Request for Proposals: Graduate Fellows to help your Social Enterprise

Request for Proposals: Does your organization have a social enterprise project that needs help?

The CIVICO Social Enterprise Fellowship brings together an interdisciplinary group of twelve University of Denver graduate students from diverse fields of study to learn principles of social enterprise and take action on social, environmental, and economic challenges improving the lives of people in Colorado. The Fellowship is a program of the Barton Institute and the University of Denver, funded through a partnership with the CiviCO.

 The Barton Institute invites social-purpose organizations (including nonprofits, businesses, funders/investors, and government) seeking to make social, environmental, and economic impacts in the community through social enterprise to consider applying to host a team of two Social Enterprise Fellows to work on a research or consulting project for five months from January – May 2020 (approximately ten hours per week for each fellow, or 20 hours/week total).


For more information, click here for the full RFP.

Lifespan Local to join Barton Institute in 2020

As announced in our June newsletter, the Barton Institute will be moving out of the University of Denver in 2020 to become a stand-alone 501(c)(3) organization: the Barton Institute for Community Action. In fact, the new Institute received its official IRS designation this summer and is building infrastructure and programs.

We are pleased to share that beginning on January 1, 2020 Lifespan Local will join the Barton Institute for Community Action as its largest program. Lifespan Local works with communities to identify their challenges and build solutions. Led by Dr. Lydia Prado and her team, Lifespan Local is currently working in the Westwood neighborhood and has interviewed hundreds of residents in 8 different languages to determine their interests and needs.

Dr. Prado’s approach to working with the community is embodied in the Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-being. This recent article from Denverite about the Dahlia Campus describes the magic of this welcoming place where community members connect with each other, learn new skills, and find the help they need. The project in Westwood is likely to have many similarities to the Dahlia Campus, such as urban farms, early childhood education, and mental health services. It is also likely to have several differences, such as the inclusion of resident-owned small businesses and possibly some affordable housing. For more information about this, please contact Natalia Sullivan,

Progress Report

Progress Report

In this Progress Report, you’ll meet people who were once without a home and who now live in the Beloved Community Village of tiny homes in North Denver. You’ll learn about the children in Denver Public Schools who are staying in school by using restorative practices to address discipline issues. You’ll get a glimpse into the work of community members in Southwest Denver coming together to build a center for health and well-being.  And much more.

QF Social Enterprise Fellows Kick Off the Year

QF Social Enterprise Fellows Kick Off the Year

In the classroom, around the dinner table, and on the trails of Chautauqua Park in Boulder, the 2018-19 cohort of Social Enterprise Fellows is learning about social enterprise and each other.

Fellows were asked to bring an artifact to share and to describe their leadership journey and what they bring to the Fellowship. We’re delighted to share one particularly powerful story of a Fellow’s journey from Summer Downs.

20 organizations responded to our request for proposals and are competing to host teams Fellows from January – May of 2019. Watch future issues of the newsletter for details on those selected!

First Year of Tiny Homes Village a Success for Residents/Neighbors

First Year of Tiny Homes Village a Success for Residents/Neighbors

The Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise at the University of Denver today released the results from a study of Colorado Village Collaborative’s Beloved Community Village. The comprehensive evaluation was conducted by the Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work.

The results of the evaluation indicate that the Village is a success for both the residents themselves and for the surrounding community.