Press Releases

A CAN’T-MISS VIRTUAL AFFAIR: BONFILS-STANTON FOUNDATION HONORS 5 COLORADANS AT 35th ANNUAL AWARDS CELEBRATION

DENVER, CO (November 10, 2020) – Denver’s arts scene deserves to be celebrated for bringing vibrancy and enhancing the quality of our lives – especially in the whirlwind year that is 2020. Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is honoring Ed Dwight, Marcela de la Mar, Susan and Jeremy Shamos, and Catherine O’Neill Thorn for making significant and unique contributions to Denver’s arts and culture scene at its 35th Annual Awards Celebration on November 20.

In response to these times, for the first time, the entire event is virtual and available for free to the public – a great way to escape this year’s stress and enjoy performances and programming with some of the best Denver artists, performers and contributors. Full release [pdf].

BONFILS-STANTON FOUNDATION NAMES CHRISSY DEAL AS DIRECTOR, LIVINGSTON FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM, ARTS & SOCIAL CHANGE GRANTMAKING

DENVER, CO (September 28, 2020) – During a time when powerful, effective leadership in the nonprofit sector is critically needed more than ever, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation names Chrissy Deal as Director, Livingston Fellowship Program, Arts & Social Change Grantmaking. The newly created, senior level position is a first for the Foundation and its prestigious Livingston Fellowship Program, which will both provide leadership for the Fellowship Program and oversee the Foundation’s growing arts and social change grantmaking.

This new leadership position, which Deal begins on October 26, will help the Foundation ensure the Livingston Fellowship Program continues to evolve and grow to cultivate and support the diverse, dynamic, and adaptive leaders our community needs. Full release [pdf].

DENVER’S COVID-19 ARTS & CULTURE RELIEF FUND AWARDS 41 ORGANIZATIONS WITH EMERGENCY FUNDING, TOTALING $1.2 MILLION IN SUPPORT

DENVER, CO (August 5, 2020) – Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and The Denver Foundation just announced the first round of applicants to receive emergency funding from the COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund. As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Colorado, the arts & culture organizations are witnessing a dramatic, unexpected loss in revenue unlike anything seen in our lifetime.

Here are the 41 grantees to receive support from the COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund. Full release [pdf].

BONFILS-STANTON FOUNDATION TAKES ANTI-RACISM AND ADDITIONAL COVID-19 RESPONSE ACTIONS

DENVER, CO (July 20, 2020) – Like many in our community, and most funders, the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation has worked to respond to the impact of COVID-19, and is appalled by the scourge of racism in our country, and our community. We have a moral obligation to respond to both “plagues”, in a way that best aligns with our mission, which focuses on arts and culture, as well as nonprofit leadership in metro Denver.

We realize that as a Foundation we have our own legacy of White privilege and must do all we can to be an anti-racist organization. This is a path the Foundation has been on for several years, with a wide array of actions taken, and strong support from the Foundation’s Board. Full release [pdf].

EMERGENCY FUND FOR DENVER ARTS & CULTURE ORGANIZATIONS ESTABLISHED; BONFILS-STANTON FOUNDATION DONATES $1 MILLION TO CAUSE

DENVER, CO (May 4, 2020) – As Denver arts & culture organizations are hit with an unprecedented loss in revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and The Denver Foundation have teamed up to create an emergency fund aimed at helping metro Denver small and mid-sized arts & culture organizations survive this crisis.

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation has committed $1 million toward the COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund and The Denver Foundation, which will also administer the fund, will donate $50,000. Full release [pdf].

BONFILS-STANTON FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES DEI OPPORTUNITY GRANTS, AWARDS $90,000 IN FUNDING TO 18 ORGANIZATIONS

DENVER, CO (April 22, 2020) – Denver’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is pleased to announce funding to 18 new grantees which highlights the Foundation’s commitment to equity in its grantmaking and operations. Each grantee has been awarded $5,000 in unrestricted grants for a total of $90,000. The pilot program will support arts and culture organizations that are led by and serve historically marginalized individuals. Full release [pdf].

