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


Community Resource Center has a number of upcoming events that will offer networking opportunities and get you reacquainted with peers in the sector! 

Innovative Strategies for Success 

Are you an executive director who facilitates your own strategic planning? Are you are a program manager who needs to take your programs from good to great? Are you a board member who needs to engage your board in fundraising in a more strategic way? Then this training is for you! Learn creative tools and techniques to take ideas and brainstorming to implementation. Click here to register.


Andy Robinson: Rural Communities Tour

Andy Robinson, nationally acclaimed author and trainer, will present trainings in Montrose, Durango, and La Junta on October 19-22. Focusing on mobilizing boards to fundraise and creating diverse fundraising plans, you will leave these sessions with practical strategies and ideas for increasing board engagement and effectiveness. Click here to register.


Leadership Networking Reception

Are you a past participant of Colorado's Nonprofit Leadership & Management Program? Have you ever considered participating in this esteemed 9-month journey for executive directors? Join the class of 2015, program alumni, CRC staff, and program trainers, coaches, and consultants to celebrate 25 years of the program. Click here to RSVP.


We look forward to seeing you in the coming months at one or more of these events. 





Innovative Strategies for SuccessInnovativeStrategies

Kim Smoyer of Smoyer & Associates will be travelling to Denver to facilitate a 1-day, highly interactive training about innovation in the nonprofit sector. It is a hands-on, interactive workshop that will teach attendees to use innovation tools and creative problem solving techniques in order to encourage staff and teams to develop new ideas. This training is designed for nonprofit professionals who develop programs, facilitate strategic planning, or lead other types of brainstorm or planning sessions. Attendees will be given the chance to discuss and practice: 
  • Innovation and what it could mean for the nonprofit sector  
  • How to build a progressive way of thinking throughout your entire organization
  • Tools for solving problems and challenges including the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process
  • Strategic and practical approach to planning within nonprofits
  • Idea generation tools such as challenge mapping and problem-framing
Date & Time: Thursday, July 30 | 9:00am- 4:00pm | Denver
Cost: $125 Early Bird (ends 7/16) | $150 Regular Price 
To register, click here

Kim has 24 years of small business management experience, leveraging exceptional planning, marketing, facilitation, and fundraising skills for nonprofit, education, and government sector development. To read more about Kim and Smoyer & Associates, click here.
Andy Robinson Tours Colorado, October 19-22!AndyRobinson
SAVE THE DATE! Andy Robinson, nationally renowned author, trainer, and consultant, is coming to Colorado to facilitate three of his signature trainings: Mobilize Your Board to Raise More Money, Building Boards That Work, and Creating ( and Using) a Fundraising Plan. 
To learn more about Andy Robinson and see some of the testimonials from former clients, click here. 


Registration for the training series is NOW OPEN! Click here to register. Andy Robinson's trainings are in high demand and sessions fill up quickly so make sure to reserve your spot as soon as possible!
Join Us for Our Annual Leadership Alumni ReceptionLeadershipAlumni

Community Resource Center has been administering its Leadership & Management program for 25 years. Join the 2015 cohort, alumni, trainers, coaches and program funders as we celebrate this landmark year. You will have the opportunity to meet the current leadership class, visit with program alumni and catch up with program staff. Cocktails and appetizers will be served. Guests are welcome to bring a partner, spouse, friend or colleague!  


Click here to RSVP! Please RSVP by July 17th

Contact Erin Adair-Guy, our Education Coordinator, at with any questions!


Date & Time: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 | 5:00pm- 7:00pm

Location: First Floor Training Center | 789 Sherman Street, Denver, CO

Good Luck Kelli!

It is with mixed feelings that Community Resource Center says farewell to Kelli Mowrey, our Resource Coordinator. While we are sad to see Kelli leave our CRC team, we are happy for her and excited to see where this next step will lead. Kelli first joined CRC in January 2013 and has supported CRC in various ways over the past 2 and a half years. Her contributions have been hugely beneficial to this organization, and she will definitely be missed.


Kelli has accepted a position as a Specialist for the Western Union Foundation, where she will combine her nonprofit sector experience and academic background in international development to support the Foundation's international employee giving and grantmaking programs. Her last day with CRC will be Friday, June 12th.

Please join us in congratulating Kelli, as we wish her much success in her new endeavors.


Please keep an eye out for future job postings with CRC. For any questions about the Colorado Grants Guide, please contact Administrative Coordinator Kiersten Williams

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! 
Communicating Your Cause: Pueblo

Join the Colorado Nonprofit Association, Colorado Participation Project, and Community Resource Center for a collaborative training that will provide you with the tools and resources to effectively advocate for your organization's mission. This training will focus on the basic mechanics of advocacy for nonprofits and provide an overview of the board roles and responsibilities around adopting an advocacy plan. Participants will also have the opportunity to brainstorm and workshop on an advocacy plan for your own organization.


Date & Time: Thursday, July 14, 2015 | 12:00pm- 4:00pm
Location: Rawlings Library | 100 E. Abriendo Avenue | Pueblo, CO 81004
Cost: $50 Single Registration | $90 Double Registration
To register, click here
Rocky Mountain Philanthropy Institute is September 10-11
This two-day conference is designed for those new to fundraising and will provide information on program development from annual funds to major gifts. This year's RMPI will feature keynote speaker James M. Hodge, Associate Vice Chancellor at the Anschutz Medical Center. Other guests include DeAnn Acosta and Cory Andersen are presenting "Introduction to Fundraising: Finding Your Path to Philanthropic Success." Early bird registration for the event will run through July 31, 2015. 

