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


The Mountain Regional Listening Tour took place February 25 - 27, 2015. The tour provided executive staff from 10 statewide foundations the opportunity to learn more about the challenges and opportunities in Colorado's rural mountain region.


The Delegation met with over 100 community leaders from the five county region, which includes Eagle, Garfield, Lake, Pitkin, and Summit counties. This delegation was convened by Community Resource Center and the Mountain Rural Philanthropy Days (MRPD) Steering Committee in preparation for the June conference in Rifle.


The results of the listening tour are shaping the structure of the upcoming RPD conference where we will continue to convene community leaders around key regional issues. The report is now available for download here!






Mountain Rural Philanthropy Days 
June 24 - 26, 2015 | Rifle, CO 
Bridging the Gap:
Mark your calendars and plan to join nonprofit professionals, community and business leaders, and foundation representatives for Mountain Rural Philanthropy Days. This unique conference provides capacity building, networking, and funding opportunities.



Learn How VISTAs Could Help Your Region
In June of 2014, Community Resource Center received an AmeriCorps VISTA grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Through this grant, we have brought on 5 VISTA members - 3 in our Denver office and 2 in rural Colorado.

AmeriCorps VISTA members have worked with hundreds of volunteers across the state, planning Rural Philanthropy Days conferences, providing resources, supporting trainings and workshops, and writing grants. VISTA members support communities through RPD to build the capacity of organizations alleviating poverty across Colorado. 


As we approach the end of our first VISTA year, we are looking ahead to expand the impact of these AmeriCorps members, particularly in rural communities. Join us for a webinar on Thursday, June 11 at 10AM to learn more about how you and your region can benefit from the additional capacity that AmeriCorps VISTA members provide. Register now for the webinar!  

Meet CRC's New Team Members!
Megan Garn
Rural Education Associate, AmeriCorps VISTA
Megan Garn joined the CRC team in late April as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and works out of CRC's office in Denver. Megan grew up in the suburbs of Denver. With a Bachelor of Arts from Kalamazoo College in Art and Art  History, she is currently working towards her Master's in Public Administration at University of Colorado at Denver. She also serves as a board member for Perspective: Cherry Arts Young Professional Board. Megan is hoping to someday combine her passion for the arts and social justice. She is excited to join AmeriCorps, meet new people within the nonprofit sector, and learn more about nonprofit management. She is thrilled about the opportunity to explore more of Colorado as well. When not in the office, Megan enjoys being outside--whether that be hiking, camping, rock climbing, ice climbing, snowshoeing, or skiing-- and of course she loves going to all the art museums and shows in Denver.

Hannah O'Neill
NW Regional Coordinator, Americorps VISTA
Hannah O'Neill joined the CRC team in late April as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and is hosted at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation in Steamboat Springs. Hannah grew up in Denver and graduated in May 2014 with her Bachelor's in Geology-Biology from Brown University. While she remains captivated by science, she is compelled by CRC's immersive work within rural Colorado and is excited by the opportunity to both connect with Colorado communities and influence positive social change in her home state. She has professional experience in scientific research, outdoor education, and public speaking, and has worked on fossil excavations at different sites in Colorado, Wyoming, and along the Panama Canal. She is curious about the relationships between Western land and the people who occupy that land and is excited to explore these ideas, connect with individuals, and backpack throughout Northwest Colorado.






Kiersten Williams
Administrative Coordinator
Kiersten Williams joined the CRC staff in late April as the Administrative Coordinator. Born and raised in New Hampshire, Kiersten first came to Colorado to attend the University of Denver and study International Business and Spanish. During her time at DU, she spent 6 months studying abroad at the University of Seville in Spain. After graduation she stayed in the city, moving on to work in marketing and operations for a small outdoors company based in north Denver. Kiersten brings with her previous nonprofit experience, having worked with the Women's Global Empowerment Fund. In her free time, Kiersten takes advantage of the beautiful Colorado wilderness as much as possible; whether it be through skiing, backpacking, or rock climbing. A proud New Hampshirite, she is always excited for the opportunity to travel home and visit the lakes region.


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 

2015 Colorado Gives Day

The date for this year's Colorado Gives Day has been announced! On Tuesday December 8, 2015, Colorado based-donors are encouraged to join the movement to "give where you live" and raise million of dollars for Colorado nonprofits. Colorado Gives Day is powered by, a year-round, online giving website, which features nearly 1,500 Colorado nonprofit organizations. Community First Foundation and FirstBank have partnered to present Colorado Gives Day since 2010. In order to participate, nonprofits need to join the year-round site and create a ColoradoGives profile and update it annually. Enrollment takes place March 1- July 30, 2015. Click here to enroll or update your profile!


Wanted: Fall Conference Presenters
Colorado Nonprofit Association is now accepting proposals from volunteer presenters to help make 2015 its biggest and best conference to date! The annual Fall Conference will be on October 29-30. There will be nearly 900 nonprofit professionals and community leaders in attendance. The Association is looking for conference presenters who know how to build a learning experience that is well-paced, thought provoking, and engaging. The deadline to submit proposals is May 13th. To learn more about the conference and how to submit a presenter proposal, click here.