BONFILS-STANTON FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES EMERGENCY FUNDING TO ASSIST DENVER CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS IMPACTED BY COVID-19

DENVER, CO (March 16, 2020) – The COVID-19 crisis is having a profound impact on the health of Denver’s cultural organizations and artists. Venues and organizations have been closed, shows and concerts cancelled, fundraisers cancelled – or indefinitely postponed – rental events cancelled. Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is providing an emergency funding program to 43 arts and culture organizations who have received general operating and program support from the Foundation in the past 18 months. Full release [pdf].

INVESTING IN COLORADO NONPROFITS LEADERS: HOW A DENVER FOUNDATION IS TRANSFORMING ORGANIZATIONS FROM WITHIN

DENVER, CO (November 11, 2019) – Going from success to significance isn’t something that happens overnight – especially when resources are scarce. That’s why Denver nonprofit Bonfils-Stanton Foundation makes significant investments in promising Colorado nonprofit leaders through their Livingston Fellowship Program. The Fellowship helps propel leaders to the next level – both professionally and personally. Full release [pdf].

BONFILS-STANTON FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW TRUSTEE – AND AWARDS OVER $1M IN GRANTS TO ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

DENVER, CO (November 4, 2019) – Denver-based Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Yankovich, President and CEO of Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, as Community Trustee. This appointment follows the departure of Maruca Salazar who stepped down from the board after completion of her three-year term. Full release [pdf].

BONFILS-STANTON FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW TRUSTEE

DENVER, CO (August 1, 2019) –Denver-based nonprofit Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Melissa Cheong, Managing Partner at Blackhorn Ventures, as Trustee and the departure of Denise O’Leary, who recently stepped down after eight years of devoted service. Full release [pdf].

BONFILS-STANTON FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 3 LEADERSHIP AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO COLORADO’S ARTS COMMUNITY

DENVER, CO (April 24, 2019) –Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is set to honor three Coloradans who have left an indelible mark on Colorado’s art and culture scene though their creative energy and transformative vision. The Foundation’s 34th Annual Awards Celebration on May 14 will salute the extraordinary contributions of Senga Nengudi, Anthony “Tony” Garcia, and Damon McLeese. Full release [pdf].

BONFILS-STANTON FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW TRUSTEE

DENVER, CO (February 6, 2019) – Denver-based Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Kent A. Rice, former Executive Director of Denver Arts & Venues, as Trustee and the departure of John E. Repine, M.D. who recently stepped down after 17 years of dedicated service. Full release [pdf].

BONFILS-STANTON FOUNDATION AWARDS $553,000 IN DENVER ARTS GRANTS

DENVER, CO (January 30, 2019) – Bonfils-Stanton Foundation recently announced more than half a million dollars in grants for the Denver arts community. The Foundation awarded $553,000 to support the artistic endeavors of a dozen local nonprofit organizations. Full release [pdf].

BONFILS-STANTON FOUNDATION TO PRESENT 3 LEADERSHIP AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO COLORADO’S ARTS COMMUNITY

DENVER, CO (May 1, 2018) – Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is set to present three awards to Coloradans who have helped make Colorado’s art and culture scene vibrant, transformative, and unique. The Foundation’s 33rd Annual Awards Celebration on June 1st will applaud the extraordinary contributions of Carlos Frésquez, Arlene and Barry Hirschfeld, and Susan Jenson. Full release [pdf].

BONFILS-STANTON FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES TWO NEW TRUSTEES

DENVER, COLORADO (April 25, 2018) – Denver-based Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is proud to announce the appointments of two new board members, Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler, Chief Catalyst and Founder of The Equity Project, LLC; and Michael E. Bock, Managing Director of Petrie Partners. Full release [pdf].