Date:  September 10-11, 2015

Location: Vail Cascade Resort

To learn more about this event and to register, click here
Member Benefit Review
Join Colorado Nonprofit Association for a FREE member benefit review.  Colorado Nonprofit Association wants to make sure you are getting the most out of your membership. Members are entitled to a number of benefits including group purchasing discounts, a myriad of free online services, discounts on exciting leadership opportunities, and more! Contact Gerry Rasel for more information. 

Date & Time: Thursday, June 11, 2015 | 9:00am- 10:30am
Location: 789 Sherman Street | Denver, CO 80203
Cost: FREE
To register, click here
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 
CRC Training Calendar
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 Erin Adair-Guy and Leah Rausch
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 - EAGLE
July 20 | 10am-5pm | $80 Early Bird-$100 Regular
Facilitated by Leah Rausch
Register Now

Innovative Strategies for Success - DENVER
July 30 | 9am-4pm | $125 Early Bird- $150 Regular
Facilitated by Kim Smoyer of Smoyer & Associates
Register Now

Program Planning & Evaluation- DENVER
August 11 | 9am- 4pm | $100 Early Bird- $120 Regular
Facilitated by Amanda Barlow
 Register Now

Executive Director Roundtable- DENVER
August 11 | 11am- 1pm | $15 Individual Session
Facilitated by Maria Fabula

Development Roundtable with Boettcher Foundation- DENVER
August 13 | 2pm- 3:30PM | $20 Early Bird- $35 Regular
Register Now

2- Day Grant Seeking Clinic- DENVER
August 27- 28 | 9am- 4pm | $300 Early Bird- $350 Regular Price
Facilitated by Erin Adair- Guy
In This Issue
Upcoming Grant Deadlines  

June 13, 2015 

CDPHE: Maternal & 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
Adolph Coors Foundation

Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF)

Bee Vradenburg Foundation

Cobiz Cares Foundation

Colorado State Bank Foundation

Colorado Private Activity Bond Program

Gates Family Foundation

Hagerty Education Program

Mable Y. Hughes Charitable Trust

Schramm Foundation
July 7, 2015
The TJX Foundation Inc. 

July 9, 2015
Jackson National Community Foundation

July 10, 2015
The Goodwin Foundation

July 15, 2015
American Legion Child Welfare Foundation

LEGO Children's Fund

Subaru of America Foundation

July 18, 2015
The Kerr Foundation

July 31, 2015
Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

John G. Duncan Charitable Trust

Lucille Drinkwater Allen Trust 
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

Buell Foundation

Caring for Colorado Foundation

Daniels Fund

El Pomar Foundation

Gates Family Foundation

Helen K. & Arthur E. Johnson Foundation

The Colorado Trust 
Rural Philanthropy Days Updates

Northwest:  Join the Interim Northwest Rural Philanthropy Days (NW RPD) Steering Comittee for the continuation of our 10-Part Nonprofit Education Series. Part Five- Get Grants, will be presented by Leah Rausch, Rural Philanthropy Days Program Manager for Community Resource Center. For more information or to register today, click here! Wednesday, July 15 | 10:00am- 3:00pm | Steamboat Springs

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: Planning for the June 2016 Northeast RPD conference has begun! Interested in joining the regional Steering Committee? RSVP for our next in-person meeting on July 28th by emailing Emily Treece- AmeriCorps VISTA at


Mountain: We are excited about our upcoming conference on June 24-26. Gain more knowledge about the Mountain Region and read the Listening Tour report here! The tour took place on February 25-27, 2015 and provided executive staff from 10 statewide funding entities the opportunity to learn more about the challenges and opportunities in Colorado's mountain region (Eagle, Garfield, Lake, Pitkin and Summit counties). 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. 


USDA's Rural Community Development Initiative NOSA provides funding to help nonprofit housing and and community development organizations support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. Deadline: August 13, 2015. Download the NOSA here!


Community Services Block Grant (CSBG): Learning Communities Resource Center is offering funding to support a national CSBG Learning Communities Center, designed to promote the creation of learning communities within the CSBG Network and identify effective, promising, and innovative practice models. In addition to this, the successful applicant will present a plan to create a new learning cluster focused on rural child poverty and multi-generational programs. Deadline: July 13, 2015. To Learn more or to apply, click here!


USDA's Rural Housing Preservation Grants (Section 533) is offering grant funding to organizations that work to assist rural low-income homeowners and renters to repair and rehabilitate their homes. Deadline: July 6, 2015. Find out more here!


Wilder Collaboration Factors Inventory is a free tool to assess how your collaboration is doing on 20 research-tested success factors. This tool can be used for stakeholders and partners to assess the effectiveness of their own work group, or the effectiveness of collaboration in their community at large. Take the free online inventory or register your group to take the online inventory, and receive the group's summary scores for each of the 20 factors. This tool is the result of research regarding factors that contribute to successful collaborations. 

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