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


The 2015 Mountain Rural Philanthropy Days conference, held in Rifle from June 24-26th, was a huge success. Over 340 participants, including 62 funders, spent three days networking, building relationships and attending relevant capacity building sessions. Nearly 93% of attendees felt they built new relationships with other nonprofits in the region! A BIG thanks to the MRPD regional Steering Committee for volunteering over 12 months of time to make this conference such a great success. We appreciate your time, dedication, and commitment to the success of all nonprofits organizations serving the Mountain region.

MRPD Steering Committee

Community Resource Center has launched the Statewide Funding Impact Map, an interactive, online tool which tracks and visually demonstrates rural giving trends among 12 supporters of Colorado's statewide Rural Philanthropy Days program. Grantseekers can use the Statewide Funding Impact Map to discover the number and dollar amount of grants awarded by region, by county, or by foundation. Grantmakers can research giving levels across the state. Explore grant funding in all 52 rural counties using this interactive map today.


Maria Fabula, Chief Executive Officer
Giving USA: 2015 Highlights
Giving USA has released their 2015 Annual Report and the numbers are in - giving has increased. According to the report, "the single largest contributor to the increase in total charitable giving in 2014 was an increase of $13.88 billion in giving by individuals- 58% of the total change between 2013 and 2014." 

The production and release of Giving USA is the result of the collaborative efforts of Giving USA Foundation, an initiative of The Giving Institute, and the Indiana Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Together, research teams from the two organizations work to provide accurate trend data on charitable giving. It is the longest running and most comprehensive report on philanthropy in the United States. 

The reports are available to purchase here. The report highlights are available at no cost. 
Innovative Strategies for Success
We're excited that Kim Smoyer of Smoyer & Associates will be heading to Denver in two short weeks to facilitate a new training at CRC: Innovative Strategies for Success. Early Bird Pricing ends on July 16th so don't miss your opportunity to save on registration!

Are you an executive director who facilitates your own strategic planning? Are you 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! This hands-on, interactive workshop will teach nonprofit professionals to use innovation tools and creative problem solving techniques to take ideas and brainstorming to implementation. Attendees will be given the chance to discuss and practice: 
  • The culture of innovation: how to build a progressive way of thinking throughout your entire nonprofit
  • Tools for solving problems and organizational challenges
  • Strategic and practical approaches to planning within nonprofits: engaging board, staff and stakeholders
  • Idea generation tools
Date & Time: Thursday, July 30 | 9:00am- 4:00pm 
Cost: $125 Early Bird (ends 7/16) | $150 Regular Price 
Location: Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits' - Training Center | Denver
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. Kim began her own company, Smoyer & Associates, in 1991. She has extensive experience in foundation, corporate and government grantwriting and an innovative approach to strategic planning facilitation, including the use of Creative Problem Solving (CPS) and other innovation tools. Some of her more recent clients include the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, San Luis Valley Small Business Development Center and Mountain Valley School district. 

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. This is a great opportunity to: 
        • Meet other nonprofit professionals and expand your network
        • Gain knowledge through guest speakers and programs that matter to you
        • Be inspired and hear personal stories
        • Have fun while enjoying food and drinks

The focus of this quarter's networking happy hour will be collaborationThe Nonprofit sector is strengthened by collaborating and cooperating. 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 | 789 Sherman Street, Denver 80203
To register, click here!


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


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

c(3) Forum
C(3) Forum Registration Now Open!
The Colorado Association of Funders, Colorado Nonprofit Association and Community Resource Center are joining together once again to host the Sixth Annual C(3) Forum. This full-day event is designed to strengthen relationships and understanding 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
Andy Robinson Tours Colorado, October 19-22!
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. 


Registration for the training series is NOW OPEN! 

Click here to register for session in Durango, Montrose, and La Junta! 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 Reception

Community Resource Center is celebrating 25 years of its Leadership & Management program! 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

Development Roundtable with Community First Foundation

Community First Foundation and FirstBank have partnered to present Colorado Gives Day since 2010. Colorado Gives Day is powered by, a year-round, online giving website, which features nearly 1,500 Colorado nonprofit organizations. Dana Rinderknecht, Director of Online Giving at Community First Foundation, will be joining us at our July Development Roundtable in Denver to discuss the program in more detail.


Date & Time: Thursday, July 16 | 2:00pm- 3:30pm
Location: 789 Sherman Street, Suite 100 | Denver, 80203
To register, click here.

Colorado Gives Day dates to keep in mind: 

  • The enrollment deadline for new organizations is July 30, 2015
  • Profile updates must be submitted for review by Aug 19, 2015 at 5:00pm
  • Colorado Gives Day 2015 is Tuesday, December 8, 2015
2015 Annual Conference presented by 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. They are hosting their annual conference from October 6-9 in Durango. The conference includes keynote speakers, breakout sessions and unlimited networking opportunities. For more information about the agenda, click here

Date: October 6-9, 2015 

Location: Various venues throughout Durango, CO

To register, click here!

