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Wolcott Family Foundation

The Wolcott Family Foundation (WOLFF) is a private family foundation.

WOLFF focuses its funding in the areas of social change and environmental stewardship, with emphasis on supporting grassroots organizations for which a small grant can make a real contribution. It is a three generation, family-run organization, convinced of the power of small groups to make a significant difference in helping people change their world. WOLFF's area of geographic focus is Colorado.

The parable of the fisherman says, "If you give a person a fish, you feed them for a day.  If you teach them how to fish, you feed them for a lifetime." The WOLFF philosophy takes this further: "Teach them to teach how to fish, and together we can we can feed the world. Teach them how to teach fishing along with cooperative organization and sustainable practices and together we can feed the world with a high quality of life for generations to come".


Consideration will be given to projects that emphasize environmental preservation, advocacy and community involvement aimed at root causes of societal problems.



Priority is given to organizations that:

  • empower individuals and communities to organize for social change
  • seek to strengthen civil liberties and civil rights issues (Examples: equal opportunity, equal justice and racism, equal protection and due process, disabilities, reproductive rights) build community development that seeks to break the cycle of poverty, create economic opportunity and build effective leadership in distressed communities 
  • demonstrate linkages and interdependence of ecosystems and economics with win-win solutions and collaborative approaches


What Is Not Funded

  • groups with annual budgets over $350,000
  • individuals
  • scholarships
  • capital campaigns
  • endowments

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