Chinook Fund

Chinook Fund is a movement-building organization recognized throughout Colorado for its pioneering support of organizations that work to create a just, equitable and free society. Chinook supports organizations which are challenging the root causes of oppression, rather than treating the symptoms. We believe the root causes of our most serious social problems include entrenched, systemic, and institutionalized racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, ableism and ageism.

Chinook grantees that have achieved significant wins and made headlines include Colorado Progressive Coalition (Chinook provided the initial grant that launched CPC), 9-5 Colorado, Rights for All People, Padres Unidos, Metro Organizations for People, Congregations Building Community, Colorado ADAPT, Western Equality, and many others. In all, Chinook has distributed $1.7 million to grassroots organizations and community groups who are organizing for social change.

Gandhi once said “you must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Chinook seeks to create a just world not only by funding social change organizations, but also by how we fund them. A diverse group of activists make all of our funding decisions. This means that Chinook is led by, and accountable to, the communities we serve – just as we require our grantees to be.

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