An Open Letter: Looking Back, Looking Forward

January 6, 2016

To Our Community,

In 2015, MHC was pleased to invest over $900,000 into our local nonprofit community through directed and responsive grantmaking. These funds supported organizations to engage residents, build capacity and advocate for affordable housing, bus stops and service routes, affordable fares, local employment opportunities, fresh food access and more.

Mile High Connects also continued to expand its message, speaking at 19 national and local conferences to highlight issues of transportation equity, gentrification and displacement, economic opportunity and cross-sector collaboration. Here at home, we built a dynamic MHC Advisory Board of over 60 community leaders from across the region. Come from a range of disciplines, sectors and positions within their organizations, this impressive group is working with us as thought partners, informing some of the most critical aspects of our work.

Our national support continued to build. In addition to our ongoing partnership with the Ford Foundation, Mile High Connects was also one of three places nationally to be selected to participate in a cohort with the Kresge Foundation focused on ways that we can better coordinate and align efforts in ways that allow us to access new forms of capital for community development efforts.

Mile High Connects was also honored to win the Kay McCanless Award for Community Building from the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition and the Outstanding Leadership by an Organization from the Transit Alliance.

You can read more about our highlighted 2015 accomplishments here.

As we move into 2016, we look forward to even more policy wins, leveraging additional resources to invest in our community and reaching even more than 1,400 residents, 97 community leaders and 300 organizational partners we were privileged to work with this year.

You can read more about plans for our 2016 work here.

We would be delighted to work with you on any areas of common interest and effort. Please don’t hesitate to reach out at any time and join us or invite us to join you. All are welcome!

Sincerely,

Dace West, Executive Director