MEET BONFILS-STANTON FOUNDATION’S NEWEST TRUSTEE MEMBER – AND RECENT AWARDED GRANTS

DENVER, COLORADO (October 11, 2017) – Bonfils-Stanton Foundation welcomes CBS4 Denver’s Community Affairs Director, Elaine D. Torres to the Board of Trustees. Torres was named to the board in July 2017. Full release [pdf].

THERE ARE PLENTY OF GREAT BOSSES IN COLORADO. BUT THERE ARE EVEN BETTER LEADERS, HERE’S WHY
Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Announces the 2018 Class of Livingston Fellows

DENVER, CO (October 4, 2017) – There are plenty of people working hard daily to run Colorado nonprofit organizations. But what makes them strong, inspiring leaders? Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s Livingston Fellowship Program helps drive promising nonprofit leaders who hold significant roles in Colorado’s nonprofit sector to new and profound heights. Full release [pdf].

BONFILS-STANTON FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Harold R. Logan elected as Chairman of the Board by Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

DENVER, CO (June 20, 2017) – Bonfils-Stanton Foundation today announced that Harold R. Logan, Jr. has been elected its Chairman of the Board. He replaces J. Landis Martin who stepped down from the Board in May 2017. Logan has served on the Board of Trustees at Bonfils-Stanton Foundation since 2004. Full release [pdf].

WHY THREE COLORADO ARTS LEADERS ARE BEING HONORED AT BONFILS-STANTON FOUNDATION’S ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON

Denver, CO (May 10, 2017) –Bonfils-Stanton Foundation has taken great pride in honoring extraordinary Coloradans for 32 years. On May 19 at the Grand Hyatt Denver, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation will recognize and honor three Colorado leaders at their 32nd Annual Awards Luncheon. Between them, the honorees have elevated the art of ballet in our community, presented wonderful local, national and international artists in Denver, and have led the way in using the arts to advance medical training.

Full Release: Meet the 2017 Awards Honorees Now. 

COLORADO BALLET DANCER MARIA MOSINA PERFORMS LAST CURTAIN CALL, WINS BONFILS-STANTON FOUNDATION’S ‘ARTIST AWARD’

Denver, CO (May 3, 2017) – After 26 years as a professional dancer and 21 seasons at Colorado Ballet, Maria Mosina just performed her final curtain call in Denver. Now she’s being honored with Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s highly regarded ‘Artist Award’ on May 19, 2017 at the organization’s 32nd Annual Awards Luncheon at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Denver. Full Release.

FIVE COLORADO NONPROFIT LEADERS JUST SELECTED FOR 2017 LIVINGSTON FELLOWSHIP

Denver, CO (November 14, 2016) – Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, the Mile High City’s catalyst for fueling a community of passionate, collaborative and effective nonprofit leaders, has just announced the selection of the 2017 Livingston Fellows. The Livingston Fellowship Program provides grants of $25,000 to give promising nonprofit leaders the opportunity for advanced study, research, and professional development.

Full Release: Meet the 2017 Class of Livingston Fellows.

COLORADO CREATIVE INDUSTRIES JOINS ARTS IN SOCIETY COLLABORATIVE GRANTMAKING PROGRAM

Denver, CO (August 31, 2016)– Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) today announced that it joined Arts in Society, a collaborative grantmaking program established by Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and Hemera Foundation in partnership with RedLine Contemporary Art Center. This program, which launched in early August 2016, is designed to build capacity for social practice projects that implement artistic excellence to engage social issues. CCI’s newly announced partnership in the program will increase annual funding to a total of $500,000 and expand the granting area to include communities across Colorado.

Full Release from CCI.

NEW “ARTS IN SOCIETY” PROGRAM LAUNCHED TO PROMOTE CROSS SECTOR WORK THROUGH THE ARTS  

Denver, CO – Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and Hemera Foundation in partnership with RedLine Contemporary Art Center are excited to announce that beginning August 10, 2016, we will join forces to launch a new collaborative grantmaking program:  Arts in Society.   Hemera Foundation and Bonfils-Stanton Foundation are funding the initiative that will be administered by RedLine. This program has an expressed mission to foster cross-sector work through the arts. Through this partnership we seek to build capacity for social practice projects that implement artistic excellence to engage social issues in the seven-county Denver Metro area.

