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

In the spirit of collaboration, The Colorado Trust partnered with Community Resource Center and Colorado Nonprofit Association on a research project to better understand the state of evaluation in Colorado's nonprofit sector.  This report, which is now available, studied the role of evaluation, the challenges in implementing evaluation practices and recommendations to support and enhance evaluation practices. 

To review the findings and recommendations, you can CLICK HEREMany thanks go out to the 900 plus nonprofit organizations across the state that completed the online survey.

On behalf of the partners, we hope that you will find this study informative and helpful as you develop evaluation strategies and implement practices.


Maria Fabula, Chief Executive Officer

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Our Nonprofit Leadership & Management program is looking for qualified applicants for the 2016 cohort! This 9-month program is a unique mix of leadership development and access to trainings and resources focused on nonprofit best practices. Celebrating 25 years, this program has supported emerging nonprofit leaders by helping to increase confidence, expand leadership capabilities, learn new management techniques and build meaningful relationships.  Visit our website for program criteria and components. Applications are due January 8, 2016.

Need help determining if this opportunity is a good fit for you? Sign up for one of our FREE informational webinars!
Save the Date: 1st Annual State of the Sector
We are excited to announce the date of our first annual
State of the Sector on Wednesday, December 9, 2015! The event follows Colorado Gives Day and will provide attendees a unique forum for reflection, discussion, information sharing and networking. Nonprofit leaders will have the opportunity to highlight achievements in 2015 and look forward to 2016. Join us in conversations around the future of nonprofit organizations and communities across the state. Designed for nonprofit and foundation staff, board members and volunteers, this event will also benefit business, education and government institutions to join in the exchange of ideas. 

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 9 | 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Space Gallery | 400 Santa Fe Drive | Denver, CO 80204 

State of the Sector is a signature event of the Colorado Grants Guide.
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. 

We have 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. Don't miss this opportunity to be inspired and motivated! Click here to register!
Conference registration has been extended for an additional week until this Friday! The next RPD Conference won't come to the San Luis Valley until September 2019 - don't miss your chance for professional development and networking opportunities offered at this one of a kind event. 

RPD conferences include many opportunities to increase your understanding of nonprofit best practices, collaborate with other community leaders and connect with Front Range and local funders. For a full list of grantmakers attending the conference, click here.  

San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days 
September 23-25, 2015 | Creede, CO 
The Colorado Trust, a foundation dedicated to creating fair and equal opportunities for Coloradans to lead healthy lives, announced it has granted $25,000 to five rural nonprofit organizations in conjunction with the June 2015 Mountain Rural Philanthropy Days Conference. Click here to read the full story! Congratulations to the winners: 
Tech4Good Denver is at it again! As an organization that seeks to provide high-quality educational and networking forums to facilitate the effective use of technology across the nonprofit sector, they offer a variety of forums all year long that address different topics. Their next forum is Donations On The Go: Mobile Tools to Enhance Giving. The forum is designed for beginner to intermediate learners and will cover the three primary types of mobile donation tools: text-to-give and other mobile fundraising tools, mobile apps, and mobile-responsive donation pages. 

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 16 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Mile High United Way |  711 Park Ave West | Denver, CO 80205
Cost: FREE | Register Here
Community Resource Center's Rural Capacity Building VISTA Project has allowed four nonprofits around the state to create VISTA positions at their organizations. The responsibilities of the positions vary - most focus on program development, outreach and marketing, fund development or a mixture of the three. Check out open positions through this program here

Is your organization interested in hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA? Join us for an informational webinar to learn more about the application process, requirements, cost and the timeline to apply! Click here for additional information. 
Mayor Pinkham of Estes Park has proclaimed the month of September as "Give Where You Live, Work and Play" month and encourages all Estes area enthusiasts to support the vital and hardworking nonprofit that enrich the community through the online portal, Mountain Strong for Nonprofits.  

Mountain Strong for Nonprofits is a program of the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center and features a dynamic, video-centric website where individual nonprofits are profiled with a link to donate right to that organization. The portal allows local and out of state Estes Valley enthusiasts to donate directly to the organization(s) of their choosing. To learn about Estes area nonprofits serving your favorite cause, and to GIVE where you Live, Work and PLAY, visit: Mountain Strong for Nonprofits.
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 important 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!

CRC Training Calendar

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

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 1 of 3 - ESTES PARK
October 6 | 10am-5pm | $75 Full Series 
Facilitated by Amanda Barlow, RPD Program Coordinator

New to Nonprofits - SALIDA
October 14 | 9:00am-4:00pm | $50 Half Day-$80 Full Day
Facilitated by Amanda Barlow, RPD Program 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

Pen to Paper Grant Writing: Part 2 of 3 - FORT COLLINS
October 20 | 10am-5pm | $75 Full Series
Facilitated by Amanda Barlow, RPD Program Coordinator

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

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

Pen to Paper Grant Writing: Part 3 of 3 - LOVELAND
November 3 | 10am-5pm | $75 Full Series
Facilitated by Amanda Barlow, RPD Program Coordinator
Register Now

