Here at Janus, we believe the path to a better world starts at home. As such, we’ve fostered a corporate culture of social awareness and volunteerism among our own employees and operate a charitable foundation that has enabled Janus to extend its philanthropic reach to thousands of deserving organizations and communities nationwide.
The Janus Foundation was formed in 1994 as the primary charitable giving arm of Janus. Steeped in its history is a dedication to education. In its origins, the Foundation offered the promise of four-year college scholarships to select at-risk youth who were identified in the eighth grade. The Foundation’s objective was to motivate these students to pursue their dreams of a college education. It then awarded the scholarships to all students who met predetermined criteria by the conclusion of their senior year.
Always evaluating the efficacy of its giving, in 2007 the Foundation determined that a substantial investment in one specific area of need in our world headquarters community, Denver, CO, could make a greater and more positive impact. Keeping our historical tie to education, the Foundation now allocates more than half of its charitable funds annually to initiatives and programs aimed at developing high-quality teachers and successful students in the Denver Public School District.
Janus believes that this type of focused giving enables us to have a greater, more positive impact on Denver’s schools, its students and the community. Through this targeted approach, the Foundation is able to fund innovative, ground-breaking work that allows us to act locally, but influence nationally. As such, the Janus Foundation awarded a $3 million, three-year grant to Denver Public Schools in 2008 and another $2.1 million, three-year grant to the school district in 2012. Denver Public Schools has invested this money in the development of programs designed to increase teacher effectiveness, improve student outcomes and create unique learning environments for students that utilize today’s most innovative technologies.
Our most recent grant has enabled the school district to introduce blended learning instructional models in six of its schools. These “Janus Blended Learning Lab Sites” are traditional classrooms that have been enhanced with online content and interactive technologies to create a more modern learning environment. Through Janus’ funding, Denver Public Schools has purchased software, hardware, IT systems, data measurement platforms, professional development and staffing for the Janus Labs Sites, which are expected to significantly advance the learning potential for Denver’s students. Most importantly, the work enabled through Janus’ investment will allow Denver Public Schools to develop best practices, case studies, and professional development/change management programs that will not only benefit public schools locally but will also be valued and shared nationally as other schools and districts around the country begin implementing Blended Learning practices.
The Janus Foundation is proud to build on its long history of supporting critical education initiatives by investing in the futures of our most valuable resource - our youth.
As a way to encourage others to help nonprofits and to extend our charitable reach outside the education arena, the Janus Charity Challenge was created in 2001. This unique national fundraising program was part of Janus’ sponsorship of the Ironman Triathlons and later the Life Time Triathlon Series. The Janus Charity Challenge program helped athletes raise money for the charity of their choice, providing fundraising tools and making financial contributions to the charities of the top fundraisers at each race. Few other race-to-raise programs offered the same flexibility of choice. Over the course of the program, the Janus Charity Challenge helped raise over $55 million, with 2,727 athletes supporting more than 2,000 beneficiaries.
After thirteen extraordinary years, the Janus Charity Challenge has come to an end. While this is the end of an era, it is cause for celebration as well. What started as a grassroots fundraising program grew into an amazing community movement. As we look to the future, Janus remains committed to investing in communities and will be uncovering other ways to capture the spirit of the Janus Charity Challenge.
In addition, the Janus Foundation supports the giving interests of our employees through a generous Matching Gift Program. When they make a donation, the Janus Foundation gives in return. Each employee is eligible to have their charitable contributions matched up to $2,500 in a calendar year.
Finally, through our Disaster Relief Fund, Janus is able to respond to the sudden and evolving needs of many communities and organizations at a moment’s notice. In past years, our support has gone to relief efforts in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the tsunamis in Japan and Thailand, local Colorado wildfires, and more.
For more information about the Janus Foundation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that we are not currently accepting grant applications.
As a philanthropic leader, Janus has utilized its full resources – from human capital to financial capital – toward finding solutions to challenging issues. The Janus Foundation has taken calculated risks to find new methodologies that can affect positive change locally and nationally. And it has devoted 20 years and nearly $40 million to causes identified by employees and the Foundation as worthy of greater attention and greater investment.