Inspiring Stories of Hope 2024 Fundraiser logo

Join us at thelargest event of the yearfor The Kempe Foundation!

Inspiring Stories of Hope 2024 Fundraiser logo

Join us at thelargest event of the yearfor The Kempe Foundation!

Join us at the largest event of the year forThe Kempe Foundation!

Stories of Hope

Kempe Annual Fundraising Dinner

You are invited to hear stories of hope from those served by Kempe programs and from the dedicated people who provide care and deliver Kempe services to prevent childhood trauma and improve the wellbeing for those who have been subjected to abuse and neglect. This fundraising event will include dinner, open bar, auction, awards, and entertainment.

Learn about how Kempe is reaching children in schools, supporting teachers, addressing the medical and mental health needs of children in foster care and much more. Come participate and support Kempe and help set the direction of Kempe’s priorities in making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families.


To register as a sponsor or ask questions, please contact Monica Brown at 303.864.5301 or


Kempe professional award

Heather Taussig, PhD



Garrett and Sarah Johnson

Kelsey and Stephen Sahli

John and Kelly Pavlakovich

Nathan and Zoey Crane

Jon and Teri Kruljac






Gold-Jon & Teri Kruljac
Gold-Reynolds Cannon


Silver-UC SOM, CHCO Peds
Silver -CBIZ
Silver-Nancy Gary


Bronze - CU Dept of Psychology
Bronze-Cindie Jamison & Chuck Marcy
Bronze-David Olds
Bronze-Richard Krugman
DeAnn Brunts
Bronze-The Hamilton Group
Schnitzer West
Bronze-Investment Security Group


The KempeLegacy

The Kempe Center

The Kempe Center is a living legacy to a brilliant researcher, teacher and prominent pediatrician who became one of America’s pioneers in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. During his professional career, Dr. Kempe received two nominations for the Nobel Prize. The first nomination was for his work in developing a safer smallpox vaccine, which helped eradicate this childhood disease around the world.

The second nomination was recognition for his contribution to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. Due to the catalyzing efforts of Dr. Kempe, reporting laws exist in all 50 states. His efforts also led to the passage of the 1972 Colorado law requiring legal counsel for the child in all cases of suspected abuse.

The Kempe Center was established in 1972 to provide research, training, education and innovative program development for all forms of child abuse and neglect. The Center is committed to improving the prevention, recognition and treatment of child maltreatment. Staff has developed numerous programs over the years, many of which have been replicated. Research has shown that abused children often become abusive parents. The Center’s mission is to break that cycle.

The Kempe Center Mission

The Center was the first of its kind, established in 1972 to better understand and prevent child maltreatment and to serve affected children and their families. For the past 49 years, Kempe has promoted understanding, knowledge and best practices to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect locally, nationally and internationally. Today we honor our legacy while looking ahead for ways to transform our field. It is our mission to improve the lives of children and families. We believe that abuse and neglect are preventable and people are resilient. We are curious. We take a stand. We test assumptions. Our leadership in advocacy, research, education and clinical work drives innovative strategies that transform the field. Through our work we strengthen families, communities and the systems that serve them. We are a catalyst, connecting people, information and best practices to translate knowledge into action.

The Kempe Foundation

A 501c (3) nonprofit organization focused on the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.

We work to ensure all children have the opportunity to develop and grow in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment by supporting experts in the field, advocating for children and engaging with communities. Through partnerships with The Kempe Center, human service agencies, other child-serving nonprofits and funders, we make a difference in the lives of children, families and communities.

Achievements and Success for the Future of our Children

The Kempe Child Protection Team provides comprehensive medical evaluations through inpatient and emergency department consultations at Children’s Hospital Colorado. The Kempe Center’s IMHOFF Clinic offers a variety of services that are family-based and short-term with the goal of improving children’s mental health, building their developmental competencies, and improving family functioning. Due to Dr. Kempe, our children are much safer today with countless lives saved.

the Need

In the most recent federal report, there were approximately 618,000 substantiated reports of child abuse and neglect in the United States. This includes 11,600 in Colorado alone. But child abuse is not a hopeless cause. We see success stories every day.


The Center’s programs serve more than 1,500 children and families in Colorado, serve as models across the country to treat more children, and answers over 3,000 inquiries from professionals. The Center also educates and trains thousands of professionals each year across the country.


The Center has produced more than 200 research articles that have made a difference in public policy, have created awareness and knowledge about child abuse and neglect, and have assisted professionals in providing better diagnoses, treatment and support to victims and families.

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