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The Exchange 2018 – Conference Information for CAF Members

  • March 28, 2018
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Colorado Association of Funders is excited to extend an invitation to The Exchange 2018 conference on May 23-24 in New York City, presented by the Social Impact Exchange and Morgan Stanley. Thanks to our collaboration with the Social Impact Exchange, CAF Members can register at the discounted rate of $895.

The conference will address key issues of collaboration and the vital importance of working across sectors, and will combine both knowledge sessions and opportunities for taking direct action. There will be specific issue tracks in education, health, economic mobility, the environment and impact investing. Featured speakers include Hilary Pennington, Executive Vice President for Program, the Ford Foundation; Don Howard, President and CEO, The James Irvine Foundation; Kathleen McLaughlin, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Walmart Inc., and President, Walmart Foundation, Stephen Heintz, President, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund; Mandell Crawley, Head of Private Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley; Jeffrey Hollender, Co-Founder and former CEO, Seventh Generation; Hadi Partovi, Founder and CEO,; Kyle Peterson, Executive Director, Walton Family Foundation; John Kania, Global Managing Director, FSG; and Alan Alda, renowned actor, writer, and advocate for science communication.

To take advantage of the discount, please register here and indicate that you were invited by Colorado Association of Funders which will automatically generate the discount at checkout.


Gates Family Foundation to host convening: Schools as the Unit of Change

  • March 14, 2018
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Schools as the Unit of Change: Building on Progress in Denver

Hosted by Gates Family Foundation

April 13 | Denver Museum of Nature and Science | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Over the past decade, Denver Public Schools has been at the leading edge of the nationwide movement to reinvent public education. What will it take for Denver to remain a leading-edge district for the next decade? How can more empowerment of educators, families, and communities at the school level continue to transform the system and increase opportunities for more students?

Hosted by Gates Family Foundation, this half-day convening will feature an Opening Plenary with Michael Bennet and DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg, panel discussions with local education leaders and innovators, and a keynote lunch with Nate Easley, CEO of Blue School Partners, a new “education quarterback” organization launched by local education leaders and funders.

This event is invitation only; interested CAF members can email email hidden; JavaScript is required to be added to the guest list.


CAF Member News: Rose Community Foundation Announces “Changing the Narrative”

  • March 12, 2018
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Changing the Narrative is a cutting-edge awareness and communications campaign to create a more just, inclusive and age-integrated Colorado. Integrating evidence-based communications strategies developed by the FrameWorks Institute with local training, organizing and earned and social media campaignsChanging the Narrative seeks nothing less than changing the way people think about aging.

Learn more on Rose Community Foundation’s website:


What We’re Reading: 12 Common Criticisms of Philanthropy–and Some Answers

  • March 8, 2018
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Karl Zinsmeister, creator of The Almanac of American Philanthropy, a new encyclopedic reference to the field recently released by The Philanthropy Roundtable, describes the criticisms he heard about philanthropy while traveling around the country to talk about his new book. For example:

3. Charitable donations are just a drop in the bucket!
America’s nonprofit sector now commands 11 percent of our workforce and 6 percent of GDP—not including volunteer time, which, if we attached a reasonable hourly wage to it, nearly equals the $360 billion we donate in cash every year.

The Gates Foundation alone now distributes more overseas assistance than the entire Italian government. It is estimated that in just its first two decades, its overseas vaccine program alone will save the lives of 8 million preschool children. Then consider that members of US churches and synagogues—just one division of America’s larger philanthropic army—send four and a half times as much money overseas to poor people every year as the Gates Foundation does!

The fact that most philanthropy takes place out of the public eye—in small doses, and often in private or even anonymous ways—makes it easy to overlook its size and power. But getting seduced by the giantism of official aid is an egregious mistake. Small actions can and do converge into mighty rivers of cumulative effort.

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Submit your Colorado Health Symposium Fellowship Applications and Exchange Session Proposals Today

  • March 6, 2018
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The 2018 Colorado Health Symposium, hosted by the Colorado Health Foundation, will be held Aug. 1-3 at the Keystone Conference Center in Keystone, Colo. The Symposium, a national health conference, is a unique chance to interact with cross-sector experts and dedicated professionals who are leading the way in addressing health equity. This year’s theme, Achieving Equity in Behavioral Health, focuses on the complex ecosystem of behavioral health and the role that inequity plays, from prevention to recovery. From a worsening opioid epidemic to pervasive issues with access to care, Coloradans are facing tough barriers that keep health out of reach.

Now open for applications, the Foundation offers several fellowship programs for individuals from Colorado to attend the Symposium. Applicants must meet specific criteria to be considered for a fellowship. The general fellowship will provide support for Colorado professionals from rural-based, minority-led and/or community-based organizations to join us in Keystone. We encourage people who are bringing health in reach for Coloradans, but who may work in other areas outside of traditional health care industries – such as environmental, housing, education or advocacy organizations – to apply. We also offer social media fellowships and Symposium University fellowships, for current students in health or health-related fields. Learn more about our fellowship programs and apply by March 14.

New this year, the Foundation is currently soliciting proposals for the afternoon exchange sessions during the Symposium. Sessions should address how systems, polices, innovations and advocacy can drive what attendees need in order to help Coloradans address mental health disorders, suicide, substance abuse, trauma and culturally competent care. Submitted proposals must include clear learning objectives, be relevant for attendees and offer a clear connection to the Symposium’s theme of Achieving Equity in Behavioral Health. Learn more about our exchange sessions and submit a proposal by March 14.

Registration for the 2018 Colorado Health Symposium will open mid-May.