy Paige Family Foundation
The Kroger Co. Foundation
The Roth Education Foundation
Union Pacific
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Denver
US Bank
Vectra Bank Colorado
Wiegers Family Foundation
Marianne Woodward

 

$5,000 – $9,999

Jeanette and Steve Abelman
Analog Devices, Inc.
Anonymous
BBVA
Bellco Credit Union
Benson Mineral Group
Bow River Capital Partners
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
BuildStrong Education
Mary Sue and Kenneth Coleman
Colorado State University
Susana Cordova and Eric Duran
Cree, Inc.
Davis Graham & Stubbs
Gayla Lewis and W. Duke DeGrassi
Delta Dental Plan of Colorado
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
Extraction Oil & Gas Inc
Merrell Aspin and Mark Fallon
FirstBank
Jayne Ford
Shannon Gifford and Jerrold L. Glick
Jeanne and Hugh Gottschalk
Gyan-i Inc.
Hitachi Vantara
Heidi and Bruce Hoyt
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
L.C. Fulenwider, Inc.
Liberty Global, Inc.
Liberty Media
MBH Architects
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Microsoft Matching Gifts Program
Barbara and Paul Moe
Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management
NexGen Resources Corporation
Margot and Marc Pinto
Plante Moran
Ready Foods
Leslie and Sandy Rothe
Trish and Steven Shapiro
Therese Ivancovich and Gregory Sissel
Rebecca and Jeff Taylor
TE Connectivity
The Madison Group, Inc.
The Rifkin Foundation
Titus Foundation
University of Colorado Denver
Yolanda and Wouter van Kempen
Tom Wattles
White Family Foundation
Steven Woodward

 

$2,500 – $4,999

Raydean Acevedo and Walt Jenkins
Melinda and Ash Alankar
Anonymous
Marisa Hudson-Arney and Ryan Arney
Martha Awad
Leslie Stanford and Don Bailey
Justin Ball
Susan and Luke Beatty
Rachel Brady and Thomas F. Brady, Ph.D.
Grace Carr
Julanna Gilbert, Ph.D. and Robert D. Coombe, Ph.D.
Copley Equity Partners
Dell
Dependable Cleaners
Embrey Partners
First Western Trust Bank
Rhondda and Peter Grant
Edward Hunt
Diane and Scott Johnson
Kemet
Koelbel Family Foundation
Kramer Foundation
Elizabeth and Steven Kris
Mitzi and Stephen Kurtz
Mary Duquaine Fund at the Denver Foundation
Erin and Andy Miller
NAI Shames Makovsky
Otten Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti PC
Panasonic
Jane and Thomas Petrie
Anonymous
Daniel Ritchie
Lisa and John Robinson
Samtec
Lorin and Aaron Schaechterle
Mary and George Sissel
John C. Spencer
STMicroelectronics
Pegi and Michael Touff
John Vaughey
Amy and David West
Westside Investment Partners
Martha L. Wofford and John G. Knight

 

