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The Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships was created in 2004 by then-Mayor John Hickenlooper and founding director, Mike Roque. Part of a burgeoning national movement, DOSP’s purpose was to serve as an intentional bridge between the City of Denver and the nonprofit sector. While the Office has offered a number of different programs since its founding, the core belief that by working collectively, the public and nonprofit sectors can be more efficient and effective in strengthening Denver’s communities has remained.
The current incarnation of DOSP’s work began in early 2009, when DOSP went through a strategic plan refinement, focusing more specifically on building individual skills and tools in nonprofit and City agency staff to encourage creation of cross-sector partnerships, continuing and expanding the active facilitation of City-nonprofit collaborative efforts, and helping to connect the two sectors to leverage government grant and real estate resources in new ways.
Having successfully accomplished many of the Office’s objectives from 2009 and supporting the many opportunities to promote public-nonprofit engagement under the administration of Mayor Michael B. Hancock, DOSP launched a new strategic plan in 2013 to guide its work. Download DOSP's 2013 - 2015 Strategic Plan here.
Find out more about DOSP’s most recent accomplishments by downloading our 2012 Annual Report.
DOSP is overseen by a 15-member Commission appointed by the Mayor of Denver. Learn more about our oversight body by clicking here.