CHINOOK FUND

Change, Not Charity

aka Chinook   |   Denver, CO   |  www.chinookfund.org

Mission

Chinook Fund supports community-based organizations working on issues of social and economic justice throughout Colorado. A community foundation, Chinook Fund pools the resources of the community to seed grassroots organizations making a positive systemic impact to improve the quality of life for all Coloradans.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Crystal Middlestadt

Main address

1031 33rd Street, Suite 237

Denver, CO 80205 USA

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EIN

84-1076325

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (R12)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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Giving Project

Chinook Fund's Giving Project is an innovative new model for funding social change, building community, and leadership development. It brings together a multiracial, cross-class group of people who are passionate about social change and interested in building their skills in fundraising, grantmaking, and community building. Participants work together to raise and grant money to organizations that build power for social change in Colorado.

Population(s) Served

For more than three decades, Chinook Fund has employed a community-led process for allocating funds to social justice organizations, distributing $3.2 million to 350 organizations through 940+ grants. Chinook Fund prioritizes organizations that are led by communities most impacted by injustice; work for long-term, progressive social change; and engage in community organizing and advocacy as primary strategies. Organizations meeting these guidelines are rarely funded by traditional funders. They often struggle to access donors beyond their base. Even sympathetic donors often lack the analysis, knowledge, or relationships to find these groups. Conversely, grassroots organizations rarely have the capacity or connections to reach these donors.

Population(s) Served

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Financials

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CHINOOK FUND

Board of directors
as of 01/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Courtney Banayad

Neighborhood Funders Groups

Term: 2014 - 2020


Board co-chair

Erik Ortiz

Orton Family Foundation

Term: 2018 - 2024

Mac Liman

Bikes Together/Resource Generation

Katie Terraza Hoover

Denver Public Schools

Riana Mitchell

Center for Work, Employment, and Education

Angela Daniels

Donuts, Inc.

Davian Gagne

Consultant

Angela Schreffler

Colorado Nonprofit Development Center

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes