Community Resource Center Monthly E-Newsletter
Success Strategies for Colorado Nonprofits
September 2014


This September, Trinidad, CO will host Southeast Rural Philanthropy Days. More than 275 individuals will come together on September 24-26th to strengthen their networks by building relationships, meet with potential funders and take advantage of professional development opportunities. In addition, the conference will offer opportunities to discuss regional needs and challenges of the 8 county region. Through a series of community conversations beginning with the Listening Tour, an ongoing focus has been to take a deeper dive into regional issues and identified opportunities for collaboration.    


In an effort to continue this productive dialogue, at RPD there will be an overview of the Listening Tour and an opportunity to brainstorm solutions around two of the region's most pressing issues. To review the Southeast Listening Tour Report, CLICK HERE.


We look forward to seeing many of you there! Registration is extended through Wednesday, September 10th.  Learn More about Southeast Rural Philanthropy Days!

Meet the Newest Members of CRC's Team!

Rural Philanthropy Days 
Program Coordinator

Amanda came to Denver after completing a Masters of Public Administration specializing in Nonprofit Management from Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management.  She brings five years of experience working with governments, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and private businesses. Amanda has worked, studied, and volunteered in Belize, Austria, and Italy, and is fluent in Italian.  She is passionate about helping nonprofits gain the resources necessary to strengthen communities and people.
Southeast Regional Coordinator AmeriCoprs VISTA

Daniel is a Colorado native, raised in Littleton, who just graduated from Colorado State University with a B.A. in Communication Studies and a minor in Peace and Reconciliation Studies. During his time at CSU he was a student associate for the Center for Public Deliberation and a reporter for the Collegian. Daniel's skills are in a number of broad areas, from deliberation and fundraising to journalism and communication, which are essential for effective community development.  
Communication Associate
AmeriCorps VISTA

Emily is an Ohio native, who is entering into her second year as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She is very familiar working with highly diverse and inherently vulnerable populations, including newly resettled refugees. In her previous AmeriCorps year, Emily gained experience in nonprofit development and capacity building. Emily earned her B.A. in International Studies with a focus in Conflict Resolution from Earlham College, where she also minored in Politics and Film Studies. She is passionate about empowering individuals to increase their quality of life, as well as positively impacting their surrounding communities. 

Mobilize Your Board to Raise More Money! Presented by Andy Robinson
If your board is not raising all the money it could - in fact, if your board is not raising any money at all - you are not alone. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss the reasons why, and outline strategies to turn things around. 

Registration includes Andy's new book, Train Your Board (And Everyone Else) to Raise Money.



Date & Time: October 21 | 9am-4pm 
Location: Third Street Center | Carbondale, CO 81623
Cost: $125 Early Bird | $150 Regular

Date & Time: October 22 | 9am-4pm
Location: Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits | Denver, CO 80203
Cost: $150 Early Bird | $175 Regular
3-Part Development Officer Series
This training series is for nonprofit professionals who are currently working in a development capacity and will provide a deep dive into the critical components of a sustainable fund development plan. Register for the Full 3-Part Series and save $20 each session or you can customize your training and register for individual sessions. 

COST: $120 Individual Session | $300 Full Series 

Part 1: Overview of Fund Development & Individual Giving
October 28 | 9:00am-4:00pm | Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits 

Part 2: Grants & Foundation Relationships 
November 4 | 9:00am-4:00pm | Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits

Part 3: Capital Campaigns & Planned Giving
November 18 | 9:00am-4:00pm | Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits 
2014 Fall Conference
The premier annual event for Colorado's nonprofit sector, the conference draws over 800 nonprofit decision makers, foundation trustees and staff, corporate giving officers, and consultants and vendors who work with nonprofits.  Join us for two full days packed with new ideas, timely information, and great networking. You can't afford to miss this!


Date: Monday & Tuesday | October 6 & 7

Location: Denver Marriott Tech Center | 4900 S Syracuse St | Denver, CO 

Learn More and Register Here

Tech4GoodDigital Story Telling Through Social Media

How do you tell your story on social media? With Facebook and Twitter popularity close to saturation, what other platforms strengthen your message? We'll present an overview of different platforms and the strategic "nuts and bolts" for Pinterest and Instagram. We'll then utilize case studies from the recent Hands on Tech Digital Storytelling series and others to explore the potential and community rules for these platforms and more, including YouTube and LinkedIn. 


Date & Time: September 17 | 4-6pm

Location: Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits 

789 Sherman Street  Ste 100 | Denver, CO 80203 

Mountain Strong for Nonprofits Launches September 12!

Last year, Colorado experienced horrific flooding and devastation. As the anniversary of these tragic events approaches, the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center (EPNRC) has joined with Stage 2 Studios and Neanderthal Marketing to announce Mountain Strong for Nonprofits. This new online marketing collaborative is designed to raise seriously needed funding for the local nonprofit community. The program will assist in rebuilding efforts following last year's flood and will help increase capacity for nonprofit organizations that serve Colorado residents most affected by the flooding. 

Learn More

Save The Date!

National Philanthropy Day is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy -- and those people active in the philanthropic community -- have made to our lives, our communities and our world. Celebrations are held annually in many states across the nation. 


Date: November 14, 2014
Location: Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Performing Arts Complex
1350 Araphahoe Street | Denver, CO 

Learn more

Take Action Today!