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Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Announces New Trustee AND Fourth Quarter Grants
Prominent Colorado foundation awards over $900,000 in local grants to enrich the community through the arts

DENVER, May 4, 2016 – At its fourth quarter meeting, the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Board of Trustees elected a new Community Trustee – Maruca Salazar and awarded 12 grants totaling $903,000 to cultural organizations including Central City Opera, The Children’s Museum, Mexican Cultural Center and Denver Botanic Gardens.

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31st Annual Bonfils-Stanton Awards Honor Three Colorado Leaders with $35,000 Cash Reward

Architect Curtis Fentress, Philanthropist Merle C. Chambers and Children’s Hospital Colorado Named as 2016 Honorees

Denver, May 2, 2016 – Bonfils-Stanton Foundation believes that Colorado is a state where creativity thrives, where patrons and civic leaders see the arts as key to a healthy community, and where the arts are integrated with science, medicine and other areas of our society. On May 13 at the Grand Hyatt Denver, they will recognize and honor three Colorado leaders at their 31st Annual Awards Luncheon.

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Five Colorado Nonprofit Leaders Selected For 2016 Livingston Fellowship

Unique investment by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation supports advanced learning and development for promising nonprofit leaders

Denver, May 2, 2016 – Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is proud to announce the selection of the 2016 Livingston Fellows. The Livingston Fellowship Program provides grants of $25,000 to give promising nonprofit leaders the opportunity for advanced study, research, and professional development.

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Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Announces Third Quarter Grants

Colorado foundation awards over $600,000 to enrich community through the Arts

Denver, January 22, 2016 – The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation announced third quarter grants totaling $665,000. The Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on the arts and their power to animate places, inspire people, and nurture the creativity that fuels intellectual economy.

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Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Announces First Quarter Grants
Colorado foundation awards over $500,000 to enrich community through the Arts

Denver, July 15, 2015 – The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation announced the award of 9 new grants and one pledge payment totaling $562,500. The Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on the arts and their power to animate places, inspire people, and nurture the creativity that fuels intellectual economy.

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Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Announces New BOARD Trustees AND Fourth Quarter Grants
Prominent Colorado foundation awards nearly $700,000 in local grants to enrich the community through the arts

DENVER, May 20, 2015 – At its fourth quarter meeting, the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Board of Trustees elected two new members to its Board – Deborah Jordy and Chip Walton. Additional work of the Board included the creation of a new Community Trustee category intended to broaden its reach in the community and the awarding 19 grants totaling $692,520 to prestigious organizations including The Denver Film Society, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater, The Children’s museum and Opera Colorado.

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30th Annual Bonfils-Stanton Awards Honors Renowned Leaders for Significant Contributions to Colorado
Prominent Colorado foundation recognizes three extraordinary Coloradans and announces the distinguished 2015 class of Livingston Fellows

DENVER – May 8, 2015 – The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation celebrated the 30th anniversary of its Annual Award Program by announcing the 2015 recipients of the prestigious Bonfils-Stanton Awards. The awards recognize Coloradans advancing excellence in Arts and Humanities, Community Service and Science and Medicine. The Foundation also unveiled its 11th class of the esteemed Livingston Fellowship Program, which helps move nonprofit leaders from success to significance by providing advanced learning and professional development opportunities, including a $25,000 grant.

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Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Announces Third Quarter Grants
Enriching community through the Arts

Denver, January 20, 2015 – The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation announced 12 grants totaling $607,500. The Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on the arts and their power to animate places, inspire people, and nurture the creativity that fuels intellectual economy.

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Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Announces Second Quarter Grants
Enriching community through the Arts

Denver, November 10, 2014 – The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation announced nine grants totaling $405,000. The Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on the arts and their power to animate places, inspire people, and nurture the creativity that fuels intellectual economy.

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