We at the Kush Desai Foundation believe in paying it forward. Lifting up the less fortunate is not only the right thing to do but an essential building block of a strong community. The creation of quality programs not only changes lives but creates a ripple that can change the world.

About Us

The Kush Desai Foundation was founded in 2018 in Fort Collins, Colorado with the mission to make a difference in our local community. In keeping with that mission, we chose not to limit ourselves to one area of service. Instead, we are dedicated to supporting as many quality social programs as possible. Through funding only programs we deem excellent, every dollar donated to KDF creates maximum impact.

Our current areas of aid include victims of domestic violence, children and families in need, hospice patients, non-profit mental health clinics, homeless shelters, and students pursuing degrees in social work. We are not only passionate about creating an instant impact but also in constructing a lasting one through the development of future leaders. Our founder, Kush Desai, established both the NASW Colorado Chapter BSW Scholarship and the Dorothy Farrel Public Service Ambassador Scholarship, at Colorado State University. We continue to fund both scholarships to elevate those who aspire to dedicate their lives to improving the future of others.

In addition to our monetary contributions, we raise our partners and the communities they serve through improving awareness and connectivity in the social sector. Our aim is to showcase the great organizations we work with, talk about their needs, and highlight all of the ways YOU can help.

How We Make A Larger Impact?

  • We’ve done our homework so you don’t have to.

    1. KDF methodically assesses each organization we support to make sure the money you donate makes the largest impact.
    2. KDF publishes our research so that philanthropists and community supporters can make informed decisions about their giving.
    3. We closely investigate how much money each organization receives, how that money is utilized, the number of people their programs serve, and the efficacy of those programs.
    4. Rest assured, we know who is doing impactful work and we ensure the donation you entrust to us improves a life.


  • We develop a stronger community through building stronger connections.

  1. KDF is partnering with regional showcase events which feature impactful social organizations that share a vision of building a powerful community.
  2. The purpose of these events is to develop connections between organizations and create opportunities for collaboration. The more organizations collaborate, the better we can serve our community, and the larger our collective impact can be.


  • Our network is our net worth.

  1. Though we were established in 2018, we at KDF have a long history and vast network throughout the social sector.
  2. We are hungry to put all our resources to work for the benefit of others.


Message From Our Founder

“The Kush Desai Foundation was born from a passion to build a better world through lifting others. The value of helping others was instilled in me from birth. My grandfather was an English teacher in India for many years. He worked with students in inner-cities who normally would not have the privilege of an education.

He not only taught and mentored his students, but was a valued member of his community who people turned to for support, advice, and assistance with any personal problem. On $12/month, he supported his four sons and put them all through college. He instilled in them and his grandchildren, the importance of doing everything you can to help others. As well as the value of being a part of something greater than yourself.

Starting a non-profit has been a dream of mine for quite some time. Over the past 5 years, I have set aside 20% of every paycheck to make my dream a reality and found the Kush Desai Foundation. I am proud to carry forward the values that were instilled in me and humbled to have the opportunity to improve the lives of others through KDF. Thank you for visiting our site and continue reading below to see the many ways you can change someone’s life.”

– Kush Desai, Founder/Executive Director


 Ways To Help

Volunteer your time and talents!

  • Make an impact in someone’s life today simply by teaming up with KDF. You’d be surprised how large a difference you can make through simply volunteering a couple hours a week.


Make a birthday pledge!

  • Instead of gifts, have your friends donate to KDF.


Give monthly!

  • $10 dollars a month can make a big difference.


Donate NOW!

  • There is no feeling that rivals knowing YOU changed someone’s life!!!