Community Resource Center Monthly E-Newsletter
Success Strategies for Colorado Nonprofits
October 2015
As we approach the end of 2015, CRC staff discussed the need to make space for end of the year celebrations and discussions about priorities for the next year within our sector. With that in mind, CRC is excited to invite you to our first annual State of the Sector, held on December 9th at the Space Gallery in Denver. A signature event of the Colorado Grants Guide, this is a unique opportunity for nonprofit leaders to highlight achievements in 2015 and set expectations for 2016. Join an esteemed panel of foundation leaders for networking, information sharing and camaraderie. Panelists include: 

Marla Williams, President & CEO of Community First Foundation
Chris Wiant, President & CEO of Caring for Colorado Foundation
Tim Schultz, President & CEO of Boettcher Foundation
Sheila Bugdanowitz, President & CEO of Rose Community Foundation

Connect with your peers and meet someone new by joining us for Hors D'oeuvres and Cocktails as we engage in conversations around the future of nonprofit organizations and communities across the state. 

To register for this event, click here


Maria Fabula, Chief Executive Officer
After a 14-month planning process, the San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days conference took place in beautiful Creede, CO on September 23-25. Over 220 nonprofit and foundation staff, government officials and invited guests came together for three days of networking, professional development and collaboration. Some nonprofit staff attended capacity building sessions on a variety of topics to improve their effectiveness as nonprofit professionals. Foundation staff, government officials, topic experts and nonprofit executives gathered at Community Dialogue sessions to discuss three pressing regional challenges in the valley and brainstormed potential solutions and collaborations. Another sincere "thank you" goes out to the steering committee who planned and executed an impressive conference!

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!
After months of planning, Andy Robinson, distinguished nonprofit consultant and trainer, is headed to Colorado next Monday for a four-day tour in the Western Slope, Southwest and Southeast regions of the state. He will be facilitating trainings on board leadership, fundraising, strategic planning and leadership development. 

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!
Collaborative Logo_Final Colorado Collaborative Connections is a new 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 Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits has invited Dana Rinderknecht, Director of Online Giving for the Community First Foundation, to come and speak about trends in online giving and offer tips to prepare your nonprofit for Colorado Gives Day!

 Tuesday, November 10 | 4:00pm- 6:00pm | $10 Per Person
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. 
Community Resource Center is excited to welcome Rebecca Gorrell to the team! Rebecca will be starting on October 19th as CRC's Director of Education and Leadership Development. Rebecca has 14 years experience in nonprofits. Prior to joining CRC, Rebecca led efforts to equip and activate nonprofits in nonpartisan advocacy at the Colorado Participation Project, She has also held various roles in program management and community outreach at Regis University, from which she holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Nonprofit Management, and volunteers with her local library and community farm. Rebecca is passionate about the role of the nonprofit sector in creating a better Colorado. She is a native to Colorado and enjoys travelling, cooking and spending time with her family. 
What does being healthy mean to you and your community? Share your story with new Foundation president and CEO Karen McNeil-Miller on a listening tour stop near you. The statewide #HealthiestCO listening tour is an opportunity for grantees, community residents and local leaders to share their perspectives on health. The 11-region tour started last week and will continue through Spring 2016. These tours are being presented in partnership with Community Resource Center. 

Upcoming tour dates (to find out which region you are a part of, click here): 
Northern -October 26-27
Northeast - October 28-29
Southern - November 16-17

Click here to register for the tour stop closest to your community!
The Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ) is an independent, nonprofit news organization that has been publishing for more than 15 years. They recently published an article "Will Foundations Pay Attention to Ag Sec Vilsack on Rural Philanthropy?" It's a must-read article about how foundations nationwide are only giving an estimated 1-3% of money to rural communities. Rural Philanthropy Days, a statewide program of Community Resource Center, was mentioned in the article as an example of an organization doing more to combat these statistics. 

We are proud that the 12 core funders of the RPD program contribute an average of 30% of their grant funding to nonprofit organzations outside of the Denver Metro area.
In FY 2015-2016, the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative designated $7 million of its funds to partner with local scholarship programs, matching scholarships 1:1. With the funds, the local scholarship programs can distribute scholarships to Colorado students who attend Colorado public colleges and universities. Colorado's public institutions of higher education, local municipalities, and workforce development programs are eligible to apply for matching funds from the Scholarship Initiative. The matching funds will allow these local organizations to increase their capacity to help students with tuition and college completion.

To apply, local governments, community foundations, public institutions of higher education and workforce development programs should review the Matching Student Scholarship Grant Application here

For more information on matching fund quidelines and applications, click here
Community First Foundation is seeking nonprofits impacting the Denver metropolitan area to participate in The Innovators Society.
Selected nonprofits participate in a year-long accelerator program to develop their innovations in mental wellness. The Innovators Society provides guidance and coaching to create strong, strategic plans. After nine months of preparation and practice, nonprofits present their programs to a broader audience at The Community Pitch Showdown and compete for up to $500,000 in available funds. 

Click here for more information about the program and the application process. 
Colorado Nonprofit Association's Call for Board Nominations
Colorado Nonprofit Association strives for a board of directors comprised of nonprofit professionals, business or civic leaders with diverse perspectives committed to strengthening Colorado's nonprofit sector.
The Board sets the strategic direction for the Association, determines the organization's fiscal policies, assists in some fund development, supervises the president and CEO and represent the organization in a positive and supportive manner to nonprofits, the public and other stakeholders.

