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Bonfils-Stanton Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-13

At A Glance

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

Daniels and Fisher Twr., 1601 Arapahoe St., Ste. 500

Denver, CO United States 80202-2015

Telephone: (303) 825-3774


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-06-30)

Assets: $83,834,044

Total giving: $2,547,313






Established in 1962 in CO - Charles Edwin Stanton established the foundation in 1962, following the death of his wife, Mary Madeline (May) Bonfils Stanton. Mrs. Stanton was the daughter of Belle and Frederick Bonfils, a co-founder of The Denver Post newspaper. The majority of funds for the foundation came from the sale of Belmar Farms in Lakewood, CO. This land is the current site of the Belmar Library, Lakewood City Commons, the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Amphitheater, and Belmar, Lakewood's new downtown neighborhood

Purpose and Activities

The foundation was created to enhance the quality of life for residents of Colorado. Its mission is to advance excellence in the areas of arts and culture, community service, and science and medicine through strategic investments resulting in significant and unique contributions in these fields. In addition to grantmaking, the foundation annually provides 3 awards to Coloradans who have made significant contributions in the fields of arts and humanities, community service, and science and medicine.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Grants to Individuals Program

Annual awards by nomination only to individuals in CO who have made significant contributions in the fields of arts and humanities, community service, science, and medicine.

Johnston R. Livingston Fellowship Program

The purpose of this fellowship is to provide advanced learning and professional development opportunities to promising nonprofit leaders who hold, or aspire to hold, significant leadership roles in Colorado's nonprofit sector. Each year, the foundation's trustees select up to 5 Livingston Fellows who receive awards of up to $25,000, to further their leadership skills and abilities. Recipients use their fellowships to support a program of activities that may include study, research, skill enhancement, professional development, and peer learning. Candidates for Livingston Fellowships are nominated by a panel of CO community leaders, and interviewed by an independent consultant. Fellows are selected on the basis of exceptional leadership ability, promise for significance and unique contributions to the nonprofit sector, and potential for the fellowship experience to enable them to move from success to significance as leaders of people, organizations, and Colorado's nonprofit community.

Fields of Interest

  • Art museums
  • Arts and culture
  • Human services
  • Humanities
  • Leadership development
  • Public affairs
Population Groups
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-06-30

Assets: $83,834,044 (market value)

Expenditures: $3,821,430

Total giving: $2,547,313

Qualifying distributions: $4,558,987

Giving activities include:

$2,470,020 for 69 grants (high: $300,000; low: $10,000)

$77,293 for 3 grants to individuals (high: $35,000; low: $7,293)