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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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Please click here to download The Impact of a $12.oo Minimum Wage on Women in Colorado or here to download the report’s Executive Summary, and contact email hidden; JavaScript is required to learn more.

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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Aspen Community Foundation releases Closing Gaps, Creating Youth Opportunities

  • August 22, 2016
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CAF member Aspen Community Foundation (ACF) recently released its 2016 report, Closing Gaps, Creating Youth Opportunities. We are pleased to share this report with you which details the impacts that have been made since the launch of the Aspen to Parachute Cradle to Career Initiative (CCI) in 2012.

About the Aspen to Parachute Cradle to Career Initiative:

CCI has used the strategy of collective impact to broaden its work from concept development and action planning to forming collaborations, implementing projects, and measuring outcomes. ACF serves as the backbone organization for CCI by guiding the vision and strategy of the group’s work. ACF has created a Cradle to Career Fund to support CCI efforts. The mission of CCI is to ensure every child from Aspen to Parachute is ready for kindergarten and graduates from high school ready for college or career. CCI serves the children of working class families located in between Aspen and Parachute, which are often overlooked due to the area’s many affluent visitors. CCI brings nonprofits, schools, governments, civic groups, businesses, and philanthropy together to implement collaborative and innovative ways of working together. The success of CCI lies in the shared vision, mutual trust, and unwavering investment of these partner organizations, schools, and agencies.

About Closing Gaps, Creating Youth Opportunities:

This report offers an overview of how the region’s children are doing and how the collaborative projects of CCI partner organizations are helping. The report details four goals for youth: All children should be ready for kindergarten, All children should develop the social and life assets for success and happiness, All children should success academically, and All children should graduate high school ready for college and career. Closing Gaps highlights the ways CCI has begun to move the needle toward greater youth success in the Aspen to Parachute region.

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Attend Moving Mountains: Strengthening Communities at special CAF rate

  • August 10, 2016
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CAF members can take advantage of the Philanthropy Southwest member rate ($800) for our colleague organization’s 68th Annual Conference in Colorado Springs this fall. This conference, held on Oct 26-29 at the Broadmoor Hotel, provides the opportunity to connect with fellow philanthropists located or making investments in the Southwestern United States. Registration is open to trustees and staff of grantmaking organizations.

To register for this conference, please click here and create an account on their website. Once your account is verified and activated, you can return to the conference page of their website to register. Please choose the option that includes Colorado Association of Funders in the title to ensure you have access to the member rate of $800! This option is only for CAF members who are not also PSW members.

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Changing the ways we think about assessment: David Grant joins CAF at Fall Membership Breakfast

DavidGrantHeadshotJoin us at the CAF Fall Membership Breakfast to hear from David Grant, author of “The Social Profit Handbook: The Essential Guide to Setting Goals, Achieving Success for Mission Driven Organizations” and former president and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. As David Grant sees it, the social profit sector needs to break its habit of valuing quantitative assessment over qualitative assessment.SocialProfitHandbook In a metrics-obsessed world, social profit organizations need to bring a new mindset to evaluation in order to achieve the actual societal benefits they are working toward. All registrants will receive a copy of David’s book at the breakfast.

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Recording and Resources Available: #OrlandoUnited: CAF’s Florida colleagues responding to tragedy

  • June 14, 2016
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UPDATE: A recording of the national webinar on Orlando’s response is available along with resources for funders. Please visit this link.

Our colleagues at the the Florida Philanthropic Network posted the information below in response to the tragedy in Orlando..

#OrlandoUnited: Responding to Tragedy

Dear colleagues,

We are horrified and heartbroken over yesterday’s tragedy in Orlando. In the early morning hours, a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub, leaving 50 individuals dead and more than 50 injured. Our hearts are with our fellow Floridians and the LGBTQ community, their families and friends reeling from this senseless act of terror and the tragic loss of innocent lives.