2015 Volunteer Guide Now Available
Metro Volunteers has recently released the 2015 edition of its annual Volunteer Guide. The Volunteer Guide is a valuable resource for community engagement. Inside you'll find reasons to volunteer, tips and tricks to volunteering, and 100+ volunteering opportunities. To read the full publication, click here
Creating and Developing the Most Effective and Efficient Fundraising Events
Every nonprofit uses fundraising events to engage its audience 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 its event program and how it was 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 a 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
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
Facilitated by Kelli Mowrey

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-4pm | $80 Early Bird-$100 Regular
Facilitated by Amanda Barlow and Kelli Mowrey
Register Now

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

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

June 17 | 9am-4pm | $100 Early Bird-$120 Regular
Facilitated by Maria Fabula and Leah Rausch
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
Facilitated by Erin Adair-Guy
Register Now

Finding Funding on the Web - WEBINAR
July 2 | 10am-12pm | $25 Early Bird-$35 Regular
Facilitated by Leah Rausch
Register Now

Get Grants - GREELEY
July 9 | 9am-4pm | $100 Early Bird-$120 Regular
Facilitated by Erin Adair-Guy
Register Now

Get Grants: Part 5 of 10-Part NW RPD Education Series - STEAMBOAT SPRINGS
June 15 | 10am-5pm | $65 Individual Session
Facilitated by Kelli Mowrey
Register Now

Development Roundtable with Community First Foundation - DENVER
July 16 | 2pm-3:30pm | $20 Early Bird-$35 Regular
Register Now

Nonprofit Board Leadership - EVERGREEN
July 16 | 10am-4pm | $100 Early Bird-$120 Regular
Facilitated by Maria Fabula
Register Now

Get Grants - MTN REGION
July 20 | 10am-5pm | $80 Early Bird-$100 Regular
Facilitated by Kelli Mowrey and Leah Rausch
Register Now

Building a Culture of Innovation in Nonprofits - DENVER
July 30 | 9am-4pm
Facilitated by Kim Smoyer of Smoyer & Associates
Registration Coming Soon!

In This Issue
Upcoming Grant Deadlines
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 (NEMA) 

Sisters of St. Francis Social Justice Grant Fund


May 28, 2015 

Entertainment Software Association Foundation


May 31, 2015 

The Christian Foundation


June 1, 2015 

Broomfield Community Foundation


 DOLA: Colorado Private Activity Bond Program


Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation


Kendrick Foundation


Young People's Ministries 


June 13, 2015 


aternal & Child Health Grant Program


June 15, 2015 

The Colorado Health Foundation


June 16, 2015 

The Lois Lensky Covey Foundation, Inc.


Mile High Connects Equitable Transportation Initiatives Grant 


June 20, 2015 

Bacon Family Foundation 


IRS: Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grant


June 24, 2015 

Boulder Arts Commission Grants


June 30, 2015 

The Minority Group Self Determination Fund


Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF)


Lake Fork Community Foundation 

Luther T. McCauley Charitable Trust

PEDIGREE Foundation
Presbyterian Hunger Program
H. Chase Stone Trust
U.S. Bank Foundation
July 1, 2015
Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF)

Cobiz Cares Foundation

Colorado State Bank Foundation

CRC Staff
President & CEO
Maria Fabula, Ext. 120

Rural Philanthropy Days Program Manager
Leah Rausch, Ext. 170

Education Coordinator
Erin Adair-Guy, Ext. 100

Rural Philanthropy Days Program Coordinator
Amanda Barlow, Ext. 130

Resource Coordinator
Kelli Mowrey, Ext. 160

Administrative Coordinator
Kiersten Williams, Ext. 145

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:  Are you interested in convening with local executive directors, topic experts, funders, and state and local government to discuss opportunities for regional success through collaborative dialogue around these identified issues? Then join us for the Community Solutions Dialogue during the Mountain RPD conference in Rifle, Wednesday, June 24 - Friday, June 26.   Registration $150 | Open May 4 - June 3. Register today!


Heart of Colorado: It's time to begin planning for the September 2016 Heart of Colorado RPD conference! CRC and Anschutz Family Foundation will visit the region on July 14-15 for a series of informational outreach meetings in Georgetown, Buena Vista, and Canon City. Interested in learning more? Contact RPD Program Coordinator Amanda Barlow at 


Northeast: Would you like to be a part of the Northeast Steering Committee? If so, join us for our first meeting on Friday, May 22 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Morgan Community College. Throughout the process, Steering Committee members gain valuable connections and professional development skills. Don't miss this opportunity to impact your community. To RSVP for the meeting and lunch, please contact Emily Treece, Communications Associate - AmeriCorps VISTA at or 303.623.1540 x190.


Northwest: 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 presented by Maria Fabula, Chief Executive Officer of Community Resource Center. For more information or to register today, click here! This training is sponsored by the Grand Foundation and will be offered at no cost!

Part Three: Nonprofit Financial Management
Tuesday, June 9 | 10:00am- 3:00pm | Granby
Sponsored by the Grand Foundation


San Luis Valley: CRC partnered with the 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. Ten funders convened over 120 community stakeholders from the 6 counties in candid conversations about the character, issues, and success of the region. After each tour, a comprehensive report is published 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 in the coming months!




The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation is offering support to nonprofit and local municipalities, ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 in grant support. Projects must be high-need and can support efforts such as: building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, and technology upgrades, as well as safety improvements. Deadline: 5/29/2015. To learn more or to apply online click here. 


The U.S. Department of Justice is offering grants to nonprofit and federally recognized Indian tribes with a history of providing community based reentry programs and services for Latino/a youth. This solicitation will fund mentoring and comprehensive transitional services that emphasize development of life and parenting skills in offenders who are Latino/a youth. Deadline 6/1/2015. Check out the Request for Proposals here. 


The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering grant funding for the Section 514/516 Farm Labor Housing Loans and Grants Program. Deadline: 6/23/2015. Click here to access the application.


Leveraging Brownfields Assistance for Successful Redevelopment, presented by Community Builders, Wednesday, May 27, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MDT "Left alone, brownfields are detriments to the landscape and environment, negatively affecting property values and deterring investment in nearby areas. But, the successful redevelopment of brownfields can increase the tax base and property values, create jobs, and spur local investment." Sign up for this webinar today! 


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