Our Investment Process

Constellation Philanthropy takes a portfolio-based approach to early childhood.

Constellation Philanthropy’s main vehicle for presenting opportunities to members is the Investment Forum, a half-day pitch and Q&A session that happens 3 times per year. Each member maintains complete decision making control over their philanthropic dollars, investing only in the opportunities that spark their interest.

In order for opportunities to secure a pitch spot at our Investment Forums, the first step is for an organization that works with the pre-natal to age five population in Colorado to submit an idea tied to a funding request to Constellation Philanthropy, either through our staff, through a member, or through our broader network.

Our investment committee prioritizes the following factors when considering an idea:

– Clear need coupled with sensible solution
– Fiscal resilience of the organization
– Leadership strength
– Member input on the organization or leadership
– Ability to sustain project over the long term
– Measurable and realistic project goals
– Dedication to data and learning


After significant due diligence and research conducted by members and staff, a few organizations are asked to present their ideas to the Constellation Philanthropy members and guests at an Investment Forum. This allows members the opportunity to ask questions of the leader and then decide whether to offer their support, and at what level.

Meaningful, streamlined reporting from funded organizations and across the full portfolio allows members to track outcomes over time, creating a shared sense of purpose and return on investment.

We seek to streamline the process by which social-purpose organizations pitch and report to individual donors, providing efficiencies to both our members and the organizations we support.