Rupal Shah

Senior Grants Manager

Rupal has worked for organizations with a mission-focus for more than 14 years, and has gained comprehensive experience in fundraising, nonprofit development and grants management. Prior to her time in the philanthropic sector, Rupal was working in corporate America. Each day she felt more and more drawn to organizations that are mission-oriented, and she hasn’t looked back since. Her nonprofit experience includes roles supporting missions related to health, financial literacy, early childhood development and education.

Rupal’s passion for the world of philanthropy is rooted in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). She cited the Foundation’s intentionality surrounding DEI to all aspects of the work as a motivating factor in applying for the role as senior grants manager, which she began in January 2019. Her drive to make a difference extends beyond the workplace, where she seeks out volunteer opportunities for organizations like Girls on the Run, which is dedicated to fostering confidence, healthy behaviors and self-respect in pre-teen girls.

In Rupal’s role, she is responsible for overseeing grants management, compliance protocols and supporting systems management of the Foundation’s grant system, Fluxx. Rupal cited the importance of grants management as a vital function to ensuring the Foundation is successful in achieving impact across our state.

Rupal is committed to leading a healthy lifestyle, and aims to embrace some form of physical activity each day – whether it be a long walk after work, finding an immersive Colorado hike, going for a jog on the treadmill, taking a spin class or a moment to become centered through meditation.

Life is best for Rupal when her entire family is healthy. Family, indeed, is one of her core values. She shared that her two sisters are also her best friends.

Rupal is an avid reader, though prefers listening to books through Audible, especially books by comedians. Her recent favorite is Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah.


B.S. Management – Georgia Institute of Technology

MA Public Administration – Georgia State University

"Working in philanthropy for a number of years, I’ve noticed the strategic shift toward a landscape that embraces equity and inclusion. To work for an organization that keeps DEI at its core is special, and means a great deal to me."
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