Women Thriving. Colorado Rising.

OUR Grantmaking Creates Real Community Movement

Meet Our 23 Statewide Grantee Partners

From Denver to Durango and Fort Collins to Fort Morgan, our WAGES cohort of 23 grantee partners address the needs of women and their children at the same time to build a foundation for family economic security for generations to come.

Eight Denver-based public policy partners will address statewide systems-level changes by advocating for policies that enable and empower women to enter and remain in the workforce. Fifteen direct-service grantees throughout the state will provide services for women that include training for careers in high-growth fields with advancement opportunities, high-quality child care while they pursue educational and training opportunities, and access to additional resources they need for successful career entry and transitions – including food assistance, transportation, and healthcare.

In addition to advancing policy and providing critical resources to move Colorado women and their families from promise to prosperity, the cohort will work together with WFCO for four years to learn and strategize in order to advance more women into careers that enable them to meet the needs of their families and invest in their futures. The latest learning and evaluation report is available here. 

Public Policy Grantees


9to5 Colorado logo
9to5 Colorado 

Advocating statewide for workplace flexibility, the safety net, equal opportunity, and taking steps to close the pay gap.  


The Bell Policy Center logo
The Bell Policy Center (Bell) 

Examining and prioritizing policy solutions that ensure women can prepare for, obtain, and retain living wage careers, including convening a two-generation work group and leading research efforts for paid sick leave.

 Read the research
Colorado Center on Law & Policy logo 
Colorado Center on Law and Policy (CCLP)

Coordinating an advocacy coalition of multi-sector partners strengthening access to middle skill jobs, and advocating for critical supports, such as child care on college campuses. With a separate WFCO research grant, updating Colorado's Self-Sufficiency Standard and Overlooked and Undercounted, a demographic analysis of Coloradans struggling to make ends meet.

 Read the research 
Colorado Children's Campaign logo 
Colorado Children's Campaign (CCC)

Expanding access to affordable, high-quality child care statewide through research, policy, and advocacy. 

Colorado Fiscal Institute 
Colorado Fiscal Institute (CFI) 

Working with partners across the state to engage a coalition of supporters focused on tax reform and fiscal solutions.

Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation logo
Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation

Engaging youth leaders to advance policy change that expands young adult access to work supports and education.


Executives Partnering to Invest in Children logo 
Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC)

Working to advance the reauthorization of the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit.

Young Invincibles logo 
Young Invincibles (YI)

Gathering valuable insights from young adult women and sharing solutions with multi-sector partners.

 Read the research


Direct Service Grantees


Collaborative Healing Initiative within Communities (CHIC) logo
Collaborative Healing Initiative within Communities, (CHIC) - Metro Denver

Propelling formerly gang-affiliated women out of poverty with job training, including construction apprenticeships, and peer support.

  Read Frazier's story
  Watch Adrianette's story
Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE) logo
Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE) - Metro Denver

Helping single mothers enter livable wage careers and mitigate the cliff effect.

  Watch Julia's story
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless logo 
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), - Metro Denver

Training women who have experienced homelessness for tech industry careers.


  Read our blog with CCH
  Read Laciey's story 
CPCD logo 
CPCD (Community Partnership for Child Development), - El Paso County

Providing career-focused training for parents and quality early care and education for children through a two-generation approach. 

  Watch Arati's story

Pueblo Community College logo

Boys & Girls Club of Pueblo County

DualStar Project: A collaborative of Pueblo Community College and Boys and Girls Clubs of Pueblo County, - Pueblo County

Moving women and girls toward high-growth careers with cyber security training, mentoring, and hands-on learning


  Read our blog with the DualStar Project 
  Watch Patti's story
Eagle County Government logo
Eagle County Government (Department of Human Services), - Eagle County

Boosting workforce success through personalized supports for women exiting public assistance.


  Read our blog with Eagle County Government
Emergency Family Assistance Association in Boulder logo
Emergency Family Assistance Association, Inc. (EFAA), - Boulder County

Providing basic needs support and work-based learning opportunities in partnership with Workforce Boulder County.

  Read Angie's story  
Florence Crittenton Services logo
Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado, - Metro Denver

Offering wraparound support and child care, skills and employment training, and employment navigation for teen mothers. 

Mi Casa Resource Center logo
Mi Casa Resource Center, - Metro Denver

Offering job training and wraparound supports to help women building careers in financial services, healthcare, construction, or development small businesses. 

  Watch Francesca's story 
OneMorgan County logo
OneMorgan County, - Morgan County

Engaging recent refugee and immigrant working mothers and building community leaders with community college support and career guidance. 

  Watch Marcela's story
  Read our blog with OneMorgan
Project Self Sufficiency
Project Self-Sufficiency of Loveland-Fort Collins, - Larimer County

Providing single mothers moving through postsecondary education with skilled advising, career planning, and tools to support children's success.

  Watch April's story 
  Read Cassie's Story

Durango Adult Education Center logo

La Plata Family Centers Coalition logo

Women's Resource Center logo

Southwest Colorado Women's Project: A collaborative of the Durango Adult Education Center, Women’s Resource Center, and La Plata Family Centers Coalition, - Southwest Colorado

Offering comprehensive career-boosting services to women, including case management, family and parenting support, and career guidance and education. 



As part of the WAGES cohort, WFCO has awarded a separate grant to OMNI Institute to lead the cohort’s evaluation and learning. WAGES is made possible with the support of the Women’s Funding Network (Two-Generation Advocacy Cohort); WomenGive – United Way of Larimer County; The Chambers Fund, a donor-advised fund held at The Women’s Foundation of Colorado; and WFCO’s generous donors.


Funding opportunities

Applications for future grantmaking opportunities will be available in 2021.

In addition to WAGES grantmaking, Beyond Our Borders and the Vail Valley regional committee also have annual grant cycles. Donor-advised funds do not accept unsolicited proposals.

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