Archive for January, 2017

Philanthropy’s Response to Our Nation’s High Stakes Budget and Tax Debates

The Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce (GIST) invites you to attend Philanthropy’s Response to Our Nation’s High Stakes Budget and Tax Debates: 14th Annual Briefing  and Strategy Discussion for Grantmakers on March 1, 2017 in Washington, DC.  This meeting is free of charge and open to foundation representatives and philanthropic advisors only.

Please join us for a funders conversation about why federal budget and tax work matters to national, state and local funders.  Network with colleagues and learn about and discuss pressing political developments, federal and state budget and tax issues, and emerging advocacy and communications strategies for protecting programs and policies that support low-income families, workers and communities. 

Meeting sessions will include (March 1, 2017 – 8:30am-5:00pm):

  • New President, New Administration, New Priorities – Implications for us as a nation and for social policy 
  • Federal Policy, Budget and Revenue Outlook – What’s in store during the 115th Congress? 
  • A Focus on the States – Areas of opportunity and frontlines of change 
  • Meeting the Challenges Ahead Together – Two breakout sessions will be offered to explore organizing and engagement and communications and messaging strategies for addressing upcoming federal, state and local battles.

Followed by a dinner program (March 1, 2017 – 5:30pm-8:00pm): A Round Table Discussion on the Condition of America’s Working Class (location TBA).  Please note there is a $40 fee to attend the program to help defray the costs of the dinner.  Guest speakers include:

  • Tamara Draut, Vice President of Policy and Research, Demos and author of Sleeping Giant: How The New Working Class will Transform America
  • Tamar Jacoby, President & CEO, Opportunity America and former journalist and author 
  • J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy (invited)

See detailed agenda here.

LOGISTICS

Meeting Venue:

The FHI 360 Conference Center is located 4 blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro Station on the Red Line. Take the Q Street exit out of the station and walk Northbound on Connecticut Avenue.

Garage parking is located at 2005 Florida Avenue, between Connecticut Avenue and T Street and is open between the hours of 7am and 11pm.

The Conference Center is located on the right hand side of Connecticut Avenue in the building “Universal South” located at 1825 Connecticut Avenue. Take the elevator to the 8th floor.

Lodging:
Nearby hotels include:

Washington Hilton 
1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 483-3000

Courtyard Washington, DC/Dupont Circle 
1900 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone:(202) 332-9300

2121 P St NW, Washington, DC 20037
Phone: (202) 448-1800

GroundFloor Media’s Get Grounded Foundation Awards Grants to Seven Programs Serving Denver’s At-Risk Youth

  • January 30, 2017
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DENVER, Jan. 25, 2017 – GroundFloor Media (GFM) and its sister agency, CenterTable, announced today that their Get Grounded Foundation has awarded its latest round of grants to seven outstanding local community programs supporting youth services. More than $20,000 was granted to Child Advocates – Denver CASA, Denver Indian Family Resource Center, Denver Urban Scholars, ECDC – African Community Center of Denver, PlatteForum, Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center and Share Our Strength Colorado’s Cooking Matters. The programs were selected for their efforts to get a new or innovative program off the “ground floor” in the area of child abuse and neglect, youth behavioral health or childhood hunger relief.

 

A volunteer committee made up of individuals from the sister agencies reviewed this round of grant applications. The deadline for applications for the spring 2017 grant cycle is Friday, April 21.

 

The Fall 2016 Get Grounded Foundation Grant Recipients

 

The mission of Child Advocates – Denver CASA (court-appointed special advocates) is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Denver Juvenile Court through the services of specially selected and trained community volunteers. The Foundation’s grant funds will support the nonprofit’s new Youth Empowerment Program (YEP), which is designed to make sure that youth in the judicial system, despite their adverse circumstances, become independent and productive adults. Denver CASA will utilize the funding to provide youth in foster care with skill-building activities and opportunities for typical growing-up experiences.

 

Denver Indian Family Resource Center (DIFRC) works to strengthen vulnerable American Indian and Alaska Native children and families through collaborative and culturally responsive services. The Get Grounded Foundation grant will support monthly cultural nights for families served by the organization. DIFRC was also a fall 2015 Get Grounded Foundation grant recipient.

 

Denver Urban Scholars is dedicated to helping metro Denver students, with the greatest need, graduate high school and enter higher education with a meaningful life plan for success. Funds from The Get Grounded Foundation grant will support the organization’s new group mentoring project within its Stepping Stones program, which addresses the unique needs of middle schoolers through a coordinated, integrated approach that combines academic and social support, mentoring relationships and a focus on the future to help every student chart his/her pathway to career and college.

