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Exploring Equity: How Funders are Tackling Issues Nationally and Here at Home

  • January 6, 2017
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Kris Putnam-Walkerly Joins CAF members at Exploring Equity program

On Thursday, January 26, Kris Putnam-Walkerly will join CAF members to present findings and lessons from The Road to Achieving Equity: Findings and lessons from a Field Scan of Foundations That Are Embracing Equity as a Primary Focus. Her presentation will be followed by a panel of local foundation leaders at various stages of exploring equity issues. Panelists include: Ned Calonge, President and CEO of The Colorado Trust, Christine Márquez-Hudson, President and CEO of The Denver Foundation, and Karen McNeil-Miller, President and CEO of The Colorado Health Foundation.

Exploring Equity will take place at Gary Community Investments from 7:45 to 11:30 a.m.  Coffee and bagels will be served! Leave this program with a good sense of how the philanthropic sector is addressing this complex and timely issue at the national and local levels.

There is no charge for members to attend but we ask that you RSVP so we can plan accordingly. Please login through the Member Center before you RSVP for this program. Should you have any questions, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

 

We’re heading back to DC in March for Foundations on the Hill

238865-7cada64a-2591-4483-a408-c776b54c8b20This year we’re headed back to Washington, DC for the annual Foundations on the Hill program. #FOTH17 will be held from March 20-22, and promises to be a memorable experience. We are putting together our Colorado delegation and are looking forward to having some CAF members join us. To join CAF in Washington, DC and discuss your work face-to-face with federal lawmakers please visit the #FOTH17 site and email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Announcing our 2017 officers and new directors

  • December 7, 2016
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Our board slate was unanimously approved by members at our annual meeting on Nov. 9, 2016. Thanks to all who attended.

We are delighted to announce our board officers for 2017:

  • Chair: Mark D. Anderson, Executive Director, Yampa Valley Community Foundation
  • Vice Chair: Amy Latham, Vice President of Philanthropy, The Colorado Health Foundation
  • Secretary: Gary Steuer, President and CEO, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation
  • Treasurer: Ned Calonge, President and CEO, The Colorado Trust
  • Immediate Past Chair: Marla J. Williams, President and CEO, Community First Foundation

The following directors have been elected to a first term starting Jan. 1, 2017 and ending Dec. 31, 2019:

  • Alece Montez-Griego, Director of Programs, Orton Family Foundation
  • Virginia Romano, Managing Director – Programs, Dresner Foundation

The following director has been appointed to fill a vacancy through Dec. 31 2017:

  • Jandel Allen-Davis, Vice President, Government, External Relations and Research, Kaiser Permanente

Continuing on the board by virtue of a previous election:

  • Heather Carroll, President, Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation
  • Anne Garcia, Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Rose Community Foundation
  • Ruth Rohs, Executive Director, IMA Foundation
  • Abel Wurmnest, Program Officer, Anschutz Family Foundation

And many thanks to directors completing their board service at the end of 2016:

  • Gary Butterworth, CEO, Pikes Peak Community Foundation
  • Ellen Sandberg, Executive Director, CH2M Foundation
  • Lynne Valencia, Vice President Community Relations, 9News/TEGNA Foundation

Thank you to all of these individuals for their service on behalf of the sector.

Forever after, November 9, 2016 as Joe Ignat Day

  • November 15, 2016
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It was with much sadness that we learned our board member Joseph Ignat of Nord Family Foundation passed away on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. We dedicate this annual meeting to Joe and his devotion to philanthropy and the Colorado Association of Funders.joe-ignat-day-proclamation

Joe co-chaired our public policy committee for multiple years and leaves big shoes to fill. His guidance and leadership – and keen sense of humor – proved pivotal in helping us make strides in the advocacy arena and he was adamant we begin taking public positions that made sense for the field even if he didn’t personally agree with them.

Joe served as Board President and Treasurer of his family’s foundation before passing the torch to other members of the extended Nord family. Nord has invested heavily in many Colorado nonprofit organizations over the years and Joe and his wife Pam have also been personally involved in supporting many local causes.

Joe is one of only a few family foundation trustees to have served on CAF’s board. He was nominated by John Mullaney, Executive Director of Nord, which is based in Ohio but invests in the communities where members of the extended Nord family live. Joe had to be out of town when he was first elected as a director at our annual meeting several years back. We sent him the following email: “Good news! You’re a CAF board member starting in January. The election yesterday was quite civilized and unanimous with no attack ads or alternative candidates.” He responded: “Just goes to show you that you can’t trust elections to select good people.”

Joe was a champion for the sector and for the importance of CAF’s ability to take stands on important issues rather than remaining silently neutral. CAF’s policy committee and board has engaged in many healthy debates about policy issues and has since taken many thoughtful public positions. Joe actively took part in many of our sojourns to Washington for our trip to Foundations on the Hill. (He is pictured on the cover of this program holding the chair’s gavel in the House Rules Committee hearing room on our 2014 trip.)

Many thanks to all who joined us at our annual meeting to honor Joe’s memory, to look to the future, and to connect with colleagues in Colorado philanthropy.