Finding Funding on the Web - WEBINAR
November 4 | 10am-12pm | $25 Early Bird-$35 Regular
Facilitated by Leah Rausch, RPD Program Manager
Register Now

Executive Director Roundtable - DENVER
November 10 | 11am-12:30pm | $15 Individual Session
Facilitated by Maria Fabula, Chief Executive Officer 

Managing Volunteers - STEAMBOAT SPRINGS
Part 7/10 of Northwest Education Series
November 11 | 10am-5pm | $100 Regular 
Facilitated by Maria Fabula, Chief Executive Officer 
Register Now

Development Officer Series: Part 1 of 3 - DENVER
November 17 | 9am-4pm | $300 Full Series-$120 Individual Session
Facilitated by Maria Fabula, Chief Executive Officer
Register Now

November 18 | 10am-5pm | $80 Early Bird-$100 Regular
Facilitated by Amanda Barlow, RPD Program Coordinator 
Register Now

Development Roundtable with Women's Foundation of CO - DENVER
November 19 | 2pm-3:30pm | $25 Early Bird-$35 Regular
Register Now
In This Issue
Upcoming Grant Deadlines  

October 1

The ASCAP Foundation


Baseball Tomorrow Fund


Bee Vrandenburg Foundation


Chamberlain Foundation


Cobiz Cares Foundation


Creel-Harrison Foundation


The Denver Post Charities


DOLA: Colorado Private Activity Bond Program 


Gates Family Foundation


The GRAMMY Foundation


Hagerty Education Program at America's Car Museum


MDU Resources Foundation 


Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)


Pueblo Day Nursery Children's Foundation


The Shubert Foundation


Sprout Foundation


Toshiba America Foundation


October 2

Caring for Colorado Foundation




October 10

The Goodwin Foundation


October 15

The Colorado Health Foundation


Mile High Connects Equitable
 Transportation Initiatives Grant 


Robert J. & Helen C. Kleberg Foundation


William H. & Velma C. Gerber Trust 


October 27

The Telluride Foundation


October 30

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation


CDE: Colorado's Charter Schools Program (CCSP) Grant

October 31
Charles W. & Carrie Mae Joslyn Charitable Trust

Fred & Eli Iselin Foundation

H. Chase Stone Trust

John G. Duncan Charitable Trust

Luther T. McCauley Charitable Trust

Office Depot Foundation

CRC Staff

President & CEO
Maria Fabula, Ext. 120

Education Coordinator
Erin Adair-Guy, Ext. 100

Rural Philanthropy Days Program Coordinator
Amanda Barlow, Ext. 130

Rural Philanthropy Days Program Manager
Leah Rausch, Ext. 170

Development & Resource Coordinator
Emily Treece, Ext. 180 

Administrative Coordinator
Kiersten Williams, Ext. 145

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

AmeriCorps VISTA- Communication Associate
Andrea Swan, Ext. 160

Thank you to CRC's
 Major Contributors

General Operating Supporters

Grants Guide Supporters

Leadership Program Supporters
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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 has been extended! Join us in Creede for this 3-day conference on September 23-25. Registration will now close on Thursday, September 10. 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 Tuesday, October 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 of the Colorado Nonprofit Association on Wednesday, October 7 in Craig. Part Seven - MANAGING VOLUNTEERS, will be presented by Maria Fabula, Chief Executive Officer of Community Resource Center on Wednesday, November 11 in Steamboat. For more information or to register for both events, click here!
Northeast: It's official! Holyoke (Phillips County) has been selected as our conference host community for next year's conference, to take place on June 8-10, 2016. Join us for the next Steering Committee meeting, scheduled for Thursday October 8 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the Burlington Community 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

National Trust Grants Office is accepting applications for the October round of the National Trust Preservation Funds. Grants are awarded to organizations that encourage preservation at the local level for the purpose of providing seed money for planning and education projects. Deadline: 10/1/2015. For full eligibility requirements and grant guidelines click here.

The Colorado Trust is no longer accepting applications for 2015 sponsorships and will begin accepting 2016 sponsorship requests from December 15, 2015 to October 31, 2016. Potential applicants must have 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax status, and event for which you are seeking sponsorship support must align with the Trust's vision of advancing the health and well-being of the people of Colorado. For the 2016 sponsorship application click here.

Laura Jane Musser Fund is offering upcoming grant opportunities to rural communities for the purpose of encouraging collaborative efforts that will help to strengthen towns and regions. Potential applicants must be located in the geographic areas of Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota and Wyoming. For more information click here.

"Understanding the Geography of Growth in Rural Child Poverty", reports data collected by the USDA's Economic Research Service. According to 2009-2013 county averages, child poverty rates over 33 percent exists in one in five rural counties, nearly double since the 2000 Census. Improving young adult education levels is linked to decreased child poverty rates, while increases in single-parent households and economic recession are linked to increased child poverty rates. The full article can be viewed here.

2015 National Rural Assembly "Building an Inclusive Nation" will focus on specifically addressing barriers that disproportionately affect rural communities, such as persistent poverty, lack of access to quality healthcare, education and technologies and the depletion of natural resources. The event will be held September 8-10, 2015 in Washington, DC. For registration information click here.
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