logowithshadow2The Morgridge Family Foundation invests in transformative gifts in education, conservation, health & wellness, and the arts. The Foundation has taken a leadership-funding role in projects with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, National Jewish Health, University of Central Florida, University of Denver, Mile High United Way, KIPP Schools nationwide, The Nature Conservancy, and Second Harvest Food Bank in Orlando, Florida. The Morgridge Family Foundation is a private family foundation. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. News regarding innovative projects in the four pillars, which are the focus of the Foundation, may be sent to John Farnam at johnfarnam@comcast.net.

  • MFF inspires education leaders to dream big. At time when funding was tighter that tight, MFF offered grant opportunities to support literacy, STEM, innovation and 21st Century Classrooms. The grant process ensured that support included the necessary and even essential professional learning. Carrie and John Morgridge go above and beyond providing funding and successful models for implementation of grants; they get personally involved. They lead our endeavors with a state-wide conference drawing thousands of educators, district, school and state leaders. Share Fair Nation, is the MFF conference that unifies education, families and local organizations as well as industry partners. Each year has a theme to inspire us: Heros in Education, Blendastic Education, STEMosphere and in each one they share a personal connection or story. These experiences go well beyond a sit-n-get conference. We actively participate and engage in highly effective learning opportunities.”

    Kim McMonagle IT Director, Colorado School District

    The Morgridge Family Foundation is innovative in its approach to funding. They know the value of listening to the voices of the people with whom they share their generosity. At our school, The Morgridge Family Foundation has bridged a gap that no academic initiative or public policy could achieve, which is to allow students to fulfill their dreams of helping others. —- Through the generous contribution the Morgridge Family Foundation makes to our school every year, students are given the greatest gift, which is to dream of how to make their school a more beautiful, spirited, and equal place. Aside from creating projects at our school, many students use their time to use the funding to contribute to those who are often forgotten, such as the sick or the elderly. When a child who has very little can see outside of him or herself and recognize a need in others, and there is a foundation, such as the Morgridge Family’s, allowing the possibility to address this need, one truly witnesses the power of charity. — It is not in giving us money that the Morgridge Family Foundation has impacted us. It is in allowing students to give back by allowing them to experience the power of change first-hand that the foundation has made life-long impressions on the children of Miami Beach, FL.”

    Lucia Baez Miami Beach Senior High, Student Support Foundation
  • Because of the generous support of the Morgridge Family Foundation, the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (CLCE) at Rollins College continues to experience great success, providing students and faculty with opportunities to transform their education and focus on building a better world.”

    Meredith Hein Director, Center for Leadership & Community Engagement, Rollins College

    The Morgridge Family Foundation leads with philanthropy for underprivileged children throughout Central Florida.”

    Mark Hayes Education Director, Lake Nona Institute
  • The Morgridge Family Foundation has a deep respect for educators and a keen appreciation for the need to provide them with the resources they need to achieve their full potential. MFF’s vision and investment brought RAFT to Colorado, and their ongoing leadership and support has allowed us to grow into one of the largest and most respected teacher support organizations in the state, serving thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of students each year.”

    Stephanie Welsh Executive Director, RAFT Colorado

    Words will never be able to describe the profound impact that MFF has not only had on the non-profits that we support but on my personally. As a small nonprofit, we are consistently running into roadblocks. You and the Morgridge Family Foundation not only support us financially and help us do the work in the community that is so important, but you are encouraging us to continue challenging ourselves and those around us. You are always so encouraging and positive even volunteering alongside of us for our events. You believe in the work that Concerts For Kids does and those that we benefit. As one of the founders of the organization, you can’t imagine how much that means to have someone believe in you and the work that you are doing. –Thank you so much for your continued support of Concerts For Kids and our beneficiaries and for your support of my dreams for a brighter future for the children and families of our community.”

    Christie Isenberg President, Concert for Kids
  • The Morgridge Family Foundation has a passion for education done right, education done effectively, and education done differently. Their heartfelt financial and personal commitment has made it possible for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to think outside of the box and create the new Morgridge Family Exploration Center, where students are encouraged to pursue highly personalized, inquiry-driven experiences that inspire them to become lifelong fans of science and learning. We are grateful to the Foundation for their vision and enthusiasm.”

