JEWISHcolorado, formerly known as the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, is the umbrella community organization inspired by the collective responsibility to build and sustain Jewish life in Colorado, Israel, and around the world. Our mission is to secure, steward, and share philanthropic resources in support of vibrant Jewish life as well as to mobilize the community in times of need.
JEWISHcolorado was organized as a nonprofit corporation on May 23, 1946. Similar to The United Way, JEWISHcolorado serves as a fundraising, programming, and community planning organization. We now celebrate 69 years of service in the Greater Metropolitan Denver/Boulder area.
JEWISHcolorado continues to embrace our history and the unity and inclusivity of our organization, but we also recognized that “what got us here, isn’t going to get us there.” In order to be sustainable, we needed to bridge a 20th century organization into the 21st century. We needed to be more meaningful and to adapt to the ever-changing priorities of our constituents.
In 2010, we began a comprehensive strategic planning process to reimagine our organization for the future. We focused on five primary objectives knows as the 5 R’s; re-examine our role in the community, redefine our business model to be more efficient, increase our relevance among the younger generation, resonate more with sophisticated, contemporary donors, and re-launch as a new organization. This three-year “reimagining” process concluded on October 1, 2013 with a name change to JEWISHcolorado.
Reimagined and Positioned for the Future.
As a reimagined organization, JEWISHcolorado better reflects what the community told us was important. We have streamlined our operations, narrowed our focus, and created a prioritization strategy to more effectively steward limited resources. As we look forward, we are committed to meeting the current needs of the Jewish community while securing the future for the next generation.
JEWISHcolorado is a proud member of Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), along with 151 other federations and over 300 independent network communities across the country.