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featured stories | signature events spotlight | grant corner | thank you | upcoming events | contest      
$50,000 grant will support Supervised Agricultural Innovation Grant program  
The Denver Post Community Foundation presented its 3rd Annual Dean Singleton Legacy Grant to the Colorado FFA Foundation on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. This year's grant will assist FFA students to start or enhance an enterprise through a supervised and mentored program. By providing grants to students, they can explore areas of agriculture of interest to them as well as look at innovative projects and practices or niche markets. Students will apply in the fall for scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,500 and if selected, will work with their agricultural education instructor as well as community mentor to develop and grow their project.
"The Colorado FFA Foundation is near and dear to my heart. I am so proud that The Denver Post Community Foundation is able to support the Supervised Agricultural Innovation Grant program this year," said Dean Singleton, the Legacy Grant namesake. "The work being done by FFA students is so important to our community and this grant will help encourage new and improved ideas. I was honored to be an FFA member in my younger days and encourage all current and future student members to be proud of the values represented by wearing the blue jacket. I know I am, 50 years later."
"This grant will be transformational for many students and FFA Chapters across the state. It will provide the needed funding to help students gain experience in innovative entrepreneurship experiences," said Don Thorn, Executive Director of Colorado FFA Foundation. "This is just what we needed to get this program off the ground. Many thanks to The Denver Post Community Foundation and Dean Singleton for providing us this opportunity."
The Dean Singleton Legacy Grant is named after William Dean Singleton, who built the nation's second-largest newspaper company. Dean retired as chairman of MediaNews Group Inc., owner of The Denver Post and sits on the Board of Directors for The Denver Post Community Foundation.  
For more information on Colorado FFA Foundation, click here. For more information on the Dean Singleton Legacy Grant, click here
Save the Date to Make a Difference

The Denver Post Season To Share Holiday Campaign is almost here! Through The Denver Post Season To Share, a McCormick Foundation Fund, grants are made to local nonprofit organizations making a difference for low-income children, adults and families. These qualified nonprofits provide life-changing programs that offer year-round education and mentoring; give access to healthy meals and food supplies; provide stable and affordable housing and offer access to free or low-cost dental and medical services. 

Thanks to the generosity of donors and the 50% match from the McCormick Foundation, those less fortunate in our communities have a chance to improve their lives. With all expenses paid, 100% of donations, plus the match, is granted across Metro Denver

In the 2015/16 campaign, over 4,950 donors plus the generous match by the McCormick Foundation provided $2,290,000 in grants to 49 nonprofit agencies including four new signature grants for $100,000 each. 

Please save the date to make your donation and help us spread the word so we can make the 2016/17 campaign another great success for our community! 

For more information and to donate to The Denver Post Season To Share, click here.  
A Holiday Must-See for a Great Cause   

Don't miss this must-see holiday concert! Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents The Ghosts of Christmas Eve - The Best of TSO and More, will be in Denver on Saturday, November 19 with two showtimes 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and in Colorado Springs on November 20 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

With more than 10 million albums sold, TSO has inspired generations of fans to rediscover the multi-dimensional art form of the rock opera. Meanwhile, on the road, they have become one of the world's top acts, with Billboard magazine naming TSO as one of the top touring artists of the past decade - playing to more than 100 million people in 80+ cities, selling more than $280 million worth of tickets and presenting $11 million to charity. 

The Denver Post Community Foundation is so very grateful to once again be selected as a beneficiary, in support of Basket of Joy, a program produced in partnership with Volunteers of America. This donation will help enrich the lives of more than 5,280 home-bound and isolated seniors in our community by providing a basket of fruit this holiday season. 

To purchase TSO tickets, click here. For more information on Basket of Joy,  click here
The Denver Post Holiday Passport To The Arts Tickets Available Now!

Don't miss the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, on Thursday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Stage Theatre. Tickets are $40 each and will be sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. Proceeds benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here
Sign Up to Volunteer for Basket of Joy!

The Denver Post Basket of Joy, produced in partnership with Volunteers of America and Safeway, is Saturday, December 10, 2016. 

Co-founded in 1983 by former Denver Post columnist Woody Paige, the Basket of Joy program continues to bring joy in the form of a holiday fruit basket to more than 5,280 low income seniors in our community. Help us deliver joy to the seniors in our community!  

For more information and to sign up to volunteer, click here
Attention Spellers: It's Time For Your School To Sign Up!

The Denver Post Colorado State Spelling Bee is scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 2017. Colorado schools that are interested in participating, need to register for the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee program no later than December 12, 2016. Proceeds of The Denver Post Colorado State Spelling Bee benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation. 

For more information and to register, click here

Thank you to the  Denver Post ACTS  (Assisting the Community
 Through Service) employee volunteers and their family and friends for volunteering for  Special Olympics Colorado at the Adams County Regional Bowling Tournament on Saturday, October 15. Volunteering at this event is a fun tradition to celebrate the talents of the great athletes. 
Mark your calendar for these events proudly supported by Denver Post Community:   
Tuesday, Nov.1
19th Annual "Drive for Life" Denver Broncos Community Blood Drive
(Bonfils Blood Center)
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Saturday, Nov. 19
Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents:
The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
($1 per ticket sold benefits The Denver Post Community Foundation in support of Basket of Joy
Pepsi Center
Thursday, Nov. 10
National Philanthropy Day 
Seawell Grand Ballroom

Fri. Nov. 25 - Sat. Jan 1, 2017
Blossoms of Light
Denver Botanic Gardens
Friday, Nov. 18
Brass Ring Luncheon
(Children's Diabetes Foundation)
Denver Marriott City Center

Fri. Dec. 2 - Sat. Dec. 3, 2017
42nd Annual Parade of Lights
Downtown Denver

DP Community Contest!

Win 2 Front Row tickets to Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents The Ghosts of Christmas Eve - The Best of TSO and More!  
Here's your chance to attend the world famous Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert on Saturday, November 19 at the Pepsi Center. Our winner will win 2 Front Row tickets to the 3:00 p.m. show. Click here, on the photo, or on our Facebook icon below and in a comment on our Facebook post, tell us your favorite holiday tradition. This contest is open today through Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. We will randomly select one winner from the comments and will contact that person through a private message on Friday, Nov. 11. 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 2015, click here