Lauren Y. Casteel

Lauren Y. Casteel is the vice president of Philanthropic Partnerships for The Denver Foundation (, a community foundation serving the seven-county Metro Denver area. In this position, she is charged with developing and leveraging leadership opportunities with the public, private, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors for the Foundation to impact ongoing community needs. She has worked in the nonprofit and foundation sectors for 24 years with responsibility in various aspects of leadership, special initiatives, communication, grant making, fundraising, board development, operations and external affairs. Contact her at

Diverse relationships: the path to systemic change

A relationship built around a film Soon after the Trayvon Martin verdict, I sat in a darkened movie theater with a mixed age and gender audience of predominantly, but not exclusively, people of color, watching “Fruitvale Station.” This powerful and highly acclaimed film clearly had drawn a group of people who related to or were... Read more

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