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The RMA Grant Process!

For 10 years now, RMA has been fundraising in order to give grants to different children organizations and charities in the Denver Metro area. It’s the absolute best part of all that we do each year, choosing and then granting money to each charity that we decide on, as a group. It’s a unique part of RMA, our vetting process, and our ability to donate to different needs. It is why so many of us have chosen to commit time and energy to this organization, the ability to do so much good for so multiple organizations, all in Colorado. We thought it might be helpful to explain exactly why donating to Rocky Mountain Alliance Children’s Foundation is a little more special than donating to any other children foundations out there, who we donate to, and how we choose who were donating to.

Who we contributed to in 2017:

Challenge Foundation: Scholarship program for middle school age children through college age young adults that supports the whole student and works to end the poverty cycle for hard working students.

Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK): Program that supports urban youth in the Denver metro area and encourages children to pursue science and cultivate leadership skills to better themselves, their community, and the natural world.

Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado: A Denver-based nonprofit that empowers struggling teen families to be productive members of the community.

Gabby Krause dba Bags of Fun: Filled with educational, interactive, and silly toys, a Bag of Fun transform a child's treatment or hospital experience into a new focus – a smile, some joy, and a little respite from difficult realities.

Girls Inc. of Metro Denver: Inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate barriers and reach their full potential.

Hope House: Metro-Denver's only resource providing free self-sufficiency programs to teen moms, including Residential, GED, and College & Career Support programs. Additional supportive services include parenting and life skills classes, healthy relationship classes, and certified counseling;, all designed to prepare them for long-term independence.

Judi's House: The only free-standing organization in the Metro Denver area devoted solely to providing research-based care to grieving children and their families.

Kids in Need of Dentistry (KIND): Provides high-quality, affordable dental care to children in need throughout Colorado.

Listen Foundation: Provides for and assists children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families, with access to a proven speech, language, and listening therapy method to help them achieve a life of independence.

Maria Droste Services of Colorado, DBA Maria Droste Counseling Center: Improves lives by helping individuals and families overcome obstacles, find solutions, heal from emotional trauma and distress, and achieve personal growth and satisfaction in their lives.

Minds Matter of Denver, Inc: Transforming the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for success in college and beyond.

Mount Saint Vincent:Treatment center for children with behavioral and emotional challenges due to mental illness, trauma, abuse, or neglect.

National Sports Center for the Disabled (DBA NSCD): provides therapeutic recreation, competition, and adaptive sports for children and adults with disabilities.

PlatteForum: Supports contemporary artists and under-served youth in metro Denver through innovative, long-term arts programs that allow the youth to work side-by-side with artists in residence.

Rocky Mountain Children's Choir DBA Denver Children's Choir: Intentionally seeks children from all walks of life, different neighborhoods, cultures, and backgrounds and binds them together through music; cultivating relationships and friendships between children that would never have known each other otherwise.

Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center: Transforms the lives of abused, neglected, and at-risk children through compassionate legal advocacy, clinical services, education, and public policy reform.

Trips for Kids-Denver, DBA Trips for Kids Denver Metro: Uses bikes to empower at-risk and disadvantaged youth by providing life skills, development, and a sense of fun and adventure.

How we choose who we contribute to:

Towards the middle of each year we begin our ‘vetting,’, process to choose the organizations we’ll support for the year. It’s obviously the best part of being a part of RMA and what we all look forward to after a year of fundraising. Here is a glimpse into our process, let the fun begin!