Daniels Fund

Honoring Bill Daniels' direction to make life better for the people
and communities of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming

Mission & Charitable Giving

Furthering the values and ideals of Bill Daniels

Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming mapBill Daniels' affection for Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming is tied to the events of his life, and the people and places that played a part in his success.

T he Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative.

Daniels Fund Grants Program

The Daniels Fund Grants Program focuses on supporting highly effective nonprofit organizations that achieve significant results within our four-state region, as well as select programs with national impact.

Each year, approximately 70% of our community investments are made through the Daniels Fund Grants Program. Our grant funding areas, as well as the geographic regions we serve, were personally defined by Bill Daniels, and they do not change.

Annual Funding Allocation, 70 percent Grants, 30 percent scholarships

The grants team dedicates time to personally visit communities across our four-state region to get to know area nonprofits, learn about effective programs and projects, and understand how needs vary from place to place.

To maximize our impact while addressing the specific needs of each state, we have tailored individual grantmaking strategies and objectives for Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

Daniels Fund Scholarship Program

Our Scholarship Program, which includes the Daniels Scholarship Program and the Boundless Opportunity Scholarship Program, represents approximately 30% of the Daniels Fund’s annual charitable spending.

The Daniels Scholarship Program provides four-year college scholarships for graduating high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and commitment to serving their communities. Daniels Scholars benefit from much more than just financial support. They become part of a community and receive access to personal support, professional development, and a far-reaching network that contributes to their success in college and beyond.

The Boundless Opportunity Scholarship Program provides college scholarships for non-traditional students of all ages, awarded by select colleges and universities using funds provided by the Daniels Fund. Schools offer the scholarship to one or more traditionally overlooked student populations defined by the Daniels Fund.

Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative

The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative delivers principle-based ethics education and reinforces the value of ethical business and personal conduct. Each of the Ethics Initiative's four components utilizes a specific approach to reach its target audience:

The Collegiate Program drives principle-based ethics education through partnerships with universities across Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

The High School Program provides an earlier introduction to principle-based ethics education, targeting high school students active in business and marketing education.

The Law Enforcement Program is a partnership that provides expanded priniciple-based ethics training to police and sheriff ’s departments.

The Case Bank is an online library of simple, straightforward business cases focusing on principle-based ethics available to the public and intended for use in educational settings.

Honoring Donor Intent

Grants and Scholarship Funding Allocations Chart

We adhere to Bill Daniels’ direction regarding our charitable giving. As we do this, we strive to exemplify the values and ideals that shaped his life.

Impact at a Glance

As of the end of 2016, the Daniels Fund has distributed $706 million in grants and scholarships awarded since 2000.

As of 2017, there are 3,706 Daniels Scholars, 1,742 of which have graduated with a degree and have entered the workforce.

Daniels Scholars have attended more than 400 colleges and universities in 49 states, with approximately 67% attending school in our four-state region. At any given time, roughly 1,000 Daniels Scholars are pursuing four-year degrees at colleges and universities across the country.