Open Door Fund

For 25 years, the Community Foundation has been a community catalyst, responding to immediate needs and anticipating future challenges. How do we do it?

Josie Heath, President of The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County since 1995, today announced her retirement at year’s end.

Josie Heath, longtime foundation president.
Josie Heath, longtime foundation president.

“I’ve loved this job and I’m proud of all that we’ve accomplished together,” said Heath of her distinguished, 21-year term. “I like to quote Katherine Graham who said, ‘To love what you do and feel like it matters, how could anything be more fun?’

“I feel like it has mattered. Together, we’ve built a foundation for the future.” Indeed, during Heath’s tenure, The Community Foundation has granted $68.9 million to nonprofits and established an endowment of more than $52.3 million.


The Community Foundation’s board and staff are deeply saddened by the violence in Orlando this weekend. Our organization deeply values social justice and abhors oppression and violence. An early example of the Foundation’s work to promote an inclusive community is the Open Door Fund, which was established in 1996 to support the Boulder County community by raising money and distributing grants for programs that enhance the lives of our community’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. More than $400,000 in grants have been made to local agencies and programs serving the LGBTQ community, and an endowment of more than $900,000 has been built to address future needs.

We want everyone involved in the Open Door Fund, as well as the community-at-large, to know The Community Foundation is grieving with you and remains a steadfast partner in the fight for a just and kinder world.


Celebrating 20 years, the Open Door Fund hosted its 19th annual gala on April 2. “We did very well,” says Kay Maune, who spearheads the Open Door Fund annual dinner sub-committee. “The event raised more then $100K, including our challenge match.”

In 2015, the Open Door Fund granted $50K to 12 nonprofits; this year’s grant process is underway.