Over the years, the Foundation has evolved to address our state’s emerging health needs and to bring health in reach for all Coloradans.

This timeline illustrates important milestones and information relevant to the Foundation’s overall story.  

Foundation Timeline

The Foundation retired our long-time community outcome areas, Healthy Living, Health Care and Health Coverage as organizing constructs for grantmaking. Under the Board’s direction, staff began devising a new approach to achieving the most impact possible within new focus areas. Foundation staff adopted a new approach to deeper community engagement across the state, including a new IMPACT Practice Model that guides how program staff work in communities. We also refreshed our vision statement to better reflect our beliefs and relentless work to achieve health equity.

The Foundation continued its funding approach within three outcome areas, Healthy Living, Health Care and Health Coverage, but the Board asked for strategic redirection mid-year. They confirmed our commitment to health care and access, child and adolescent health and healthy behaviors, while challenging us to expand our purview of health to include more social determinants. We launched a new 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. We also reverted to private foundation status. 

The Foundation continued implementing a tailored funding approach through several new funding opportunities within our three community outcome areas – Healthy Living, Health Care and Health Coverage. New President and CEO Karen McNeil-Miller joined the organization after ten years leading the Kate B. Reynolds Trust in North Carolina. The organization began a statewide listening tour in the fall to orient new leadership to the state and hear from communities directly about their views on health. In 2015, the Foundation awarded more than $68 million in contributions.

In March, the Foundation announced refined goals and strategies within our three long-time community outcome areas: Healthy Living, Health Care and Health Coverage. We also implemented a tailored funding approach and new evaluation model. In the fall, our Board approved ten-year commitments supporting collective impact approaches to developing healthy schools and transforming the way health care is delivered and paid for in Colorado. After ten years at the helm, President and CEO Anne Warhover stepped down as leader of the organization. A national search was launched while Chief Financial Officer Rahn Porter took over as interim CEO. The Foundation awarded $76.2 million in contributions during this year.

In 2013, the Foundation awarded more than $97.4 million in contributions – the highest amount of contributions awarded in our history. We also 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 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). We also transferred operation of the Johnson Adult Day Program to Total Community Options – one of several programs we spun off or discontinued as our grantmaking activities grew. Three community outcome areas were established to guide the Foundation’s grantmaking: Healthy Living, Health Care and Health Coverage.

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 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.  

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, Columbia/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.

Presbyterian/St. Luke's Community Foundation and Swedish Community Foundation merge and become HealthONE Community Foundation.