The Park People relies heavily on the support from and collaboration with our partners. Over the years, The Park People has forged many strategic partnerships with fellow Denver nonprofits, citizen groups and neighborhood associations. Several key partners have been critical to our work and our long-term success.


Community Shares has been raising dollars and awareness for its member nonprofits for more than 20 years. Since its inception, Community Shares has raised nearly $13 million for local charities through its workplace giving program. Community Shares also provides member nonprofits with technical assistance and training on development, technology and the leadership skills needed in the 21st century. The Park People is proud to be a member of Community Shares and grateful to those who choose to support through workplace giving.

With a staff of roughly 600, the City's Department of Parks and Recreation is charged with maintaining one of the premier parks and recreation systems in the nation. Denver Parks and Recreation has been a long-time partner in the capital restoration projects pursued by The Park People, such as the restoration of the James Fleming House in Platt Park and the construction of the new Gates Tennis Center, a public facility in Cherry Creek. Housed within the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Denver Forestry Office, which includes the City's Mile High Million tree initiative, is a critical partner for our Denver Digs Trees, Community Forester, and Park Legacy programs.

The Denver Climate Challenge is a program of Groundwork Denver ( through which residents and businesses are empowered to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by saving energy, recycling, and, in partnership with Denver Digs Trees, planting trees. Groundworks Denver is currently focused on providing energy audits in many of Denver's traditionally underserved areas.

Denver Housing Authority (DHA) is has also been a key partner to The Park People and the Denver Digs Trees program, particularly in our efforts to distribute and plant trees in undercanopied areas. DHA helps us identify high-need planting sites and makes deep connections in their communities, a piece which is critical to the sustainability of our work.

Extreme Community Makeover strives to bring communities together through building relationships. Relationships are built when community residents and volunteers partner with one another to complete home and neighborhood improvement projects. At the same time, ECM connects residents with their neighbors and with ongoing resources in their community - including street and yard trees through The Park People's Denver Digs Trees program - resulting in a short-term initiative with a long-term impact.

The Gates Family Foundation has been one of our longest standing partners. GFF has provided funding for many of The Park People capital projects including the restoration of the Washington Park Boathouse, Civic Center Park and more recently, substantial support for the Gates Tennis Center. The Park People also has ongoing partnerships with GFF to help support a number of park and recreation amenities around the city.

Colorado Gives Day is an initiative of the Community First Foundation, formed to increase philanthropic giving in Colorado. Each year in December Colorado Gives Day mobilizes Coloradans to donate to one or more charities supporting our communities. Unlike other online donation systems, the foundation's website waves all merchant fees so each dollar donated is received in its entirety by the recipient nonprofit. The Park People look forward to participating once again in Colorado Gives Day in 2014.


The mission of The Mile High Million is to inspire public, private and governments sectors to nurture and plant one million trees in the Denver metropolitan area by 2025. The goal is to engage and motivate individuals to become life-long stewards of our natural environment.

Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national nonprofit organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, natural areas and open space. We value TPL's active role in advancing an important dialogue to help ensure a vibrant future for Denver's parks.

Volunteers for Outdoors Colorado brings together volunteers with a passion for the outdoors and projects which help to maintain and protect Colorado's parks and trails, public lands and open space. VOC has staged more than 250 projects at an approximately value of over $15 million dollars. VOC and The Park People have pooled our resources many times to complete large-scale tree plantings in Denver.