focusing on innovative, project-oriented, proactive philanthropy. a space to better understand overarching community needs and explore the solutions to address those needs alongside our Colorado service nonprofits.
Project ideas are generated by board members and further assessed in partnership with nonprofit organizations that operate in the communities that we serve. A formal application process has yet to be established, but please stay tuned for updates as we continue to build out the program.
BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES Collaborative
The inspiration for this collaborative developed as Moniker became aware that rural and/or low-income communities across Colorado often have insufficient access to organic food sources. In partnership with Paonia Soil Co. and local organizations, Moniker brings module gardens and gardening education to rural communities.
North Fork Gardens - North Fork Montessori School @ Crawford utilizes their module gardens to provide gardening education, cooking classes, and fresh food to students, parents, and the greater community.
ElHI Community Center - Located in Ignacio, CO, this project is a partnership with The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado and ELHI. ELHI unifies the community and supports personal well-being by providing safe, holistic opportunities that support education, skill building, and resiliency.
Colorado Springs Food Rescue - In the spring of 2019, Moniker partnered with CSFR to bring 9 produce pods to the Hillside Hub Community Project. CSFR is a lead organization in reducing food waste and bringing food sources to food insecure communities.
LiftUp of Routt County - Moniker's largest garden install to date with 18 produce pods installed. LIftUp is a human service hub in Steamboat, Colorado that helps individuals and families access basics needs services to help towards a path of self-sufficiency.
The initiative began as a way to increase collaboration and impact among funders in the Pikes Peak Region. In partnership with the Pikes Peak Community Foundation and seven other local funders, the collaborative provides a space for co-funding among foundations or donor advised funds.
In 2019, we worked alongside seven local funders to provide a $70,000 grant to Fostering Hope in an effort to further support Transitional Housing that provides trauma-informed care for youth and/or families with children transitioning to independent living. The funds supported the Fostering Adulthood Transitional Housing Initiative - a youth housing program that provides 2-bedroom apartments through a master lease with a multi-unit property owner in Colorado Springs. 30 foster youth at Fostering Hope have been identified as needing transitional housing in the years to come as they age out of the system.
Specifically, the funds supported continuing education for staff, funding for a dedicated trauma-informed staff, and a new data management tracking system.