Charles Edwin Stanton established the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation in 1962 following the death of his wife May. Funds for the Foundation came from the sale of Belmar Farms in Lakewood, the current site of the Belmar Library and Belmar “downtown neighborhood.”
The Foundation Trustees carry on Mr. Stanton’s legacy through financial investments that support, enrich, and elevate art and culture in Colorado. In 1984, the Foundation established the Annual Awards Program to honor distinguished Coloradans making unique and significant contributions in the fields of Art and Culture, Community Service, and Science and Medicine. The Livingston Fellowship Program, launched in 2005, provides advanced learning and professional development opportunities for promising nonprofit leaders.
The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation has distributed more than $69 million in charitable contributions. National Philanthropy Day honored the Foundation as the 2007 Foundation of the Year in Colorado.
Read more about the intriguing individuals who made the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation possible, and how the Foundation has evolved over the decades. Special thanks to Tom Noel, PhD, also known as “Dr. Colorado” for his research and writing contributions to this section. Dr. Noel is a Professor of History and Director of Public History, Preservation & Colorado Studies at University of Colorado Denver.