About the JLD Foundation
In 1992, Junior League of Denver (JLD) members recognized a need to provide the means to sustain the JLD and its Mission long term. The Junior League of Denver Foundation (JLDF) now provides approximately 25-30% of the League’s annual operating budget each year. The annual distribution is given in accordance with JLDF policies to be expended as the JLD Board determines. While the greatest needs in our community might change, the JLD’s commitment to developing women into trained volunteers ready to address the greatest needs will never change.
Thanks to the generosity of members and friends who have grown the JLD Foundation over many years, JLDF funded a distribution to the JLD just over $289,000 in the 2018-2019 year to support its Mission and programs. This gift allowed for the expansion of the annual L.U.V.S. day of service, contributed to community granting commitments, helped underwrite the publication of JLD’s sixth cookbook and much more.
The JLD and JLDF continue to work together on a combined strategic model to streamline fundraising efforts in order to be more efficient. To that end, members are encouraged to make gifts, no matter what size, to the JLD and/or the JLDF. The Foundation continues to create a culture of philanthropy where members give what they can in a way that honors their personal giving goals. The JLDF is a powerful tool, allowing the JLD to increase its direct impact on the community.
JLD Foundation Mission
Founded in 1992, the JLD Foundation (JLDF) is designated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation and a 509(a)(3) supporting foundation of the Junior League of Denver (JLD). Its sole purpose is to support the JLD Mission and community programs. Distributions from the JLDF are directed only to the JLD and only at the initiation of the JLDF Board. Funds distributed by the JLDF to the JLD are designated as the JLD Board determines.
The JLDF represents a long-term development strategy to ensure the continued vitality of the JLD and its Mission of promoting voluntarism, contributing to the community and training nonprofit leadership in Denver. The principal of the Foundation increases through gifts from its founder, the JLD, individual donations, bequests and planned gifts and investment income. The JLDF’s long-term development goal is to build the principal so the Foundation can provide a significant portion of the JLD’s community and volunteer program needs. A funding partnership between current JLD fundraisers and the long-term development of the JLDF is essential to ensure the continued financial vitality of the JLD.
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