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

Community Resource Center would like to warmly welcome our new board members who joined our leadership team in 2015. They bring a wide range of expertise and experience that will help CRC advance our mission and vision. We are very excited to work closely with them in the upcoming years! 
Deni Coryell - Attorney at Cure & Bain, P.C.
A third generation Coloradan, Deni grew up on her family's farm on Colorado's Eastern Plains. Deni focuses her law practice on family and criminal law matters. Prior to joining Cure & Bain, Deni gained trial experience as a certified student attorney representing victims of domestic violence in North Carolina, and prior to that, Deni assisted victims of crimes in seeking asylum and specialty visas in immigration matters. Deni has also worked on agriculture and water law issues.

Kim DeLashmit - Principal at Orange Marketing
Kim founded and manages, Orange Marketing, a full-service marketing agency overseeing strategic planning in brand positioning, web, and advertising, for clients such as Pura Vida Fitness & Spa, Granby Ranch Resort, Four Seasons Residential Estates, National Flooring Equipment, Mercury Products, and others. Kim has held leadership positions with Denver-based nonprofit organizations including Ballet Nouveau, the Colorado Ballet, the Butterfly Pavilion, and Community Matters.

Lindsay Dolce - Executive Director at Serve Colorado
Serve Colorado, the Governor's Commission on Community Service, strives to build a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility in Colorado. Lindsay is responsible for overseeing Serve Colorado and leading Colorado's Early Literacy Initiative, as well as providing statewide leadership in Colorado's AmeriCorps* State program, strategic planning for national and community initiatives, program development, community outreach, organizational and financial operations, and administration.

Maggie Frasure - Director of Marketing & Communications at Tennyson Center for Children
Tennyson Center provides residential and therapeutic services, as well as a K-12 school, for Colorado children ages 5-18. Maggie is responsible for strategically communicating the Tennyson Center's mission and vision and supporting fundraising efforts through advertising, branding, and content marketing. Maggie is a member of the Colorado Healthcare Communicators and the Public Relations Society of America.
Emma Missey
Marketing Associate
Meet Our New AmeriCorps VISTA!

Emma is a proud New Jersey native. She recently graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication studies. In the latter half of her college career, Emma found herself focusing on American social movements and the rhetoric that charged those movements. While at school, Emma was an active member of her sorority and Relay for Life, serving on both organizations' executive boards concurrently.

Emma was excited to join AmeriCorps because it was an opportunity to leave her comfort zone and branch out into the world of development and nonprofits. Outside of the office Emma enjoys running, reading, and soaking up the sun. Fun fact: Emma's favorite season is spring, because that's when baseball season starts up! Go Mets!

April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month! 

Volunteers are essential to the work we do as nonprofit organizations; they continuously help us deliver on our missions and their service supports our sector as a whole. It is important to recognize and thank them for their service throughout the year, but April, National Volunteer Appreciation Month, provides the perfect opportunity to thank them in a special way and reiterate how much they mean to your organization. How will your organization spotlight and thank its volunteers next month? 


Here are a few easy, fun ideas to consider:

  • Profile one outstanding volunteer's story and accomplishments on social media every day/week throughout the month
  • Throw a volunteer appreciation party during National Volunteer Week (April 12-18) to thank volunteers for their service
  • Add a short slideshow featuring photos of your amazing volunteers in action to your organization's website home page
  • Give a small gift related to your mission (i.e. if you plant community gardens, give each a seed packet and thank them for helping your organization grow!)
  • Create a peer-nominated "Volunteer of the Year" award and ask volunteers to nominate and share stories about one another
  • Highlight the accomplishments of your volunteers in a letter to the editor of your local newspaper
  • Call to say "thank you," send a handwritten note, or just give volunteers a smile and a high five!
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 
A Morning with Andy Goodman: Thursday April 23, 2015
Storytelling has always been a powerful way to capture attention and engage an audience. Stories are intrinsic to decision making and shape our view of the world. However, there is a problem with the way most non-profits tell their stories. Join us as Andy Goodman, nationally recognized author and speaker, shares his secrets and guides nonprofit professionals in telling compelling stories that move audiences to action. This customized gathering combines Andy's decades of experience in nonprofit communications with case studies, audience participation and fun, hands-on exercises. You will leave this captivating session with a great story about your organization and information you can immediately put to use in your communications. To learn more about Andy Goodman and his work, go to:
Date & Time: Thursday April 23 | 9:00AM to 12:00PM
Location: Sheraton Denver West in Lakewood, CO
Cost: $35 for members of the CNA and $55 for non-members
Institute for Leaders in Development
If you are a nonprofit development professional with leadership aspirations, do not miss out on the opportunity to apply for the next class offered by the Institute for Leaders in Development (ILD) at the University of Denver. This highly selective program identifies Colorado's emerging development professionals and guides them through in-depth professional development. ILD combines professionally relevant curriculum, a custom-paired mentorship program, and hands-on experience. Participants will create a plan to address an existing development challenge in their organization. 


