GroundFloor Media Establishes 501(c)(3) to Support At-Risk Youth in the Denver Metro Area

The Get Grounded Foundation Accepting Grant Applications in the Areas of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, Youth Behavioral Health and Childhood Hunger Relief

DENVER, June 3, 2015 - GroundFloor Media (GFM), a Denver-based marketing communications agency, announced today it has launched a new primary charitable giving arm – The Get Grounded Foundation. The 501(c)(3) Foundation is based on two pillars of thought already firmly established at GFM. First, that nonprofits, similar to many startup organizations, are entrepreneurial in their approach, yet often can’t find seed funding to get a new or innovative program off the “ground floor.” More importantly, it elevates GFM’s long giving history of focusing on organizations that our team members are proud to be a part of, including child abuse and neglect prevention, youth behavioral health and childhood hunger relief. As such, The Get Grounded Foundation will provide one-year grants, funded by GFM’s profits, for new or expanded, innovative or entrepreneurial programs or projects within an existing, qualified nonprofit that directly supports the healthy development of at-risk youth between the ages of three and 13 in the Denver Metro area.

“GFM has always been committed to giving back. Since its inception, the agency has donated the equivalent of nearly 15 percent of annual revenues back to the community – through cash contributions, pro bono public relations, reduced billing rates for nonprofit clients and staff time committed to community organizations,” said Laura Love, founder of GFM. “The Get Grounded Foundation really serves as a formalized extension of the community service activities and corporate culture that we’ve been committed to for the past 15 years.”

Grants will be made to organizations that are launching a new program (or trying a new method/approach) or expanding an existing innovative program that directly supports at-risk youth. Grants will only be awarded to nonprofit organizations whose local annual operating budget is between $500,000 and $5 million. The Get Grounded Foundation will consider awarding grants to local chapters of national organizations that are not a separate 501(c)(3). All grants awarded will range in size from $2,500 to $5,000, and the foundation expects to award up to five grants in its first year.

The Get Grounded Foundation has released its first grant application, which is now available online at groundfloormedia.com/foundation or by calling 303-865-8110. All proposals are due by 5 p.m. on July 1, 2015. A volunteer committee comprised of individuals from the agency and the Colorado Foundation community will review the applications, and applicants will be notified of their grant status on Aug. 1, 2015.

To learn more about The Get Grounded Foundation, visit groundfloormedia.com/foundation.

About GroundFloor Media

Staffed entirely by seasoned industry pros, GroundFloor Media (GFM) is an award-winning, integrated agency focusing on public relations, social media strategy & engagement, digital & creative services and crisis & issues management. Headquartered in Denver, GFM has more than 35 team members across the country. Additionally, the agency has global reach across six continents through its membership in the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN). Organizations like Tennyson Center for Children, SafeHouse Denver, the Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Division, the Colorado Health Foundation, LiveWell Colorado, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Bellco, Colorado Garden Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, have collaborated with GFM during the past decade to create impactful programs and meaningful social change campaigns. For more information about the agency and its award-winning work, visit groundfloormedia.com, or get to know the agency on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.