Archive for April, 2018

CAF Member Event: Learn about the 2020 Census and What’s at Stake for Colorado

  • April 30, 2018
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Institutions across the country – including local and state governments, businesses, nonprofits and foundations – routinely rely on data from the census to allocate funding, define where services are delivered and promote economic development.  Learn about the upcoming census and philanthropy’s role in promoting a fair and accurate count. Click here to read more, see a full list of speakers, and RSVP.

Date: Monday, May 14

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Location: The Denver Foundation

 

CAF Member News: WFCO Announces Billie Jean King as 2018 Special Luncheon Guest

  • April 23, 2018
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At the annual luncheon, nearly 3,000 guests will come together to build opportunities and dismantle barriers for women and their families.

Click here to learn more.

What We’re Reading: Foundation Impact Investing Is Gaining Steam. But Can Proponents Answer These Four Questions?

  • April 18, 2018
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In an article in Inside Philanthropy, David Callahan writes:

I’ve long been a fan of more impact investing by foundations. It’s always struck me as nuts that these institutions use only their pinkies to advance their missions, keeping the vast majority of endowment capital—the “other 95 percent”—off to the side, invested in whatever the bean counters say will yield the best returns.

Foundation leaders never tire of stressing how paltry their grantmaking budgets are relative to society’s problems, and they’re exactly right. So it’s been exciting to watch more of these leaders break the glass to get at the real money.  

This week, it’s the Nathan Cummings Foundation making a move. And it’s going all in, pledging to “align 100 percent of our nearly half-billion dollar endowment with our mission.” NCF is the largest foundation to take this step, and it follows most directly in the footsteps of the F.B. Heron Foundation, which made the shift to 100 percent alignment under the leadership of Clara Miller. In contrast, the other major foundations engaged in impact investing—an increasingly long list—have mostly committed only small portions of their endowments to this approach.

It’s not surprising to see Nathan Cummings make such a bold move. This progressive foundation has long been innovative about leveraging its investments. Under a past president, Lance Lindblom, it became a leader in shareholder advocacy to push corporations to change their ways. It says that it’s filed “nearly 200 shareholder proposals” related to “environmental, social, and governance issues.”  

Still, even as I’m inclined to cheer NCF’s big move, I have a few questions about impact investing by foundations.

Click here to read the article and see Callahan’s questions.

CAF Welcomes Two New Members

  • April 16, 2018
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Colorado Association of Funders is excited to welcome two new members to our network of 80+ funders.

The Edmund T. and Eleanor Quick Foundation is a private foundation created by Mary Eleanor Quick in honor of her husband, Edmund T. Quick. The foundation makes grants in rural Colorado and along the Front Range. Its target areas are basic needs organizations, youth programs, religious organizations, domestic violence programs, historic preservation, early childhood, women oriented programs, animal shelters, and veterans programs.

Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) works in partnership with local governments and communities statewide to provide funding for projects and disaster recovery relief. DOLA provides state and federal funding to private housing developers, housing authorities, and local governments to increase the inventory of affordable housing. In addition, DOLA provides expertise through technical assistance programs to help with community planning, property taxation, and tax appeals.

Click here for a full list of members. Those interested in joining can read more here: http://coloradofunders.org/who-we-are/join-us/

CAF Member News: Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation Announces New Mission Statement

  • April 12, 2018
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To elevate the well-being of Coloradans by improving oral health equity.

Click here to learn more about how Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation is expanding its focus.

Learn about the Housing Landscape in Colorado

  • April 11, 2018
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On May 8, CAF is presenting a two-part program on the housing landscape in Colorado. Exclusively for CAF members, this program will provide information on data, trends, and innovations in housing and an opportunity to connect with other funders working in this area.

Attendees are invited to join either or both of the following sessions:
Part 1: Housing Overview and Context from Experts in the Field | 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
The following panelists will describe housing market trends, data, and innovations from their unique perspectives.
  • Felicia Griffin, Executive Director, United for a New Economy
  • Irv Halter, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Local Affairs
  • Melinda Pollack, Vice President, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Dr. Phyllis Resnick, Executive Director, Colorado Futures Center
Part 2: Funders Supporting Housing | 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The following foundation leaders will describe their organizations’ diverse approaches to housing, including transitional and permanent housing, supportive services, community land trusts, and collaborative initiatives.
  • Julie Lerudis, Grants Program Director, Boettcher Foundation
  • Maria Sepulveda, Vice President, Wells Fargo
  • Dave Younggren, President and CEO, Gary Community Investments
Facilitators: Davian Gagne and Zoë Williams 
Both sessions will include breakout activities to connect, discuss, and brainstorm with other funders in attendance. Refreshments will be provided. The event is free for CAF members.
For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Participate in the Grantmaker Salary & Benefits Survey

  • April 5, 2018
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Colorado Association of Funders is among 10 regional associations partnering with Council on Foundations on the 2018 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Survey.

CAF Members who complete the survey will receive a free copy of the report, which will be available in September. For more information and to request an invitation to participate, click here.