RSVP for CAF’s Member Open House on Dec. 1

  • October 25, 2016
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Join colleagues of CAF member organizations at our CAF Member Open House on Thursday, December, 1st. We will celebrate our new location over wine and hors d’oeuvres. All staff at CAF member organizations are welcome to attend. Remember to RSVP so we know you’re attending! Please visit the Member Center to log into our website, choose Register for Programs, scroll down to the Dec. 1 Open House listing and click the View button, then click Attend this Event and RSVP! We look forward to seeing you.

As always, if you run into any trouble RSVP’ing for our CAF Member Open House, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required or at 720.842.7209.

Southeastern U.S. responds to Hurricane Matthew

  • October 11, 2016
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In response to Hurricane Matthew, many neighbors and leaders across the country are asking how they can help citizens and communities recover. Our colleagues at Florida Philanthropic Network have curated a list of ways to give and serve in order to respond effectively. For current facts, stats, and to learn about the funder and NGO responses to the disaster please review the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Hurricane Matthew Disaster Profile. As always, please review the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook for a compilation of philanthropic strategies in the wake of a disaster.

Tickets to CAF Annual Meeting still available!

  • October 5, 2016
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Tickets are still available for CAF’s 2016 Annual Meeting & Presidential Election Debrief. Join colleagues for a lively conversation about the previous day’s election results! We will start with our annual meeting by reviewing the past year, and voting on a slate of new directors and board officers. Our Presidential Election Debrief program will follow with panelists: Vincent Carroll, Steve Welchert, and Dick Wadhams.

More information is available here, and members should login through the Member Center to register!

 

Two fall CAF webinars to continue the learning with David Grant!

fullsizerenderMany of you attending our program this week expressed interest in a deeper dive into David Grant’s presentation on shifting your approach to assessment of your own work and the work of your grantees. The presentation focused in part on the case for creating systems for “formative” assessments and feed back; the case for measuring with words AND numbers through the use of rubrics and qualitative assessment; and the critical importance of regularly setting aside “mission time” to focus on what’s most important.

We’ve set up two webinars over the next couple months that will allow David to dig into more details about how to practice the “formative assessment” mindset he covers in The Social Profit Handbook.

The first webinar is scheduled for Mon., Oct. 24, 2016, from 11 a.m. to noon MT. You can RSVP and get the call-in details by email hidden; JavaScript is required.

img_3132Over the next month, please consider reading at least some of his book that you received if you attended Wednesday’s program. During the webinar, David will move beyond the foundational ideas he described at the session (summarized above and outlined in his book) so he can lead you through how to apply it to your own work and your work with grantees. David poses the following questions:

What would it look like for funders and nonprofit organizations in any given place to plan backwards together from a specific vision of social profit for that place? How would they do it? He also wants to look at how resistance to change “will be a factor to manage if not fully overcome.”

SocialProfitHandbookWe’ve scheduled a second webinar for Mon., Nov. 28, 2016, from 11 a.m. to noon MT, to continue the conversation and perhaps discuss any challenges you have encountered in getting started on this work. Please mark your calendar and stay tuned for the registration link for Nov. 28.

Whether or not you attended the program this week, we hope you’ll take part in this learning community about how to engage in qualitative metrics “in order to improve future work merely than to judge past performance.”

Please let us know if you have any comments, questions or requests!

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Women’s Foundation of Colorado releases 2016 Minimum Wage Research

  • September 15, 2016
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CAF member The Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WFCO) recently released a study created in partnership with the Colorado Women’s College at the University of Denver. The Impact of a $12.00 Minimum Wage on Women in Colorado sought to understand the implications for women, beyond earnings, of a proposed increase of the Colorado minimum wage (from $8.31 today to $12 per hour by 2020).

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The report explores who would be impacted by an increase in the minimum wage, how that increase would affect job growth and the Colorado economy, and how a higher minimum wage would impact child care access and affordability. Among key findings are that as a result of a minimum-wage increase, the Colorado gross domestic product will grow by $400 million and incomes will increase for 20 percent of households in Colorado.

The study also considers the impact of a minimum-wage increase on eligibility for child care, health care, nutrition and other public assistance programs. The report concludes that a very small number of Coloradans may lose benefits if the minimum wage is increased and in most of those cases the increase in income will exceed the value of benefits they may lose.

Findings from the report include:

  • An increase in the minimum wage would have a significant positive impact on Colorado women and families, lifting many working women and their children out of poverty.
  • Increasing the minimum wage to $12.00 per hour by 2020 will boost earnings and consumer spending in Colorado.
  • Increasing the minimum wage will contribute to economic growth without significant job losses or increases in consumer prices.
  • Childcare costs are not expected to increase substantially, especially in parts of the state with higher cost of living, such as Denver and Boulder.
  • A minimum wage increase would be a net positive for minimum wage earners and the state of Colorado. It would increase earnings, strengthen the economy, and reduce economic inequity in our state.

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CAF has moved> New phone numbers and mailing address!

  • September 13, 2016
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In case you missed it, Colorado Association of Funders has moved!! During the month of August we moved into a new suite of offices at Community First Foundation from our long-time space at Rose Community Foundation. Rose has been incredibly supportive of CAF over the years, and especially flexible and patient during our move. Community First Foundation is the third community foundation member to host CAF (The Denver Foundation housed the organization in the early days). We are excited to be getting to know the staff at Community First Foundation, and take advantage of its extensive community meeting space in Old Town Arvada.

Need to send us something? Please note our new mailing address.

P.O. Box 48149, Denver, CO 80204

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