    George Sparks President and CEO, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

    Thanks to the support of the Morgridge Family Foundation (MFF), our schools from New Orleans to St. Louis, from D.C. to Chicago, and everywhere in between are integrating technology to support great teaching and improve student outcomes, putting next generation learning tools in the hands of students. As a result of our partnership with MFF, KIPPsters across the country — 95% of who are African American or Latino and 88% of whom come from low-income families —are developing 21st century skills that will help prepare them for college and the global world beyond.”

    Richard Barth CEO, KIPP Foundation
  • The Morgridge Family Foundation has empowered our schools to advance STEM education to a national level. They have opened doors for students to become consumers of information, producers of knowledge and creative work products and to address large complex problems. MFF’s unparalled partnership has encouraged resiliency, stewardship, advanced learning, and courage to not only learn in this next generation model but lead it forward. Their investment in education has fostered stronger communities and a passion for what is possible. Their systemic, unwavering belief in a better educational system is lived out in their commitment to people. MFF is pioneering what it means to truly give, inspiring a new model of philanthropy.”

    Kellie Lauth Principal, STEM Launch K-8

    Research has shown that the number one factor in improving students’ literacy acquisition and instruction is the teacher. Thanks to the generosity, passion and commitment of the Morgridge Family Foundation to the University of Central Florida College of Education and Human Performance, professional learning opportunities has come to fruition for thousands of teachers and teacher candidates to improve literacy acquisition and instruction. Through partnerships with the UCF Morgridge International Reading Center, the Florida Reading Association, the Central Florida Literacy Council, the Florida Literacy Coaches Association, the National Literacy Project, and the Reading Recovery Council of North America, the MFF impacts (discreetly and graciously) a professional network focused on honoring and serving teachers and students. The MFF impact and return on investment is positively exponential for teachers and consequently greater for students!”

    Enrique Puig Director, Morgridge International Reading Center
  • As Douglas County is working to reinvent American education for the 21st century, the Morgridge Family Foundation has been one of the few who have stood by us during both challenging times and celebrations. I could not be more thankful for their unwavering support in the best interest of students. We could not have done this without them”

    Dr. Elizabeth Fagen Superintendent, Douglas County School District

    The MFF provided critical support as we started our educational consulting business, The Center for 21st Century Classrooms. Our partnership together, with the generous grant funding by MFF, has provided thousands of educators with opportunities to transform instructional practices with the technologies needed to support the 21st classroom. Thank you to MFF for your passion that has had a lasting impact on the education of so many Colorado students!”

    Ann Zimmer and Karen Peterson Co-directors, Center for 21st Century Classrooms
  • The Morgridge Family Foundation has contributed significantly to the national discussion of issues concerning America’s poor by supporting the American Enterprise Institute’s Poverty Studies Program. Thanks to MFF, AEI has (among other initiatives) been able to describe the anti-poverty approach in New York City of the Bloomberg administration; evaluate the relative benefits and costs of a minimum wage hike or an increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit; and report on the financial benefits of marriage to mothers, fathers and children. Because of MFF’s involvement and support, Americans have the benefit of more bipartisan and diverse ideological discussion of all of the most important issues concerning struggling families and individuals.”

    Robert Doar American Enterprise Institute

    Book Trust would not be where or what it is today without the support of the Morgridge Family Foundation. With unwavering belief in our mission and a dedication to forging partnerships and sharing resources, MFF has helped Book Trust grow from a local nonprofit serving low-income kids and families in Northern Colorado, to a national literacy organization serving over 36,000 kids from fifteen states. The Morgridge Family Foundation, and Carrie’s leadership and vision within it, demonstrates how nonprofits and funders may best work together to create healthy, vibrant communities.”

    Amy Friedman Executive Director, Book Trust
  • The Helping Hand Fund has been a dream of mine for a long while. I was grateful for the opportunity to present my idea and design to the Morgridge Family who are well known philanthropists. Not only were they an immense help in ideas and important points, they gave me one of my first grants. I remain indebted to them to this day.”

