Boettcher Foundation

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The Boettcher Foundation[1] is one of the largest philanthropic organizations in Colorado, based in Denver. Founded by the Boettcher Family in 1937 to assist, encourage and promote quality of life for the citizens of Colorado, the Foundation has invested more than $300 million in Colorado through scholarships and capital grants.[2]

The Foundation currently has net assets[3] of approximately $270 million. In 2010, the Foundation paid roughly $14 million[4] in grants, all of which went to Colorado recipients. The Foundation funds a number of programs in addition to its capital grants. These include the Boettcher Scholarship Program,[5] the Boettcher Teacher’s Program[6] and the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program.[7]

The Boettcher name is well known in Colorado as recognized by many buildings and places named after the family thanks to the Foundation's grants, including the Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver, the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory at the Denver Botanic Gardens, and the Boettcher Welcome Center at the Denver Zoo. In addition, the Colorado Governor's Residence, a Colonial Revival mansion built in 1908, was donated by the Boettcher Foundation to the State of Colorado in 1959.