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

For 34 years, nonprofit consultant Andy Robinson has traveled around the country facilitating interactive workshops on board leadership, fundraising, strategic planning and leadership development. So far, he has made it to 47 states and Canada and will be returning to rural Colorado for a four-day training tour. CRC has partnered with the Western Colorado Nonprofit Council, Southeast Rural Philanthropy Days and Southwest Rural Philanthropy Days to offer sessions in Montrose, Durango and La Junta. 

Andy has authored numerous books including Grassroots Grants and Selling Social ChangeHow to Raise $500to $5,000 From Almost AnyoneGreat Boards for Small Groups and The Board Member's Easier Than You Think Guide to Nonprofit Finances. Andy's latest book, Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money, is co-authored with Andrea Kihlstedt. 

Don't miss this opportunity to be inspired and motivated!


Maria Fabula, Chief Executive Officer

San Luis Valley Listening Tour Report Has Been Released!
The San Luis Valley Listening Tour took place April 22-24, 2015. The tour provided executive staff from 10 statewide foundations the opportunity to learn more about the challenges and opportunities in Colorado's San Luis Valley region. The delegation met with over 100 community leaders from the five county region which includes Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache counties. The delegation was convened by Community Resource Center and the San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days (SLV RPD) Steer Committee in preparation for the September conference in Creede. 

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 available for download here!

Registration for the conference is now open! Mark your calendars and plan to join nonprofit professionals, community and business leaders and foundation representatives for San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days. This unique conference provides capacity building, networking and funding opportunities. 

San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days 

September 23-25, 2015 | Creede, CO

Opportunity to Workshop an Active Grant Application
Our Pen to Paper Grantwriting series is the only opportunity of its kind in Colorado to sit down with a fund development professional and review an active grant application. Each session of this three part series focuses on a different element of the Common Grant Application (CGA) that will help you strengthen your grant application and turn it into a winning proposal. Participants receive direct feedback during the class and have time to revise their proposals in between sessions. Each session offers an ample amount of time for questions and one-on-one discussion.

Part 1: Develop Your Effective Case for Support
Friday, September 18 | 9:00am - 4:00pm

Part 2: Mission Builiding Blocks
Friday, October 9 | 9:00am - 4:00pm

Part 3: Grant Attachments & Tips for Success
Friday, October 23 | 9:00am - 4:00pm

Cost: $300 Early Bird (ends 9/11) | $350 Regular Price

To register, click here!

Erin Adair-Guy, Education Coordinator at Community Resource Center and the facilitator for this training, has more than 8 years of nonprofit experience and has demonstrated expertise of nonprofit best practices and nonprofit leadership to help support the nonprofit community in Colorado. 
Lots of Exciting Upcoming Opportunities with Downtown Colorado, Inc. 
Downtown Colorado Inc. (DCI) is a nonprofit membership organization committed to building better communities by providing assistance to Colorado downtowns, commercial districts and town centers.  DCI has established a number of partnerships with Colorado foundations and local businesses in order to deliver important programming that addresses the needs of rural Colorado communities. The programming spans from movie screenings to three-day conferences to day long workshops, all focused on downtown revitalization and the importance of businesses to communities. 

Film Screening: Food Patriots
September 17 | Lake City, CO 
Sponsored by The Colorado Health Foundation, Mountaineer Theater

Film Screening: Food Patriots
September 21 | Paonia, CO
Sponsored by The Colorado Health Foundation, Paradise Theater

DCI Annual Conference: Vibrant Colorado Towns
October 6-9 | Durango, CO

Destination Business Workshop
October 20 | 9:00am - 12:00pm | Leadville
October 20 | 1:30pm - 4:30pm | Buena Vista

Check out DCI and all of the programs they offer here!

Join Us Tonight for the First Ever Colorado Collaborative Connections

We  have exciting news to share! The Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits is introducing  a quarterly networking happy hour for nonprofit professionals to mix and mingle, while engaging in intriguing dialogue about topics that matter most in our sector. Meet other nonprofit professionals and expand your network while gaining knowledge through guest speakers and programs that matter to you!

The focus of this quarter's networking happy hour will be collaboration. Collaboration is more than a trend or buzz word - it is essential to the sustainability of our sector!  The social will feature the CEOs of the five organizations in the Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits who will share the successes and challenges of this unique collaboration.  You will have a chance to mix and mingle and learn why collaboration is key to success.

 Tuesday, August 11 | 4:00pm- 6:00pm

Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits Training Center
To register, click here!

Please contact Billie Anne Kennedy, Conference & Event Coordinator at Colorado Nonprofit Association, with any questions. 

Last Chance to Register for the 6th Annual C(3) Forum!
c(3) Forum
The Colorado Association of Funders, Colorado Nonprofit Association and Community Resource Center have joined together to host the Sixth Annual C(3) Forum. This full-day event is designed to strengthen relationships between Front Range nonprofits and funders. Click here for the full agenda which includes networking, dialogue, discussions on grant making trends and skill building sessions for grantseekers. All experience levels are welcome! 