 

The ECDC – African Community Center of Denver (ACC) serves more than 600 newly arrived refugees and asylees each year from countries as diverse as Bhutan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Burma, Congo and others. The organization helps refugees rebuild safe, sustainable lives in Denver through supportive networks of people, services and community activities. The funding from this grant will support the ACC’s Youth 4 Youth (Y4Y) program, a mentor/mentee program that directly impacts youth ages 11-13 who are entering middle school. These young adolescent refugees are vulnerable to bullying, suicide, gang activity, homelessness, malnutrition and substance abuse, and Y4Y offers emotional, social and mental health support.

 

PlatteForum supports contemporary artists and underserved youth in metro Denver through innovative, long-term arts programs that allow the youth to work side-by-side with artists-in-residence. Funds from the Foundation will be used to support a series of intensive workshops that build upon the work of artist-in-residence Kate Speer, an artistic choreographer working at the intersection of social activism and creation by merging theatrical storytelling with athletic, momentum-based movement to engage the audience. Speer will be paired with a group of 25 first through third graders at Strive Prep Ruby Hill in conjunction with the I Have a Dream Foundation. PlatteForum was also a fall 2015 Get Grounded Foundation grant recipient.

 

The Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center (RMCLC) works to transform the lives of abused, neglected and at-risk children through compassionate legal advocacy, clinical services, education and public policy reform. This grant funding will help enable RMCLC to start a new trauma-informed yoga program for children ages 5-18 who are being served within the organization’s four legal service areas. RMCLC was a fall 2015 Get Grounded Foundation grant recipient as well.

 

For more than two decades, Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters Colorado has empowered families with the skills to stretch their food budgets and cook healthy meals so their children get nutritious food at home. With its grant, the Foundation will be supporting the organization’s “Young Caregivers Pilot” Cooking Matters program. This program, offered in partnership with programs serving teen families, such as those from DPS’ Florence Crittenton High School for struggling teen families, will serve low-income, teen parents of young children with an additional two-hour nutrition and food skills lesson during which they’ll focus on the unique needs of this population, including introducing solid foods, preparing homemade baby food, and feeding best practices for optimal emotional and nutritional development of children in their early stages of life.

 

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About The Get Grounded Foundation

The Get Grounded Foundation is based on two pillars of thought already firmly established at GFM and CenterTable. The first is that nonprofits, similar to many startup organizations, are entrepreneurial in their approach, yet often can’t find seed funding to get a new or innovative program off the “ground floor.” Second, it elevates the agencies’ long giving history of focusing on causes that our team members are proud to support, including child abuse and neglect prevention, youth behavioral health and childhood hunger relief. As such, The Foundation provides one-year grants, funded by GFM and CenterTable’s profits, for new or expanded, innovative or entrepreneurial programs or projects within an existing, qualified nonprofit that directly supports the healthy development of at-risk youth between the ages of three and 13 in the Denver Metro area.

Head to Washington with us in March for annual Foundations on the Hill meetings

  • January 27, 2017
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#FOTH17 Registration Now Open

Join us in Washington as we visit our representatives in Congress for Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) on March 20 – 22, 2017 in Washington, DC!

FOTH brings together philanthropy leaders from across the country to DC for meetings with Congress about key issues of importance to foundations and philanthropy. FOTH is presented by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, in partnership with the Alliance for Charitable Reform and Council on Foundations.

CAF is working to schedule meetings on Capitol Hill and organizing a delegation of Colorado foundation leaders to represent the sector as we discuss the work of Colorado philanthropy with members of Congress. You can view additional details on the event, including a schedule of events, on the FOTH 2017 webpage.

Foundations on the Hill is the one time each year when philanthropy speaks with a strong, collective voice on Capitol Hill. This will be more critical than ever for #FOTH17, which is scheduled just a few months after the start of a new administration and a new Congress. We need to ensure that Congress understands the value of philanthropy to our communities and our country, and to stress the importance of doing all that we can to encourage more charitable giving to benefit our communities — particularly as discussions of tax reform become more prominent in Washington.

Go here to register!

 

Exploring Equity: How Funders are Tackling Issues Nationally and Here at Home

  • January 6, 2017
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Kris Putnam-Walkerly Joins CAF members at Exploring Equity program

On Thursday, January 26, Kris Putnam-Walkerly will join CAF members to present findings and lessons from The Road to Achieving Equity: Findings and lessons from a Field Scan of Foundations That Are Embracing Equity as a Primary Focus. Her presentation will be followed by a panel of local foundation leaders at various stages of exploring equity issues. Panelists include: Ned Calonge, President and CEO of The Colorado Trust, Christine Márquez-Hudson, President and CEO of The Denver Foundation, and Karen McNeil-Miller, President and CEO of The Colorado Health Foundation.

Exploring Equity will take place at Gary Community Investments from 7:45 to 11:30 a.m.  Coffee and bagels will be served! Leave this program with a good sense of how the philanthropic sector is addressing this complex and timely issue at the national and local levels.

There is no charge for members to attend but we ask that you RSVP so we can plan accordingly. Please login through the Member Center before you RSVP for this program. Should you have any questions, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required or email hidden; JavaScript is required.