|The Chambers Center
The Merle Catherine Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women is a $9 million, 32,000 square foot center that houses two of Colorado’s leading proponents for the education and advancement of women and girls in our state. The
Women’s Foundation of Colorado and The Women’s
College of the University of Denver offer educational and leadership development opportunities, make grants to improve women’s economic self-sufficiency, facilitate networking and encourage philanthropy.
A catalyst for social change since 1987, The Women’s Foundation of Colorado has built an endowment of over $17 million, and has invested more than $11 million with 200 agencies in 75 communities statewide. Its goal is that every woman in Colorado is economically self-sufficient and that every girl in Colorado is on the path to economic self-sufficiency in adulthood.
The Women’s College of the University of Denver perpetuates the rich legacy of women’s education begun by Colorado Women’s College. Through a weekend-only format, nearly 900 women who may not have had access to a college education have graduated from The Women’s College since 1982. Over half of these graduates have been the first women in their families to earn college degrees. Over one-third of The Women’s College student body are women of color.
Together at The Chambers Center, each organization continues its individual efforts while mobilizing to promote a society where the talents and skills of all women are valued, developed and utilized. Merle Chambers believed in the vision behind The Chambers Center from the beginning and Chambers Family Fund made a commitment to its creation by contributing $3 million. This lead gift helped realize the vision of a permanent home for The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, as well as classrooms for The Women’s College.
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