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Boettcher Foundation


Last profile update: 12/22/2017
Last grant data update: 05/24/2018

At A Glance

Boettcher Foundation

600 17th St., Ste. 2210 S.

Denver, CO United States 80202-5422


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation






Incorporated in 1937 in CO - Charles Boettcher came to territorial Wyoming and Colorado in 1869 from his native Prussia. He established a hardware business, serving the nearby farming communities and mining camps, started a cement company (formerly Ideal Basic Industries), and helped establish the sugar beet industry in Colorado (Great Western Sugar Company). In 1910, his son Claude founded an investment banking firm. Charles Boettcher II, Claude Boettcher's son, served as director of many of the family enterprises until his death in 1963

Purpose and Activities

Since 1937, the foundation's mission has been to invest in the minds and mortar of Colorado. It does this by awarding full 4-year in-state scholarships to the state's top high school seniors , awarding grants to early-career Colorado scientists through its Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program, investing in the Boettcher Teachers Program and providing capital grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations.