data initiative                                                            


The Piton Foundation’s Data Initiative uses information and communication to bring people in Denver closer to their neighbors, and their larger community, through a deeper understanding of the collective challenges they face.


The Piton Foundation established the Data Initiative in 1991 based on the belief that philanthropic and community-building efforts are durable when informed by reliable and objective information. In 1998, the initiative went online with the launch of a website of “Neighborhood Facts," a user-friendly searchable database of data about demographics, health, housing, crime, and education in Denver. The original site also included maps and neighborhood histories.

In the following years, the Data Initiative created additional tools for better data analysis and display, and expanded to provide data about Denver Public Schools, which it called “School Facts.”

Today the Data Initiative offers the following:


  • Technology Tools: The Community Facts and School Facts sites allow visitors to find information and perform basic analysis of data about Denver’s neighborhoods and schools.
  • Community Mapping and Analysis: The Data Initiative offers expertise in conducting urban spatial analysis, helping users understand and visualize data.
  • Data Visualization: Staff are skilled in using graphics and other visuals that help to explain social issues to non-data audiences.
  • Data and Evaluation Support: The Data Initiative performs research and analysis in support of key policy initiatives, including but not limited to early education, public education, transit oriented development, and affordable housing.
  • Internal Research and Development: The Data Initiative performs research and analysis to help The Piton Foundation make more informed program and funding decisions.


Next for the Data Initiative

The Piton Foundation continues to develop modern and improved data tools. Currently, the Foundation is building a digital “CitizenAtlas," which will offer tools and techniques for community advocates to tell data-driven stories. Building on our 15 years of democratizing neighborhood-level data, the CitizenAtlas will be a new platform that turns information into an actionable tool and empowers people who can drive social change.