direct effect

corporate giving direct effect awards

CHFA is proud to announce the 2019 Corporate Giving Direct Effect Award winners. CHFA’s Direct Effect Awards recognized 15 Colorado nonprofit organizations whose missions align with CHFA’s work to strengthen Colorado by investing in affordable housing and community development. Learn more.

CHFA is proud to announce our 2019 Corporate Giving Direct Effect Awards.

CHFA’s Direct Effect Awards will recognize 15 Colorado nonprofit organizations whose missions align with our work to strengthen Colorado by investing in affordable housing and community development.

Is your nonprofit committed to helping all Coloradans have the opportunity to achieve housing stability and economic prosperity? You could win one of ten $10,000 awards, or one of four $25,000 awards. In addition, one applicant will be selected as CHFA’s 2020 David W. Herlinger Golf Tournament beneficiary.

​Corporate Giving

In 2019, CHFA is committing over half a million dollars to support nonprofits that share our mission of strengthening Colorado by investing in affordable housing and community development. The Direct Effect Awards are an integral part of this effort and serve as a reminder that immediate funding of community-based needs can make a direct and positive impact.

What Is Your Direct Effect?

Tell us how your nonprofit organization has supported the Colorado community in the past, and how you would use the award to further your mission.

Submission Information

To apply, please:
  1. Fill out the application, to be included with your written entry.
  2. Submit a copy of your IRS exemption letter demonstrating proof of the organization’s nonprofit status or a state charter, articles of incorporation or other establishing documents designating the organization as a nonprofit or not-for-profit entity under the laws of Colorado, and the Colorado Secretary of State's Certificate of Good Standing.
  3. Submit the application, written entry, Certificate of Good Standing, and proof of nonprofit status by mail to CHFA, Attn.: Direct Effect Awards, PO Box 60, Denver, CO 80201, or email all items to

​Due Dates

Postmarked by December 7, 2019

Received by 11:59pm MST on December 7, 2019
All eligible entries will be judged by a panel comprised of CHFA staff and board members. Award winners will be selected based on the organization’s track record of success and based on the proposal and how the award funds will be used. Winners will be posted online at by December 19, 2019.

Additional Details

In order to be an eligible applicant, your organization must have a mission that aligns with CHFA’s work to strengthen Colorado by advancing affordable housing and community development.

Does your organization serve Colorado in any of the following ways?

    • Help low- and moderate-income Coloradans achieve or sustain affordable homeownership
    • Revitalize one or more Colorado communities through the development, preservation, or ongoing operation of affordable rental housing for low-and moderate-income Coloradans
    • Provide new or enhance existing support services or amenities for residents living in existing affordable rental housing
    • Provide emergency shelter, rental or energy assistance, and/or other resources for youth, families, or individuals who are homeless, transitionally homeless, at-risk of eviction, or seeking affordable rental housing
    • Support business growth and development in Colorado through mentoring, professional education, business recruitment, or other economic development activities
    • Contribute to and guide Colorado residents to enter into a cycle of economic opportunity and financial independence
    • An additional way that your organization meets our broad mission of affordable housing and community development, not listed above
Applicants seeking to further their work in any of the following areas will receive top consideration

    • Supporting rural communities
    • Serving special needs populations such as homeless, veterans, seniors, or the disabled
    • Advancing innovation in construction practices, service delivery, community collaboration and partnerships, or other kinds of change-making endeavors that supports housing stability or economic prosperity
​additional eligibility criteria 
​Eligible nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations include public housing authorities, cities, counties, and local municipalities.

The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority’s contribution is restricted to supporting the general operations and programs of the organization and may not be used to support any activity proscribed by Section 1-45-117 of the Colorado Fair Campaign Practices Act or advocacy in support or opposition to any state, federal, or local legislation.
​use of entrants’ and winner’s entries and privacy consent and release​
​All entries submitted in connection with the Awards shall become the sole property of CHFA and may be used for purposes related to CHFA’s mission, including art, publicity, marketing, trade, and promotion of CHFA and its various programs without compensation to Awards entrants. Submitted entries may be copied and distributed by means of various media, including video presentations, television, radio, news bulletins, mail-outs, billboards or signs, brochures, placement on CHFA websites, other electronic delivery or publications, as well as other social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, and use of submitted entries will be further subject to the user agreements for those media applications. Awards entrants waive any and all rights to inspect or approve the finished product, any accompanying text, or any material in which CHFA may eventually use the submitted entries. By submitting an entry for these Awards, entrants relinquish and give CHFA all rights, title, and interests in and to the submitted entries, including any copyright. This consent and release shall be binding on the entrants’ heirs, successors, assigns, and legal representatives. Awards entrants may only revoke this consent in writing and only with respect to the future use of submitted entries by CHFA after the date CHFA receives written notice of entrants’ or winner’s request of revocation of consent pursuant to this section.

CHFA will use the submitted entries in accordance with these Official Rules and with standards of good judgment; however, CHFA does not warrant or guarantee that any further dissemination of submitted entries will be subject to CHFA’s supervision or control. Additionally, please note that records held by CHFA may be subject to the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA), C.R.S. 24-72-201, et seq. By submitting an entry in these Awards, entrants release CHFA and its directors, members, officers, agents, employees, personnel, successors, and assigns from any and all liability related to the dissemination of the submitted entries, reproduction, distribution, and display of the submitted entries in print or any and all other media, and any alteration, blurring, use in composite form, distortion, or illusionary effect, whether intentional or otherwise, that may be produced in taking, processing, reduction, or production of the finished product, its publication, or distribution.

The Award winner must agree to be interviewed and featured in communication pieces related to CHFA’s mission, including art, publicity, marketing, trade, and promotion of CHFA and its various programs without compensation to the Award​ee.