Applications are accepted through April 3, 2015. For more information and to apply, visit

Annual Heart of Volunteerism Awards
On April 28, 2015 Metro Volunteers will host its 10th Anniversary Heart of Volunteerism event at the Denver Art Museum. This year, they are celebrating the legacy of Arlene Hirschfeld with their Lifetime Achievement Aware and the Impact of the Haynes Family with their Community Impact Award. These two recognitions are among the highest honors given to volunteers in our community.  

Lifetime Achievement Award: Arlene Hirschfeld 

Arlene was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame in 2006 and has been a long-time supporter of the Women's Foundation of Colorado. She currently serves on the boards of the Children's Diabetes Foundation, Denver Art Museum, and the Mizel Museum. 


Community Impact Aware: The Haynes Family

This year's recipients are Anna Jo Haynes and her daughters Happy, Mary, and Khadija. The family has dedicated over 40 years to childhood education in Colorado, including service as CEO of Mile High Montessori, school board member of DPS, school relations officer at the Daniels Fund, and more. 


Click here to learn more about the event, sponsorships, and purchasing tickets  

Donor-Centered Leadership Seminar
In this new seminar, Penelope Burk tackles one of the nonprofit industry's most frustrating and costly problems: the high turnover rate of fundraisers. Donor- Centered leadership offers surprising statistical evidence about why good fundraisers move on prematurely and what it will take to keep them on the job.
Who: Penelope Burk, Author, Trainer, Presenter, and President of Cygus Applied Research, Inc. 
Date & Time: Friday, April 17 | 8:00 AM- 11:00 AM
Location: Mountain View Room at Regis University
Cost: $40 for CPGR & AFP members and $55 for nonmembers 
To register for this event, click here
CRC Training Calendar
Executive Director Roundtable - Part 1: Financial Audits - DENVER
March 17 | 11am-1pm | $15 Individual Session-$50 Full Series
Development Roundtable with Rose Community Foundation - 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

Pen to Paper Grant Writing - Part 1: Develop your Effective Case for Support - ALAMOSA 
April 2 | 10am-4pm | $250 Early Bird-$275 Regular (Full Series)

Tips and Tricks for Using Microsoft Office - Part 3 of a 10-Part Northwest RPD Education Series - STEAMBOAT SPRINGS
April 10 | 11am-3pm | $65 Individual Session

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

Pen to Paper Grant Writing - Part 2: Mission Building Blocks - ALAMOSA 
April 16 | 10am-4pm | $250 Early Bird-$275 Regular (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

Pen to Paper Grant Writing - Part 3: Grant Attachments & Tips for Success - ALAMOSA 
April 30 | 10am-4pm | $250 Early Bird-$275 Regular (Full Series)

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

Nonprofit Board Leadership - EVERGREEN
May 7 | 10am-4pm | $100 Early Bird-$120 Regular

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

Finding Funding on the Web - WEBINAR
May 20 | 2pm-4pm | $25 Early Bird-$35 Regular

Development Roundtable with The Colorado Health Foundation - DENVER
May 21 | 2pm-3:30pm | $20 Early Bird-$35 Regular

Get Grants - BUENA VISTA
May 28 | 10am-5pm | $80 Early Bird-$100 Regular
In This Issue
Upcoming Grant Deadlines   

April 1, 2015

The AEC Trust


Baseball Tomorrow Fund


Bee Vradenburg Foundation


Cobiz Cares Foundation


Colorado State Bank Foundation

Crystal Springs Foundation


DOLA: Colorado Private Activity Bond Program (PAB)


DOLA: Energy/ Mineral Impact Assistance Program


Gates Family Foundation


Henry W. Bull Foundation

Marson Foundation


Nord Family Foundation


OEDIT: Bioscience

Discovery Evaluation

Grant Programs


Sprout Foundation


April 10, 2015

The Goodwin Foundation


April 15, 2015

LEGO Children's Fund

MGN Family Foundation

Robert J. & Helen C.
Kleberg Foundation

The McCarthey
Dressman Education Foundation

April 18, 2015

Snapdragon Book Foundation

USDA: Colorado Conservation Innovation Grant Program

April 22, 2015

Endangered Language Fund 

April 23, 2015

Jackson National Community Fund (JNCF)

April 30, 2015

Ambrose Monelle Foundation


Carl W. & Carrie Mae
Joslyn Charitable Trust

John G. Duncan Charitable Trust
Lynn & Helen Clark Fund


Patagonia Inc.