Leadership Arts: Accepting Applications Until August 14
Leadership arts is an innovative nine-month leadership training program that prepares people to serve on nonprofit Boards of Directors and increase civic engagement. Leadership Arts educates, inspires and equips professionals from all sectors to be effective community leaders. It is the only program of its kind in the region focused on arts & culture. To learn more and access the application, 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 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

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, Chief Executive Officer
Register Now

Get Grants - EAGLE
July 20 | 10am-5pm | $80 Early Bird-$100 Regular
Facilitated by Leah Rausch, RPD Program Manager
Register Now

Making the Ask - DENVER
July 28 | 9am-12pm | $50 Early Bird-$60 Regular
Facilitated by Erin Adair-Guy, Education Coordinator

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, RPD Program Coordinator

Communicating Your Cause: Getting Your Board on Board - MONTROSE
August 11 | 10am-2pm | $50 Single-$90 Double
Register Now

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

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
Facilitated by Erin Adair-Guy, Education Coordinator

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

Grantwriter Roundtable - DENVER
September 3 | 11am-12:30pm | $15 Individual Session
Facilitated by Erin Adair-Guy, Education 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 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

In This Issue
Upcoming Grant Deadlines  


August 1

Anschutz Family Foundation


American Honda Foundation


Best Buy Foundation


Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation


ECA Foundation


Goodrich Foundation


Mary's Pence


Nord Family Foundation


Toshiba America Foundation


August 3

The Denver Foundation


August 4

Pitkin County Health Community Fund


August 15

Alice Jenkins Foundation


Clif Bar Family Foundation


Gannett Foundation


The Libri Foundation


National Emergency Medicine Association


Open Meadows Foundation, Inc. 


August 21

Chinook Fund


August 31

Denver Active 20-30 Children's Foundation


John G. Duncan Charitable Trust


Oxbow Animal Health


Schramm Foundation


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

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

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: Conference registration for the 2015 SLV conference will open Wednesday, July 15! Nonprofit professionals and community leaders from Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache counties are invited to attend the three-day event in Creede. Register by August 14 for a $50 early bird discount! Limited scholarships are available. Check here for up-to-date conference information including workshops and speakers.


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 Tuesday, July 14 in Georgetown and Buena Vista and on Wednesday, July 15 in Canon City for a series of informational outreach meetings. Interested in learning more? Click here for meeting details.


Northwest: Join for the next installment of our 10-Part Nonprofit Education Series. Part Five - GET GRANTS, will be presented by Leah Rausch, RPD Program Manager in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday, July 15 from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. For more information or to register today, click here! 


Northeast: Planning for the June 2016 Northeast RPD conference has begun. Interested in joining the regional Steering Committee? Our next meeting will be at the Wray Rehabilitation and Activities Center (WRAC) in Wray from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM  - RSVP to to join us!

The Open Meadows Foundation, is a grantmaking organization offering up to $2,000 for projects that are: designed and implemented by women and girls; reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization; promote building community power; and have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. The projects must be led by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities. Deadline: August 15, 2015. To learn more about this grant opportunity click here

USDA: Rural Cooperative Development Grant: The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance to improve the economic condition of rural areas through cooperative development. Eligible applicants include a nonprofit corporation or an institution of higher education. The Agency is encouraging applications that direct grants to projects based in or serving census tracts with poverty rates greater than or equal to 20 percent. Deadline: July 27, 2015. To access the Notice of Solicitation of Application click here

USDA: Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant: USDA is requesting proposals from applicants who will provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas. The Agency is encouraging applications that direct grants to projects based in or serving census tracts with poverty rates greater than or equal to 20 percent. Deadline: July 20, 2015. Click here to learn more about this funding opportunity today!


Innovation Challenge Workshop: Throughout 2015, NACo and NADO Research Foundation will host three intensive, hands-on workshops designed to boost the innovative potential of coal-reliant counties and regions seeking to grow and diversify their economies.  Counties and regions are asked to form teams to apply to enter the program.  Teams that submit winning applications will be selected to attend a workshop guided by expert facilitators and practitioners. The workshop will be held in Grand Junction on September 16-18, 2015. Applicants must demonstrate how they are linked to the coal industry, whether coal-producing or home to significant concentrations of coal processing and related facilities. Submit an application today! Deadline: July 17, 2015.


The Daily Yonder: Rural Gets Less Foundation Funding, "Organizations in metropolitan areas received foundation support at twice that per capita rate," states this enlightening article on the challenges and differences in funding priorities between metro and rural based organizations. Read the article here.

Healthcare Dive: How two hospital operators are bucking the rural health crisis: Embracing the Shift to outpatient may be the key to survival for rural providers, explores the challenges rural hospitals and medical care face, and delves into the potential to increase out-patient care services to mitigate the losses hospitals face today struggles. To read more about this topic click here. 


Principles of Collaboration: Vikki Spruill, CEO of the Council on Foundations, shares her insights on collaboration and collective impact. The four key principles? Focus on a Common Purpose, Share, Adopt an Ecosystem Mindset, and Leverage Partnerships. Read the full article here.

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