The DJ Chonz Foundation was created by local Denver celebrity and radio personality “DJ Chonz” (a.k.a. Mario Rodriguez) to help youth develop their interests in the arts, especially in music, dance, performance and other cultural experiences or activities. A renowned spin-master in the hip hop world with an affinity to creating talent organically through local experiences in the community, DJ Chonz and the foundation seeks to bridge the gap between creating music and social experience and give youth exposure to creative outlets regardless of their income level.
We believe recreational and cultural activities create a tremendous impact on learning and life lessons. Funds will be used for operations of the foundation and local non-profits dedicated to promoting musical, cultural and educational experiences.
The DJ Chonz Foundation is an official 501 (c)(3) as designated by the IRS. Tax-exempt status ID#: 82-4078994
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Mario Rodriguez came into a world filled with the culture off the streets. Although living under the guidance of his devout Catholic parents, Rodriguez dabbled in everything the streets had to offer from gang life to hip-hop.
Thanks to his older brother Delfino, a graffiti artist and break dancer (b-boy), Rodriguez went the route of hip-hop, a culture born on the streets but brought out the creative nature of its participants.
DJ Chonz Foundation
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato