Grant Making Policy & Application

Five Areas of Focus

Health and Human Services

Gazette Charities has helped to provide hope to thousands of individuals and families who are finding their way back to self-sufficiency and independence. Major fund-raising campaigns such as The Gazette-El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund and Komen Colorado Springs Race for the Cure are just two examples of a community coming together to help those in need.

Public Life Initiatives

We believe that by strengthening the sense of community in the Pikes Peak region we are fortifying the community’s capacity to address urgent needs. Gazette Charities is a proud partner of many public initiatives including the Better Business Bureau Southern Colorado and The Greater Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation.

Youth and Education

Gazette Charities makes investments in programs that will help to ensure our community is a place of hope and possibility for our youth. Programs like the Children’s Literacy Center and CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) are helping to ensure every child in our community will always have a chance for a healthy, positive future.

Arts and Culture

Dedication and hard work are paramount to the success of arts and cultural organizations in the Pikes Peak region. Gazette Charities is committed to supporting the arts by helping organizations such as the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic make connections with long-time supporters and new audiences alike.

Environmental Initiatives

We live in a community where our surroundings are vital to our economy. Gazette Charities applauds the efforts of organizations whose voluntary initiatives support reclamation, open space preservation and public environmental education, including the Colorado Mountain Reclamation Foundation and The Nature Conservancy.


Starting in the 2024-25, the Empty Stocking Fund will award one health and human service agency with the Innovation Award – meant to recognize nonprofits who have newly formed within the last two years or existing organizations that have launched or plan to launched new and innovative programming.

At the campaign’s end in January 2025, the Innovation Award recipient will receive a flat amount of funds raised throughout the fundraising campaign.