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


Support CRC today on Colorado Gives Day!

TODAY is Colorado's largest one-day online giving event, presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, and we need your support!

This year, Colorado Gives Day features a $1 Million Incentive Fund, which allows you to increase the value of your gift. Each nonprofit receiving donations on December 9 will receive a proportional share of this Incentive Fund. For example, if CRC were to receive 10 percent of the total donations made on Colorado Gives Day, we would receive 10 percent of the Incentive Fund. Imagine what we could do with $100,000.


Everyone who donates to CRC today on Colorado Gives Day will also be automatically entered to win a gift basket celebrating Colorful Colorado. The gift basket features native foods and unique products from local businesses from each of Colorado's rural and metro regions:
  • Front Range: 2 Tickets to Denver Botanic Gardens and 2 Tickets to Denver Museum of Nature and Science (Denver)
  • Heart of Colorado: Cross A Ranch Skincare All Natural Beeswax Lip Balm and Hand Cream (Salida)
  • Mountain: Bonfire Coffee's "Garage Blend" (Carbondale)
  • Northeast: Round Pottery Jar Humidor Brown and Green Lidded from YouLoveItToo (Yuma)
  • Northwest: Rising Sun Ranch Creations Gardener's Healing Hand Balm, Soap, and Lip Balm (Steamboat Springs)
  • San Luis Valley: LeeAnn's Heaven Scent Creations Lavender Sugar Scrub and Holiday Soap (Alamosa)
  • Southeast: Colorado Mills Sunflower Oil (Lamar)
  • Southwest: Adobe Milling Company Anasazi Beans (Dove Creek)
  • Western Slope: Austin Family Farm Fruit Blossom and Wildflower Honey (Paonia) and Red Mountain Ranches Apple Butter with Honey (Cedaredge) 
Check out our donation page on Your support helps us continue 
providing opportunities, tools, and strategies to develop nonprofits and strengthen Colorado. Join us in supporting the success of the vital, dynamic organizations that enrich the quality of life in our Colorado communities.  
Thank you to our dedicated board members! 

The CRC family wishes to extend our appreciation to our outgoing board members for their dedication and commitment to our organization and the statewide nonprofit community. David Henninger, Susan Bonsall-Rosenberry, Max Tyler, Scott Johnson, and Erik Estrada have provided incredible support and guidance for years. CRC's substantial achievements over 30+ years would not have been possible without the unwavering support and hard work of these outgoing board members. We will miss them and know that they are not too far away.


Receive 25% OFF all products in the CRC online store!

Use discount code 2014Holiday at checkout to receive 25% OFF a subscription to the Colorado Grants Guide, Navigating Legal Landmines, and Start-Up For Success through December 31 




Questions? Contact Kelli Mowrey, Resource Coordinator

303-623-1540 X160 |

Now Accepting Applications for CRC's Leadership & Management Program!
CRC seeks qualified candidates with diverse backgrounds from nonprofits in all corners of the state to participate in this unique professional development opportunity. Now celebrating its 24th year, CRC's Colorado Nonprofit Leadership and Management Program provides innovative leadership and management training for new executive directors of nonprofit organizations. The 9-month program greatly enhances the leadership and management capacity of its participants on individual, organizational, and community levels. 

Join us for a FREE informational webinar to learn more! 
December 11, 10am-11am - REGISTER HERE
January 7, 2pm-3pm - REGISTER HERE

State of Evaluation and Learning Survey
In partnership with The Colorado Trust and the Colorado Nonprofit Association, CRC distributed a first-of-its-kind "State of Evaluation and Learning" survey to several thousand contacts statewide. Based on a national survey completed by Innovation Network in 2012, the Trust will craft a report summarizing the results of the survey in early 2015. CRC and CNA will look to partner on opportunities to use the report in capacity building opportunities next year, including an "Evaluation Summit" focusing on trends in the sector, educational opportunities, and best practices for success.

CLICK HERE to take the survey 
For more information, contact Phillip Chung at The Colorado Trust 
Conquer Your Database, Take Over the World

In this fun and interactive session, two fundraising database pros will share different viewpoints on how to leverage your data system for greater fundraising success in 2015. Attendees will hear tips from the experts and the crowd on how to create sounder strategies and identify the right tactics for deploying savvier technology to reach new fundraising heights.


Guest Speakers: 

Lisa Lane, MBA, bCRE - CEO of Beyond Nines 

Shannon Morales - Co-founder & Sidekick at Sidekick Solutions, LLC


Date: January 16 | 11:30am-1:15pm

Location: Denver Public Library - B2 Conference Level

Learn More & Register

CRC Training Calendar
Development Roundtable with Serve Colorado and Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS) - DENVER
December 11 | 2pm-3:30pm | $20 Early Bird-$35 Regular

Capital Campaigns & Planned Giving: Part 3 of Development Officer Series - DENVER
December 16 | 10am-5pm | $120 Regular

 Pen to Paper Grant Writing - Part 1:  Effective Case for Support - FORT MORGAN
January 15 | 10am-4pm | $80 Individual-$215 Full 3-Part Series

Nonprofit Financial Management - DENVER
January 21 | 10am-4pm | $100 Early Bird-$120 Regular

Pen to Paper Grant Writing - Part 2: Mission Building Blocks - YUMA
January 22 | 10am-4pm | $80 Individual-$215 Full 3-Part Series

Development Roundtable with Kenneth King Foundation - DENVER
January 22 | 2pm-3:30pm | $20 Early Bird-$35 Regular

