Community Resource Center Monthly E-Newsletter
Success Strategies for Colorado Nonprofits
February 2015

Join CRC for a comprehensive, 1-day Introduction to Government Grants workshop, and learn more about the differences and distinctions amongst government grants. Participants will understand the essential elements required to find and write government grants, as well as how to evaluate the organization's eligibility and capacity to administer this type of grant.


This training will cover topics including: 

  • The culture of government grant funding (local, state, and national levels) - What makes them different from foundation grants?
  • Local, state, and federal government grants - How they are similar and different? Which is right for you?
  • How to find government grants - At the local level? State level? Federal level?
  • Steps to determine eligibility - Are government grants right for you? Do you have the capacity to administer a government grant?
  • Process for applying for and administering government grants (local, state and federal levels)
This training includes a 1-hour government funder panel featuring representatives from state and federal agencies to provide tools and strategies for navigating the government grant process. 

Panel guests include: 
  • Chelsea Baldwin, Domestic Violence Program Coordinator at Colorado Department of Human Services
  • Cara Cheevers, Deputy Director at Serve Colorado
  • Kelli Mowrey, Resource Coordinator at Community Resource Center
  • Pattie Snidow, Community & Economic Development Director at U.S. Department of Agriculture


Facilitated by: Kim Smoyer of Smoyer & Associates 
Kim started her business, Smoyer & Associates, in 1991 and has worked in communities across the country. Her areas of expertise include innovation strategy planning, meeting facilitation, fun and marketing development, and large project management.


Register for this training and receive 50% OFF a 12-month subscription to the Colorado Grants Guide, Colorado's premier funding research tool for nonprofit organizations. 
Date & Time: March 4 | 9am-4pm
Location: Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits | 789 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80203
Cost: $125 Early Bird (Ends 2/25) | $150 Regular



AmeriCorps*VISTA Openings!


CRC is seeking two AmeriCorps*VISTA members to join our team! Lead effective change by providing resources, services, and collaborative opportunities to rural nonprofit organizations.


The Northwest Regional Coordinator will be based in picturesque Steamboat Springs with the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and gain broad experience in Colorado's nonprofit community. This position will work closely with rural and statewide nonprofits and community leaders to provide nonprofit education and drive collaborative efforts in mental health care access and early childhood education.


The Rural Education Associate will be based in CRC's Denver office. This position will work closely with a variety of nonprofit organizations, statewide stakeholders, and CRC staff to provide increased access to resources, increased engagement between funders and community leaders, collaborative opportunities, and access to high quality educational opportunities. 


Learn more about these opportunities or apply today! 

Collaborative Logo_FinalThe Collaborative Center Is Now Available to Rent!
The Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits' Collaborative Center is now available for rent to nonprofit and public agencies! Many of you have attended trainings in this space, and we are excited to make it available for your meeting and training needs. This training space was custom-remodeled in 2012 and received significant AV upgrades in 2014. Check availability and reserve on the Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits' website.
Collaborative Center Features:
  • 70" LCD projection screens
  • State of the art AV equipment, including video conferencing capability
  • Outgoing phone line for conference calls
  • WiFi access
  • Affordable nonprofit rates
  • Access to prep kitchen area
  • 4 rooms to choose from, with capacity for 15-100 people, depending on room configurations
Questions? Contact Erin Adair-Guy, Education Coordinator, at 
State of Evaluation & Learning in Colorado Survey
Thank you to all who participated in the State of Evaluation and Learning in Colorado Survey! The time and thought you put into this survey was invaluable. The survey, conducted in partnership with the Colorado Nonprofit Association and The Colorado Trust, will help provide a baseline of information in understanding the role of, importance of, and challenges to evaluation and learning practices amongst Colorado nonprofits. We are currently in the midst of the interview component of the project, and we anticipate complete results will be released later this spring/summer. 


650 organizations entered the drawing for the ten $500 organizational donations. Congratulations to the selected organizations!