    Dr. Mary Vader

    The Morgridge Family Foundation is fulfilling hundreds of classroom dreams for public school teachers across America. They’ve even funded DonorsChoose.org gift cards for thousands of people to pick classrooms they’d like to support, so as to show people that, indeed, every gift matters.”

    Charles Best Founder, DonorsChoose.org
  • The MFF is an engine of innovation and transformation, an exemplar of generosity and passionate commitment to the public good.”

    Michael J. Feuer PhD Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, The George Washington University

    The Morgridge Family Foundation’s support of YWCA Madison’s Job Training programs made a tremendous impact on job seekers in our community. As a result of MFF’s generosity, we were able to leverage additional funding to stabilize and grow our construction training program, and to develop a new technology training program, allowing us to serve more community members who need jobs. “Isaiah,” for example, transformed his life through the MFF-funded YWCA Construct-U program. He went from incarceration to employment, becoming a foreman in only 6 months.”

    Rachel Krinsky YWCA work program in Madison, WI
  • The Morgridge Family Foundation’s impact on our nation’s educational system is profound. MFF helped Bridgewater College play a key role in strengthening experiential learning in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, stimulating teachers and exciting learners of all ages—just as it has done in communities around the country. Our college is thrilled to be a partner as MFF works diligently to transform lives through education.”

    Dr. David W. Bushman President, Bridgewater College

    It’s been an honor to work with you and the Morgridge Family Foundation! MFF support was critical to our Colorado Rebuild project, and allowed the extension that expanded our results to 13 homes repaired or rebuilt, including the full build that you, John, and the great MFF staff all came on helped with. —-The MFF quick response, and total involvement, made the Colorado Build project a great success, and fun for me and all the All Hands volunteers and staff that worked with you.”

    David Campbell Founder, All Hands Volunteer
  • The Morgridge Family Foundation has allowed us to not only dream big dreams but to actually live them. Their investment in innovation keeps changing lives and providing hope for the people we serve.”

    Dave Krepcho

    The MFF has allowed me to share my passion for teaching and learning on a larger scale than I ever would have been able to. Spreading my excitement for educational technology would not have been possible without the leadership and vision of the MFF and Share Fair team!”

    Ian A. Belanger teacher, Cracker Trail Elementary School
  • MFF inspires education leaders to dream big. At time when funding was tighter that tight, MFF offered grant opportunities to support literacy, STEM, innovation and 21st Century Classrooms. The grant process ensured that support included the necessary and even essential professional learning. Carrie and John Morgridge go above and beyond providing funding and successful models for implementation of grants; they get personally involved. They lead our endeavors with a state-wide conference drawing thousands of educators, district, school and state leaders. Share Fair Nation, is the MFF conference that unifies education, families and local organizations as well as industry partners. Each year has a theme to inspire us: Heros in Education, Blendastic Education, STEMosphere and in each one they share a personal connection or story. These experiences go well beyond a sit-n-get conference. We actively participate and engage in highly effective learning opportunities.”

    Kim McMonagle IT Director, Colorado School District
  • The Morgridge Family Foundation is innovative in its approach to funding. They know the value of listening to the voices of the people with whom they share their generosity. At our school, The Morgridge Family Foundation has bridged a gap that no academic initiative or public policy could achieve, which is to allow students to fulfill their dreams of helping others. —- Through the generous contribution the Morgridge Family Foundation makes to our school every year, students are given the greatest gift, which is to dream of how to make their school a more beautiful, spirited, and equal place. Aside from creating projects at our school, many students use their time to use the funding to contribute to those who are often forgotten, such as the sick or the elderly. When a child who has very little can see outside of him or herself and recognize a need in others, and there is a foundation, such as the Morgridge Family’s, allowing the possibility to address this need, one truly witnesses the power of charity. — It is not in giving us money that the Morgridge Family Foundation has impacted us. It is in allowing students to give back by allowing them to experience the power of change first-hand that the foundation has made life-long impressions on the children of Miami Beach, FL.”

