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United Philanthropy Forum features Senior Program Associate Jaser A. Alsharhan on his reflections from ForumCon19

  • August 21, 2019
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At the United Philanthropy Forum’s 2019 Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, Native Americans in Philanthropy kicked off the conference by exposing attendees to the history of indigenous peoples and how it connects to philanthropy’s recent focus on racial equity. To say that The Blanket Exercise is rooted in ‘experiential learning’ is an understatement. It forces participants to confront some of the toughest realities regarding colonization and its present-day effects on Indigenous Peoples in the United States. By the end, I felt physically ill. But I also knew I could contribute in some way.

Read more on Jaser’s experience at the conference on the Forum’s blog.

Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation partners with Clínica Tepeyac to bring dental clinic to Globeville

  • August 12, 2019
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Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation recently awarded a grant to Clínica Tepeyac, located in northern Denver, to purchase equipment for a brand new dental clinic.

Clínica Tepeyac primarily provides primary and preventative care to underserved and Spanish-speaking populations in Denver. Often, patients coming to the clinic for medical services do not have dental care. With the new addition of the dental clinic, patients can receive medical care and dental care at the same location, with bilingual service providers.

Read more about the dental clinic expansion here.

CAF invites you to attend our Powering Partnerships Luncheon

  • August 1, 2019
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Sponsored by Community First Foundation, Powering Partnerships has brought together funders and nonprofits for the past several years for a keynote that highlights the stresses and joys of working in the nonprofit sector. This year’s program will feature Jessamyn Shams-Lau, co-author of Unicorns Unite: How Nonprofits and Foundations Can Build Epic Partnerships. California-based foundation leader Shams-Lau penned the whimsical book with Jane Leu and popular nonprofit blogger Vu Le.

Click here to register.

Early bird rate: $60 (Deadline: Sept. 8)

Regular rate: $75 (Deadline: Sept. 18)

 

 

CAF hosts annual C(3) Forum in Colorado Springs

  • August 1, 2019
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Funders and nonprofits came together at the beautiful Penrose House in Colorado Springs to connect, network, and learn at the annual C(3) Forum, presented in partnership with Colorado Nonprofit Association and Community Resource Center. Participants discussed how to achieve change at a local and systemic level. Many thanks to our generous sponsors El Pomar Foundation and Colorado Springs Health Foundation, as well as to our wonderful keynote speaker Jonathan Liebert of Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado.

 

CAF hosts 2020 Census Briefing

  • July 11, 2019
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We recently hosted a 2020 Census briefing at Gates Family Foundation. Panelists from Together We Count ColoradoColorado Department of Local Affairs, and Latino Community Foundation of Colorado discussed the importance of a fair and accurate Census, and how philanthropy can get involved. For more information on Hard-to-Count communities in Colorado, visit: https://www.censushardtocountmaps2020.us/

CAF’s Rural Funders Learning Network travels to Trinidad

  • July 2, 2019
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Last week, our Rural Funders Learning Network went on the road to Trinidad to engage and exchange with leaders and residents to gain a deeper understanding of the assets, challenges, stresses and opportunities occurring in this community. In partnership with the Corazón de Trinidad Creative District, Colorado Department of Local Affairs, and City of Trinidad Colorado, we were able to learn about the work of creative industries, outdoor recreation, health and wellness, downtown revitalization, housing, and workforce development.

 

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/