The Colorado Health Foundation: Our Story 

Over the years, the Foundation’s mission and vision, name, grantmaking structure, goals and strategies have evolved to address Colorado’s emerging health needs and to best serve our vision of making Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. 

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

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 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. The Foundation also announced a tailored funding approach and new evaluation model. In the fall, the Foundation’s 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.

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

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

HealthONE Alliance changed its name to the Colorado Health Foundation to reflect its work across the state and adopts 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.  

Rose Family Medicine Residency joined the HealthONE Alliance.

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.

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.


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