Culminating a longtime commitment to advancing racial equity and fighting poverty, Donald W. and Lynn K. Burnes gave a generous gift to Colorado Center on Law and Policy, creating The Burnes Institute for Poverty Research at CCLP.
Through this partnership, the Burnes will provide CCLP with funding and Don will provide his expertise to support CCLP’s current research and ensure that the organization’s legislative and legal advocacy work is evidence-based, while advancing a racial-equity and anti-poverty agenda.
The Burnes also founded the Burnes Center at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, where they were the lead donors.
The co-author of three books on poverty, Burnes has served as an executive director for various nonprofits. He is a historian, researcher and consultant on policy and philanthropy. Burnes received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD from Columbia University Teachers’ College. He has studied issues and policies around poverty for more than 30 years.
Learn more about the Burnes’ legacy in this blog posting and look for more exciting developments regarding the Burnes Institute for Poverty Research at CCLP in the months and years to come.