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Conductors Circle

Transforming philanthropy to be a tool for systemic change, not just charity

Our ground-breaking program, The Conductor Circle, created in partnership with The Rose Community Foundation, brings together donors and BIPOC community leaders to decenter wealth and power, and focuses on uplifting Denver’s Black grant recipients. 


Philanthropy can be a tool for systemic change, not just charity

How it works

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Invest in transformational change by listening, learning, connecting, and healing

Donors and philanthropic leaders each contribute financial resources towards the Conductor Circle Fund for a defined geographic region. BIPOC leaders will facilitate a process grounded in healing justice and participatory grant-making with the communities they serve to set a vision for how the infrastructure and program investments they want to see in their communities, and ultimately to determine how the fund resources should be spent.

Donors and philanthropic leaders will have the opportunity to engage throughout this process to listen, learn, build relationships, ask questions, and reflect on how to put what they learn into practice in their broader philanthropic giving.

Conductor Circle members will participate in six sessions over the course of five months, including:

  • 3-part discussion series with Black Community Leaders, facilitated by RRI.

  • 3-part community participatory visioning process, hearing directly  from those most impacted how they want grant dollars to be spent

Getting involved

Join us for a learning and action journey in pursuit of a more just future for our Community:


Black leaders and community members in the greater Denver area. Contribute time, expertise, lived experience, knowledge, and collectively make funding decisions

Diverse charitable contributors giving $5,000 - $50,000.  Contribute time, knowledge, financial resources, and have an opportunity to participate, connect and learn from community-driven visioning and decision-making.


Foundations and corporate funders giving $50,000 - $150,000 Contribute time, knowledge, financial resources.  Designate a staff or board member to participate, connect and learn.

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