Chambers Family Fund
Chambers Family Fund Foundation, creating women's funds foundations, children early care and education, systems change, Merle Chambers, Denver Colorado, Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women, economic self-sufficiency, democratic values, funding for women and girls, philanthropy


2005 Annual Report

  2005 Annual Report
2005 Annual Report

Our 2005 Annual Report includes information on:



Financial Overview

Annual Report Grantees

2005 Grant Distribution


The Clayton Foundation
Early Childhood Education Resource Institute — for a new staff position to expand strategic partnerships and work on cross-program evaluation

Early Childhood Education Resource Institute - to provide professional development for early care and education providers to strengthen quality child care in Colorado





Colorado Children's Campaign
Endowment — to continue to build the organization's endowment initiated by Chambers Family Fund in 2001


Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families
Conference Sponsorship - to support the annual conference held in Denver which showcased Denver's early care and education nonprofits and initiatives


OMNI Institute
Smart Start Colorado - to support phase one of the plan to develop a comprehensive early childhood system in Colorado


Qualistar Early Learning

General Support - for the organization's ongoing efforts to develop a rating system that measures and improves early care and education in Colorado


Rose Community Foundation

Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative - to assess options for a public awareness campaign about the importance of quality early care and education



Colorado Center on Law and Policy
Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute - for the development of an online benefits calculator to provide Coloradans with consolidated information about economic self-sufficiency, work and income supports and services


Women's Empowerment Initiative - to promote systems and policies that reduce inequity and build a more inclusive society through the empowerment of women


The Global Fund for Women
General Support - for women's organizations around the world working to address critical issues such as gaining economic independence, increasing girls' access to education and preventing violence against women


Parent Pathways
Florence Crittenton School - for this alternative high school that provides continuing high school education for teen mothers, and helps them prevent repeat pregnancies and acquire marketable job skills


St. John's Cathedral

Gathering Place - to sponsor a fundraising event for this safe haven for women and their children during times of poverty or homelessness


The Women's Foundation of Colorado

Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women - for the capital campaign to build a new home for the Women's Foundation of Colorado and the Women's College


Women's Funding Network

Quantum Leap Donor Circle — for the Women's Funding Network to leverage its resources to increase funding for the creation and support of women's funds



Communities Foundation of Oklahoma
Women's Foundation of Oklahoma - for matching endowment funds, re-granting dollars, research and operations


Montana Community Foundation
Women's Foundation of Montana - for matching endowment funds and operations


Wyoming Community Foundation
Wyoming Women's Foundation — for matching endowment funds
and operations



The Bell Policy Center
General Support — for this research and advocacy organization committed to identifying and promoting policies and improving systems that help individuals and families access opportunities and move toward self-sufficiency


General Support — to encourage community based philanthropy to increase resources available to nonprofit organizations working for social and economic justice and equality


Colorado Nonprofit Association
General Support - to support the organization's ongoing efforts to lead, serve and strengthen Colorado's nonprofit organizations


Colorado Women's Agenda
General Support - to support the organization's work to advance pay equity, empower more women to create change and raise awareness of issues facing women in Colorado


The Denver Foundation
Housing and Homelessness Funders' Collaborative for a pooled fund to invest in projects expanding affordable housing and reducing homelessness in Colorado

Diversity and Beyond Conference Sponsorship - for a conference to provide an opportunity for Colorado's nonprofit organizations to explore issues of inclusiveness as they relate to organizational effectiveness and healthier communities





NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado Foundation
General Support — to promote access to reproductive rights and health care through public education and community organizing projects in Colorado

Legacy Campaign - for a campaign to increase multi-year commitments to NARAL to expand its access and education efforts in Colorado





Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Power the Promise Campaign — to develop six initiatives that will build a legacy of social action and public education


Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
General Support — for comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services and advocacy and educational programs in the Rocky Mountain region



Political Research Associates
General Support — for research and public education to rebuild and revitalize a progressive movement around a common vision for an open, democratic and pluralist society

Women Donors Network/Political Research Associates Study Group — to support a partnership with Women Donors Network to create a progressive donor education program





