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

Through strategic conversations and planning between Anschutz Family Foundation and Community Resource Center, the Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) map has been updated to better align with the regional geographies of the state. Anschutz Family Foundation and Community Resource Center have partnered closely over the last month to to debut these changes, and we anticipate a smooth transition to the updated map

These changes will not affect either of the 2015 conferences in the Mountain or San Luis Valley Regions. 
The updated map will be effective for the 2016 RPD Conference cycle with the following map changes:
  • The Mountain and Western Slope regions will make their debut as the new Western Slope region (Delta, Garfield, Eagle, Mesa and Pitkin counties) and San Juan region (Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties). 
  • Clear Creek and Gilpin counties will be welcomed into the Heart of Colorado region. 
  • Summit and Lake counties will also become a part of the Heart of Colorado region.
  • Elbert County will be incorporated into the Front Range.
There will be no changes to the quality of RPD programming that has come to be expected over the last 24 years. These changes are meant to better reflect existing partnerships and traditional geographic boundaries.

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact Elaine England at Anschutz Family Foundation or Leah Rausch at Community Resource Center. 

Sue Anschutz-Rodgers
Anschutz Family Foundation
Maria Fabula
Chief Executive Officer
Community Resource Center
April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month! 
Community Resource Center, along with thousands of other nonprofits throughout Colorado and the world, could not deliver on our mission without our volunteers' generous donation of their time and resources.


CRC  would like to recognize and thank each and every one of its volunteers for your hard work and dedication to taking action and solving community problems!   



A special "Thank You" to the following stellar individuals who are making our work possible in 2015:


  • Mountain Rural Philanthropy Days Steering Committee Leadership
    • Barbra Corcoran, Co-Chair
    • Emma Bielski, Co-Chair
    • View full list of MRPD Steering Committee members here
  • San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days Steering Committee Leadership
    • Guinevere Nelson, Co-Chair

    • Cathy Morin, Co-Chair

    •  View full list of SLV RPD Steering Committee members here

  • Colorado Grants Guide Volunteers
    • Betty Allen-Parrish
    • Shelly Bleckley
    • Annah Gohori Mpondi
    • Sunwoo Park
    • Carl Peterson
    • Helen Ryu


CRC is Seeking a Finance & Operations Coordinator
Community Resource Center is seeking a part-time, Finance and Operations Coordinator to coordinate the business and financial operations of the organization, working closely with the Chief Executive Officer.

This position will average 20 hours per week. The anticipated start date for this position is approximately May 1. For more required qualifications and other information, please read the full job description here.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and resume in one combined document with "Finance and Operations Coordinator" in the subject line to No phone calls please.

It's a Girl!
As many of you know, CRC has been anxiously awaiting the birth of staff member Erin Adair-Guy's firstborn.

We are excited to announce the birth of a happy, healthy little girl: Cora Lee Guy! She was born Friday, April 10th at 5:40pm, weighing in at 7 pounds 9 ounces and measuring 20 inches long. She is pictured at right with mom on her first day at home.

Please join us in congratulating Erin and family on this precious little bundle of joy!
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 us at 

May is Member Appreciation Month!
Colorado Nonprofit Association is offering a number of benefits for its members in May! You can be featured on the website, get free coffee and donuts for your entire staff, and have access to one of four free receptions around the state! For additional information, visit
Colorado Nonprofit Association is also offering an additional three months on your membership when you refer another nonprofit, business, or individual. 

Serve Colorado Needs Assessment
Serve Colorado- the Governor's Commission on Community Service is asking its partners to actively engage in its statewide needs assessment by completing this survey.

The survey will lay the foundation for the upcoming 2013-2015 State Service Plan, AmeriCorps State, and other national service programs within Colorado in the coming years. Serve Colorado understands that the pressing needs of communities will vary. Your input will ensure that your community is heard, allowing them to create a strategic plan that can best serve the entire state. 
The survey closes April 16th- don't miss the opportunity to voice your community's unique priorities!

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 Award and the Impact of the Haynes Family with their Community Impact Award. These two recognitions are among the highest honors awarded 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 tickets.  


Creating and Developing the Most Effective and Efficient Fundraising Events
Every nonprofit uses fundraising events to engage their audiences and bring in revenue, but how do you determine when an event doesn't make sense for your organization? Learn how the Denver Zoo evaluates their event program and how they were able to make the tough decision to cancel a sellout event after its 15th year. Overseeing the region's most popular trick-or-treating and holiday lighting events over her 10 years at the Denver Zoo, Megan Fine has seen has share of events come and go. 


