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1) Chinook Fund has moved offices
2) Spotlight on Start-up Grantee's personal story of change



New Offices are located at:
Posner Center for International Development
1031 33rd Street, Suite 251
Denver 80205

The Posner Center brings together 30+ development-oriented businesses and organizations in a 25,000 square-foot shared space in Denver’s Curtis Park neighborhood to enable them to exchange ideas, cut costs, and improve the products and services they deliver. Collaboration will spur innovation, boost distribution, and generate new, sustainable ventures. 
Chinook is proud to offer our grantees the opportunity to use this new, exciting space! We have large classrooms, board meeting rooms, and small conference rooms that can be reserved for your meetings, trainings, and events. Please contact Jessica ( to reserve a space today!

The Posner Center for International Development occupies a historic, 25,000-square-foot warehouse in Denver’s Curtis Park neighborhood.  The “Horse Barn” was built in 1882 to house streetcars and the horses that drew them.  In 2011, iDE founded a consortium of international-development organizations, including Engineers Without Borders-USA, and partnered with community-leader Denver Urban Gardens and building-owner The Denver Housing Authority to transform the site into a new home for international and community development.This unique community consortium will energize the Curtis Park neighborhood, and enhance Colorado’s standing as a hub of collaborative development. Please stop by and visit us today and check out our new space!


RISE Colorado        

In the picture from left to right: 
Co-Founders & Co-CEOs Veronica Palmer, Tangia Al-awaji Estrada, and Milagros Barsallo

RISE to the Challenge
In May 2012, three women came together around the idea to start RISE Colorado to educate, engage, and empower low-income families and families of color to end educational inequity in our public school system. Chinook Fund is proud to provide start up funding to this amazing group and showcase their work. 
As three women of color whose trajectories have been drastically altered due to decisions our families made regarding our educational opportunities, starting RISE not only means addressing a gap in family engagement, it is deeply personal and feels like our duty to the future of our communities. In this process, we've continuously heard that it is so necessary for people of color to become leaders in this work. The biggest challenge we've faced has been having to push many people to remember that our being women of color not only means we look different from many other leaders in this work, but it also means that we bring different ideas about how progress can be made to strengthen our communities. This challenge, however comes with the opportunity to stretch the thinking of many in the school system, as well as our own.  Starting RISE has also brought the struggles that come with being unemployed, the challenges of contracting, carefully calculating when to write rent checks so they wouldn't bounce, having no health insurance, moving a family half way across the country, moving back in with our parents, and facing the uncertainty of what the next few months will hold for each of us and for RISE Colorado.
While our struggles in starting RISE are by no means over, we have come a long way. We are proud that many who initially met our new ideas with skepticism or concern are now some of our biggest supporters and thought partners helping us address the challenges of being young women of color doing this work. In just 4 months on the ground, we are working in 8 Aurora communities, and have reached nearly 200 families. The struggles we face pale in comparison to those our students and communities face daily, and that future generations will continue to face if our public schools do not improve. Just as many leaders of color paved the way for us to start RISE, we must pave the way for our students and their families to be the change agents who will transform education. We are honored to be struggling along with our communities, and are committed to doing so until our students and families are leading this movement.
twitter: @RISEColorado
instagram: @rise_colorado
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1031 33rd Street, Suite 251
Denver, CO 80205