In this issue: 
featured stories | signature events spotlight | grant corner | thank you | upcoming events | contest      
More than $1,533,600 Raised Through Season To Share 

Thanks to the generous support of our community, more than $2,300,000 will be distributed this year through The Denver Post Season To Share, a McCormick Foundation Fund. 

More than $1,533,600 was raised thanks the the generosity of over 4,500 donors. The McCormick Foundation matched all gifts at 50% for an additional $766,800. With The Denver Post and the McCormick Foundation paying all expenses, 100% of every donation, plus the match, will go directly to local charities working to move people out of poverty by providing meals for those who are hungry, housing for those who are homeless, healthcare for uninsured/underinsured patients, and education programs for disadvantaged children. 

We would like to acknowledge and thank MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation and Denver Active 20/30 Children's Foundation for their continued support of Season To Share. Grantees will be announced in The Denver Post in mid-July.         

For more information on Season To Share,  click here.  
Volunteerism is a part of The Denver Post's culture, because we believe when we volunteer our time or offer our money or talents, we help make our world a better, happier place where people work together and improve life for others. Giving back is an enriching experience for all involved and our employees take pride in donating their personal time for a wide range of projects each year. The Denver Post is proud to offer its employee volunteer program  ACTS, Assisting the Community Through Service , as a year-round opportunity to make a difference.

In 2017, our employees, with their family and friends, will help make a difference at Mile High Early Learning (Northeast) through AMP The Cause's Community Day in May, by cleaning and painting the facility; for the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation in June, setting up the annual Used Book Sale; for Denver Public Schools Foundation in July, by collecting school supplies for the MEED program which works with students facing homelessness; at Food Bank of the Rockies in November, by reclaiming and packaging food for low-income families; and with Basket of Joy in December, by packing and delivering Baskets of Joy to help nominated seniors in Metro Denver.   

For more information on The Denver Post ACTS, click here.
Benefiting Local Charities Including The Denver Post Community Foundation 
Mark your calendar to attend one of Denver's premier fundraising events each year! The 9th Annual Charity Preview Party "Car-nivale" presented by UMB Bank, is Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 7-10 pm at the Colorado Convention Center. Guests will have private access to the entire Denver Auto Show floor prior to its opening to the public as well as enjoy a lavish buffet, theme-inspired cocktails, and numerous gaming stations all while listening to the captivating beat of calypso music. Early bird pricing is available through Friday, March 17, 2017.  

The Denver Post Community Foundation is honored to be a beneficiary along with National Jewish Health and Clear the Air Foundation.  

For more information on the 9th Annual Charity Preview Party, click here
Register for the 2017 Denver Post Ride The Rockies Bicycle Tour by Sunday, February 26! 

The 32nd Annual Ride The Rockies Tour presented by ViaWest, will showcase the communities of Alamosa, Pagosa Springs, Durango, Ridgeway (sponsored by Ouray), Montrose, Gunnison, and Salida. Register to be one of the 2,000 cyclists who will cover 447 miles and ascend over 32,000 vertical feet, June 10-17. Beginning in Alamosa, the "Gateway to Colorado's Great Sand Dunes," the ride will traverse through some of the same mountain passes made famous by the historic Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad and finish in Salida, at the "Heart of the Rockies." Click here to see the Route Announcement press release. 

Don't miss your chance to ride! You can skip the lottery and sign up now for the 8th Annual Ride The Rockies Prologue Experience which includes a guaranteed RTR tour spot, in addition to an exclusive VIP experience June 9-10. For this amazing 49 mile ride, you will visit our neighbors to the South in Taos, New Mexico while wining, dining and riding alongside cycling celebrities while enjoying two nights at the El Monte Resort and Spa. For more information on the Prologue, click here.

Lottery registrations will be accepted through Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. MST. Register as an individual or a team of up to 10 people. All applicants will be notified of their status on Friday, March 3, 2017. All proceeds benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation.      

For more information and to register for Ride The Rockies, click here
2017 Denver Post Colorado State Spelling Bee
Saturday, March 11

Congratulations to the 250+ top spellers in Colorado who will be competing to be the Colorado State Spelling Bee Champion and to win an all expense paid trip to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, D.C.! Come watch the competition starting at 1pm at Sturm Hall on the University of Denver Campus. Proceeds benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation.   

For more information on The Denver Post Colorado State Spelling Bee,
Congratulations to The Learning Source for their great work in promoting literacy in the community. We were proud to recognize their $5,000 grant on February 6, 2017 at The Denver Post Pen & Podium Series featuring Pulitzer Prize winning author, Anthony Doerr. 

Pictured from left to right: Tracy Ulmer; executive director, Denver Post Community Foundation; Josh Evans, CEO, The Learning Source; Anthony Doerr, featured author; Stacy Schafer, marketing and communications manager, Denver Post Community Foundation; and Jim Spoja, past president, The Learning Source. 
The Denver Post Community Foundation is proud to award grants totaling $60,000 to the nonprofit organizations mentioned below:

Thank you to MDC / Richmond American Homes Foundation and Denver Active 20/30 Children's Foundation for their generous  support of Denver Post Season To Share! As seen in the story above, $2,300,000 will be granted to local nonprofit agencies in July. 
Mark your calendar for these events proudly supported by Denver Post Community:   
Sat., Feb. 26 - Sun., Feb. 28, 2017
42nd Annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup
(National Sports Center for the Disabled)
Winter Park, Colorado

Wed., March 15, 2017
Business For The Arts Awards Luncheon
(Colorado Business Community for the Arts)
Seawell Grand Ballroom

Sat., March 4, 2017
Saturday Night Alive
(Arts & Education programs for DCPA)
Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Tues., April 4, 2017
9th Annual Charity Preview Party
(The Denver Auto Show)
Colorado Convention Center

DP Community Contest!
Win a Pair of One-Day Winter Park Resort Ski Passes!  
In honor of the 42nd Annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup this weekend, a signature event of National Sports Center for the Disabled, we are giving away a pair of one-day passes to Winter Park Resort for the 2016/17 ski season (good through Sunday, April 30, 2017). Click here, on the photo, or on our Facebook icon below and in a comment on our Facebook post, share your favorite ski adventure! This contest is open through Monday, March 13, 2017. We will randomly select one winner from the comments and will contact that person through a private message on Tuesday, March 14. Must be 21 years of age or older to enter. Rules will be posted in our Facebook notes.  Good luck!

The Denver Post Community Foundation, a 501c3 organization, operates within our Denver Post Community and serves to fulfill its mission to improve and enrich the lives of those in our community through support of programs that benefit the arts, youth, education, and human services. Individual and corporate tax-deductible donations in any amount are very much appreciated!  For a list of the grants we distributed in 2016, click here