Stapleton Foundation Name Change Reflects Expanded Impact in Urban Communities

The Stapleton Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities has dropped “Stapleton” from its name.  The foundation will begin doing business as “The Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities” effective January 1, 2018. 

Foundation CEO Landri Taylor says, “The Foundation has recognized the value and need for this change for some time.  The Foundation thanks local community groups and residents who have brought focus to the Stapleton name and its relationship to the old airport’s namesake, Ben Stapleton, and his connection to the Ku Klux Klan in the early 1920s.  

“The new name, “The Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities,” better reflects the scope of the foundation’s work today.  Our function has grown over the past 15 years beyond Stapleton to the adjacent neighborhoods.   The Foundation is now active along the I-70 corridor from downtown Denver to DIA, including northeast Denver and northwest Aurora.”

The Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities was founded in the early 1990s by beloved Denver philanthropist Sam Gary.  Its mission: was to develop a plan to redevelop the old Stapleton Airport into a new urban project of mixed-use residential, commercial, retail, open space and parks.  The plan became known as “The Green Book.” The Foundation, along with the city of Denver, chose Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises (now known as Forest City Realty Trust, Inc.) as the master developer for the project.  

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