The White House Project

Colorado Go Run Leadership Training - for a training and comprehensive follow up program dedicated to providing future women candidates in Colorado with communications, fundraising and campaigning skills



Aspen Art Museum
General Support - to support the museum's collection and exhibition of contemporary art from around the world


Aspen Music Festival and School

General Support - for this internationally renowned classical music festival and school that presents world-class music in an intimate Colorado mountain setting

Program Support - to sponsor a benefit concert of the Aspen Music Festival and School





Central City Opera House Association

General Support - for the opera to present high quality performances, career-entry training to young singers and educational programs


Colorado Ballet
General Support - to strengthen the ballet as a world-class dance institution in Colorado


Colorado Historical Society
General Support - to support the society's efforts to collect, preserve and interpret Colorado's history for this and future generations 


Colorado Public Radio
Bridges Broadcast Center - for capital costs to construct a new broadcast center for Colorado Public Radio

General Support - to support high quality public radio programming for Colorado




Colorado Symphony Association
General Support - for the symphony to continue to provide a broad spectrum of quality musical performances and programs in Colorado


Denver Art Museum
Legacy Capital Campaign - to support the expansion of the Denver Art Museum to add galleries and special exhibition spaces in the new building

General Support - to support the museum's comprehensive collection and exhibition of art





Denver Botanic Gardens
General Support - for the gardens to provide a unique urban garden experience, plant conservation and educational programs


Denver Center for the Performing Arts
General Support - for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Denver Center Theatre Company's 2005-2006 seasons

Women's Voices Fund - for an endowment to increase the presence of women in theater by supporting the creation and development of plays by women




Denver Museum of Nature and Science
General Support - to support a variety of exhibitions, programs and activities that help visitors experience the natural wonders of Colorado, earth and the universe


Denver Public Library Friends Foundation
General Support - to support the collection and programming of the Denver Public Library


Foothills Art Center The Denver Foundation
General Support - for the center's exhibition of local, regional and national visual arts


Historic Denver
General Support - to support the preservation of Denver's significant historic fabric, distinctive architecture and cultural landscapes


KBDI Public Television
General Support - to support their efforts to inform, educate and entertain Colorado audiences with a wide variety of innovative, high quality programming


Opera Colorado
General Support - for the opera to present high quality performances and educational programs to Colorado audiences

Event Support - to support the opening event for the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Newton Auditorium and for the inaugural performance in the new Opera House




Rocky Mountain PBS
General Support - for this full-service PBS member to provide quality education, entertainment and news programming for Colorado


St. Martin's Chamber Choir
General Support - for the choir to present a cappella concerts and choral educational programs to the Denver community




The Children's Museum
General Support - to engage children birth to eight years old in play and active exploration to expand their capacity to learn


University of Denver
Graduate School of International Studies - to support the 2005 Korbel Dinner and the school's contributions to the community



St. John's Cathedral
General Support - to provide leadership and faith-based resources to the church and community

Project Support - for the development of a new website and improved signage for the Cathedral and to strengthen the Cathedral's leadership in the community





Christ Episcopal Church
Tsunami Relief - for relief and rebuilding in the southern provinces of Thailand affected by the tsunami


Episcopal Relief and Development
Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief - for emergency disaster relief and long term recovery assistance to the most vulnerable populations affected by the hurricane

General Support - for global disaster relief and sustainable development programs that identify and address the root causes of poverty





Grants Under $2,500 $5,566




Matching Gifts


Memberships and Affiliations






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Annual Report Highlights

  2005 Annual Report Highlights

A lead gift commitment of $2 million from Chambers Family Fund to The Clayton Foundation launched a building campaign for a new Educare Childcare Center for children birth to five years on the Clayton campus in northeast Denver. The Buffett Early Childhood Fund matched our contribution with a $1 million gift. The Clayton Foundation, Chambers Family Fund and Denver Public Schools entered into an agreement to partner on the Educare program and link the childcare center to a Denver elementary school. The Clayton Foundation and Chambers Family Fund also joined the Bounce Learning Network, a coalition of representatives from Educare sites, to share information and work for systems change in the early care and education of children.