Who: Megan Fine, Events and Logistics Manager at the Denver Zoo
Date & Time: Friday, May 15 | 11:30am- 1:30pm
Location: Denver Public Library, B2 Conference Area
Cost: $30 for AFP & CNA members as well as first time guests
To register for this event, click here

CRC Training Calendar

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

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

Get Grants- ALAMOSA 
April 30 | 10am-5pm | $80 Early Bird-$100 Regular

Grants & Foundation Relationships: Part 3 of Development Officer Series - 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

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
Register Now

Grant Writer Roundtable - Part 2: Foundation Relationships - DENVER
June 4 | 11am-12:30pm | $15 Individual Session
 Register Now

Nonprofit Financial Leadership: Part 4 of 10-Part NW RPD Education Series - KREMMLING/GRANBY
June 9 | 10am-3:00pm | $65 Individual Session
 Register Now

June 17 | 9am-4pm | $100 Early Bird-$120 Regular
Register Now

Development Roundtable with Anschutz Family Foundation - DENVER
June 18| 2pm-3:30pm | $20 Early Bird-$35 Regular
Register Now

Making The Ask - DENVER
June 25 | 9am-12pm | $50 Early Bird-$60 Regular
Register Now

In This Issue
Upcoming Grant Deadlines

May 1, 2015  

American Honda Foundation


Best Buy Foundation


Sam S. Bloom Foundation


Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation


CPW: State Snowmobile Program


DOLA: Colorado Private Activity Bond Program


ECA Foundation


Grand Foundation


Maki Foundation


William G. McGowan Charitable Fund


William B. O'Rourke Foundation


Shoup Charitable Trust


May 2, 2015 

State Farm Youth Advisory Board


May 4, 2015

Nathan B. and Florence R. Burt Foundation


May 5, 2015

USA Equestrian Trust


May 9, 2015

Xcel Energy Foundation


May 10, 2015

Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation


May 15, 2015

Ralph L. & Florence R. Burgess Trust


Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants


Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley 

Horses and Humans Research Foundation


The Libri Foundation


National Emergency Medicine Association 


Sisters of St. Francis Social Justice Grant Fund


May 28, 2015

Entertainment Software Association Foundation


May 31, 2015

The Christian Foundation


CRC Team
 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

A.V. Hunter Trust

Boettcher Foundation

Caring for Colorado Foundation

Daniels Fund

El Pomar Foundation

Gates Family Foundation

Helen K. & Arthur E. Johnson Foundation

Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation

The Colorado Trust 
Rural Philanthropy Days Updates

2015 Mountain RPD Conference:  Conference registration for the 2015 MRPD conference is NOW OPEN! Nonprofit professionals and community leaders from Eagle, Garfield, Lake, Pitkin, and Summit counties are invited to attend. Register by May 3 for a $25 early bird discount! Limited scholarships are available. Check here for up-to-date registration information including workshops and speakers. 


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 Four will be held in Kremmling/Granby on Tuesday, June 9 on Nonprofit Financial Management, presented by Maria Fabula, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Resource Center. For more information or to register for the upcoming sessions today, click here!



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

Location: Kremmling/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.

Northeast Outreach Meetings: It's time to begin planning for the June 2016 Northeast Rural Philanthropy Days conference, serving Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma counties. Join Community Resource Center and Anschutz Family Foundation staff to learn about RPD planning and how to get involved. These two-hour meetings will take place on April 27 and 28 in Sterling, Yuma, and Burlington. Click here for more information and to RSVP!




The Denver Foundation has released the first Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Colorado Health Access Fund. This statewide Fund supports programs and activities that increase access to behavioral health care and strives to improve behavioral health outcomes for people in Colorado with high health care needs among rural, urban, and suburban areas. Organizations interested in applying for funding can identify the behavioral health need that they want to address in their community. For more information on this grant opportunity click here.

First Round Application Deadline: 05/15/2015

The BNSF Railway Foundation
is considering requests for funding from those organizations or programs which exist in or serve a community near one of the BNSF rail lines. Applicants must clearly fall into one or more of the listed funding priorities, including: civic services, cultural organizations, educational institutions, health and human service organizations, youth organizations, and federated organizations. Learn more about this funding opportunity here.
Proposal Deadline: Accepted Year-Round

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a Request for Proposals regarding their Farm to School Grant Program. Farm to school programs have multiple objectives, ranging from nutrition education to serving locally-sourced food in school meals. According to the USDA Farm to School Census, 4,322 school districts have farm to school programs, a 430-percent increase since 2007. This program aims to continue improvements to accessible local foods in eligible schools, and is offered to nonprofit and public entities.
Explore this potential grant opportunity here
Training Grant Letter of Intent Deadline: 4/30/2015; Proposal Deadline: 05/20/2015 


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) is accepting applications for "Now is the Time" Project AWARE Community Grants. The purpose of this grant is to support technical assistance training for teachers and those who interact with youth through community level programs, in Mental Health First Aid and/or Youth Mental Health First Aid. With this training, a community can move toward wide-scale knowledge of behavioral health issues that affect youth and become more effective in addressing behavioral health issues affecting adolescents or transition-aged youth. Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities. Learn more about this funding opportunity here.

Proposal Deadline: 05/01/2015


"Affordable Housing is Nowhere to be Found for Millions," an article in the National Low Income Housing newsletter, explores the gaps and need for affordable and available housing units throughout the U.S. According to the article, 75% of extremely low-income renter households spent more than half of their income on rent and utilities; while, 90% of deeply-low income renter households spent more than half of their income on rent and utilities. To read more on the struggles of affordable housing go here.


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