Colorado Association of Funders


Summer 2011

The newsletter of the Colorado Association of Funders


C3 Forum brings nonprofits and funders together

On July 12, more than 375 funder and nonprofit representatives convened in Loveland for the second annual C3 Forum, an all-day event aimed at encouraging dialogue and increasing understanding about the grantmaking process.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the forum. View photos from the event and watch videos by clicking on the images below.

C3 Forum - Scott Franssen

Scott Franssen of the National Sports Center for the Disabled talks about his C3 Forum experience

C3 Forum 2011

Hear about the value of the C3 Forum from Christie McElhinney of The Colorado Trust











The C3 Forum is presented by the Colorado Association of Funders, the Colorado Nonprofit Association and the Community Resource Center.

Recent 'Colorado Giving Voice' blog posts

Colorado Philanthropy News

Colo. Community Foundations Score High - The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, The Denver Foundation and The Telluride Foundation all earned spots in multiple prestigious community foundation top 100 lists including most active grantmakers, most gifts per capita and most activity volume. [learn more ]

The Anschutz Foundation has granted $4 million to Teach for America, the foundation's largest gift to the local branch of the national teacher program. [read more]

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation celebrated its 26th anniversary of its Annual Award Program by announcing the 2011 recipients of the Bonfils-Stanton Awards. [learn more]

The Colorado Health Foundation is selling its share of the metro area's largest hospital group for $1.45 billion, giving up control to a giant for-profit chain while creating the largest charity in the state. [read more]

Community First Foundation releases two reports - one about online giving in Colorado through and the other about the reults of Colorado Gives Day. [learn more]

The Denver Post grants $155,000 to nine local nonprofit agencies in its first grant cycle of 2011. [read more]

El Pomar Foundation is distributing $1 million in emergency funds to Colorado nonprofit organizations, helping those most affected by the economic downturn. [learn more]

Gates Family Foundation has granted $80,000 to Mesa Land Trust program to pay for acquisitions that will save prime farmland. [read more]

IMA Foundation grants $50,000 to the Colorado State Forest Service to fund Colorado wildfire training through a partnership with Fireman's Fund Insurance Company. [learn more]

Orton Family Foundation seeks nominations for "stewardship" success stories from communities that keep citizens engaged and leaders accountable. [read more]

Southern Colorado Community Foundation announces that it is acquiring the assets of The Chamberlain Foundation, a private philanthropy established in 1975. [read more]

Susan G. Komen for the Cure-Denver announces its annual Hope for the Cure grant awards for 2011-12, awarding $2.98 million to 29 local community agencies [read more]

Western Union Foundation, Food Line and the Rite Aid Foundation donate $300,000 to help victims of tornadoes and floods in southern states. [learn more]

We want to hear from you! Share your news and stories of impact, innovation, collaboration or lessons learned. 

Recent Reports from the Field

Business at its Best: Driving Sustainable Value Creation (Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy and Accenture)

Daring to Lead 2011 (CompassPoint and the Meyer Foundation)

Living Into Your Strategic Plan: A Guide to Implementation That Gets Results (Bridgespan)

Strengthening Organizations to Mobilize Californians: Lessons Learned from a Major Initiative to Build the Capacity of Civic Engagement Nonprofits (TCC Group and Hewlett, Irvine, & Packard Foundations)

What Makes an Effective Coalition? Evidence-Based Indicators of Success (TCC Group and The California Endowment)

In This Issue
C3 Forum brings nonprofits and funders together
Recent 'Colorado Giving Voice' blog posts
Colorado Philanthropy News
Recent Reports from the Field

Quick Links

In Memoriam

Colorado Funders remember long-time colleagues through a special 'in memoriam' webpage.

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Our Staff

Joanne Kelley
Executive Director

Abel Wurmnest
Associate Director

Chris Ellis
Fellow, Advocacy and Outreach

About Us 

The Colorado Association of Funders is a nonprofit organization for private foundations, community foundations, family foundations, corporate funders, federated funds and workplace giving programs. Our mission is to bring people, information and resources together to promote effective and responsible philanthropy in Colorado.

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