    Lucia Baez Miami Beach Senior High, Student Support Foundation
  • Because of the generous support of the Morgridge Family Foundation, the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (CLCE) at Rollins College continues to experience great success, providing students and faculty with opportunities to transform their education and focus on building a better world.”

    Meredith Hein Director, Center for Leadership & Community Engagement, Rollins College
  • The Morgridge Family Foundation leads with philanthropy for underprivileged children throughout Central Florida.”

    Mark Hayes Education Director, Lake Nona Institute
  • The Morgridge Family Foundation has a deep respect for educators and a keen appreciation for the need to provide them with the resources they need to achieve their full potential. MFF’s vision and investment brought RAFT to Colorado, and their ongoing leadership and support has allowed us to grow into one of the largest and most respected teacher support organizations in the state, serving thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of students each year.”

    Stephanie Welsh Executive Director, RAFT Colorado
  • Words will never be able to describe the profound impact that MFF has not only had on the non-profits that we support but on my personally. As a small nonprofit, we are consistently running into roadblocks. You and the Morgridge Family Foundation not only support us financially and help us do the work in the community that is so important, but you are encouraging us to continue challenging ourselves and those around us. You are always so encouraging and positive even volunteering alongside of us for our events. You believe in the work that Concerts For Kids does and those that we benefit. As one of the founders of the organization, you can’t imagine how much that means to have someone believe in you and the work that you are doing. –Thank you so much for your continued support of Concerts For Kids and our beneficiaries and for your support of my dreams for a brighter future for the children and families of our community.”

    Christie Isenberg President, Concert for Kids
  • The Morgridge Family Foundation has a passion for education done right, education done effectively, and education done differently. Their heartfelt financial and personal commitment has made it possible for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to think outside of the box and create the new Morgridge Family Exploration Center, where students are encouraged to pursue highly personalized, inquiry-driven experiences that inspire them to become lifelong fans of science and learning. We are grateful to the Foundation for their vision and enthusiasm.”

    George Sparks President and CEO, Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • Thanks to the support of the Morgridge Family Foundation (MFF), our schools from New Orleans to St. Louis, from D.C. to Chicago, and everywhere in between are integrating technology to support great teaching and improve student outcomes, putting next generation learning tools in the hands of students. As a result of our partnership with MFF, KIPPsters across the country — 95% of who are African American or Latino and 88% of whom come from low-income families —are developing 21st century skills that will help prepare them for college and the global world beyond.”

    Richard Barth CEO, KIPP Foundation
  • The Morgridge Family Foundation has empowered our schools to advance STEM education to a national level. They have opened doors for students to become consumers of information, producers of knowledge and creative work products and to address large complex problems. MFF’s unparalled partnership has encouraged resiliency, stewardship, advanced learning, and courage to not only learn in this next generation model but lead it forward. Their investment in education has fostered stronger communities and a passion for what is possible. Their systemic, unwavering belief in a better educational system is lived out in their commitment to people. MFF is pioneering what it means to truly give, inspiring a new model of philanthropy.”

    Kellie Lauth Principal, STEM Launch K-8
  • Research has shown that the number one factor in improving students’ literacy acquisition and instruction is the teacher. Thanks to the generosity, passion and commitment of the Morgridge Family Foundation to the University of Central Florida College of Education and Human Performance, professional learning opportunities has come to fruition for thousands of teachers and teacher candidates to improve literacy acquisition and instruction. Through partnerships with the UCF Morgridge International Reading Center, the Florida Reading Association, the Central Florida Literacy Council, the Florida Literacy Coaches Association, the National Literacy Project, and the Reading Recovery Council of North America, the MFF impacts (discreetly and graciously) a professional network focused on honoring and serving teachers and students. The MFF impact and return on investment is positively exponential for teachers and consequently greater for students!”

    Enrique Puig Director, Morgridge International Reading Center
  • As Douglas County is working to reinvent American education for the 21st century, the Morgridge Family Foundation has been one of the few who have stood by us during both challenging times and celebrations. I could not be more thankful for their unwavering support in the best interest of students. We could not have done this without them”

    Dr. Elizabeth Fagen Superintendent, Douglas County School District
  • The MFF provided critical support as we started our educational consulting business, The Center for 21st Century Classrooms. Our partnership together, with the generous grant funding by MFF, has provided thousands of educators with opportunities to transform instructional practices with the technologies needed to support the 21st classroom. Thank you to MFF for your passion that has had a lasting impact on the education of so many Colorado students!”

