Archive for June, 2019

Inequities in Charitable Giving Continue to Grow, Fueled by 2017 Tax Law – United Philanthropy Forum

  • June 28, 2019
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David BiemesderferPresident & CEO of United Philanthropy Forum recently published an article on the effects of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with regard to charitable giving:

“Giving by foundations, corporations and individuals declined 1.7 percent in 2018, adjusted for inflation. This is the first drop in giving since 2013 and just the 13th decline since 1978, and has occurred despite assurances from Congress that the 2017 tax law would not negatively impact giving and in fact would increase it.”

Read more about this trend and its impacts on communities here.

Johnson Center for Philanthropy leads workshop for CAF members

  • June 26, 2019
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Our members gathered recently to learn about proposal analysis in grantmaking in a two-day workshop led by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. Instructors Jason Franklin and Caroline Altman Smith focused on equipping the practitioners in attendance with the essential skills of grantmaking, including proposal review, due diligence, monitoring & evaluation, and recommendations.

The instructors employed a novel approach to the training by beginning the two-day session with a lesson on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  The aim of this was to create a DEI-focused mindset for participants to apply to all other lessons taught in the workshop.

For those interested in expanding their knowledge in grantmaking further, the Johnson Center offers four core courses annually, including courses in Financial Analysis, Persuasive writing, Advancing Equity, and Strategy & Evaluation. The full list of Johnson Center courses offered can be viewed here.

Three CAF members partner to advance health equity through innovation

  • June 18, 2019
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CAF members The Colorado Health Foundation, The Denver Foundation, and Rose Community Foundation have funded the new Colorado Innovation Community to support organizations to explore effective and affordable patient-centered solutions. Ultimately, the goal of the Colorado Innovation Community is to improve access to care and advance health equity among the state’s low income and undocumented populations.

The founding members selected to join the first cohort of the Colorado Innovation Community are:

Clinica Family Health

Every Child Pediatrics

Jefferson Center for Mental Health

Melissa Memorial Hospital

Mental Health Center of Denver

Solvista Health

STRIDE Community Health Center

Read more about the Colorado Innovation Community here.

El Pomar Foundation publishes 2018 Annual Report

  • June 4, 2019
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El Pomar Foundation has published its 2018 Annual Report. The report, entitled Confluence, highlights the foundation’s major accomplishments from 2018. Some accomplishments include:

•$14 million in grants

•Completing 15 years of its Regional Partnerships program

•Designating 50% of approved grant dollars to rural Colorado

Congratulations to El Pomar Foundation for another exceptional year. To read the annual report in its entirety, visit: http://media.elpomar.org/annualreport2018/