Send expression of interest and a short bio describing your professional experience to the Board's Nominating Committee Chair Kevin Seggelke no later than November 1. 
After a long national search, spanning several months, The Denver Foundation is pleased to announce that Christine Marquez-Hudson, CEO of Mi Casa Resource Center, will join the Foundation in January 2016 as its new President and CEO. 

Marquez-Hudson will step down from Mi Casa at the end of the year and assume her new role in January 2016. She succeeds David Miller, who in January move on to create an institute on philanthropy and social enterprise at the University of Denver, after 20 years at the helm of the Foundation. 
Metro Volunteers
Metro Volunteers has several upcoming trainings for those interested serving on nonprofit boards and for nonprofits learning to build effective boards. In addition, they have a Connection Event in November for both board candidates and nonprofits looking to network. If you're interested in board leadership, now is the time to get involved!

Nonprofit Training
October 20 | 8:00am - 10:00am
Connection Event
November 4 | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Development Roundtable with A.V. Hunter Trust - DENVER
October 15 | 2pm-3:30pm | $20 Early Bird-$35 Regular

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

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

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

Development Officer Series: Part 1 of 3 - DENVER
November 20 | 9am-4pm | $300 Full Series-$120 Individual Session
Facilitated by Maria Fabula, Chief Executive Officer
Register Now

Development Officer Series: Part 2 of 3 - DENVER
December 1 | 9am - 4pm | $300 Full Series-$120 Individual Session
Facilitated by Maria Fabula, Chief Executive Officer 

Grantwriter Roundtable: Part 4 of 4 - DENVER
December 3 | 11am -12:30pm | $15 Individual Session
Facilitated by Emily Treece, Development Program Coordinator

Development Roundtable with Gates Family Foundation - DENVER
December 10 | 2pm - 3:30pm | $25 Early Bird-$35 Regular

Development Officer Series: Part 3 of 3 - DENVER
December 15 | 9am - 4pm | $300 Full Series-$120 Individual Session
Facilitated by Alan Sherwood, Sherwood Consulting Service
In This Issue
Upcoming Grant Deadlines  

November 1
Adolph Coors Foundation

American Honda Foundation

Best Buy Foundation

ECA Foundation

Mabel Y. Hughes Charitable Trust

The Lawrence Foundation

Marva Jean Jackson Scholarship Program

Montrose Community Foundation

Pikes Peak Community Foundation

Youth Advocacy Project - Craig Scheckman Family Foundation

November 3
Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute 

November 10
Kinder Morgan Foundation

November 15
Blum-Klover Foundation

The Libri Foundation

Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation

Nagel Foundation

Ralph L. & Florence R. Burgess Trust

Sisters of St. Francis School Social Justice Grant Fund

CRC Staff

President & CEO
Maria Fabula, Ext. 120

Rural Philanthropy Days Program Coordinator
Amanda Barlow, Ext. 130

Director of Education & Leadership Development
Rebecca Gorrell, Ext. 100

Rural Philanthropy Days Program Manager
Leah Rausch, Ext. 170

Development & Resource Coordinator
Emily Treece, Ext. 180 

Administrative Coordinator
Kiersten Williams, Ext. 145

AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA- Rural Education Associate
Megan Garn, Ext. 150

AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Marissa Maurer, Ext. 155

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: The 2015 San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days Conference took place in Creede September 23-25th. Thank you to all that attendees and volunteers for making this year's conference a success! If you were unable to join us in Creede or missed a conference session, click here to download presentation materials and watch the SLV "Spotlight on the Region" video.  
Northeast: It's official! 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 November 12 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
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 Emma Missey, Marketing Associate, at
Northwest: Join the Interim Northwest Rural Philanthropy Days (NW RPD) Steering Committee for the continuation of our 10-Part Nonprofit Education Series. 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!

Corporation for National and Community Service is accepting applications for AmeriCorps State and National grants. AmeriCorps awards grants to organizations to implement programs that utilize AmeriCorps members to strengthen communities. CNCS expects to invest funding to programs working in the areas of disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures and veterans and military families. Letter of Intent (Required): 12/9/2015 Deadline: 1/20/2016. For full eligibility requirements and grant guidelines click here.
The Post Independent of Glenwood Springs and Rifle recently released a short documentary titled "The Price of Paradise." Based off of a five-part series they published over the last few months, this documentary introduces viewers to a range of residents of the Roaring Fork and Colorado river valleys as they talk about how they make ends meet. Click here to watch the full video.

The HRSA Rural Health Information Technology Program is offering scholarships for courses in health information technology at Pueblo Community College in Colorado. Recipients must be willing to work at a Colorado rural healthcare facility upon completion of the program. Application deadline November 15, 2015.
Click here for more information about the program.
Western Lands and Communities invites communities from across the Intermountain West to apply for The Resilient Communities Workshop, a two day workshop that will give community leaders the tools and resources necessary to build their community resilience to climate impacts. The workshop will take place in Phoenix, Arizona on January 27-28. Applications are being accepted until Friday, October 30. Click here for more information on how to register.
Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program awards announced by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy which began September 1, 2015. The program has awarded 8 grantees up to $200,000 a year, for three years to work with local health care providers and organizations to increase care coordination efforts in rural communities. For more information about the program and the current grantees, click here.
Boettcher Foundation is accepting applications for capital grants. The foundation awards capital grants to nonprofit organizations and government entities working in the areas of education, social services and community engagement. Applications for the priority area of education are being accepted until November 20, 2015. Click here to find a prequalification form and more information on capital grants. 
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