Our community partner, The Matthew Shepard Foundation, is undertaking an initiative to improve the collection of data on bias motivated incidents (also known as hate crimes or bias crimes).  As an initial step in this initiative the Foundation is undertaking a project to collect data on the number and type of bias motivated incidents occurring in the Denver Metro Area.  To accomplish this objective the Foundation needs to connect with and collect data from people residing in the Denver Metro Area (the counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Boulder, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson).  The Foundation is collecting the data through a survey questionnaire.  The survey questionnaire asks about individual bias motivated incidents during the period January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

The data, results, and findings of the survey will be used only in the aggregate, and will be used internally by the Foundation in its advocacy work on bias motivated incidents and in preparing public outreach materials.  In addition, the results and findings of the survey may be shared with the Foundation’s partners and affiliates, as well as researchers conducting research on bias motivated incidents.

If you know of anyone who was the victim of a bias motivated incident during 2017, the Foundation would appreciate your connecting the person with the survey by either referring them to the URLs to connect to the survey site on Google Forms at either:




If the person would prefer a paper copy of the survey questionnaire, you or they can provide a mailing address where the survey questionnaire should be mailed to by:

  • Emailing the Project Director, Stephen Griffin, at stevegriffinphd@gmail.com, or
  • Sending a written request to Matthew Shepard Foundation, Attn:  Bias Motivated Incident Survey, 800 18th Street, Suite 101, Denver, CO 80202.

Thank you for your interest in the Matthew Shepard Foundation’s efforts to combat bias motivated incidents, and agreeing to assist the Foundation in connecting with victims of bias motivated incidents.  If you have any questions or wish information on the Project, please contact the Foundation Executive Director, Jason Marsden, at jason@matthewshepard.org or Stephen Griffin at stevegriffinphd@gmail.com.