    Ann Zimmer and Karen Peterson Co-directors, Center for 21st Century Classrooms
  • The Morgridge Family Foundation has contributed significantly to the national discussion of issues concerning America’s poor by supporting the American Enterprise Institute’s Poverty Studies Program. Thanks to MFF, AEI has (among other initiatives) been able to describe the anti-poverty approach in New York City of the Bloomberg administration; evaluate the relative benefits and costs of a minimum wage hike or an increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit; and report on the financial benefits of marriage to mothers, fathers and children. Because of MFF’s involvement and support, Americans have the benefit of more bipartisan and diverse ideological discussion of all of the most important issues concerning struggling families and individuals.”

    Robert Doar American Enterprise Institute
  • Book Trust would not be where or what it is today without the support of the Morgridge Family Foundation. With unwavering belief in our mission and a dedication to forging partnerships and sharing resources, MFF has helped Book Trust grow from a local nonprofit serving low-income kids and families in Northern Colorado, to a national literacy organization serving over 36,000 kids from fifteen states. The Morgridge Family Foundation, and Carrie’s leadership and vision within it, demonstrates how nonprofits and funders may best work together to create healthy, vibrant communities.”

    Amy Friedman Executive Director, Book Trust
  • The Helping Hand Fund has been a dream of mine for a long while. I was grateful for the opportunity to present my idea and design to the Morgridge Family who are well known philanthropists. Not only were they an immense help in ideas and important points, they gave me one of my first grants. I remain indebted to them to this day.”

    Dr. Mary Vader
  • The Morgridge Family Foundation is fulfilling hundreds of classroom dreams for public school teachers across America. They’ve even funded DonorsChoose.org gift cards for thousands of people to pick classrooms they’d like to support, so as to show people that, indeed, every gift matters.”

    Charles Best Founder, DonorsChoose.org
  • The MFF is an engine of innovation and transformation, an exemplar of generosity and passionate commitment to the public good.”

    Michael J. Feuer PhD Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, The George Washington University
  • The Morgridge Family Foundation’s support of YWCA Madison’s Job Training programs made a tremendous impact on job seekers in our community. As a result of MFF’s generosity, we were able to leverage additional funding to stabilize and grow our construction training program, and to develop a new technology training program, allowing us to serve more community members who need jobs. “Isaiah,” for example, transformed his life through the MFF-funded YWCA Construct-U program. He went from incarceration to employment, becoming a foreman in only 6 months.”

    Rachel Krinsky YWCA work program in Madison, WI
  • The Morgridge Family Foundation’s impact on our nation’s educational system is profound. MFF helped Bridgewater College play a key role in strengthening experiential learning in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, stimulating teachers and exciting learners of all ages—just as it has done in communities around the country. Our college is thrilled to be a partner as MFF works diligently to transform lives through education.”

    Dr. David W. Bushman President, Bridgewater College
  • It’s been an honor to work with you and the Morgridge Family Foundation! MFF support was critical to our Colorado Rebuild project, and allowed the extension that expanded our results to 13 homes repaired or rebuilt, including the full build that you, John, and the great MFF staff all came on helped with. —-The MFF quick response, and total involvement, made the Colorado Build project a great success, and fun for me and all the All Hands volunteers and staff that worked with you.”

    David Campbell Founder, All Hands Volunteer
  • The Morgridge Family Foundation has allowed us to not only dream big dreams but to actually live them. Their investment in innovation keeps changing lives and providing hope for the people we serve.”

    Dave Krepcho
  • The MFF has allowed me to share my passion for teaching and learning on a larger scale than I ever would have been able to. Spreading my excitement for educational technology would not have been possible without the leadership and vision of the MFF and Share Fair team!”

    Ian A. Belanger teacher, Cracker Trail Elementary School