Archive for June, 2017

New Colorado Health Foundation Report Details How Funders Can Influence Policy through Unconventional Investments

  • June 22, 2017
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The Colorado Health Foundation today released a new white paper explaining the Foundation’s decision to create and endow Healthier Colorado, a 501(c)(4) political organization that is free to engage in lobbying and elections. This innovative investment is an example of a critical tool funders can use to influence public policy and to advance their missions.

The Foundation’s Board decided to transition from a public charity to a private foundation in 2011. Under federal rules of the new tax status, the Foundation was no longer able to lobby for or against specific pieces of legislation. Through a thoughtful and transparent process with external partners, Foundation leadership considered how to continue its long track record of engaging in policy and advocacy through a unique opportunity: to form a separate and independent 501(c)(4) organization that would focus on health policy advocacy, lobbying and grassroots political activism in the state.

The white paper, Creating a Healthier Colorado, outlines the Foundation’s transition to private foundation tax status and evolution of policy engagement, the process behind the formation of 501(c)(4) organization and the advocacy work of Healthier Colorado to date. It showcases how funders have the opportunity to support high-profile advocacy and lobbying organizations while staying within the legal confines of a public charity tax status.

Read the Foundation’s blog, white paper and Healthier Colorado’s companion white paper for additional information on how this innovative approach is working to ensure Coloradans have a strong health policy voice.

Updates from The Women’s Foundation of Colorado

  • June 12, 2017
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The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, a member of Colorado Association of Funders, recently announced several exciting opportunities. Read on to learn about their new strategic plan, grant guidelines, and direct service grantmaking committee.

New Grant Guidelines:  At the heart of its new strategic plan, WFCO seeks to dramatically increase the number and percent of women in the state who earn a livable wage, which they believe is the gateway to greater opportunity and prosperity. In addition to research and policy efforts focused on livable wages, WFCO will also provide a limited number of grants to nonprofit organizations across the state.

In 2017, WFCO will make grants to support two areas: public policy and direct service efforts focused on advancing and accelerating women’s progress toward livable wages. Selected grantees in both areas will participate in two to three convenings annually, as part of a community that will learn, measure impact, and improve economic outcomes for Colorado women and families together, and will be invited to re-apply annually for up to three total years of funding as part of this cohort.

Grant applications are due Aug. 3, 2017. Find out if your organization is a fit within the grantmaking guidelines.  If you have questions about applying, sign up for one of the learning sessions this month in Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Vail Valley, Boulder, and Fort Collins or a webinar on June 21.

Seeking Grantmaking Committee Members:  The Women’s Foundation of Colorado is seeking to build an inclusive, thoughtful, and dynamic committee to support the implementation of the grantmaking priorities identified by our recently released strategic plan for the years 2017-2021. Please click here for more information on the committee, member responsibilities, and how to show interest. Please note that committee interest forms are due on Friday, June 30, 2017.

Attend Social Impact Exchange’s 2017 Conference with CAF Member Discount

  • June 1, 2017
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The Social Impact Exchange’s 2017 Conference on Scaling Impact is in New York City on June 14 and 15. The conference is for foundation officers, philanthropists, corporate executives, trustees, wealth managers and philanthropy advisors interested in learning about innovative methods to support high-impact nonprofits in education, youth development, poverty alleviation, health and impact investing. Colorado Association of Funders members receive a discount upon registration. The regular price for the conference is $1,695; Colorado Association of Funders members pay $895.

For more information and to register, visit www.scalingconference.org/registration/ and click the “Register” button. During the registration process, when asked who you were invited by, select: Colorado Association of Funders. When prompted, use discount code: coinviter7102