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A passion for people

January 2009

For his 40th birthday, Morris Price decided to go all out. He invited nearly everyone he knew to his birthday party - friends from high school, college, graduate school, and personal and professional friends. This birthday bash, however, had a very unique theme. Price turned his birthday party into a fundraiser, helping to raise over $10,000 for the GLBT Community Center of Colorado. Why not just an ordinary birthday party? "I guess that's just me," Price laughs. "Plus, who needs more sweaters?"

A very special birthday

For his 40th birthday, Morris Price decided to go all out. He invited nearly everyone he knew to his birthday party—friends from high school, college, graduate school, and personal and professional friends.

This birthday bash, however, had a very unique theme. Price turned his birthday party into a fundraiser, helping to raise over $10,000 for the GLBT Community Center of Colorado. Why not just an ordinary birthday party? “I guess that’s just me,” Price laughs. “Plus, who needs more sweaters?”

Meet Morris Price (’87), a man whose favorite things to do include hosting dinner parties (“I love to cook and just see what conversations come up around the table”), introducing his friends to new events around Denver, and getting to know new people everywhere he goes.

Involvement in organizations

Price’s energy and enthusiasm have always been a part of him. As a CSU student, Price was president of the Congress of African American Students, founder and executive producer of Black Cable Television (BCTV), and the 1985 Homecoming king.

After graduating from CSU, Price was encouraged by a friend and mentor to start his career in higher education. He became the coordinator of minority admissions for an all-male college in Indiana. Price went on to work in recruitment, admissions, and public policy at various universities.

In 2000, he received one of only 13 Colorado Trust Fellowships and attended Regis University to obtain a master’s degree in nonprofit administration while continuing to work for the Daniels Fund.

Price’s studies at Regis and continued volunteer work within the GLBT community convinced him to make a change, and he started with the Gill Foundation, the largest funder of gay and lesbian civil rights in the United States, in 2005.
 
“I feel like what I do at Gill is an extension of what I did in higher education: provide people with opportunities,” he says. As the national program officer, Price oversees Gill’s grant portfolio, focusing on strengthening advocacy organizations and developing leadership programs for GLBT professionals working in movement-related activities.

A growing community

In 2004, Price received the GLBT Alumni Award from CSU’s GLBT office. In late 2006, Price and five other CSU alumni formed the GLBT Alumni Alliance, a group dedicated to supporting GLBT services and programs at CSU. Price and his fellow alumni feel that in the time since they’ve graduated, CSU has continually grown as an accepting and supportive campus for the GLBT community.

Despite his hectic schedule, Price continues to seek opportunities with other organizations focused on civil rights issues. In 2005 he was appointed chair of the GLBT Commission for the city and county of Denver. Recently, he was appointed by the mayoral office to the 2008 Democratic National Convention’s Civic Engagement and Community Outreach committee.

What motivates Price to immerse himself in so many activities and organizations? “I am inspired by the things people with a cause are able to do with so few resources,” he says. “And more than anything, I’m passionate about connecting people who never thought they might have a reason to speak to one another.

"It brings me a lot of joy to see two people from completely opposite sides of the spectrum coming together to do good things.”

By Michaele Charles, ’99


Contact: Michaele Charles
Phone: (970) 491-6533