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Givers Summit Explores Impacts of Community Giving, Encourages People to Be A Giver

Community connections are vital to creating a better future for every Denver resident. On Tuesday, February 5, Denver’s Road Home hosted more than a hundred community givers at the Givers Summit, a community forum to talk about the impacts of giving in all its forms on the Denver community. Panelists discussed innovative giving approaches, health and environmental impacts of food donations, collaboration and coordination among givers, and work to reduce stigma around giving to people experiencing homelessness.

“Givers are stepping up for our community every day through their investments of time, goods and dollars into significant social causes like supporting people experiencing homelessness,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “The Givers Summit cultivated meaningful conversations among nonprofits, neighbors, advocates and givers about all the ways to give, the impacts of giving, and how to amplify our collective efforts through collaboration, coordination and innovation.”

At Tuesday’s event, Denver’s Road Home encouraged attendees to encourage others to be a giver by investing in a supported and connected future for every child, adult, and senior in need and provided attendees with a new Be A Giver Guide to Giving in Denver.

“It’s impossible to estimate the impacts even the smallest gift can have on someone who needs a little support,” said Chris Conner, director of Denver’s Road Home. “It’s inspiring to spend the day with so many givers, all working to support a healthy and connected Denver where people feel safe, supported, and well cared for.”

From the individual donation, to street side philanthropy, to land donations panelists and attendees explored a wide-range of topics. Panelists included representatives from Denver’s Road Home, the Delores Project, the Gathering Place, Denver Human Services, the Civic Center Conservancy, Close to Home campaign, Colorado Village Collaborative, Curtis Park Neighbors, Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver Homeless Out Loud, Denver Parks & Recreation, Denver Public Schools, Facing Homelessness Denver, Harm Reduction Action Center, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, Mile High United Way, Purposity, and St. Francis Center.

Tuesday’s conference is the first Givers Summit hosted by Denver’s Road Home. The event was made possible by support from Suncor, Denver Human Services, Denver’s Road Home, McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver Arts and Venues, Denver Public Library, Joining Vision and Action, Scratch Catering Services, and countless organizations and volunteers. 

Advocates, donors, and neighbors gather together for a wide-ranging discussion on giving