Caring Connection History

Caring Connection was founded in 1983 as the Enabler Project, focused on connecting financial, in-kind, and hands-on support to nonprofits that offered food, housing, and other emergency assistance to families in need. In 1988, we evolved into a workplace giving federation, representing a group of nonprofits that provided a variety of human services in governmental and corporate giving at work campaigns.

Today, Caring Connection continues the work of representing our member nonprofits in Giving at Work campaigns, and has expanded our focus to enable employers to engage with the nonprofit community in a variety of meaningful ways. We see examples every day of collaboration making our community stronger.

Caring Connection was one of the first metro Denver federations to expand giving at work campaigns beyond the Colorado Combined Campaign (CCC) and the Denver Employees’ Combined Campaign (DECC).

Through Partnership for Colorado (PFC), formed in 1992, Caring Connection and two other local federations (Community Health Charities of Colorado and Community Shares of Colorado) have grown to represent more than 220 charitable organizations. Together, we plan and carry out approximately 60 annual Giving at Work campaigns.

Caring Connection currently represents more than 50 member nonprofit organizations that provide services predominantly in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin and Jefferson Counties.