Does your arts organization enrich Denver’s cultural life and landscape, and increase cultural participation? Find out if you qualify for a grant. Learn more.


We’re honoring and adding momentum to the meaningful work of nonprofit leaders and individuals who are making significant contributions to our quality of life in Colorado. Learn more.

News and Resources

Stay connected to your cultural community, and to the many resources we’re curating to help advance and diversify Denver’s art scene. Learn more.

Grantee Spotlight

Phamaly Theatre Company, formerly known as the Physically Handicapped Amateur Musical Actors League, enables persons with disabilities to showcase their talents and abilities through live productions. Bonfils-Stanton Foundation provides general operating support to Phamaly Theatre Company.

Starting on November 1 and running through November 10, is Phamaly Theatre Company’s Come to Your Senses: One-Act Play Festival.

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Fellow Spotlight

Deidre Johnson

Have you ever had writer’s block because the subject you’re writing about is so extraordinary, it’s hard to find the right words? Well, that’s where we’re at writing this piece about 2018 Livingston Fellow, Deidre Johnson.

In fact, we need to drink a large latte with four espresso shots just thinking about all that she accomplishes in a day. Get to know Deidre and learn more about her work, her upbringing, her values and her fight by reading the interview. You’ll be glad you did!

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Program Spotlight

Arts in Society

Arts in Society is a funding program that specifically focuses on arts that are at the intersection of art and social change — arts programs that are designed to effect, to highlight, to work on a different social issue,” says Gary Steuer. Grants are awarded by a panel which considers the project’s artistic quality, cultural relevancy, whether it will bring greater understanding to the issue and engage the community.

Learn more about how to apply for a 2020 Arts in Society grant and watch a great video highlighting projects funded by the program.

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How Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is Evolving

Over the past year, the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation has shared some of our thinking around equity in philanthropy and our values as a grantmaking organization. We have highlighted some of the organic shifts in our grantmaking to serve a more diverse community of arts and culture organizations and therefore a more diverse community of Denver residents. The adoption of an Equity and Values Statement spurred more intentional steps towards living our values that will ultimately influence our grantmaking strategies.

Information gathering and reflection led us to developing a formal theory of change that is rooted in equity and will guide us moving forward……..Full Post.

How Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is Evolving

Making a difference in people’s lives is never an easy task. But making a difference in the lives of young men that come from violence often takes patience, plenty of resources, loads of empathy – and pure kindness and understanding. As we write this, it’s hard to fully comprehend the magnitude of change and impact that 2018 Livingston Fellow, Yoal Kidane Ghebremeskel, has on young men through his organization, Street Fraternity.

It’s been over a year now since Yoal was selected as a 2018 Livingston Fellow, so we wanted to check in and see how things are going for him…….Full Post.

How Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is Evolving

During the Grantmakers in the Arts Conference (October 13-16), arts leaders from across the country will come together for four days to discuss issues around community development, public art, education, advocacy and equity.

We’ve pulled together a quick Colorado guide just for you, fellow convention goers. From nearby arts exhibits to mountain escapes, here’s a list of inexpensive day trips, outings and can’t-miss places to see in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Estes Park…….Full Post.