Ray Lanyon Fund


The Lawrence Fund


The Mary Kay Foundation

Education Grants   


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

Marketing Associate, VISTA
Emma Missey, Ext. 180

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

Southeast Strategic Planning SessionTake Action and Join the Conversation- CRC is convening a committee of engaged community leaders in the Southeast region to continue momentum set forth from the 2014 Southeast Rural Philanthropy Days in Trinidad. The committee will offer trainings to support the nonprofit community of the Southeast as well as move forward ideas generated at the Community Solutions Sessions. The meeting will be held Thursday, March 19th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in La Junta. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Amanda Barlow at


Northwest Education Series: Join the Interim Northwest Rural Philanthropy Days (NW RPD) Steering Committee for the continuation of our 10-Part Nonprofit Education Series. Part Three will be held in Steamboat Springs on Friday, April 10 on Tips & Tricks for Using Microsoft Office. For more information or to register for the upcoming sessions today, Click Here



Date:  Friday, April 10 | 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Location: CMC Steamboat Springs

Facilitator: Steve Kessler, Denver Data Man



Date: Tuesday, June 9 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Location: Granby

Facilitator: Maria Fabula, Chief Executive Officer - Community Resource Center



Date: Wednesday, July 15 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: Steamboat Springs

Facilitator: Kelli Mowrey, Resource Coordinator - Community Resource Center


Western Slope Training Series: Great Strategic Planning for Mission Impact- The Western Colorado Nonprofit Council in conjunction with Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days is pleased to sponsor a series of training opportunities for the region. The workshop will cover the necessary tools and steps in order to complete a comprehensive strategic plan for organizational success, and will take place in Gunnison, Delta and Ridgway over 3 days. Kelleen Zubick, seasoned nonprofit executive and State Director of Share Our Strength Colorado will be presenting. For more information or to register click here! Price of registration will be $30 until April 25, when the price will increase to $35. 
2015 Mountain RPD Conference: Mark your calendar and save the date for Mountain Rural Philanthropy Days on June 24-26 in Rifle! Nonprofit professionals and community leaders are invited to join for three days of capacity building, networking, access to funding opportunities, and collaborative regional discussions.

Conference registration opens April 13thTake advantage of a $25 discount when you register by May 3! Check here for up-to-date registration information and workshop information.


2015 Regional Listening Tours: Beginning in 2013, CRC has partnered with each active 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 will be available so we can share everything we've learned through meetings with community leaders across rural Colorado. Check out what we've learned to date and keep an eye out for reports and feedback from the Mountain and San Luis Valley tours in the coming months! 




The Laura Jane Musser Fund is accepting applications for the Rural Arts and Environmental Initiative programs. Rural communities in Colorado with a population of 20,000 or under are eligible to apply for general operating grants up to $10,000 and capacity building grants up to $25,000. The Rural Arts program aims to encourage and excite a wider population to appreciate, learn, and participate in the arts. The Environmental Initiative aims to initiate or implement projects that enhance the ecological integrity of publicly owned open spaces, while encouraging compatible human activities program. Rural Arts Deadline: 3/20/2015 Environmental Initiative Deadline: 3/13/2015. Explore the potential grant opportunities here.


America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Initiative, brought to you by the Monsanto Fund, aims to fund rural public school districts by engaging local farmers to nominate their respective districts. Once nominated, school district administrators are able to submit a proposal to promote science and math education. Deadlines for Nominations: 4/1/2015. Deadlines for School District Applications: 4/15/2015. To learn more about this opportunity check out the website here.


The Corporation for National and Community Service has published its 2014 report on "Volunteering and Civic Life in America." The report includes comprehensive information, which is beneficial for NPOs to know, including the knowledge that volunteers are almost twice as likely to donate to charity as non-volunteers. To explore the interactive data visit here.


"Rural America's Silent Housing Crisis," an article in the Atlantic, identifies the gaps in affordable housing in rural communities. "Much of the affordable-housing stock in rural housing areas is old and in need of repair. Many of the people who live there don't have the resources that they need in order to keep the houses in good repair." To read more on the struggles of rural communities go here.
Contact Us
Community Resource Center
789 Sherman Street, Suite 210 | Denver, CO 80203