Nonprofits across the U.S. have an opportunity to help increase giving and grant-making. On July 17, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the America Gives More Act (H.R. 4719). Sign a letter from Colorado nonprofits to our Senators supporting America Gives More Act by September 10. The letter urges Colorado Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall to both support H.R. 4719 and encourage Senate leadership to bring it to a vote by the end of September. 

Click here to SIGN!

CRC Training Calendar
Development Roundtable with Denver Foundation - DENVER
September 17 | 2pm-3:30pm | $20 Early Bird-$35 Regular

October 1 | 9am-4pm | $80 Early Bird-$100 Regular

New to Nonprofits - DENVER
October 4 | 9am-12pm | $50 Early Bird-$60 Regular

Development Officer Series: Part 1 - DENVER
Overview of Fund Development & Individual Giving
October 28 | 9am-4pm | $120 Individual Session-$300 Full Series

Development Roundtable with El Pomar Foundation - DENVER
October 30 | 2pm-3:30pm | $20 Early Bird-$35 Regular

Development Officer Series: Part 2 - DENVER
Grants & Foundation Relationships
November 4 | 9am-4pm | $120 Individual Session-$300 Full Series

Get Grants - TRINIDAD
November 13 | 10am-5pm | $80 Early Bird-$100 Regular

Development Officer Series: Part 3 - DENVER
Capital Campaign & Planned Giving
November 18 | 9am-4pm | $120 Individual Session-$300 Full Series

Making the Ask - DENVER
November 19 | 12pm-4pm | $50 Early Bird-$60 Regular

In This Issue
CRC Training Calendar
Upcoming Grant Deadlines
RPD Updates
Rural Community News & Resources
Upcoming Grant Deadlines  
October 1, 2014

Baseball Tomorrow Fund 


Boulder Art Commission Grants


Chamberlain Foundation


Cobiz Cares Foundation


Colorado State Bank Foundation


Creel-Harison Foundation


The Denver Post Charities


DOLA: Colorado Private Activity Bond Program 


Gates Family Foundation


Hagerty Education Program at America's Car Museum


MDU Resources Foundation


Pueblo Day Nursery Children's Foundation


Sprout Foundation


Toshiba America Foundation


Bee Vradenburg Foundation


October 3, 2014

Caring for Colorado Foundation


October 7, 2014

USA Equestrian Trust


October 10, 2014

The Goodwin Foundation


October 13, 2014

Brighton Legacy Foundation


October 15, 2014

The Colorado Health Foundation


William H. & Velma C. Gerber Trust


Robert J. & Helen C. Kleberg Foundation


LEGO Children's Fund


Mile High Connect Equitable Transportation Initiative Grant


Laura Jane Musser Fund


October 17, 2014

CDE: Colorado Charter Schools Program Grant


October 27, 2014

The Telluride Foundation

October 31, 2014

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation


John G. Duncan Charitable Trust


Fred & Elli Iselin Foundation


Carl W. & Carrie Mae Joslyn Charitable Trust


Luther T. McCauley Charitable Trust


Ambrose Monell Foundation  

Office Depot Foundation 


H. Chase Stone Trust


CRC Staff 
President & CEO
Maria Fabula, Ext. 120

Rural Philanthropy Days Program Manager 
Leah Rausch, Ext. 170

Rural Philanthropy Days Program Coordinator 
Amanda Barlow, Ext. 130

Education Coordinator
Erin Adair-Guy, Ext. 100

Resource Coordinator 
Kelli Mowrey, Ext. 160

Operations Coordinator
Alisa Lapp, Ext. 145

Thank you to CRC's
 Major Contributers 
Adolph Coors Foundation

Anschutz Family Foundation

Boettcher Foundation

Caring for Colorado Foundation

Daniels Fund

Denver Foundation

El Pomar Foundation

Gates Family Foundation

Helen K. & Arthur E. Johnson Foundation

Rose Community Foundation

Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation

The Colorado Health Foundation

The Colorado Trust 
Rural Philanthropy Days Updates
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Registration is open through Wednesday, September 10!

Nonprofit professionals and community leaders from Baca, Bent, Crowley, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero, and Prowers counties are invited to attend this three-day conference in Trinidad on September 24-26. Take advantage of this opportunity to network with statewide and local funders, collaborate on projects and identify new funding opportunities. The conference is designed, organized, and funded by community volunteers from the Southeast region. To learn more, please visit our website at or find us on Facebook


Staff Positions Available:

CRC is currently hiring two AmeriCorps*VISTA members to join our team in Durango and Steamboat Springs.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the positions available



The Laura Jane Musser Fund's Rural Initiative Grant Program works to encourage collaborative and participatory efforts among citizens in rural communities that will help to strengthen their towns and regions in a number of civic areas including, but not limited to, economic development, business preservation, arts and humanities, public pace improvements, and education.  Applications will be accepted from October 1 - November 1, 2014. To learn more about this great opportunity click here.


The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering grants to nonprofits through the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) which provides financial and technical assistance to recipients in developing their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development. DEADLINE: 11/12/2014. Click here for application guidelines.


LOWE'S Charitable and Education Foundation is accepting applications for Toolbox for Education Grants. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of projects that have a permanent impact on a K-12 school community, such as a facility enhancement or landscaping/clean-up effort. Deadline: 10/15/2014. Click here to visit the website and review funding guidelines.


The Center for Community Change has new research on how to talk about poverty that messages a focus on people's life experiences. Read the Center's research brief, which is full of helpful terms and strategies to talk about building an economy that works for all of us, here.  


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