We partnered with other funders on several projects to strengthen the early care and education system in Colorado. We supported Qualistar's merger with the Colorado Office of Resource and Referral Agencies (CORRA), provided start-up funding of Smart Start Colorado, funded staff support for the Colorado Early Childhood School Readiness Commission and sponsored the Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families Conference held in Denver.

The Colorado Children's Campaign endowment, established with a challenge match by Chambers Family Fund in 2000, reached $2 million. In addition, the Children's Campaign's "It's About Kids Network," established by Chambers Family Fund and Rose Community Foundation in 1998, grew significantly in both size and influence.

Three years ago, Chambers Family Fund provided seed funding to create a new organization, Secure Source, to assist family planning organizations to collectively purchase contraceptive supplies, thus reducing the cost of contraceptives for care providers. In 2005, Secure Source was incorporated into Planned Parenthood Federation of America as the Contraceptive Enterprise Council. This new initiative will expand services to address the increasing price of contraceptives and its impact on the cost of family planning services.

The Diversity and Beyond Conference was co-sponsored by Chambers Family Fund. It was based on the Expanding Non-Profit Inclusiveness Initiative toolkit that we funded in 2003 and brought together leaders of nonprofits throughout Colorado to learn how to build more diverse organizations and boards.  

The Bell Policy Center convened a group of experts to formulate options for TABOR reform. The Bell staff traveled throughout Colorado to educate and energize local leaders to join a coalition of nonprofit TABOR reform advocates. The resulting citizens' movement, informed and led by the Bell, led to the amendment of TABOR and the restoration of funding for many nonprofits and schools in the state.

In a related grant, we provided general operating support to the Colorado Nonprofit Association to strengthen and build the capacity of the organization and to take a lead role in educating its member organizations about TABOR reform.

Chambers Family Fund hosted two meetings to build a funding collaborative to create a web-based self-sufficiency calculator for Colorado. Colorado Center on Law and Policy and its affiliated Fiscal Policy Institute are creating the calculator and basing it on the county-by-county Colorado Self-Sufficiency Standard. Individuals, case managers and students will be able to access the tool on-line and determine their income needs and benefits eligibility based on family size and geographic location.

In addition to the calculator, we partnered with funders in two economic self-sufficiency collaboratives. The pooled fund of the Housing and Homelessness Funders Group made four grants that addressed needed systems changes to provide affordable housing and options for Colorado's homeless population. The Economic Self-sufficiency Funders Group was created for funders to share information and resources on self-sufficiency issues in Colorado.

We continue to provide technical assistance to the women's funds that we created in Wyoming, Montana and Oklahoma. We provided information and resources to launch new websites and create electronic newsletters to improve communication with donors and raise public awareness.

The Ellie Caulkins Opera House was constructed in the restored Newton Auditorium in downtown Denver. Chambers Family Fund made a grant to create a salon that will serve as a meeting and gathering place in the new auditorium. The Chambers Grant Salon was unveiled as part of the opening night celebration of new Opera House.  

The Council on Foundations, a membership organization of more than 2,000 grantmaking foundations and giving programs worldwide awarded Chambers Family Fund its Excellence in Communications award. Our website received the 2005 Bronze award for outstanding design, content and overall impact. The Wilmer Shields Rich Award recognizes effective communications efforts to increase public awareness of foundations and corporate giving programs.

On May 6, 2005 the Colorado Children's Campaign celebrated its 20th Anniversary of serving as the voice for Colorado's more than one million children. As part of its celebration, the Campaign named 20 Coloradans who have made a significant impact on the lives of Colorado's children. Merle Chambers was selected one of the 20 "Champions for Kids."

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Annual Report Financial Overview

Cash Basis — Balance Sheet
As of November 30, 2005

Cash and Cash Equivalents   $     394,818
Investments at Cost

Cash Basis — Statement of Revenues and Expenditures
For the Twelve Months Ended November 30, 2005

Grants Paid
Direct Charitable Activities
General and Administrative Expenses
Total Qualifying Distribution
Investment Management Expenses
Excise Tax   53,009

2005 Distributions

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