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Daniels Fund


Last profile update: 06/06/2017
Last grant data update: 05/18/2018

At A Glance

Daniels Fund

101 Monroe St.

Denver, CO United States 80206-4467

Telephone: (303) 393-7220


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business; Politics; Sports






Established in 1997 in CO - Founded by the late Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need. He established the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. His estate transferred to the Daniels Fund when he died in 2000, making it one of the largest foundations in the Rocky Mountain Region. Daniels owned and operated hundreds of cable TV systems in virtually every state in the country. The firm he founded, RBC Daniels, is nationally recognized as a leading provider of investment banking services to media and technology companies. An avid sports fan, he was one of the first cable leaders to focus on sports programming. He also sponsored heavyweight boxing champions, served as president of the American Basketball Association, was a founder of the United States Football League, and was an owner of several professional sports teams, including a stake in the Los Angeles Lakers. He established Young Americans Bank, the nation’s only bank specifically for kids, to help young people learn the importance of financial responsibility. He collaborated with the University of Denver to incorporate ethics in the business school curriculum. The school was named the Daniels College of Business in 1994. He also funded the Daniels Children’s Center on the campus of the Betty Ford Center.

Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily for child care education reform and early childhood education, higher education, youth development, the elderly, homelessness and self-sufficiency, alcoholism, and substance abuse, amateur athletics, and for people with physical disabilities.