Corporate and Foundation Partners

Support for Naropa's unique mission and programs also comes from businesses, foundations, and government agencies. These organizations make important contributions to teaching, learning, and other aspects of university life at Naropa.

Recent grants from businesses, foundations, and government agencies have included:

  • The Colorado Historical Society's grant of $213,482 to support restoration of the historic Lincoln Elementary School Building, the centerpiece of Naropa's Arapahoe Campus.
  • The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism established three scholarships for Naropa students, and donated $145,428 to launch the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education.
  • The W.K. Kellogg Foundation donated $100,000 to support the Reb Zalman Legacy Project and its work on spiritual approaches to social transformation.
  • The William Randolph Hearst Foundation donated $75,000 for scholarships for undergraduate students from underserved populations.
  • The Daniels Fund made a $75,000 scholarship grant as part of its Daniels Opportunity Award program.
  • The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Save America's Treasures and the GRAMMY Foundation have all made significant grants to help Naropa University preserve its unique audio archive. The archive includes thousands of hours of recordings of the many poets and writers who have visited Naropa's Summer Writing Program since its founding in 1974 by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman. Many of the recordings can now be heard online at the Internet Archive.
  • Twelve local businesses and foundations made gifts to sponsor Compassion in Action Day. Major sponsors included Wells Fargo, The Boulder Daily Camera and the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado.

If your business or foundation would like to make a gift to support Naropa University, please contact Development at or 303-546-3594.