  • The Child Rescue Foundation, Inc. 
  • Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition
  • Community Enterprise
  • Families and Community Together
  • Four Mile Historic Park
  • Habitat for Humanity of Teller County
  • Lone Cone Library District d/b/a Norwood Public Library
  • Mile High Youth Corps
  • Southern Ute Community Action Programs, Inc.
  • Whiz Kids Tutoring
Fort Lewis College - Nonprofit Management Program

The Nonprofit Management Program (NMP) was specifically created to offer classes emphasizing creative approaches to critical, current nonprofit sector issues with effective, proven strategies and critical administrative skills for achieving organizational goals in the most challenging times. Classes are interactive, reality-based educational experiences utilizing front-line experts who bring years of experience and a strategic overview to each class. 


The Nonprofit Leadership Committee guiding the Fort Lewis College Continuing Education Nonprofit Management Program announces its spring class line-up for the SW region nonprofit sector. Classes will be held on the Fort Lewis College campus March 11-May 6, 2015. 


For more information, please visit the website or contact Gigi Bates, Director of Continuing Education, at 970-247-7385 or

Colorado Nonprofit Week Awards Luncheon
Colorado Nonprofit Week is March 16-20. Join us as we end the week with the Colorado Nonprofit Week Awards Luncheon. This is your opportunity to join with nonprofit colleagues, businesses, and government to celebrate the nonprofit sector's impact.

Congratulations to this year's award recipients!


William Funk Award for Building Stronger Communities

Mary Hoffman | Adams State University Community Partnerships

Julissa Molina Soto | American Diabetes Association


Steve Graham Award for Building Nonprofit Capacity

Jeannine Truswell | United Way of Weld County


Excellence in Media Award

KKTV Channel 11

Telemundo Denver


Legislator of the Year Award

Rep. Steve Lebsock | House District 34

Sen. Linda Newell | Senate District 26


Nonprofit Impact Award

Rep. Brian DelGrosso | House District 51


March 20 | 11:30 am-1:30 pm
CLICK HERE to register today! 
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Support Community Resource Center through AmazonSmile OR register your organization and ask your stakeholders to support you! 

CLICK HERE to get started!
CRC Training Calendar
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 Session

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

Grant Writer Roundtable - Part 1: Overhead Myth - DENVER
March 5 | 11am-1pm | $15 Individual Session-$50 Full Series

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

Executive Director Roundtable - Part 1: Financial Audits
March 17 | 11am-1pm | $15 Individual Session-$50 Full Series
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

Development Officer Series - Part 1: Overview of Fund Development & Individual Giving- DENVER
April 14 | 9am-4pm | $120 Individual Session-$300 Full Series

Development Roundtable with AV Hunter Trust- DENVER
April 16 | 2pm-3:30pm | $20 Early Bird-$35 Regular

Development Officer Series - Part 2: Capital Campaigns & Planned Giving - DENVER
April 29 | 9am-4pm | $120 Individual Session-$300 Full Series

Development Officer Series - Part 3: Grants & Foundation Relationships - DENVER
May 6 | 9am-4pm | $120 Individual Session-$300 Full Series

Executive Director Roundtable - Part 2: Performance Review
May 12 | 11am-1pm | $15 Individual Session-$50 Full Series
$15 Individual Session-$50 Full Series

Development Roundtable with The Colorado Health Foundation - DENVER
May 21 | 2pm-3:30pm | $20 Early Bird-$35 Regular
In This Issue
Upcoming Grant Deadlines   
March 1, 2015

Adolph Coors Foundation


CPW: Fishing is Fun in Colorado


DOLA: Colorado Private Activity Bond Program (PAB)


Dr. Scholl Foundation


E.M. Christmas Foundation


Goodrich Foundation


Helen K. & Arthur E. Johnson Foundation


Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation


Mabel Y. Hughes Charitable Trust


SmartWool Advocacy Fund


Southern Colorado Community Foundation


March 3, 2015

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation


John Ball Zoological Society Wildlife Conservation Fund


The TJX Foundation, Inc. 


