Colorado Givers looks at expressions of charity from both individuals and large foundations, men and women, and religious and secular groups. The book defines philanthropy in a broad sense to include financial donations made by large foundations and also intangible acts of the heart. These three Colorado historians begin with Native Americans who assisted gold miners flocking to the Pikes Peak gold fields in 1859. Their engaging narrative concludes with the foundations and nonprofits who have blessed the highest state with their millions. This lavishly illustrated book includes a section of colour photographs that showcases Colorado's most memorable givers and their gifts.
Thomas J Noel is a professor of history at the University of Colorado at Denver. A former Denver Landmark commissioner, he is now a National Register reviewer for Colorado. Professor Noel conducts walking tours of Denver neighbourhoods, specialising in cemeteries, churches, libraries and saloons.