Over the years, the Foundation’s vision and mission, name, grantmaking structure, goals and strategies have evolved to address Colorado’s emerging health needs and to best serve our vision of helping all Coloradans live their healthiest lives. 

This timeline illustrates where we were, where we are now and where we see ourselves by 2023.  

2016
The Foundation continued its funding approach within three outcome areas – Healthy Living, Health Care and Health Coverage. We launched the Special Projects Program in May, designed to help the Foundation better understand and respond to community needs. In December, the Foundation relocated to its new home in Denver’s uptown neighborhood. More than $68 million in grants and contributions were awarded to improve the health of all Coloradans.

2015
The Foundation continued implementing a tailored funding approach through several new funding opportunities within the three outcome areas – Healthy Living , Health Care and Health Coverage. In 2015, the Foundation awarded more than $68 million in contributions.

2014
In March, the Foundation announced refined goals and strategies within the three community outcomes areas, Healthy Living, Health Care and Health Coverage. The refined goals – to be met by 2023 – are galvanizing in nature and cannot be achieved by the Foundation alone. We also announced a tailored funding approach and new evaluation model. In the fall, our Board approved ten-year commitments that support collective impact initiatives focused on developing healthy schools and transforming the way health care is delivered and paid for in Colorado. In 2014, the Foundation awarded $76.2 million in contributions.

2013
In 2013, the Foundation awarded more than $97.4 million in contributions – the highest amount of contributions awarded in our history. We created and seed funded an independent 501(c)(4) advocacy organization, Healthier Colorado. 

2012
The Foundation awarded $84.6 million in contributions to improve health and health care in Colorado.

2011
On June 15, the Foundation's Board of Directors approved a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding to sell the Foundation's 40 percent stake in HCA-HealthONE to HCA for $1.45 billion. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers approved the divestiture on Oct. 13 and the sale was finalized on Oct. 14. In 2011, the Foundation awarded $80.6 million in contributions. 

2010
The Foundation more than doubled its community investment from 2008, awarding more than $96.9 million in contributions.

2009
More than $89.7 million in contributions were awarded by the Foundation to improve health and health care in Colorado.

2008
Embracing its growing grantmaking role, the Foundation invested $42.2 million in nonprofit organizations and graduate medical education (GME). We also transferred operation of the Johnson Adult Day Program to Total Community Options – one of several programs we spun off or discontinued as its grantmaking activities grew.

2007
The Foundation awarded $29.6 million in contributions, while continuing to operate five GME residency programs and three community programs.

2006
HealthONE Alliance changed its name to the Colorado Health Foundation to reflect its work across the state and adopted the goal of making Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. In addition to operating five GME residency programs and three community programs, the Foundation awarded $20.4 million in contributions.  

2002
Rose Family Medicine Residency joined the HealthONE Alliance.

1999
The nonprofit partner in the joint venture, HealthONE, began doing business as HealthONE Alliance – an organization committed to improving the health of Coloradans through GME, medical research, philanthropy and community programs.

1995
The for-profit company, HCA (or Hospital Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn.), entered into a joint venture with the nonprofit HealthONE hospital system. Columbia contributed three Denver-area hospitals to the joint venture: North Suburban, Aurora Regional and Rose Medical Center. HealthONE contributed Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, Aurora Presbyterian Hospital and various other medical facilities to the joint venture. As a result of the joint venture, HCA-HealthONE became the largest health care provider in the Denver area.