March 4, 2015

Foundation for Protection of Animals 


Plus 50 Completion Strategy Grants


March 6, 2015

EPA: Environmental Education Grants 


March 13, 2015

Caring for Colorado Foundation 


March 15, 2015

Castle Rock Foundation


Fine Arts Foundation


Learning Disabilities Foundation of America


Ploughshares Fund


The Charles A. Frueauff Foundation


March 20, 2015

Bacon Family Foundation


March 25, 2015

Boulder Arts Commission Grants


March 27, 2015

E-470 Transportation Safety Foundation


March 31, 2015

H. Chase Stone Trust


Luther T. McCauley Charitable Trust 


Responsible Fatherhood Initiative 


Walter E. Lipe Charitable Trust


UCC Neighbors in Need 


Unitarian Universalist Fund for a Just Society 


U.S. Bank Foundation


Xcel Energy Foundation


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, 970-375-5807

Thank you to CRC's
 Major Contributors

General Operating Supporters

Grants Guide Supporters

Leadership Program Supporters
Anschutz logo

RPD Program Supporters
Adolph Coors

Anschutz Family Foundation

Boettcher Foundation

Caring for Colorado Foundation

Daniels Fund

El Pomar Foundation

Gates Family Foundation

Helen K. & Arthur E. Johnson Foundation

Rose Community Foundation

Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation

The Colorado Trust 
Rural Philanthropy Days Updates

Northwest Education Series: Join the Interim Northwest Rural Philanthropy Days (NW RPD) Steering Committee for a 10-Part Nonprofit Education Series geared towards nonprofit staff, executives, board members, and volunteers. Part Two will be held in Craig on Wednesday, February 18 on Board Development, presented by Maria Fabula, President & CEO of Community Resource Center. For more information or to register today, click here!


2015 Regional Listening Tours: Beginning in 2013, CRC has partnered with each active RPD Steering Committee to coordinate a three-day Listening Tour to more deeply engage executive-level foundation staff in regional issues prior to each RPD conference. After each tour, a comprehensive report is made available so we can share everything we have learned through meetings with community leaders across rural Colorado. Check out what we have learned to date and keep an eye out for reports and feedback from the Mountain and San Luis Valley tours in the coming months!


Mountain Regional Listening Tour | February 25- 27

San Luis Valley Regional Listening Tour April 22 - 24


Southeast Interim Committee Meeting: We are excited about the positive energy and productive conversations that occurred during the SE RPD Conference. In order to move these conversations and solutions forward, Community Resource Center will convene a group of stakeholders in a strategic planning session to identify and advance collaborative projects and capacity building opportunities in the Southeast region. Join us on Thursday, March 19 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Otero County Courthouse in La Junta. For more information or to RSVP click here.




The Colorado Trust has announced five new staff members that will serve as Community Partners, living and working in communities across the state. The intent of community partnerships is to work with resident-led groups to develop and implement strategies to advance health equity, ultimately leading to place-based initiatives and grantmaking. Learn more about the Community Partnerships Grant opportunity.


The Department of Health and Human Services - The DHHS is offering two grants for Community Development Corporations. The first funding opportunity - Community Economic Development Healthy Food Financing Initiative Projects - is for projects that address food deserts and improve access to healthy and affordable foods. The second funding opportunity - Community Economic Development Projects - is for projects that address economic needs of low-income individuals through the creation of employment and business opportunities.  Both opportunities will award bonus points to projects that create jobs in rural communities. Deadline 4/24/2015, click here and/or click here for more information or to apply today.  


The United States Department of Agriculture - The USDA's Community Connect Grant offers funding to help support broadband deployment to under-served rural communities where broadband service is least likely to be commercially available.  Eligible applicants range from nonprofit organizations, federally-recognized tribes, for-profit corporations as well as most state and local governments. Deadline 2/17/2015, click here for more information or to apply today.


The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) has released the 2015 version of its Assets and Opportunity Scorecard. This Scorecard leverages the power of household financial security data, the experiences of asset-building practitioners, and the influence of advocates and policymakers to raise awareness of asset-building issues and improve programs and policies that help low- and moderate-income families build financial security. Click here to access the data.


The National Center for Rural Health Works has published Economic Impacts of Rural Health, a study on the economic impact of healthcare on rural communities. Click here for a copy of the study. 
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