Jewish women were pioneers in early philanthropy in Denver and other Colorado communities. They helped establish organizations and institutions that served Jewish and general community needs. The National Council of Jewish Women was founded in 1893, and two tuberculosis sanatoriums were sustained by the efforts of Jewish women.

Frances Wisebart Jacobs was instrumental in the founding of National Jewish Hospital (1899) and the Community Chest (United Way). Ray David, who was nicknamed the “Little Mother to the Poor,” worked at National Jewish Hospital as a social worker. Seraphine Pisko worked her way up to be the executive secretary, or director, of the hospital. Anna Hillkowitz was a travelling fundraiser for the Jewish Consumptives’ Relief Society, founded in 1903. Fannie Lorber helped found the Denver Sheltering Home for Jewish Children in 1907, which evolved into the National Asthma Center. Tillye Shulman Levy volunteered in number of social welfare organizations.