Beanstalk Foundation

What's right with Colorado is right next door.

Education organizations driven by remarkable leaders

Promoting high-quality learning opportunities and bright futures for students young and old.

Organizations & Leaders

Minds Matter Denver

Savinay Chandrasekhar

Minds Matter, Inc. is a nationally recognized college access mentoring non-profit serving high-achieving, low income students in thirteen cities across the United States.
 

Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute

Rob Smith

The Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute (RMMFI) is a Community creating economic and social mobility through entrepreneurship. RMMFI helps curious people transform into serious entrepreneurs through skill building, mentorship, and microlending.
 

Mile High Youth Corps

Kelly Causey

Mile High Youth Corps is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that gives youth ages 16 to 24 a chance to earn an income and learn hands-on job skills while serving in their communities. In its first year, 20 youth served Denver neighborhoods through a single 10-week program.

The Rise School of Denver

Meghan Klassen

The Rise School of Denver provides unparalleled educational services to young children of diverse skill levels.

Ekar Farm

Aaron Ney

Since its founding in 2009, Ekar has been about planting seeds. Seeds of this years’ crop. Seeds of tomorrow’s promise. And seeds of change. From the platform of our urban farm, Ekar applies the practices of ancient traditions, customs and teachings to engage the Denver community in the solutions to many contemporary issues.

Challenge Foundation

Alan Smiley

The Challenge Foundation ensures that students with boundless potential have the opportunity to apply it, and that the inequalities and circumstances that stand between some students and their shot at glory are razed.

Namaqua Outdoors

Wendy Woo

Namaqua Outdoors is more than a club. The unique Loveland school program is an exciting outdoor classroom for elementary students of Namaqua Elementary gets youngsters out of the classroom and into their world. These kids learn about their environment, the intricacies of their surroundings, and how to become young stewards of the planet.

Colorado Military, Veterans, & Families

Izzy Abbass

Military service is a serious matter. Months and years of dedication, risk and sacrifice mean that a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine return home to a changed world. “Colorado Military, Veterans, & Families” is Izzy Abbass’s life focus.

Academy of Urban Learning

Katie Symons

The Academy of Urban Learning (AUL) is a Denver Public Schools' charter school that caters specifically to youth and younger adults in Denver (ages 16 - 21), working through grades 9 - 12, who are in at-risk, impoverished, and facing other difficult situations.

Carson J Spencer Foundation

Sally Spencer-Thomas

Sally Spencer-Thomas started the Carson J Spencer Foundation after her brother Carson died by suicide. The organizations primary goals are to prevent what happened to him from happening to others, and to celebrate the gifts he brought to the world like entrepreneurship, business leadership and humor.

The Puksta Foundation

John Mulstay

The Pukstas entrusted John Mulstay with their legacy. They asked him to establish a nonprofit fund that would give some of the best kids in Colorado (ones who didn’t have the means) the chance to go to college.

The GrowHaus

Adam Brock

The GrowHaus is a 20,000 square-foot greenhouse and community center in the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood that hosts countless programs including: The Hydrofarm, a huge year-round hydroponics facility that produces thousands of heads of leafy greens per month; Seed to Seed, an 8-week summer leadership program for teens; Adult

The GrowHaus

Coby Gould

The GrowHaus is a 20,000 square-foot greenhouse and community center in the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood that hosts countless programs including: The Hydrofarm, a huge year-round hydroponics facility that produces thousands of heads of leafy greens per month; Seed to Seed, an 8-week summer leadership program for teens; Adult

SPROUT Program

Julie Candela

The SPROUT Program at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio fights to give single parents a chance at a college education. SPROUT is an acronym that stands for Single Parents Reaching Out for Unlimited Tomorrows. They offer a set of tools, to educate and empower, each single parent.

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Deb Deverell

Just outside Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and the small city of Cortez, Colorado, stands the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. It is a campus, a super school if you will, focusing on the history of the region and cultivating a true respect and connection with the past—for all its visitors.

Book Trust

Amy Friedman

Book Trust gets books into the hands of children who are eager to read, but whose family, economic or social situation doesn’t allow for them to make frequent trips to the library, or frequent trips to the book store.

Growing Colorado Kids

Denise Lines

Growing Colorado Kids, led by local lioness Denise Lines affords refugees in Denver’s neighborhoods that chance to seize the opportunities alluded to in one of our nation’s most notable claims. Lines, who worked at Mercy Housing, discovered that some refugees living near her were struggling to even put food on the table.

Troop 444

Devin Riles

Troop 444 is Littleton, CO's oldest Boy Scout troop. Largely outdoor-oriented, the Troop members test their Scouting skills against other Troops from the Denver area each year. Troop 444 is most proud of their Summer Camp Program. They’ve conducted their own week-long camp since 1964.

St. Elizabeth's School

Ramsay Stabler

Denver’s St. Elizabeth’s School emphasizes inclusion through a unique tuition and enrollment program.

High Plains Environmental Center

Jim Tolstrup

The High Plains Environmental Center was conceived in 2001.

Growing The Dream

Allen Smith

Growing The Dream is an MLK Day held in North Carolina. It was created and originally held in the Montbello and Green Valley Ranch neighborhoods of Far Northest Denver. It raises awareness in the community, its families and its businesses, while also creating stronger ties between neighbors.

Grow Local Colorado

Barbara Masoner

Grow Local Colorado has been tilling, planting and watering to harvest since 2009. Grow Local Colorado plants edible landscaping gardens throughout Denver, re-purposing city-owned park flowerbeds, the Governor's Mansion flowerbeds, and more, to inspire citizens to grow more of their own food.

Grow Local Colorado

Dana Miller

Grow Local Colorado has been tilling, planting and watering to harvest since 2009. Grow Local Colorado plants edible landscaping gardens throughout Denver, re-purposing city-owned park flowerbeds, the Governor's Mansion flowerbeds, and more, to inspire citizens to grow more of their own food.

Art from Ashes

Catherine O’Neill Thorn

Art from Ashes and Catherine O’Neill Thorn help young people and adults discover their voices through poetry and writing workshops. The program helps keep AfA participants off the streets, guiding them through transformational creative workshops wherein each attendee writes a poem, freely associating in 3 minutes.

Urbiculture Community Farms

Candice Orlando

Urbiculture Community Farms has a multi-plot farm, using the repurposed lawns and yards of dozens of volunteers, to turn even the tiniest open spaces in Denver into places where food grows. They rely on a spectacular and aptly named Yard Angels Program through which neighbors can donate their land for farming use.

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