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Upstart Co-Lab Creates Member Coalition to Spur Creative Economy
June 25, 2020

Upstart Co-Lab, a research and laboratory project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is aiming to boost investments made in arts and culture-related industries that are designed to stimulate local economies and generate jobs. The plan is to do this with investment capital from a new 10-member coalition of investors ranging from art institutions and artists to individual funders.

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is honored to be part of the coalition. Full story from

Read the full announcement here.

What happens when the shows actually can’t go on and no one knows when they will again?
March 20, 2020

Before he became president and CEO of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Gary Steuer was the leader of New York City’s Arts and Business Council, overseeing the group during 9/11. He participated in an arts leadership intervention in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrine and began his role as Chief Cultural Officer for the City of Philadelphia on October 1, 2008, just as the Great Recession was beginning.

“Nothing compares with what we’re dealing with now,” he said over the phone. Full story from

Efforts to help local artists as the coronavirus shuts down venues
March 19, 2020

When you’re sitting in a theater’s audience and watching a performance, it is easy to forget the work – all the tiny pieces – that makes a show happen. After all, that magic-like amnesia is part of why you are at the theater. But from costumes to music to lights to tickets sales, there’s a small army of people who help put on the productions you enjoy.

So when a show is canceled, the impact extends far beyond your unused ticket. And that’s what happened at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center last week. Full story from 5280 Magazine.

Survival of arts groups threatened by the impact of the coronavirus
March 19, 2020

Social-distancing measures are wreaking havoc on businesses and nonprofits alike. Arts organizations that often rely on gatherings are being hit particularly hard. Many smalls and medium-size nonprofits may not survive the one-two punch of closures and the economy’s free fall, and almost every cultural institution is on precarious footing these days.

“So many cultural organizations are really thinly capitalized,” says Gary Steuer, CEO of Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, in Denver. Full story on The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation releases $125,000 to help arts groups during coronavirus outbreak
March 16, 2020

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, one of the metro area’s largest arts-funding organizations, is giving up to $125,000 in emergency funding to help its nonprofit benefactors during the COVID-19 quarantine. The emergency funding will services the 43 arts and culture organizations that have received general operating or program support from the Foundation in the past 18 months. Full story from The Denver Post.

Hassan Latif receives Livingston Fellowship for creating Second Chance Center
Dec. 16, 2019

9News Storytellers recently featured the important work of Hassan Latif who is the executive director of the Second Chance Center and a 2020 Livingston Fellow. Latif started the Second Chance Center to help formerly incarcerated people return to a normal life. Full story from 9News.

History Lesson: May Bonfils and Her Lost Belmar Mansion

History Colorado recently published an article on May Bonfils. What shoppers, residents, and visitors may not know is that the name ‘Belmar’ comes from the extraordinary estate built by Frederick Bonfils’ daughter, May Bonfils. Full History Colorado publication, flip to page 8 for the May Bonfils article.

2018 ‘Artist Award’ Honoree Carlos Fresquez Featured on CBS4 Denver
May 10, 2018

Meet the man behind some of Denver’s most well-known murals – and Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s newest “Artist Award” honoree, Carlos Fresquez. Many thanks to CBS4 Denver and reporter Shawn Chitnos for telling Carlos’ story. Full report on CBS4 Denver website.

“Arts in Society” provides grants to promote cross-sector work through the arts

The purpose of Arts in Society is to foster cross-sector work through the  arts by supporting the integration of arts and culture into multiple disciplines critical to the health  and well-being of Coloradans. The Arts in Society grant program funds projects ​that engage arts  organizations and artists as partners in illuminating and finding solutions to a wide array of civic  and social challenges faced by our communities. Full press release [pdf]

Art in the healthcare industry

DENVER, Co. (May 17, 2017) – Three local leaders will be honored Friday for making significant contributions to the field of arts, community services, science and medicine. The honorees are about to get a big cash reward for their efforts. View the 9NEWS video featuring Gary Steuer, CEO and president of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, and Dr. Therese Jones with the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program at the University of Colorado’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities. Full story from 9NEWS.

Who won the (very competitive) Arts in Society grants? Here’s the list. 