Strategic Planning - Part 1 of a 10 Part Northwest RPD Education Series - STEAMBOAT SPRINGS
January 27 | 10am-3pm | $65 Individual-$630 Full 10-Part Series

Pen to Paper Grant Writing - Part 3: Grant Attachments - LIMON
February 5 | 10am-4pm | $80 Individual-$215 Full 3-Part Series

2-Day Grant Seeking Clinic - DENVER
February 12 & 13 | 9am-4pm | $300 Early Bird-$350 Regular

Board Leadership - Part 2 of a 10 Part Northwest RPD Education Series - CRAIG
February 18 | 9am-4pm | $100 Individual-$630 Full 10-Part Series

Get Grants - RIFLE
February 18 | 10am-5pm | $80 Early Bird-$100 Regular

Development Roundtable with Rose Community Foundation: Health - DENVER
February 19 | 2-3:30pm | $20 Early Bird-$35 Regular

Get Grants - BOULDER
February 24 | 9am-4pm | $100 Early Bird-$120 Regular

Government Grants - DENVER
March 4 | 9am-4pm | $125 Early Bird-$150 Regular

Finding Funding on the Web - WEBINAR
March 10 | 10am-12pm | $25 Early Bird-$35 Regular

Development Roundtable with Rose Community Foundation: Education - DENVER
March 19 | 2pm-3:30pm | $20 Early Bird-$35 Regular

Program Evaluation & Logic Models - DENVER
March 27 | 9am-4pm | $100 Early Bird-$120 Regular

In This Issue
CRC Training Calendar
Upcoming Grant Deadlines
RPD Updates
Rural Community News & Resources
Upcoming Grant Deadlines  
January 1, 2015

Anschutz Family Foundation


Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF)


Bee Vradenburg Foundation


Colorado State Bank Foundation


Echoing Green


January 2, 2015

William G. McGowan Charitable Fund


January 8, 2015

Boulder Arts Commission Grants


January 10, 2015

The Goodwin Foundation


January 14, 2015

CDE: Service Learning Grants Program


January 15, 2015

Gates Family Foundation


LEGO Children's Fund 


Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation


January 16, 2015

Moffat County United Way


January 23, 2015

The Libri Foundation


January 31, 2015

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation


El Paso Corporate Foundation


John G. Duncan Charitable 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

Communications Associate, VISTA
Emily Treece, Ext. 190

Southwest Regional Coordinator, VISTA
Ricky Green 

Thank you to CRC's
 Major Contributors

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 
US Bankcorp Foundation
Rural Philanthropy Days Updates

Congratulations! CRC is proud to announce that five organizations from the Southeast received $5,000 grants from The Colorado Trust as a result of the September conference in Trinidad. The Bent County/Las Animas Community Center, Crowley County Substance Abuse Coalition, Fishers Peak Soup Kitchen, Trinidad Community Farmers Market, and Two Peaks Fitness were all awarded grants. Best of luck to the selected organizations; we look forward to continuing our partnerships and seeing additional success from SE RPD!


Northwest Education Series: Join the Interim Northwest Rural Philanthropy Days (NW RPD) Steering Committee for a 10-Part Education Series geared towards nonprofit staff, executives, board members, and volunteers. The series will take place over 18 months, beginning on January 27 with a half-day session on Strategic Planning, presented by Maria Fabula, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Resource Center. For more information or to register today, click here!


Save the Date for SLV RPD: The 2015 San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days conference will take place in Creede, CO September 23-25. If you are interested in joining the Steering Committee, please contact Amanda Barlow at barlow@crcamerica.orgFor more information on the 2015 San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days conference, please visit



National Philanthropy Day - CRC is pleased to congratulate several National Philanthropy Day honorees for showing leadership in rural communities. These individuals and organizations prove that service and philanthropy are strong and vibrant across our state, with winners hailing from the Southeast, Heart of Colorado, and Northeast regions. We look forward to continuing our partnerships with these inspiring leaders!

2014 NPD Rural Honorees

     Outstanding Service OrganizationHugo Improvement Partnership: Hugo, CO

     Outstanding Philanthropist - Conrad Nelson: Buena Vista, CO

     Lifetime Achievement Award - Charles D. Latuda: Trinidad, CO

Colorado Trust Funding Opportunity - The Colorado Trust will be continuing its Health Equity Series through 2015. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply to host the four events, partnering with the Trust to live-stream the events in their communities followed by a discussion and networking. The grant will fund costs such as facility rentals, audio/visual technical support, event marketing, food, and other event costs. Applications are due by 5 p.m. MST on December 19, 2014. For more information regarding the Health Equity Series click here. 


US Department of Agriculture (USDA) USDA Community Facilities Grant ProgramUSDA Rural Development Grants assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns up to 20,000 in population. Grant funds can be used to construct, enlarge, or improve community facilities for health care, public safety, and community and public services. Deadlines vary by region.

Rural Health Research - New Topic Guide: The Rural Assistance Center has published a Conducting Rural Health Research, Needs Assessment, and Program Evaluation - Visit this new topic guide to learn about the importance of community-based participatory research to rural communities, find tools for conducting community health needs assessments and much more. Click here to access the guide!

President Signs the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act This act reauthorizes the child care program for the first time since 1996 and represents an historic re-envisioning of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program. This new law will have far-reaching implications for the more than 1.4 million children served by the CCDF program as well as the children cared for alongside them. Click here for more information or to learn more about the grant opportunity. 

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