Our Purpose

The Collaborative Impact Fund of Denver (CIFD) invests in community-led solutions to address Denver’s biggest challenges. Positioned at the intersection of government, philanthropy and the private sector, the CIFD is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit sponsored by the City and County of Denver. We strengthen the impact of the nonprofit sector by advancing public-private partnerships, funding capacity building and supporting community-led projects.

Our Why

The Denver nonprofit sector is a critical component of Denver’s local economy and is well-positioned to engage with the community and implement solutions to the issues they care about. The CIFD aims to:

Recognize the nonprofit sector’s role in building community, providing direct services and implementing innovative solutions

Help build the organizational capacity necessary for the nonprofit sector to achieve its goals

Attract resources to the nonprofit sector to strengthen its impact

Our Values

Atmosphere of Collaboration and Innovation
By working together and respecting the strengths and passion of nonprofits, we can create environments to learn, grow, and generate creative solutions.
Commitment to Equity and Transformation
Upholding justice and integrating the voices of civic leaders, we are better equipped to reshape practices, policies, and systemic challenges.
Assurance of Evaluation and Quality
With sustained assessments of our work, we can ensure measurable outcomes are achieved in meeting the needs of nonprofits and our community.

CIFD Taskforce

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Our Board

Wil Alston

Director, Denver Office of Nonprofit Engagement

Wil Alston is the director of the Denver Office of Nonprofit Engagement (D-ONE). Prior to starting at D-ONE in January 2020, Wil served as a senior communication advisor for the Hancock Administration, as the executive director for the Five Points Business District, and was a key staffer for former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter.

Erin Brown

Vice President, Community Investment and Impact, Colorado Health Foundation
Currently, Erin Brown serves as the Vice President of Community Investment and Impact, at The Colorado Health Foundation where she oversees the deployment and impact of grants and community investments across the state of Colorado to increase health, health access and health equity for the people of Colorado.

Mary Coleman

Senior Program Manager, Voqal
Mary is a program leader with diverse experience creating, enhancing, and sustaining high-impact strategies. With a blend of expertise spanning leadership development, international relations, and community engagement, Mary is seasoned in aligning programs with broader organizational priorities and mission. She currently manages a fellowship program for artists and grassroots activists.

Lori Darnel

Associate Professor, MSU Denver

Lori Darnel is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Social Work at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Holding a Juris Doctorate and Masters in Social Work, Ms. Darnel has been teaching graduate school for over twenty years along with community work in government and nonprofit sectors in program development and management.

Tim Maxwell

LSW | Principal & Executive Development Director, Karuna Care Services
Tim has worked professionally in support of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Boulder county for the past 10 years. Tim holds a Master of Social Work, with an emphasis on community engagement. Tim founded and currently operates Karuna Care Services, a residential services and support agency for adults with IDD, in 2014.

Morris Price

Vice President of Grants & Impact, The Colorado Trust
Price is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the grant making, grants management, and policy-related activities of the foundation. Prior to joining The Colorado Trust, Price served as vice president and executive director of City Year Denver, the national AmeriCorps nonprofit that deploys young-adult service members to support students in under-resourced schools.

Marcia Romero

VP, Community Affairs Manager, U.S. Bank

Marcia Romero is the Community Affairs Manager at U.S. Bank based in Denver overseeing a multi-million-dollar community investment and social impact portfolio supporting the Colorado and New Mexico markets.

Ken Weil

Co-Founder & Principal, Social Impact Solutions
Ken Weil is co-founder and Principal of Social Impact Solutions (SIS). SIS develops and implements new financial models to accelerate the growth of highly-effective social programs including the use of Pay for Success (PFS) financings. In 2016, SIS was a transaction structuring partner in the first PFS deal in Colorado which is providing supportive housing for 250 chronically homeless adults.

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