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

Each year at CRC we have the pleasure of working with an amazing group of executive directors who inspire us with their passion and dedication to those they serve. Congratulations to the Nonprofit Leadership & Management Class of 2015 for wrapping up the 9 month program this past week.  What an inspiring group of professionals who make Colorado a better place. 

Frank Anello
Project Worthmore

Amy Ben-Horin
Ute Springs Experiential Learning Center
Brian Brinkerhoff
Denver CASA
Jackie Brown
Routt County Council on Aging
Barbara Casey
CASA of the Southwest
Brett Donelson
The Cycle Effect
Mark Douglass
RVing Accessibility Group
Laura Fonner
Homeward Pikes Peak
Emily Glosson
Rural Communities Resource Center
Lori Hammer
Partners for HOPE Center
Mike Hess
Blind Institute of Technology
Diana Higuera
Aurora Welcome Center
Melissa Marts
Women's Resource Agency
Edward McNelis
New Genesis, Inc.
Ann Maria Meighan
Adaptive Sports Association
Maggie Moorland
St. Mary's Foster Grantdparent Program
Katie Morgan
The Art Garage
Guinevere Nelson Freer
Lower Willow Creek Restoration Co.
Kaaren Peck
Grand River Health
Mike Peters
Spanish Peaks Community Foundation
Arlan Preblud
Wedontwaste, Inc.
Kristi Roque
Pueblo Rape Crisis Services
Beverly Sparks
Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation
Stacy Stein
Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program
Sandhya Tillotson
Garden Project of Southwest
Christina Worner
Atlantis Community, Inc

"The purpose of this world is to not have and hold but to give and serve." - Wilfred T Grenfell


Maria Fabula, Chief Executive Officer
Northeast Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) is a collaborative program that builds excellence among the nonprofit and social service agencies that support our communities. It also brings financial support and professional development opportunities to community, arts, and environmental organizations in our region of Colorado, including the counties of: Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma. The Program Sub-committee iseeking high-quality speakers and presenters to join us in Phillips County June 8-10, 2016! Priority will be given to proposals that focus on: grantwriting, board development, collaboration, diversity, individual giving, volunteer management, policy, strategic planning, program evaluation, marketing and organizational assessment. The deadline to apply is December 18, 2015

All applications must be submitted through this online form by clicking here. Refer to the sample application for additional rules and guidelines. All questions can be directed to Kelly Rasmussen by e-mailing
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 (TONIGHT!) | 4:00pm- 6:00pm | $10 Per Person
Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits Training Center
Registration can be done on site. Please bring cash or check. 

Please contact Billie Anne Kennedy, Conference & Event Coordinator at Colorado Nonprofit Association, with any questions. 
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. Contact Emily Treece at X190 with any questions. 
The deadline for our Nonprofit Leadership & Management Program is approaching! Applications are due January 8, 2016. 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. 

Need help determining if this opportunity is a good fit for you? Sign up for one of our FREE informational webinars!
Contact Rebecca Gorrell, Director of Education & Leadership Development, with any questions. 
More than 5,100 nonprofit organizations operate within the eight Rural Philanthropy Days regions in Colorado. These organizations play an important role in improving quality of life in Colorado's communities and provide services to address human needs. To build the capacity of rural nonprofits to more effectively address key factors that influence poverty in our communities, CRC is providing a limited number of AmeriCorps VISTA members to our nonprofit partners across rural Colorado. Click on any of the positions below to read the job description. 
Are you interested in hosting a VISTA at your organization? Join us for a webinar to learn more about the application process, requirements, costs and timeline to apply!
Contact Marissa Maurer, VISTA Leader, with any questions about the Rural Capacity Building AmeriCorps VISTA project. 
The Giving Project brings together a cross-class cohort of people who are passionate about social change and interested in developing new skills in fundraising, grantmaking, and community building. This group funds diverse organizations engaged in all types of social justice community organizing across Colorado. Giving Project volunteers will make all grantmaking decisions independently. It is Chinook Fund's firm belief that by having community members manage the grantmaking process, Chinook Fund is able to fund movements which are most relevant to the community. The Giving Project also contains an element of social and political education. The education volunteers receive will play an integral role in their decision making. The goal is to promote understanding across different backgrounds and expand networks of social justice all while giving grants to the most effective and most democratic organizations within the community. 

