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


2014 Leadership Class

There is no doubt that autumn in Colorado is one of our most beautiful seasons.  As we transition to winter, the leaves turn to brilliant colors of yellow, orange and red.  The temperatures cool and the dark starry nights come quickly. For nonprofit organizations, it is a time to reflect on the year's successes and begin to think about how to apply those lessons learned to plans for the coming year. At CRC, we spend significant time in October and November discussing our programmatic impact, how we can do better and what else can we do to be a resource for nonprofits across the state. We examine our partnerships, we crunch budget numbers and develop expense budgets. We also discuss professional development and what opportunities are available for us as staff to build our own capacity. More importantly, we budget for it.


If you are emerging an executive director, I would encourage you to keep CRC's Nonprofit Leadership & Management program in mind. This 9-month program offers executive directors the opportunity to expand leadership capabilities, master new management techniques, and cultivate meaningful professional relationships.


We are now accepting applications for the 2015 Nonprofit Leadership & Management Program! Please review program eligibility and application guidelines on our website

Applications are due January 23, 2015 by 5:00pm

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: October 21, 2014
Time: 9am-4pm 
Cost: $150 Regular
Date: October 22, 2014
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $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 
Colorado Nonprofit Week Awards: 2015 Call for Nominations  
Colorado Nonprofit Association will again lead a statewide celebration of nonprofits and their achievements. Help to recognize those leaders by nominating deserving individuals for these exclusive awards. Awards will be presented during our annual Colorado Nonprofit Week Awards Luncheon March 20, 2015.

Nomination Deadline: October 24

Learn More

Boettcher Foundation Education Prequalification Form Deadline

The Boettcher Foundation seeks to make grants to support capital campaigns for the purchase, construction or major renovation of a building that is owned and used by a Colorado nonprofit organization. The next category is Education, which includes Early Childhood and Higher Education/Post Secondary. 


Boettcher Foundation uses a Prequalification Form that helps you find out if your Colorado-based nonprofit may qualify for an opportunity to be invited to apply for a capital grant. You must complete the prequalification form first!


Prequalification Deadline: November 14

Eligibility Guidelines and Form

Mountain Strong for Nonprofits

Mountain Strong for Nonprofits is an online giving website and campaign designed to raise much needed funds for the nonprofits in the Estes Valley. This is a sustainable website and campaign to continually assist nonprofits affected by the damage from the September 2013 floods. 


The residents and business owners in our mountain communities are always very generous with their charitable support. However with those longstanding donors dealing with their own flood recovery, money has been tight. Added to that has been competition from more immediate disaster relief needs. Just as people from around the country proudly wore Mountain Strong t-shirts in support of flood recovery, we hope they will join in supporting our charitable organizations through Mountain Strong for Nonprofits. 

Learn More & Donate

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

CRC Training Calendar
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 Campaigns & 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

Get Grants - CANON CITY
December 2 | 10am-5pm | $80 Early Bird-$100 Regular 

Finding Funding on the Web - WEBINAR
December 4 | 2pm-4pm | $25 Early Bird-$35 Regular 

Development Roundtable with Serve Colorado and Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS) - DENVER
December 11 | 2pm-3:30pm | $20 Early Bird-$35 Regular
In This Issue
CRC Training Calendar
Upcoming Grant Deadlines
RPD Updates
Rural Community News & Resources
Grants Guide November Special
You will receive a complementary PDF copy of Navigating Legal Landmines with the purchase of any 12-Month Grants Guide subscription in the month of November
Question? Contact Kelli at 303-623-1540 X160
Upcoming Grant Deadlines  
November 1, 2014

American Honda Foundation


Best Buy Foundation


Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants


Adolph Coors Foundation


ECA Foundation


Mabel Y. Hughes Charitable Trust


Laura Jane Musser Fund


The Lawrence Foundation


Marva Jean Jackson Scholarship Foundation


Montrose Community Foundation


Newborn Hope, Inc.


Youth Advocacy Project - Craig Scheckman Family Foundation


November 10, 2014

Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation


November 14, 2014

CDHE: Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Program Grant


November 15, 2014

Blum-Kovler Foundation


Ralph L. & Florence R. Burgess Trust


Nagel Foundation


National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA)


Sisters of St. Francis Social Justice Grant Fund


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

Communications Assoc.
Emily Treece, Ext. 190
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
Join us in the Northeast, Northwest, and Western Slope for education and training opportunities!

Northeast RPD Interim Steering Committee is offering a one-day professional development conference, "Polishing our Skills, Harvesting the Benefits" focusing on fund development, strategic planning, financial management, and developing relationships with funders. The conference will be October 15 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at Morgan Community College - today is the last day to register online, but on-site registration will be available.

Western Slope RPD Interim Steering Committee has launched a new education series, beginning with Great Governing Boards. Noel Hagen will present this half-day training on how to build a governing board that ensures organizational health and sustainability. The training will take place in three towns on the Western Slope: Ridgway on November 3, Delta on November 4, and Gunnison on November 11. This is the first in a ten-part series. Stay tuned for more capacity building opportunities!

Northwest RPD Interim Steering Committee has crafted an 18-month training series built to strengthen organizations across the five-county region. The series will begin on November 13 with a training on Strategic Planning. The ten-part series is based on the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Principles and Practices Resource. Registration is NOW OPEN!

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) Application Request:  $2.5 million is available to establish the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center. "The goal of the center is to reduce child food insecurity by improving access and coordination among child nutrition programs in up to 30 rural communities with persistently high poverty rates... The Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center would facilitate innovative strategies to support a healthier next generation in rural America." This competitive grant is part of USDA's efforts to reduce childhood food insecurity in rural communities in America. The rural communities will use their funds to target child food insecurity through greater coordination of the nutrition programs. For more information on the grant please click here


The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Grant Opportunity: The Our Town project supports arts engagement, cultural planning and design projects. The goal is to expand the knowledge base about creative place making, and to help transform these towns into lively, equitable, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Applications must be submitted by the deadline: 12/15/2014. Click here to learn more about this program and to register for one of the webinars. 

Helping Rural Regain Its Swagger - "What if everything you are being told about the demise of rural living is wrong?"- Robin Rather, Founder and CEO of Collective Strength, discusses transportation, planning, workforce housing, and renewable energy issues in rural America in this Daily Yonder article. Follow along as she encourages rural communities to gain confidence, and begin steps for the next "great rural age."  Read the article here


US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently published a guide presenting statistics on food security, food expenditures, and use of food nutrition programs. Rural areas saw more food insecurity than those in suburban and exurban areas around large cities. For more information, or to download a free copy click here.

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