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The Colorado Trust


Last Updated: 2015-09-30

At A Glance

The Colorado Trust

1600 Sherman St.

Denver, CO United States 80203-1604

Telephone: (303) 837-1200


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Health conversion foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-12-31)

Assets: $454,609,911

Total giving: $6,628,740





Additional Contact Information

Toll free tel.: (888) 847-9140; Additional e-mail: (for Kristin Jones):; e-mail: (for Julian Krasner):


Established in 1985 in CO; with the proceeds from the sale of the PSL Health Care corporation - The Colorado Trust was established in 1985 as a grantmaking foundation with the proceeds of the sale of PSL Health Care Corporation. Nine trustees - drawn from positions of leadership in business, education, finance, religion, health care and the nonprofit community - are elected by the existing board for an initial five-year term with the possibility of a second five-year term

Purpose and Activities

The Colorado Trust is dedicated to achieving access to health for all Coloradans, with an emphasis on advancing health equity, working together with communities to provide opportunities for the most vulnerable individuals and families to make healthy choices.

Program Area(s)

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

Access to Health

Grant support from the trust to expand health coverage first to people who are the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, including children and low-income working families, and ultimately to all Coloradans, includes: researching, developing and implementing policy options to increase access; strengthening the advocacy community and consumer voice in Colorado; and increasing public awareness about health care access.

Community Partnerships

The trust has a long-standing commitment to all Coloradans, particularly individuals and families who are most vulnerable. By partnering with communities, the trust believes it can increase opportunities for all Coloradans, especially the most vulnerable individuals and families, to make healthy choices and lead productive lives.The trust is in the process of developing community-based grant strategies. As more information becomes available it will provide updates on its website. .

Data and Information

The trust will work with partners to strengthen systems that capture information on health inequities, so data are widely available and can be used to catalyze action.

Health Equity Advocacy

The health equity advocacy strategy seeks to enable and empower a variety of diverse partners to identify, design and implement policy solutions to advance health equity. This is a new type of grant strategy for the Trust, evaluation will play a central role in capturing and analyzing the wide body of challenges, opportunities and outcomes that result from this work. The duration of this evaluation and learning contract is Apr. 2014 to Sept. 2016, with a total budget of up to $500,000.Finalist will be required to participate in an in-person interview with Trust staff. For more details and to read the Request for Qualifications document see the trust's web site. Also, contact Phillip Chung, Asst. Dir., Research, Eval., and Strategic Learning, e-mail: .

Health Equity Learning Series

The program aims to increase knowledge and awareness of health equity through presentations from experts discussing factors that increase disparities and solutions that advance health equity.

Matching Gifts

The Trust provides a two-for-one matching grant for each trustee and employee contribution to a charitable organization, limited to an annual total of $6,000 per contributor.

Program-Related Investment

The foundation has made a program-related investment to help cover the costs of buying a building. Historically, the foundation has made PRIs in the form of loans to organizations to buy new equipment.

Fields of Interest

  • Community organizing
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Family services
  • Health
  • Mental health care
  • Sustainable development
  • Urban development
Population Groups
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Homeless people
  • Immigrants and migrants
  • Low-income and poor people
  • People of African descent
  • People of Latin American descent
  • Seniors
  • Young adults
  • Associations

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $454,609,911 (market value)

Expenditures: $15,477,630

Total giving: $6,628,740

Qualifying distributions: $13,855,883

Giving activities include:

$6,511,740 for 198 grants (high: $726,334; low: $1,000)

$117,000 for 136 employee matching gifts