Archive for July, 2018

C(3) Forum focuses on convergence and strengthening partnerships

  • July 27, 2018
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Bringing together funders and the nonprofits they support can go a long way toward encouraging ongoing dialogue, increasing understanding and building bridges for the good of our communities.

That’s why we created the annual C(3) Forum in partnership with Colorado Nonprofit Association and Community Resource Center. This week’s ninth annual, all-day convening around the theme of “convergence” brought the sector together to talk about everything from moving away from lengthy grant applications to laying the groundwork for honest feedback.

This year’s day of sharing and learning was largely inspired by the leadership cohort we formed last year with support from the Fund for Shared Insight and United Philanthropy Forum. We invited nonprofits to join with funders in thinking through what the concept of “openness” means for our sector and how it might be a means of increasing the field’s impact.

We’ve attempted to sum up some of the initial observations and approaches in this publication. We hope it will help to prompt more conversations and that both funders and nonprofits might use it to spark discussions with their staff and boards. The findings are far from scientific and are by no means meant to be prescriptive. We did try to reflect a cross-section of people from an array of organizations around the state. We’ll be doing more work to broaden and deepen dialogue on the topic and hope you will share with us what you’re seeing and learning in the months ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Association of Funders: Exploring Openness

The Community Foundation Boulder County Seeking Proposals to Support Community Culture & Safety Collaborative Campaign

  • July 24, 2018
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The Community Foundation Boulder County has been facilitating meetings between a group of Boulder nonprofits, the Community Culture & Safety (CCS) Collaborative, who are seeking proposals from qualified fundraising professionals for campaign development and implementation services. The campaign will begin with a 3- to 5-month preliminary planning and testing period followed by a multi-year corporate capital giving campaign, with the goal of raising up to $5 Million. The planning and testing period will focus on creating solicitation messaging, draft solicitation materials, and testing the case for giving. Based on the results of this effort, the CCS Collaborative will decide whether and how to proceed with the campaign.

Click here to view the request for proposal. Proposals should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on August 6. Please direct any questions to Maegan Vallejo at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

What We’re Reading: Three Guiding Principles for Funding and Innovating in the Social Sector

  • July 9, 2018
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“Our first Challenge asked, How might we address urgent global challenges at the intersections of peace, prosperity, and planet in radically new ways? The response was inspiring and humbling. It reflected the diversity of world-changing efforts already underway and offered a powerful reminder that there’s never been so much energy and creativity dedicated to improving life on this planet. As noted by GHR Foundation’s senior program office Mark Guy, ‘We were blown away by the number and caliber of ideas and people looking to be a part of this dialogue and movement through our work with OpenIDEO.’”

Read more on the GRANTCRAFT blog: http://www.grantcraft.org/blog/three-guiding-principles-for-funding-and-innovating-in-the-social-sector

Aspen Valley Community Foundation’s Statement about the Lake Christine Fire

  • July 6, 2018
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Dear community supporters,

The current fire in Basalt and El Jebel has devastated us with the speed and ferocity with which it has wreaked havoc across our neighborhoods and towns. Aspen Community Foundation, with its headquarters and several employees residing in Basalt, is heartbroken yet thankful that the destruction has not claimed any lives. As an organization committed to serving the Aspen to Parachute region since 1980, we are called to action to help those on the front lines and those impacted by the disaster. We can and should do our part on behalf of the immediate response efforts and to address the long-term recovery needs of this local calamity.

Aspen Community Foundation has activated its Community to Community Disaster Relief Fund to channel needed resources to respond to immediate and long-term needs of disaster victims, their families and impacted communities. Monies from this fund are disbursed directly to organizations and entities with the capability to affect the greatest need among individuals impacted by a disaster.

Click here to read the full statement, including ways to help.