Date & Time: Thursday, August 20 | 8:00am- 4:45pm
Location: Ranch Events Complex | Loveland, CO
Cost: $65 members (CNA or CAF) | $85 non-members
To register, click here

Communicating Your Cause: Getting Your Board on Board

Join the Colorado Nonprofit Association, Colorado Participation Project and Community Resource Center for a collaborative training series 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's roles and responsibilities around adopting an advocacy plan. 

Organizations that register a staff and board member for this training will receive a 20% discount on the second registration. This is an incredibly valuable opportunity for board and staff to work together to build your organization's capacity for advocacy and develop shared leadership roles and responsibilities. 

Cost: $50 Single Registration | $90 Double Registration

We Are Essential: Colorado Nonprofit Association's 23rd Annual Fall Conference
Registration for the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Fall Conference is now open! Join more than 800 nonprofit, business and community leaders for two full days of learning, idea-sharing, skill-building and networking all in support of Colorado's nonprofit community! The Fall Conference is Colorado Nonprofit Association's premier, annual event open to all professionals serving in Colorado's nonprofit community. The conference includes: 
  • Networking with your peers
  • Opportunity to learn more about products and services available in the nonprofit community in the Exhibit Hall
  • Featured speakers covering issues of importance to the nonprofit community
  • Over 100 breakout sessions on topics from fundraising and marketing to leadership and organizational governance

Date: October 29-30, 2015 

Location: Renaissance Denver Hotel

To register, click here!

Register for Rocky Mountain Philanthropy Institute
For nearly 25 years, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Colorado has offered nonprofit and fund development professionals an engaging and informative annual conference. Join them this year for The Road Less Travelled in beautiful Vail, CO, for a two-day conference. The conference features networking opportunities, professional development sessions and keynote speaker James M. Hodge, Associate Vice Chancellor at the Anschutz Medical Center. Registration prices vary; members receive special pricing!

Date: September 10-11, 2015
Location: Vail Cascade Resort | Vail, CO
To register, click here!
CRC Training Calendar

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

Communicating Your Cause: Getting Your Board on Board - PUEBLO
September 1 | 12pm-4pm | $50 Single-$90 Double

Nonprofit Financial Leadership - DENVER
September 2 | 9am-4pm | $100 Early Bird-$120 Regular
Facilitated by Maria Fabula, Chief Executive Officer

Grant Writer Roundtable - DENVER
September 3 | 11am-12:30pm | $15 Individual Session
Facilitated by Amanda Barlow, RPD Program Coordinator
Communicating Your Cause: Getting Your Board on Board - GREELEY
September 10 | 12pm-4pm | $50 Single-$90 Double
Register Now

Get Grants - TABERNASH
September 15 | 9am-4pm | $80 Early Bird-$100 Regular
Facilitated by Leah Rausch, RPD Program Manager

Development Roundtable with Daniels Fund - DENVER
September 17 | 2-3:30pm | $20 Early Bird-$35 Regular

Pen to Paper Grant Writing: Part 1 of 3 - DENVER
September 18 | 9am-4pm | $300 Early Bird-$350 Regular
Facilitated by Erin Adair-Guy, Education Coordinator
Register Now

Finding Funding on the Web - WEBINAR
September 29 | 2pm- 4pm | $25 Early Bird-$35 Regular
Facilitated by Leah Rausch, RPD Program Manager
Register Now

Pen to Paper Grant Writing: Part 2 of 3 - DENVER
October 9 | 9am-4pm | $300 Early Bird-$350 Regular
Facilitated by Erin Adair-Guy, Education Coordinator

Development Roundtable with A.V. Hunter Trust- DENVER
October 15 | 2pm-3:30pm | $20 Early Bird-$35 Regular

Mobilize Your Board to Raise More Money - MONTROSE
October 19 | 9am-4pm | $65 Early Bird-$85 Regular
Facilitated by Andy Robinson, Renowned Author and Trainer

Building Boards That Work - DURANGO
October 20 | 9am-12pm | $45 Early Bird-$55 Regular
Facilitated by Andy Robinson, Renowned Author and Trainer

Creating (and Using) a Fundraising Plan - DURANGO
October 20 | 1pm-4pm | $45 Early Bird-$55 Regular
Facilitated by Andy Robinson, Renowned Author and Trainer

Building Boards That Work - LA JUNTA
October 21 | 4pm-7pm | $45 Early Bird-$55 Regular
Facilitated by Andy Robinson, Renowned Author and Trainer

Creating (and Using) a Fundraising Plan - LA JUNTA
October 22 | 9am-12pm | $45 Early Bird-$55 Regular
Facilitated by Andy Robinson, Renowned Author and Trainer

Pen to Paper Grant Writing: Part 3 of 3 - DENVER
October 23 | 9am-4pm | $300 Early Bird-$350 Regular
Facilitated by Erin Adair-Guy, Education Coordinator

Get Grants - MONTE VISTA
October 27 | 10am-5pm | $80 Early Bird-$100 Regular
Facilitated by Amanda Barlow, RPD Program Coordinator