To learn more about the project and to apply to be a volunteer, click here
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 in September 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): 
Southern - November 16-17
Southwest - December 7-8
San Luis Valley - December 8-9 
Southeast - December 14-15

Click here to register for the tour stop closest to your community!
Community Resource Center is heading to Durango on December 16th to facilitate a 1-day Strategic Planning training. The goal of this training, which is sponsored by the Ballantine Family Fund,  is to provide Executive Directors and Board members the tools and resources necessary to craft a compelling and relevant strategic plan that is practical, measurable and can be implemented without the cost of hiring an outside consultant. The session will review the various processes that will engage board and staff in identifying the priorities of your organization and providing a road map for successfully meeting a mission.

Date & Time: December 16, 2015 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Durango Public Library
Cost: $55 Early Bird (ends 12/9) | $70 Regular Price

Click here to register yourself or a board member!

Priority registration is limited to Executive Directors and Board members located in Southwest Colorado. If you are not located in this region and are interested in the training, contact Rebecca Gorrell at X100 to be placed on the waitlist. 
Occupancy costs are the second largest expense for the nonprofit sector after personnel. Denver Shared Spaces, Mile High Community Loan Fund and the Nonprofit Centers Network are building on the data collected in last year's survey to understand our sector's space needs and resources. With just 20 minutes of your time, you can add your organization's perspective to this process by taking the survey linked here. Don't miss this chance to contribute to the dialogue! The survey is open to all Colorado nonprofits and will provide critical insights to public and private decision-makers, funders and the community at large. Thank you for helping us advocate for the space that you need to serve our communities!

Questions? Contact Lara Jakubkowski at or 720-836-1189. 
We hope everyone enjoyed Colorado Nonprofit Association's Fall Conference! They are looking for feedback on the conference and need your help. Your opinions matter to them and they want to hear from you. Please take the time to fill out their Conference evaluation so that they can make next year's conference even better!
  • To access the evaluation with their app, click either Google Play Store or App Store to download the app and navigate to the Evaluation section
  • To access the Overall Conference evaluation online, please click here
  • To access the Thursday Sessions evaluation online, please click here
  • To access the Friday Sessions evaluation online, please click here
Colorado Gives Day Rally at the State Capitol
All nonprofit organizations planning  to participate in Colorado Gives Day on December 8, 2015 are invited to attend an exciting and fun rally at the State Capitol the day before Colorado Gives Day. Participating nonprofit organizations are encouraged to bring two to four people to represent their organization. Need more incentive to attend? FirstBank is providing $100,000 in cash prizes to give nonprofit an opportunity to win cash for their causes. There will be five $1,000 prizes awarded to local and regional nonprofits at the rally. Nonprofit organizations headquartered outside of the 7-county metro Denver area that are unable to attend the rally may register for the drawing here. Nonprofit located within the metro area must attend the rally to participate in the drawing. 

Date & Time: Monday, December 7, 2015 | 11:00am
Location: West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol
Five San Luis Valley Nonprofits Receive Colorado Trust Grant Via RPD
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 September 2015 Rural Philanthropy Days conference in Creede. The five organizations (below) are recipients of $5,000 grants. Since 2010, the Trust has provided more than $335,000 in grants to rural Colorado nonprofit organizations through RPD!
  • Antonito Senior Citizens Association
  • Town of Saguache
  • Move Mountains
  • San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group
  • Sargent Early Learning Center
Metro Volunteers
The holidays are a great time to give back as a workplace, community, family, or individually. Here are some great tips to volunteering this holiday season. Metro Volunteers has released a special guide to holiday volunteering that is a must-see! The guide discusses how to host a successful holiday drive as well. Check it out and consider donating some of your time this holiday season!

