Transforming ideas into meaningful action to strengthen Colorado’s youth and families.

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WHO WE ARE

Welcome to the
Donnell-Kay Foundation

Founded in 1965 by the Kay family, the Donnell-Kay Foundation (DK Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) private non-profit foundation based in downtown Denver. We are committed to prioritizing low-income and historically marginalized children and families in our work. Our focus is broad and includes efforts to increase the opportunities for children and youth to learn, thrive, and be healthy in their community. Our current work focuses on early childhood policies, healthy food access, and affordable housing, in addition to a variety of exploratory ideas and projects. We invite collaborative conversations and partnerships that drive impactful changes and foster enriched educational environments across Colorado.

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Hot Lunch Speaker Series

Hot Lunch is a monthly speaker series that brings nationally- and locally-recognized education experts together to dig into current hot topics that affect children, youth, and the educational landscape of Colorado. Launched in 2005, Hot Lunch has embraced controversial speakers from both sides of the political spectrum, helped bring innovative programs to Colorado, and shined a light on pertinent, complex issues that have an impact on children and families.

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The foundation was created through a trust by the Kay family.

Private foundation focused on improving education in Colorado

Invested annually in people, projects, and programs.

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Maggie Kinneberg
Nurturing Growth: A Personal Journey Rooted in Food
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Nurturing Growth: A Personal Journey Rooted in Food
Sarah Johnson
Embracing Denver’s Newcomers: Finding the Human in a Liminal Space
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Embracing Denver’s Newcomers: Finding the Human in a Liminal Space
Tony Lewis
Why housing isn’t being built in rural Colorado 
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Why housing isn’t being built in rural Colorado 
Taber Ward | Miguel In Suk Lovato
Feeding Injustice: How Colorado Fails our Youngest Kids by Denying Food Benefits
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Feeding Injustice: How Colorado Fails our Youngest Kids by Denying Food Benefits
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The Foundation

Our Role

For nearly 30 years, we have been working to strengthen education in Colorado.

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Our Work

Our team’s diverse experiences, interests, connections, and expertise drive our initiatives.

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DK Foundation has been convening stakeholders in education for nearly two decades.

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