$1,000 – $2,499

Jeremy Anderson
Aspen Institute
Carrie Augustine and Trent Niemeyer
Cody and Seth Belzley
Art Blomberg
Carri Hazell and Andy Boian
Ryan Boykin
Michael Brayer
Lucy and William Cassidy
Rachel and Christopher Chism
Angela Cobian
Community First Foundation
Community Shares of Colorado
Lynn and Kelly Condon
Joann and John Congdon
Shannon Connery and James Angell
Patricia and Donald Cook
Cami Cooper
Leah and Martin Coover
Thomas Coover
Bob F. Deibel
Bruce Dibiase
Feiner Family Foundation
Ferry Grandchildren Legacy Fund – Elizabeth Orem
Polly and Andy Filson
Janice and Scott Fisher
Jennifer and Brian Frenkel
L. C. Fulenwider III
Neal Groff
Dwyer Gunn and Dan Roller
Charlie Gwirtsman
Carol Hansen
Emily and James Henkel
James Hidahl
Sylvia and Manny Hilario
Sharla and Robert Hottman
Linda Huang, M.D. and Charles Holum
Karen and John Ikard
Joy S. Johnson
Michael Kelly
Jeanne and Jack Kim
Janet and Stuart Kritzer
Carol and Larry Lance
Irma and Frank Lockridge
Lockton Companies
Rosemarie Loffredo
Scott Long
Christopher Lueth
Marcia Lujan and Hal Hultquist
Kathryn and Peter Manning
Jodi and Jason Maples
Martin/Martin Inc.
Matthew M. Brown Fund
Eric Mattson
Conor McCallin
McDowell Family Foundation
Melissa and Brad McQueen
Network For Good
Liz Lynner and Jim Palenchar
PNC Bank
Rona Press
Lorii Rabinowitz
Rose Community Foundation
Caitlin Ross
Heather Scott and Clayton Boyd
Debra and Donald Silversmith
Jon Snow
Janet Stephens and Glenn Takimoto
The Rockjensen Foundation
Anne Trujillo and Mike Kalush
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Van Evera Family
Kristin and Bill Waters
Karla Whittenburg
Kimberly Willoughby and Jon Guelzow
Susan and Paul Zoby

Financials

The DSF mission gives our donors something worth investing in, and our fiscal responsibility solidifies their sound return on investment.

Statement of Activities

Support and Revenue

Gifts and grants $4,349,992
Net investment income $487,643
Government grants $1,758,229
Special events revenue (net) $694,902
Prosperity Denver Fund $4,635,079
Other $59,244
Totals $11,985,089

Expenses

Scholarships $4,572,396
Program (Access & Success) $3,963,447
Fundraising, Marketing & Communications $1,091,409
General & Administrative $845,294
Totals $10,472,546

Statement of Financial Position

Support and Revenue

Cash & cash equivalents: $5,331,615
Pledge receivables: $1,562,133
Investment: $20,711,457
Fixed assets (net): $72,253
Other assets: $138,978
Total: $27,816,436

Liabilities and Net Assets

Liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued: $1,205,658

Net Assets:
Unrestricted: $4,375,116
Temporarily restricted: $1,742,348
Permanently restricted: $20,493,314

Total Net Assets: $26,610,778
Total Liabilities and Assets: $27,816,436

Statements of financial position and activities as of June 30, 2020.

DSF Board

Our board of directors, comprised of leaders invested in the success of every Denver Public Schools student, shapes the future and direction of DSF.

Board of Directors list current as of January 1, 2021.

Bob F. Deibel, Chair
President & Owner,
OfficeScapes Group

Thomas G. Wattles, Treasurer
Private Investor & Public Company Director

John A. Elofson, Secretary
Partner,
Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

Dr. Linda S. Bowman, Past Chair
Vice Provost & Senior Vice Chancellor,
University of Denver

Steve E. Abelman
Shareholder,
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

R. Scott Nycum, Jr.
Retired Vice Chairman,
J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Jayne Ford
Chief People Officer,
Green Peak Partners

Martin Pocs
Vice Chairman,
DHR International

Barry Dorfman
President,
Rocky Mountain Region, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.

Cathey McClain Finlon
Retired Chief Executive Officer & Chair,
McClain Finlon

Michael R. Starzer
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer,
Fifth Creek Energy Company;
Director,
HighPoint Resources Corporation

Seth R. Belzley
Partner,
Holland & Knight LLP

Dr. Robert D. Coombe
Chancellor Emeritus,
University of Denver

Martha L. Wofford
Group Vice President,
DaVita, Inc.

Luis A. Colón
Partner,
Essencialize LLC

Dr. Tom F. Brady
Executive Director of the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities,
UC Denver Business School

Jeff T. Allen
Chief Executive Officer,
Nodin

John J. Hanley
Managing Director,
J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Rich A. Schierburg
Owner,
Peregrine Group Development

Mark D. Fallon –
Chairman & CEO
APTIM

Katie L. MacWilliams
Community Volunteer

Jonathan Coleman
Portfolio Manager,
Janus Henderson

Lorii Rabinowitz
Chief Executive Officer,
Denver Scholarship Foundation – Ex-Officio

Irma Lockridge
Chief People and Systems Officer,
CoorsTek

John A. Ikard
Retired Chief Executive Officer,
FirstBank Holding Company

Mike Pardun
Chief Executive Officer,
Standard Alcohol, Inc.