DENVER, Co. (April 20, 2017)  – About 265 artists and organizations applied for an Arts in Society grant. About 21 of them will get cash. Full story on One Good Eye Online. 

Giving out money, but creatively: Arts in Society grants benefit those in the middle

DENVER, Co. (April 19, 2017)  – The Arts in Society grants helped the funders get into the trenches, figuring out who is offering the most promising work and enabling them to lend a hand. Full story from The Denver Post. 

Time to float ideas for Art Tank 2017

DENVER, Co. (August 17, 2016) – For the third year, Art Tank is open – as is a pool of $65,000 in funding for local projects. Proposals are due Wednesday, Nov. 2. Finalists will be invited to present their concepts to a panel of judge and a live, voting audience in February 2017. Complete guidelines are available on The Denver Foundation’s website.

A program of The Denver Foundation’s Arts Affinity Group, with partners Colorado Creative Industries and Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Art Tank takes on the difficult question on to fund the arts – a realm that, in some respects, defies objective evaluation.

Full story from Confluence-Denver:

More than $800,000 up for grabs with new Arts in Society grants

DENVER, Co. (August 4, 2016)— Starting next month, Denver arts nonprofits can apply for individual grants of up $50,000 under a pilot program called Arts in Society, organizers announced this week.

The program, which will hand out more than $400,000 per year in its first two years, is a joint venture of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and the Hemera Foundation and will be administered by RedLine Contemporary Art Center, said Louise Martorano, executive director of RedLine.

Full Story from The Denver Post:

Livingston Fellows take nonprofits from success to significance

DENVER, Co. (June 13, 2016) — If ever there was a dream come true for a cash-strapped nonprofit leader just itching to expand his or her horizons, it’s to become a Livingston Fellow. Established in 2005 as an initiative of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Livingston Fellowships are awarded annually to five individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership and who commit to using their $25,000 award to make even more significant contributions to the world around them. Or, in the words of foundation president Gary Steuer: “To move from success to significance.”

Full story from The Denver Post:

Meet Livingston Fellow Michael Niyompong

DENVER, Co. (June 13, 2016) — While 2016 recipient Niyompong hasn’t zeroed in on exactly what to do with his fellowship, one thing is for sure: it will be something that moves him out of his comfort zone.

“Up until this point, I’ve been very left brain-focused. It has served me well in my career, but I’ve always wanted to explore the right side, so I’m thinking my fellowship will have something to do with the arts, either visual or performing. I might take an acting class or learn to do improvisational comedy. The thought of doing improv scares me tremendously, but it excites me, too.”

Full story from The Denver Post:

Introducing a New Podcast: Create Equity 

(May 25, 2016) – Bonfils-Stanton Foundation President Gary Steuer is interviewed for a three-part podcast series called “Watch Where You’re Giving” produced by Fractured Atlas and Createquity.

Small Town, Big Art: Denver’s Ascendance Proceeds According to Plan

(April 12, 2016) – We readily admit that Denver isn’t what you’d call a “small town.”

Its population stands at just under 650,000. But these things are relative. When compared to New York City (8.4 million) and Los Angeles (3.8 million), it’s pretty small. Heck, compared to China’s Tianjin (11 million) it’s infinitesimal.

And besides, why let numbers ruin a good headline, especially when “Small Town, Big Fish” was already taken?

Full story from Inside Philanthropy:

Could effective altruism destroy the arts?

(Sept 8, 2015) – Bonfils-Stanton Foundation President and CEO Gary Steuer writes an article for a Washington Post series on “effective altruism” about why this philanthropic trend could pose a threat to arts philanthropy. Full story on

Denver Grant Maker Narrows Focus to the Arts – Just the Arts

DENVER, Co. (August 12, 2015)— Workers at the Women’s Bean Project will still pack and ship soups, and cancer researchers at the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute at the University of Denver haven’t ended their quest for medical discoveries. But starting this summer, work at those institutions will continue without the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.

In a change years in the making, the Denver-based foundation recently shifted all of its support to the arts — a move that’s rare, if not unprecedented, for a grant maker with previously broad areas of focus.

Full story from Chronicle of Philanthropy: