About Us

Our Vision

For all Coloradoans to have opportunity for dignity, self-sufficiency and wealth creation. 

 

Our Mission

To create opportunity for Coloradoans to reach their fullest potential for self-sufficiency through access to entrepreneurship, meaningful employment, basic needs and an improved quality of life.

Our Founder

Established in 1990, we are a private, grantmaking organization located in Denver, Colorado.  Our founder Kenneth King was born in Texas but grew up and was educated in Denver. King pursued higher education in Chicago where he attended and graduated from Northwestern University. King later founded Columbia Savings and Loan Association in Colorado. From childhood until his passing, King was heavily involved with Denver-area philanthropic groups. He served on the boards of many charitable organizations and was very active with Goodwill Industries. King’s passion for philanthropy carried through in his pioneering work in the loan industry. He always did his best to make home loans available for those who could not otherwise obtain them. Helping others, especially those less fortunate than himself, was very important to King. Toward the end of his life, he wanted a way to continue to give back to those in need and the communities that gave him so much. He founded the Kenneth King Foundation in 1990 to continue his life-long mission of philanthropy.

Kenneth King’s success was based on his integrity, his entrepreneurial view of life and his constant pursuit to find or make a way to accomplish his dreams. His friends and colleagues knew him as a resourceful, frugal, competitive and hardworking leader with excellent financial and investment knowledge. Kenneth King’s entrepreneurial spirit, such as his commitment to “doing what works” and “getting the job done no matter what,” have him the discipline to focus on setting measurable action plans to obtain his goals and objectives. All the while, Kenneth King insisted and ensured the very highest quality standards in leadership, management and execution.

Throughout his life, Kenneth King placed high value on individuals with similar qualities to his own: a solid work ethic, and the drive and initiative to improve their lives. 

Board of Directors

Jared Minor, Chair

Tim Welker, Past Chair

John Love, Treasurer

Matthew Banner

Tony Afshary

Alejandra Harvey

 

Staff

Janice Fritsch

Today, our Foundation is led by Janice Fritsch, who has been with the Foundation since 2002. Currently, she is responsible for implementing the Foundation’s grantmaking strategy, daily operations and is a member of the Foundation’s investment committee. She serves on the board of the Colorado Nonprofit Loan Fund and participated in the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation’s Leadership Denver 2020 class.

Janice has served as a board member for the Denver Lions Club and Lions Foundation, and as president of the Denver Lions Foundation in 2009-2010. She chaired Philanthropy Colorado’s program committee from 2004 – 2006 and served as an advisory board member for the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute.

Janice earned her B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and her M.B.A. from the University of Denver’s Daniels School of Business. Prior to leading the Foundation, Janice spent two years leading operations at Intrinsic Valuation, a boutique valuation firm. Before that, Janice spent seven years in interactive development consulting, as an account director at ad-serving provider Matchlogic, web development provider AGENCY.COM:Vail and high-technology public relations firm WeberShandwick in Boston. 

Cindy Willard

 Working as Director, Integrated Capital, Cindy is a Colorado thought leader in philanthropic strategy, grant making, and program development. She serves as an advisor and strategist for foundations and individuals. Cindy was Vice President of Community Initiatives and Investments at The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, served as a Senior Program Officer for the Johnson Foundation and was Community Relations Manager at The Denver Post. 

In her work, Cindy draws from her own community involvement having served on numerous boards and advisory councils including as a Senior Advisor for the Impact Finance Center, Vice Chair of the Board for WorkLife Partnership, a social enterprise that supports workforce development, and Board member for the Colorado Nonprofit Loan Fund.

After graduating from the University of Kansas with distinction in journalism, she went on to earn a Master’s in Nonprofit Management degree from Regis University, where she also served as affiliate faculty in the Global Nonprofit Leadership department. 

Omotola Williams

Working as the Foundations Grants/ Program Associate, Omotola screens, processes and tracks grant and program related investment applications so that they meet the Foundation’s eligibility guidelines and standards.  She ensures the content and integrity of all of the Foundation’s grants management, information management and telecommunications systems.

Omotola is interested in people, processes, and funding. She serves on the Board of Colorado Village Collaborative and works an Improvement Advisor with a nonprofit organization where she helps improve the processes of achieving housing outcomes.

Originally from Nigeria, Omotola graduated from the University of Lagos, Nigeria with a B.Sc. in Accounting. She is a chartered accountant who has over a decade of experience working in different sectors. Tola has a master’s in social work with a concentration in Organizational Leadership and Policy Practice from the University of Denver. She combines her finance experience with her social work skills to make social impact.

 

Strategic Plan

In August 2019, The Kenneth King Foundation adopted a strategic plan to set the direction for the Foundation over the next few years. In addition to supporting organizations in our four focus areas, the Foundation will dedicate funds to achieving the following three goals:

  • Increase quality jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities.
  • Reduce barriers to employment, self-sufficiency and enable wealth generation.
  • Sustain Foundation’s arts and legacy grantmaking.

Theory of Change

The Kenneth King Foundation has refined its Theory of Change to better define our purpose through a cause-and-effect logic statement, providing a high-level view of our desired results, beyond our typical answer: jobs. Our Theory of Change outlines our strategy and assumptions that ground our mission, vision and funding interests. Our three main funding areas, Entrepreneurship, Employment and Removing Barriers to Employment, are defined with short- and long-term outcomes with related activities, processes, theoretical assumptions and principles. We believe this framework will provide additional information for organizations to determine mission alignment in seeking grants. We also took a hard look at metrics and how they align with the multitude of measurement guidelines in this industry. We took a stab at mapping metrics we are interested in measuring and how they tie to industry accepted metrics. Click on the link below to read more about our theory of change and logic models

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