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CCLP selected as WINcome grantee by The Women’s Foundation of Colorado

by | Dec 24, 2021

DENVER, Colorado — December 21, 2021 — Colorado Center on Law and Policy was selected by The Women’s Foundation of Colorado as one of 19 grantee partners to receive funding through its new community-informed grantmaking strategy, WINcome. The grantee partners are a mix of direct-service and public policy advocacy organizations throughout Colorado that will learn and work together in pursuit of gender, racial, and economic equity. In total, The Women’s Foundation granted more than $900,000 through WINcome.

The Women’s Foundation introduced WINcome (short for Women + Income = Women Thriving) with its updated strategic framework in 2021. Based on learning from grantee partners that it funded through other grantmaking strategies, such as Women Achieving Greater Economic Security (WAGES), flexible and holistic resources for women and their families will be a cornerstone of WINcome. This includes providing direct cash assistance to women experiencing poverty or facing barriers to economic security. In addition, grantee partners will offer support securing resources such as:

  • Jobs with pay and benefits that satisfy basic needs, close the gender and racial income gap, and support economic security
  • Education and training, and ongoing opportunities to upskill and reskill
  • Money and resources to start and grow businesses
  • Childcare and other caregiver support
  • Support for basic human needs, such as food, housing, health care, and transportation

“We’re honored by the trust placed in CCLP by The Women’s Foundation,” said Tiffani Lennon, Executive Director of Colorado Center on Law and Policy. “We look forward to working alongside all of the powerful organizations The Women’s Foundation of Colorado chose to invest in with this funding.”

2021 WINcome Direct-Service Grantee Partners

Twelve organizations will use diverse frameworks to help women and their families in 34 counties advance economically. In addition to offering direct cash assistance, WINcome grants support their existing programs.

  • Action is Safer/Western Colorado Alliance, serving Mesa and 22 surrounding counties
  • Alianza NORCO, serving Larimer and Weld counties
  • Center for Community Wealth Building, serving Adams, Arapahoe, and Denver counties
  • Centro de la Familia, serving El Paso and Teller counties
  • Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE), serving Arapahoe and Denver counties
  • Denver Indian Family Resource Center (DIFRC), serving Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties
  • Domestic Violence Initiative for Women with Disabilities (The Initiative), serving Denver County
  • Full Circle of Lake County, serving Lake County
  • OneMorgan County, serving Morgan County
  • Posada, serving Pueblo County
  • The Gathering Place, serving Denver County
  • The Senior Hub, serving Adams and Arapahoe counties

2021 WINcome public policy grantee partners

WINcome policy and advocacy grants support five organizations’ existing work to advance women’s equitable economic opportunities and improve policies to increase women’s incomes.

  • 9to5 Colorado
  • Bell Policy Center
  • Colorado Center on Law and Policy
  • Colorado Children’s Campaign
  • Colorado Fiscal Institute

 Two grantee organizations offer direct-service support and public policy advocacy.

  • Clayton Early Learning, serving Alamosa, Denver, Eagle, and Summit counties
  • Collaborative Healing Initiative Within Communities (CHIC), serving Denver and Arapahoe counties

About the WINcome community

WINcome grants were designed to advance systemic changes that support gender, racial, and economic equity for Colorado women and families. As part of this strategy, The Foundation sought to fund nonprofit organizations with diverse leadership. Eleven of the nineteen organizations receiving funding are led by women of color and three organizations are led by individuals who represent the nonbinary and LGBTQ+ communities. Additionally, The Foundation prioritized funding organizations that serve women in rural communities and offer cash assistance programs.

“We believe that all women have promise and should have the opportunity to fulfill it,” said Lauren Y. Casteel, president and CEO of The Women’s Foundation. “WINcome grants invest in systems change as well as in the inherent leadership and talents of women through flexible and holistic resources. We are excited to see meaningful outcomes in women’s lives and their families’ lives through the collective work of our grantee partners.”

About Colorado Center on Law and Policy

Colorado Center on Law and Policy is a nonprofit research, legislative and legal advocacy organization standing with diverse communities across Colorado in the fight against poverty. For over 20 years, CCLP has worked toward a vision of Colorado in which everyone has what they need to succeed.

CCLP depends on support from individual donors to help improve access to affordable health care, food and housing, and improve economic security for all Coloradans. Learn more about how you can get involved financially with CCLP’s mission at copolicy.org/donate or contact Bruce Barnum, CCLP’s Director of Development (bbarnum@copolicy.org, 303-573-5669 ext. 312).

For media inquiries, please contact CCLP’s Communications Director, Anthony Lux (alux@copolicy.org, 303-573-5669 ext. 311).

About the Women’s Foundation of Colorado

WFCO is the only statewide community foundation dedicated to gender, racial, and economic equity. Since 1987, WFCO has served as an essential partner, resource, voice, and catalyst in strengthening Colorado’s families, communities, and economy through the power of women. In its 34-year history, WFCO has funded dozens of research reports that identify the systemic barriers that keep women from earning a livable wage, helped pass key legislation to spur women’s economic advancement, and granted more than $21.5 million to nonprofits that work with women and families in communities statewide. For more information, please visit www.wfco.org.

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Other populations eligible for Medicaid include children, who qualify with income up to 142% FPL, pregnant women with household income under 195% FPL, and adults with dependent children with household income under 68% FPL.

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FOOD SECURITY:
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See the Food Assistance (SNAP) Benefit Calculator to get an estimate of your eligibility for food benefits.

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