CCD Foundation

CCD Foundation

Transforming Lives & Communities
Working Together to Create a Stronger Tomorrow
photo of a woman, Katie Nuanes

"This (scholarship) changes my life and my daughter's life, and I will forever be grateful for this opportunity."
-Katie N., Recipient of the Francie Anhut Scholarship

The Community College of Denver Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on developing resources to benefit CCD and its students through partnerships with businesses, foundations and individuals in the Denver metro area.

Through scholarships to students, programmatic and faculty support, and capital enhancements, the Foundation invests in deserving CCD students — ensuring they have access to a high-quality, relevant education.

Our contributors are people like you, who understand the value of higher education and who care deeply about helping students like Katie overcome obstacles and pursue their dreams.

Ways to Support CCD
Make a Recurring Donation

Set up a recurring donation online using our donation form.

Create a Dedicated Scholarship

Support CCD students with your donation to a dedicated scholarship.

Establish an Endowment

Create a sustainable gift to the college by establishing a named endowment.

Legacy Giving

Make a lasting impact by including us in your estate plans.

In-Kind Donations

Give gifts in-kind to departments and programs.

Employee Giving Program

CCD Employees can donate via payroll deduction.

About the Foundation


To transform lives and the Denver community by supporting the students of the Community College of Denver through scholarships, programs and facilities.


The Community College of Denver Foundation inspires civic, business, foundation and philanthropic individuals to offer support that ensures a world-class education and economic opportunity for the entire Denver community.   

Our Values

  • Integrity: We value honesty and transparency in our work and relationships
  • Inclusiveness: We respect people, value diversity, and are committed to equity
  • Stewardship: We value and recognize the contributions of donors and volunteers
  • Efficiency: We value the prudent investment and use of all resources
  • Excellence: We value best practices in governance, finance, and board development


  • Make education accessible and affordable for all members of our community
  • Foster a culture of diversity in all our operations and programs of support
  • Secure endowment funds that sustain future scholarships and programs
  • Achieve excellence in all governance, finance and board practices

Board of Directors

Frank Wentworth, Chair 
Financial Consultant

Katie Diddlebock, Vice Chair
Corporate Account Manager

Jay McCormick, Treasurer; Finance/Investment Chair
Investment Manager
Helm Investment Management, LLC

Daniel Byrd, Development Committee Chair
Central Relationship Manager
Fidelity Investments

Joe Pettenger
Wine Sales Specialist
Pearl Wine Company

Helen Thorpe

Chris Castilian
Senior Executive Director, 
Outdoor Industry Leadership Program
University of Denver

Daniel Montano
Elevation Creation

Ex-Officio Members

Dr. Marielena DeSanctis
President, Community College of Denver

Dr. William Ashcraft
Faculty, Community College of Denver

Jim Chavez
Executive Director, Community College of Denver Foundation

(coming soon!)

Among CCD students...

74% Attending College & Working

60% Receive Pell Grant, a common measure of financial need

63% First-Generation Students

500+ Scholarships awarded in 2023

Download the 2023 Impact Report

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Meet the Staff
Jim Chavez
Executive Director, CCD Foundation & Governmental Affairs
Jim Chavez is a latino male with dark short hair wearing a black suit jacket, a white button down short, and a red and gold tie
Lena Crawley
Associate Director of Development
Taylor Lucas
Hourly Development Assistant