In This Issue
Upcoming Grant Deadlines  

September 1

The AEC Trust


Buell Foundation


E.M. Christmas Foundation


Helen K. & Arthur E. Johnson Foundation


J.K. Mullen Foundation


Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation


Riverfront Park Community Foundation


Southern Colorado Community Foundation


Weckabaugh Foundation


William G. McGowan Charitable Fund


Women's Fund of Weld County


September 4

Wolcott Family Foundation


September 8

CPW: Small Range Maintenance Grant Program


September 15

The Charles A. Frueauff Foundation


Learning Disabilities Foundation of America


September 18

Bell Foundation


September 20

Bacon Family Foundation


September 30

Amp the Cause

BBVA Compass Foundation

Boulder Arts Commission Grants

Hester E. & Edwin W. Giddings Foundation

Lake Fork Community Foundation

U.S. Bank Foundation

UCC Neighbors in Need

CRC Staff

President & CEO
Maria Fabula, Ext. 120

Education Coordinator
Erin Adair-Guy, Ext. 100

Rural Philanthropy Days Program Coordinator
Amanda Barlow, Ext. 130
AmeriCorps VISTA- Rural Education Associate
Megan Garn, Ext. 150 

AmeriCorps VISTA- Marketing Associate
Emma Missey, Ext. 180

AmeriCorps VISTA-
NW Regional Coordinator
Hannah O'Neill 

Rural Philanthropy Days Program Manager
Leah Rausch, Ext. 170

AmeriCorps VISTA- Development Associate
Emily Treece, Ext. 180 

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

Corporation for National & Community Service

Daniels Fund

El Pomar Foundation

Gates Family Foundation

Helen K. & Arthur E. Johnson Foundation

The Colorado Trust 
Rural Philanthropy Days Updates

San Luis Valley: Registration for the 2015 Conference is now open! Join us in Creede for this 3-day conference on September 23-25. Register before Friday, August 14 and receive $50 off the regular registration price.  Don't delay, register today!


Heart of Colorado: Planning for the September 2016 Heart of Colorado RPD conference has begun! Interested in joining the regional Steering Committee? RSVP for our next in-person meeting on Thursday, August 13 by emailing


Northwest: Join the Interim Northwest Rural Philanthropy Days (NW RPD) Steering Committee for the continuation of our 10-Part Nonprofit Education Series. Part Six - PROGRAM PLANNING, will be presented by Londell Jackson, Director of Education and Programs at Colorado Nonprofit Association. For more information or to register today, click here!  Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | 1 PM - 5 PM | Craig, CNCC Campus


Northeast: Planning is underway and host communities are gearing up to making their pitches! Join us for the fourth Steering Committee meeting  - scheduled for Tuesday August 18 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the Washington County Events Center. Participate on the steering committee and have a say in important conference planning decisions. To RSVP for the meeting or to learn more contact Leah Rausch at



The BBVA Compass Foundation is offering grant support to nonprofit organizations that are making a positive impact in the communities the bank serves in Colorado. Potential applicants must attend one of the Charitable Contributions Process Conference Calls/Webinar and pass an eligibility quiz. The Foundation gives to requests that best reflect the following focus areas: community development/financial literacy, education, health and human services, arts and culture, environment and natural resources, and diversity and inclusion. Deadline: 9/30/2015.  To learn more about this opportunity click here.


Downtown Institute: Small Towns Growing Consciously, Small towns face a challenge in balancing growth versus character and how to strategically approach growth and vitality while maintaining the character and values that make them unique. Discuss criteria, processes, and resources to develop a plan for the sustainable character and vital future for small town Colorado. This workshop held on August 20-21 is targeted to Ridgway businesses, community, and decision-makers to consider what happens after Ridgway's physical improvements are complete, and how to build on strengths and compete as a small rural town. For more information or to register today click here.


Building Strong Communities: Resources and Assistance from Non-Profit Partners, Community Builders present this webinar on resources and assistance from the Project for Public Spaces, Audubon International, and two of the Sonoran Institute's programs: Community Builders and SCOTie (the Successful Communities Online Toolkit Information Exchange). The webinar will be held on Wednesday September 2, 2015 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MDT. RSVP today.


"The Amazing Colorado BID (Business Improvement District) Board Member Manual" published by the Downtown Colorado, Inc. is a new resource for quick answers to some of the necessary questions BID Members, Staff, Consultants and friends face while managing and operating local governments in Colorado. The manual is intended to be a general survey of responsibilities and recommendations for Board members of a Business Improvement District. Download the report today!

"Foundation Grants to Rural Areas from 2005 to 2010: Trends and Patterns", a report published by the USDA Economic Research Service, is a new study whichfound that grants to U.S. rural-based organizations accounted for 5.5 percent of the real value of domestic grants by large foundations during 2005 to 2010. While the total value of foundation grants to rural areas is substantial, the average real value per person provided by large foundations to organizations based in nonmetro counties from 2005 to 2010 was only about $88 per person-less than half the average provided to organizations in metro counties. Learn more and download the report here. 

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