Our favorite tip? Make plans early! Volunteer opportunities will fill up fast. 

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

Strategic Planning - DURANGO
December 16 | 9am - 4pm | $55 Early Bird-$70 Regular Price
Facilitated by Maria Fabula, Chief Executive Officer and Rebecca Gorrell, Director of Education & Leadership Development
Upcoming Grant Deadlines  

December 1
The Bay and Paul Foundations, Inc. 

DOLA: Energy/Mineral Impact Assistance Program

Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation 

Joslin-Needham Family Foundation

Newborn Hope, Inc. 

Nord Family Foundation

Jack Petteys Memorial Foundation

December 4

December 15
EPA: Environmental Justice Small Grants Program (EJSG)

National Emergency Medicine Association

The Shubert Foundation

December 16
The TJX Foundation, Inc. 

December 18
Voya Foundation

December 20
Bacon Family Foundation

December 30
Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF)

Lake Fork Community Foundation

December 31
Cobiz Cares Foundation

Schlessman Family Foundation, Inc. 

Share Our Strength

USDA: Solid Waste Management (SMW) Grants

CRC Staff

President & CEO
Maria Fabula, Ext. 120

Program Manager - Rural Philanthropy Days
Amanda Barlow, Ext. 130

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

Program Manager - Rural Partnerships
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 Leader
Marissa Maurer, Ext. 155

Marketing Associate
Emma Missey, Ext. 180

NW Regional Coordinator
Hannah O'Neill

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

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. Interested in presenting a session on nonprofit best practices during the conference? The Committee has issued a Call for Presenters seeking local and statewide experts in nonprofit excellence. Click here to apply.
Heart of Colorado: Planning for the September 2016 Heart of Colorado conference has begun! Interested in joining the regional Steering Committee? RSVP for our next in-person meeting in Cripple Creek on Thursday, November 12 by emailing Emma Missey, Marketing Associate, at
San Luis Valley:  Thank you to all that attendees and volunteers for making this year's conference in 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.  The next San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days Conference will take place in 2019. 

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is offering a Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program. The program helps rural hospitals of 49 beds or less purchase equipment or training to attain value-based purchasing provision; join or become an accountable care organization; purchase health information technology, equipment or training. The State Office of Rural Health in each state will be the official grantee and will act as a fiscal intermediary for all hospitals within their state. Deadline: 12/12/2015. For full details and the application, click here

The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) has issued a request for proposals to rural communities interested in applying for funding to host a community design workshop in either 2016 or 2017. CIRD offers annual competitive funding to six small towns or rural communities to host a 2.5 day community development and design workshop. With assistance from a wide range of design planning and creative placemaking professionals, the workshops are intended to bring together local leaders from nonprofits, community organizations and government agencies to develop actionable solutions to the communities' pressing development challenges. Deadline: 1/12/2016 at 11 PM EST. For more information about the Request for Proposals click here

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is accepting applications for small communities' water and waste water grants. Eligible projects for planning design and construction of public water systems or domestic water treatment works that serve a population of not more than 5,000 people and that are necessary for the protection of public health and water quality.  Deadline: 11/16/2015 at 2 PM MST. For full details and application click here

The Colorado Tourism Office in partnership with the CAA is hosting regional Heritage and Agritourism development meetings across the state in the spring and fall of each year. Workshops will offer a forum for local experts to address topics such as how to monetize your agritourism or heritage business, insurance, zoning, marketing, public relations and tax credits. For a full schedule and more information click here

Downtown Colorado, Inc. is starting an AmeriCorps VISTA team that will focus on implementing downtown revitilization projects. DCI will work with host sites to develop a three year project plan. if your community could benefit from the service of a VISTA member, contact Downtown Colorado Inc. for more details. 
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