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 began doing business as The Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities in January 2018.

“The Foundation has recognized the value and need for this change for some time,'' said Landri Taylor, the foundation's CEO. "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.  

“Our work has grown over the past 15 years beyond Stapleton to the adjacent neighborhoods, the I-70 corridor from downtown to DIA, and northeast Denver and northwest Aurora. The new name better reflects our expanded scope."

The Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities was founded in the early 1990s by beloved Denver philanthropist Sam Gary to craft a plan to redevelop the old Stapleton Airport into a mixed-use development of residential, commercial, retail, open space and parks.  That plan, known as “The Green Book", guides the foundation's work today. The foundation and the city of Denver chose Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises (now Forest City Realty Trust, Inc.) as the master developer for the project.  

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