Founded in 1984, The Anschutz Foundation was created by Philip F. Anschutz as a private charitable foundation. Over three decades, the foundation has given substantially to hundreds of nonprofit organizations primarily concentrated in Colorado. The Anschutz Foundation currently makes more than 500 grants annually.

In 2016, The Anschutz Foundation received the Outstanding Foundation award from National Philanthropy Day in Colorado. This annual event celebrates exceptional philanthropic and volunteer contributions in Colorado.

Grant Focus Areas


Health & Wellness

Expanding access to high quality health and wellness services for Coloradans.


Human Services

Meeting basic human needs and responding immediately when problems arise to strengthen Colorado communities.


Youth Development & Education

Investing in high quality schools and programs that serve youth to prepare more Coloradans for future success.


Quality of Life & Development

Developing Colorado infrastructure and strong cultural institutions and programs to improve quality of life.


Values & Relationships

Passing on values to form the foundation of a flourishing society.

Impact Stories

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz) delivers world-class medicine while plotting the future of health care. With 4,300 students, 21,000 employees, and 1.7 million patient visits each year, CU Anschutz is the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region and an economic anchor in the community. Major gifts from The Anschutz Foundation enabled University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), the CU School of Medicine, and Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO) to relocate to a single campus east of Denver. The consolidation of health care capabilities and development to a single campus has resulted in state-of-the-art health care to benefit patients and the Colorado economy.

CU Anschutz stands out as one of the few campuses in the country offering an exceptional academic medical center and two nationally recognized best hospitals. It is the foundation’s goal that the campus continues to be the place where medical education, research, and patient care work seamlessly together to change the world of medicine and health care including mental health in Colorado and beyond.

Images courtesy of UCHealth

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver operates 15 neighborhood Clubs and one residential summer camp open to kids aged six through 18. The Boys & Girls Club received a grant from The Anschutz Foundation to establish the Nancy P. Anschutz Center in a historic Denver neighborhood. Home of the Jack A. Vickers Boys & Girls Club, the center expands programs to underserved young people in the area, providing a place for them to learn, grow, and succeed in life. The Club serves 250 children each day and is part of a renovated campus that also includes a public elementary school, community recreation center, and library.

Recent Major Grantees

  • American Red Cross
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR)
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • Denver Public Schools
  • Denver Rescue Mission
  • Mile High United Way
  • National Mental Health Innovation Center
  • Rose Andom Center
  • The Salvation Army
  • University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • University of Colorado Leeds School of Business
  • Volunteers of America