The members of Zonta Club of Denver are committed to the support and well-being of our community. Zonta Club of Denver is a member of Zonta International, a leading global organization of professionals working together to empower women worldwide through service and advocacy. They are a cross-section of business and professional leaders who volunteer their time, inspiration, and financial support for the betterment of the community and the world. Since 1927, they have donated more than $2,000,000 and hundreds of thousands of service hours to community projects.
In the last 3 years, the Zonta Club of Denver has donated an astounding $20,000 to the Initiative! This money helps us facilitate our mission of advocating for persons with disabilities who have experienced abuse. For more information zonta-denver.org
We would like to thank IQ Wired for participating in our clothing drive for our 2017’s holiday party! Their donations helped provide our clients with a new wardrobe, which was truly life changing. There were tears of happiness and gratitude that were shared, a collective boost in confidence, and a feeling of hope. One client was expressing how happy she was for her new professional clothing because she has dreams of starting her own business. Thank you IQ Wired for giving our holiday party some serious swag, and making our clients feel deserving of good things happening to them. Then in July, 2018, they awarded us $5,000!
IQ Wired is a Denver-based, women owned/women run company with a proven track record of saving our customers time and money on evaluation, negotiation, implementation and ongoing support of telecom and technology services. Our Mission is “to create a positive impact by unlocking the potential in everything we do”. We do this by actively supporting our clients, employees and participating in our communities. We value our relationship with the Initiative and hope that by supporting their efforts we are participating in creating a positive impact. iqwired.net
Colorado Kayak Fishing Club’s mission is to promote and inspire fishing education and conservation in a friendly community environment. They are volunteer ran non-profit 501©7 organization. They have always had a vision to be able to give back to the community. That vision became a reality with the idea of hosting a tournament. By hosting a tournament, they could help promote their sport and at the same time make money, which in turn would be donated to a local charity each year. They donated to The Initiative $2,000 in 2018. They were also the nicest group of men and it was wonderful to see a group made up of the majority of men sponsoring our organization that helps vulnerable women and children in our community. For more information about Colorado Kayak Fishing Club, www.cokayakfishing.com
Denver Desks was highly recommended by two separate people, our board treasurer, Jon Farnlof, and our dear friend, Armando Rangel. Denver Desks helped us with moving, new furniture, and removing the old furniture. The move was pleasant and stress-free. Marcos, the owner of Denver Desks treated us like family… he walked us through his warehouse; he listened to our needs and wants. Marcos team of movers were very polite and hard working. Marcos was also very impressed with our staff and the work that we do, and he generously donated $4,000 beautiful office furniture and we didn’t have to move any old pieces of furniture with us. Marcos and his company will always be part of The Initiative’s family. This is a business with a big heart! www.denverdesks.com
The Initiative was chosen to receive funds through 2018’s Halloween Charity Gala organized by Magickal Mavens and Bad Bettie Project. Bad Bettie Project is a 18+ only nonprofit club for badass babes that want to better themselves and the world around them. Bad Bettie Project was established to foster friendship and build a community. A platform for sisterhood, the club is a judgement free zone with one goal: make friends. For more information, please visit badbettieproject.com
Magickal Mavens, founded by our board member, Kat Davies, who states her mission as “MM started out as a simple blog focused on sharing practice. I needed a space to put into words what I was experiencing and learning. Since then, it has quickly evolved into a growing community of practitioners that come together over all manner of things. Our website focuses on education and highlighting some diverse individuals within our community. It is ever growing and changing as my vision for this space expands.” For more information, please visit magickalmavens.com
We were pleasantly surprised when DW Steel’s charity program called “DWS Cares” dropped by to give us a check for $5,000. Led by the Senior Leadership Team that John and Dave have built over the last two decades, the new Employee Owned Drake-Williams Steel, Inc. looks forward to continued success for many generations to come. For more information visit www.dwsteel.com
Sexy Pizza partners with local community organizations, and gives a portion of the proceeds from certain pizzas to Students for Sensible Drug Policy, the Colorado Village Collaborative, Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras, The Harm Reduction Action Center and now The Initiative! We are honored and excited to have this partnership with a company that is as compassionate and socially conscious as Sexy Pizza. For more information please visit sexy.pizza
Jessica Fierro, owner and founder of Atrevida Brewery, formerly Great Storm Brewing, brews her own Latin-influenced flavors and cooks her own food and pastries. Her beers have won awards and she received the 2019 Governor’s Minority Small Business Award. Jessica is a winner of the television show Beerland, and a role model for all young women. Her hard work, strong values, and working in a predominantly male industry shows us that a woman determined to reach her goals overcomes barriers. Jessica's passion, vision and mission are all aligned with The Initiative in serving marginalized communities, and we thank her for her generosity in welcoming us as a partner for her fundraising!
Seven years ago, The Initiative hosted our first holiday party for our clients. The following year was a financially difficult one and we did not have enough money for the party. Colorado Real Estate School (CRES) and The Initiative shared the same floor in a Denver office building and over the course of the year after that first party I had struck up a friendship with Jon Farnlof, the CEO of CRES. As a victim’s advocate for The Initiative, I would share some of my challenges, and I mentioned our dilemma to him one day. Shortly after that we were presented with a check for $500! Because of Jon’s generosity, we were able to adopt 10 families and have a wonderful end of the year celebration with them. That holiday party was the beginning of a beautiful friendship between Jon and I, and Colorado Real Estate School and The Initiative. Over the last seven years, Jon has continued to sponsor the holiday party, giving more and more each year.
Three years ago, when I became the executive director, I asked him to join my board of directors. In that capacity he has procured a very fancy donor database, gifted us new computers, a copier, high-quality website, and valuable donations for silent auction fundraising. We have had the resources to help clients that no one else could help, and he has made sure that the staff and I receive handsome holiday bonuses.
Jon has spent hours and hours helping us with projects and problems. He has also shared his beautiful wife Jean with us and together they have hosted many wonderful dinners for the staff and the board at their home. He has also donated the time and talents of his lovely staff to support our mission. He has been a tireless advocate, problem-solver, and ambassador, enlisting all his family and friends to support us. All told, his donations amount in excess of $60,000.
Jon is my mentor and dearest friend who will support our mission to no end. As a brand-new executive director, Jon mentored me through managing people, running a business, marketing, finance, and many days of happy-hour-counseling-sessions when I was exhausted and feeling defeated. At times he has been the fuel I needed to stay the course and keep this nonprofit alive.
We want to thank Jon for all the unconditional love and support they have given our mission. The contribution he has made has had a powerful impact in our local community and because of his support and mentorship our nonprofit is stabilizing, thriving and growing.
When I meet other small nonprofit leaders, I wish they too had a mentor like Jon, and a for-profit company to sponsor their growth and mission. Jon Farnlof and Colorado Real Estate School have been the gift that keeps on giving. We are forever grateful.