Unexpected Hope for Unexpected Expenses

New tires for your car.An emergency medical bill. Your landlord increases your rent. Unwelcome and surprising expenses happen to everyone, but to the 28% of Americans who have less than $1,000 in personal savings, they can lead to immense financial difficulty and debt. Molly Ray observed this reality over and over in her role at Saturn […]

Brian Gray
2022 Fellows Professional Projects Highlight

In May of this year, we graduated our sixth class of 5280 Fellows. Each spring of the Fellowship, we design, execute, and debrief our peers on a Professional Project. This project embodies the Fellowship theory of how people grow and impact others from the “inside out” — first through personal, then interpersonal, then organizational transformation. […]

Hilary Masell Oswald
Seeking the Common Good in a Small Place

Matt Allen used to be a Denverite and a dentist. Today, he and his family live in Salida, Colorado — population about 5,700 — and where he’s the CEO of a healthcare tech startup.But that’s not quite the whole story.Matt — a former 5280 Fellow who can still extract your aching tooth if you need […]

Hannah Echols-Grieser
Reigniting Awe: A 5280 Fellow Inspires Artists and Scientists Through Collaboration

As a teenager, Chloe Johnson aspired to study and work as a visual artist. Today, she has a doctorate in metallurgical and materials engineering and works as a metallurgist for ELEMENTUM 3D. Though her day job may seem like a switch from her earlier dreams, she’s found that the art and science world have a […]

Hilary Masell Oswald
CityGate Fellowships Expand to Richmond

The inquiries all had a familiar ring: A faith-and-work leader in another city would catch wind of Denver Institute’s 5280 Fellowship—a nine-month program that equips emerging Christians leaders in the Mile High City to serve God, neighbor, and society through their work—and call program director Brian Gray. “They’d say, ‘Would you help us start a […]

Dustin Moody
Abby Worland Joins Denver Institute as Vice President of Finance & Operations

Editor’s note: We recently welcomed Abby Worland to the Denver Institute team as vice president of operations and finance. Abby and I talked about her prior work, her participation in the 5280 Fellowship, and what she’s most excited about at DIFW. Our conversation below has been lightly edited for length and clarity. DM: How did […]

Dustin Moody
Shaping Student Character

Julia Mauro is an elementary school teacher at a Title 1 school in the Adams-12 school district, and a recent 5280 Fellowship alumna. We talked with her about the 5280 Fellowship professional project: identifying an area of brokenness in her field or industry, and developing a plan to address it. For her professional project, Julia […]

Hilary Masell Oswald
Loving Indianapolis by Feeding Hungry Kids: One Circle City Fellow’s Story

One evening last spring, in the early weeks of the COVID-19 lockdowns, a small group of faithful men and women in Indianapolis were chatting over Zoom. Part of the inaugural Circle City Fellows—a professional development and spiritual formation fellowship designed for early-career adults in Indianapolis—the small cohort had grown accustomed to lively, rich conversation about […]

Hilary Masell Oswald
Time for Something New

Samantha Glenn has always loved food. “I started a restaurant in our garage when I was six,” she says. “I pulled the patio furniture into the garage and sold Kraft mac ‘n’ cheese and grilled cheese for 25 cents.” From this auspicious start, she honed her skills in the kitchen and then earned a degree […]

Jeff Haanen
CityGate: Launching a New Initiative for Leaders

It was 2016. I was two years into launching Denver Institute. One day I woke up and realized a painful truth. I have no idea what I’m doing. So, I got on the phone and started calling friends and peers around the US. Geoff Hsu at Flourish San Diego; Lisa Slayton, then at Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation; […]

Jeff Haanen
How Effective is the 5280 Fellowship?

“How do you measure your results?” It’s usually not the first question I receive from a donor interested in our work, but it is the second or third. And it’s not always easy to answer. Measuring impact in the nonprofit sector can be tricky business. In the business world, it’s much more straightforward: profitability is still […]

At Work, With God, For the World

What is work for? Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours at work, but, as a culture, we’ve lost sight of the purpose of work. In fact, we’re in the midst of a crisis of work. Globally, only 13% of employees feel engaged in their work. That number is higher in America, […]