Archive for February, 2019

Highlights from 2019 Day at the Capitol

  • February 27, 2019
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Colorado Association of Funders partnered with Colorado Nonprofit Association to put on 2019 Day at the Capitol. The day provided a crucial opportunity for nonprofit and foundation professionals to come together to network, connect with state legislators, and learn about key policy issues coming up in the 2019 legislative session.

The morning included a Q&A panel with the Secretary of State Jena Griswold and Attorney General Phil Weiser, as well as the presentation of the Colorado Nonprofit Economic Impact Study. Additionally, Day at the Capitol participants had to opportunity to watch live floor proceedings, where CAF and CNA were recognized by members of the House of Representatives.

CAF partners to publish Colorado Nonprofit Economic Impact Study

  • February 19, 2019
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The Colorado Association of Funders partnered with the Colorado Nonprofit Association, Spark the Change Colorado, Community Resource Center, the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs, and the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships to publish the Colorado Nonprofit Economic Impact Study.

The study details the fiscal contributions of nonprofits that strengthen Colorado’s communities and economies. In both job creation & state GDP, nonprofits are a force for good in our communities, well beyond their core mission areas. As major contributors to Colorado’s economy, nonprofits and their leaders are critical to community decision-making.

In general, the findings of this study are intended to help business leaders, public officials, and economic developers understand how to better leverage nonprofits through knowledge of the industry’s impacts and contributions to the overall economy. The study demonstrates that the nonprofit sector is an essential job-generating component of Colorado’s economy.

You can read the report and use the interactive county-by-county nonprofit spending data tool here.

Thank you to our generous sponsors who helped make this report possible:

Bank of the West
BKD CPAs & Advisors LLP
Boettcher Foundation
The Denver Foundation
El Pomar Foundation
Employers Council

Community First Foundation announces new president and CEO

  • February 4, 2019
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On Thursday, January 31, Community First Foundation announced it will appoint Kelly S. Dunkin as its new president and chief executive officer. CFF is dedicated to serving as a connector, partner, and collaborator to fuel the power of community and giving across the state.

Dunkin replaces Marla J. Williams, who is retiring in February 2019 after an eight-year career at the Foundation. Building on Williams’ strong leadership, Dunkin brings a unique blend of nonprofit, business and social impact expertise that will move the Foundation forward.

Most recently, Dunkin has served as national director of 10.10.10, a project of Colorado Nonprofit Development Center that inspires entrepreneurs to solve 10 “wicked problems.” Previously, Dunkin served for 11 years at The Colorado Health Foundation in Denver, culminating in the role of vice president of philanthropy.

She has served on numerous boards, including the Downtown Denver Partnership Denver Civic Ventures, Colorado Association of Funders and Girls on the Run.

Colorado Association of Funders welcomes Dunkin and is excited to learn about her unique ideas on how turn the tide of some of our community’s most pressing issues. Read Community First Foundation’s announcement here.