Bill Fowler, Daniels Fund

TITLE: Senior Vice President, Grants Programs

FUNDING AREAS: Early childhood education, aging, substance abuse, amateur sports, K-12 education, homelessness, youth development, ethics in education.

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IP TAKE: A funder with a strong accounting background, Fowler is looking for organizations in the Rocky Mountain state with organizational and financial viability that can continue their work beyond a grant period. He and his team appear accessible and willing to work with applicants. If your organization’s work aligns with the funding priorities of the Daniels Fund, contact Fowler and his team.

PROFILE: As Senior Vice President of the Grants Program at the Daniels Fund, Bill Fowler oversees grantmaking activities spanning nine funding areas that comprise the foundation’s priorities. Those funding areas are aging, alcoholism and substance abuse, amateur sports, disabilities, early childhood education, K-12 education reform, ethics and integrity in education, the homeless and disadvantaged, and youth development.

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the Daniels Fund was established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, whose $1.2 billion estate transferred to the fund after his death in 2000. The fund supports projects and programs in the states of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Organizations whose programs or projects have national impact should contact Fowler or a member of his team before applying. In addition to specific projects, the Daniels Fund also makes grants for general operating support and capital campaigns.

As a lifetime resident of the Rocky Mountain region, Fowler knows the communities and organizations served by the Daniels Fund. He grew up in the area and is a graduate of Colorado State University, where he lettered in golf. An accountant by training, Fowler was the Chief Financial Officer of investment bank RBC Daniels before joining the Daniels Fund in 2012.

As a funder with an accounting background, Fowler pays close attention to the financial viability of the nonprofits and organizations that seek support from the Daniels Fund. Daniels is rarely the sole source of funding for a project. Fowler and his team at the foundation encourage grantseekers to cultivate a variety of funding streams. He also looks for evidence that an applicant’s program has sufficient financial support and organizational capacity to ensure that the program will continue beyond the period of a Daniels Fund grant.

The Daniels Fund does not have a hard deadline for submission of applications and accepts proposals throughout the year via its online grant application system. The grants team at Daniels works closely with applicants to develop strong proposals, and Fowler encourages grantseekers to call the foundation before starting the online application process. If you believe your organization’s work aligns with the Daniels Fund’s priorities, you should not hesitate to contact the fund and submit a proposal. Fowler and his program officers appear very willing to work closely with grantseekers on their proposals. The better a proposal, the more likely it will be accepted by the funder’s board.

Large institutions, such as school districts and universities, should contact Fowler or a member of his team at Daniels before applying. While the Daniels Fund supports a wide range of projects, it generally does not fund research; arts, cultural, or museum programs; historic preservation work; environmental stewardship programs; fundraising events; endowments; or debt retirement.