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BRIC programs are designed to provide nonprofits with a full range of opportunities focused on organizational growth and strengthening community-based services. Beyond providing financial support, its programs deliver essential leadership development, organizational capacity building and the necessary diversity, equity and inclusion advocacy tools to be a voice for change.
The BRIC Grants Program directs resources to address systemic racism and its impact on Black communities across the seven-county Metro Denver region.
BRIC grants support Black nonprofit organizations led by and serving Black communities to withstand current crises and build long-term sustainability. Grant awards will typically range from $5,000 to $25,000.
The BRIC Fund and Urban Land Conservancy (ULC) have proudly partnered to establish the BRIC Loan Program. The BRIC Loan Program was created in recognition of the historic barriers of systemic racism Black nonprofits and the Black communities they serve face in accessing capital financing. This new program offers low-interest loans up to $50,000 to support capital projects and/or other improvements for Black-led and serving nonprofits across the seven-county Metro Denver region.
The Executive Directors of Color Institute (EDCI) EDCI is a two-year leadership development and organizational capacity-building program for BIPOC nonprofit leaders. Monthly peer-led learning sessions strengthen the individual leadership and capacity and collective impact of BIPOC-led nonprofit organizations across Metro Denver. The institute seeks participants looking to grow and expand their skill sets; contribute to a dynamic network of peers; and work to inform, shape and maximize the opportunities in today's nonprofit sector while working to make the sector more inclusive, equitable and just.
View the list of EDCI alumni.
“I think it’s critical for leaders of color to have a safe space where we have the opportunity to vent frustrations, to celebrate victories, and to deeply engage in conversations, that quite frankly, others will not understand.”- Dontae Latson, President, and CEO of Rocky Mountain Communities and Year 1 EDCI participant.
In 2017, The Denver Foundation commissioned an evaluation of the baseline of the Metro Denver nonprofit sector’s self-assessment of its diversity, inclusiveness and racial equity work. The results and recommendations were included in the “Landscape Report” — a summary of history and research including highlighting the thoughts and words of local leaders — to inform the foundation’s current and future support of inclusiveness and racial equity in the nonprofit sector. Feedback from the Landscape Report supports the development of the Landscape Project Cohort (LPC).
LPC goal: To establish, imbed and advance internal inclusive and racially equitable practices and policies resulting in nonprofit organizations having greater impact — in direct services, influence of nonprofit peers and ultimately dismantling systemic oppression and injustice.
The LPC provides resources, including a general operating support and peer learning and sharing cohort opportunity, to up to 20 nonprofit organizations (both white and BIPOC-led). Participants are engaged in efforts to become more inclusive and racially equitable from the inside out — developing, implementing and integrating inclusive and racially equitable practices and policies.
Enrollment in the Landscape Project Initiative is currently closed. Check back for more information about a new cohort opportunity in September 2021.
Download your copy of the Landscape Report below.