Susana Cordova
Superintendent,
Denver Public Schools – Ex-Officio

Andy Boian
Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
Dovetail Solutions

Anne Trujillo
Evening News Anchor & Multimedia Journalist,
Denver7 News

Luella Chavez D’Angelo –
Community Volunteer

Dr. Gregg Kvistad
Provost Emeritus & Professor,
University of Denver

Dr. Shannon Connery
Psychologist,
PhD

Albus Brooks
Vice President of Strategy & Business Development,
Milender White

Jennifer Cmil
Executive Vice President, Human Resources,
Newmont

DSF Staff

From advising high school students to processing scholarship payments, the impact of DSF staff serves as the heartbeat of DSF.
Staff list current as of June 6, 2020.

Access

Ambria Merriex
College Advisor

Dante Bills
College Advisor

Diana Madriz
Lead College Advisor

Emily Carlson
CC Fellow

Emily Webster
College Advisor

Emily Weiss
College Advisor

Emma Kepes
College Advisor

Esmeralda Rodriguez
College Advisor

Federico Rangel
Lead College Advisor

Gabriel Guindon
Director of College Access

Luis Antezana Alba
College Advisor

Samantha Garcia
College Advisor

Vincent Caricato
College Advisor

Zachary Montez
College Advisor

Zulema Sierra
Lead College Advisor

Admin

Heather Scott
Director of IT Services

Joseph Odhiambo
Senior Accountant

Lorii Rabinowitz
Chief Executive Officer

Patricia Schwartzberg
Chief Financial Officer

Patricia Whitehouse
Director of Human Resources

Shruthi Vasudeva
Salesforce Business Analyst

Thuy Nguyen
Office Manager/Executive Assistant

Caryn Oppenheim
Manager of Volunteers

Program

Angrith Na
Data & Evaluation Manager

Brittany Matteson
Manager of Corporate Connection

Nathan Cadena
Chief Operating Officer

Renae Bellew
Sr. Program Director

Development

Corey Steagall
Development Coordinator

Jessica Milnes
Director of Corporate Relations

Margaret Bachrach
Chief Development Director

Rachelle Beisel
Director of Major Gifts

Robin DeGrassi James
Director of Development Operations

Taylor Atkinson
Donor Relations Manager

MarComm

Caroline Glynn Neal
Communications Manager

Juliana Wierimaa
Events Manager

Latia Henderson
Director of Marketing & Events

MacKenzie Pitcher
Graphic Designer and Marketing Manager

Scholarship

Maria Rangel Leon
Scholarship Data Coordinator

Natasha Garfield
Director of Scholarships

Paul Phillips
Scholarship Program Specialist

Success

Adrian Mendoza
Campus Advisor

Anitra Montoya
Campus Advisor

Ashton Clouse
Lead Campus Advisor

Fryda Faugier Ferreira
Campus Advisor

Jason Doyle
Campus Advisor

Josue Loma
Campus Advisor

Lidia Alvarez
Success Partnership Manager

Maria Finan
Campus Advisor

Michelle Liu
Director of College Success

Stephanie Lopez
College Success Program Manager

TRIO

Dalia Lopez Guzman
College Advisor

Denise Kupetz
College Advisor, TRIO Talent Search

Derrek Sandoval
Assistant Director, TRIO Talent Search

Humberto Guerrero
Assistant Director, TRIO Talent Search

Ismael Garcia
Trio College Advisor

Leticia Trevino
Director, TRIO Talent Search

Melissa Cleaver
TRIO College Advisor

Michele Lopez
TRIO College Advisor

Obinna Onyeali
TRIO College Advisor

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