As flags fly at half-staff today, let us recognize that they still wave proudly and stand for peace, understanding and acceptance. The response from our brothers and sisters across Florida and the country has been remarkable. Residents have appeared in thousands to donate their time and blood to those in need, not only in Orlando but throughout the state. Our fellow regional associations and funders stand ready to offer assistance and support.

For some of us, it can feel overwhelming on where and how to lend a hand. Monetary donations are fast, flexible and effective ways to make a direct impact during Orlando’s time of need. You and your organization can be part of an effort to provide immediate and long-term assistance to the victims of tragedy, as well the broader community. As Florida nonprofits and philanthropic organizations address the short-term and long-term needs of the community, you can join them in the following ways:

Central Florida Foundation will be sharing updates in the next few days on how you can help now and in the weeks and months to come. FPN will release more details as they become available and you can monitor up-to-date developments at their website, http://cffound.org.

Our Fund Foundation, a community foundation whose mission is to support South Florida’s LGBTQ agencies, is collecting tax-deductible donations. 100% of the tax-deductible funds raised through Our Fund will be donated to the nonprofits in Orlando supporting survivors and victims’ families and friends and their efforts to restore peace, joy and wellness to Orlando’s LGBTQ community. To make a tax-deductible donation through Our Fund, visithttps://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/OurFund/Orlando.html

Governor Rick Scott announced the activation of the Florida Disaster Fund following yesterday’s terror attack in Orlando. The Florida Disaster Fund will help provide financial support to organizations that serve survivors, their families, and all those in need. To make a contribution, please visit http://www.FloridaDisasterFund.org.

Equality Florida has set up a GoFundMe page to support the victims and families affected by the shooting. You can donate to the Pulse Victims Fund online athttps://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund. The state’s LGBT civil rights organization is working with a team of attorneys and national experts to ensure the funds are distributed correctly.

For information on blood donations, counseling services and vigils throughout Florida, visit http://www.eqfl.org/news/pulse.

The City of Orlando is also coordinating volunteers and donations for those located in Central Florida. You can fill out an online form, and someone will contact you regarding services and donation needs.

Together we can support the victims and their families and loved ones while we continue working to build a better Florida – one fueled by respect and unity.
Thank you all for your thoughts, concerns and kind words,
Stacy Carlson, Ph.D.
President & CEO, Florida Philanthropic Network

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Interested in Scaling Impact? We’re partnering with Social Impact Exchange on their June confab in NYC

  • June 9, 2016
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Social Impact Exchange 2016 Conference on Scaling Impact, June 22-23

CAF members will receive a 50% discount on the Social Impact Exchange’s June 2016 Annual Conference on June 22-23 in New York City.  The 2016 Conference on Scaling Impact is for foundation officers, philanthropists, corporate executives, trustees, and wealth managers and philanthropy advisors interested in learning about innovative methods to support high-impact nonprofits in education, youth development, poverty alleviation, health and impact investing. The conference includes presentations from foundation and nonprofit leaders, as well as knowledge-building sessions and peer networking opportunities.  Key themes in 2016 include systems change to support scaled impact.
To learn more and register, please click here!

Registration Now Open: 2016 C3 Forum!

  • June 3, 2016
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The Colorado Association of Funders, Colorado Nonprofit Association, and Community Resource Center will host the seventh annual C3 Forum on Tuesday, August 2nd. This full-day event aims to strengthen relationships and increase understanding among nonprofits and funders through networking, dialogue, educational trainings, and issue based discussions.

For more information about the day, and our special focus on advocacy and community engagement, please click here.

To view ticket options and register, please click here!

Learn About Refugee Integration: Expanding Perspectives Webinar

  • June 2, 2016
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World Refugee Day: Expanding Perspectives on the Integration of Refugees

CAF is co-sponsoring a webinar with Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) on June 20 in honor of World Refugee Day! This webinar: Expanding Perspectives on the Integration of Refugees, is the latest in GCIR’s series: Philanthropy, Refugees, and the Global humanitarian Crisis.

Speakers include: Jamie-Rose Edwards of Young Women Empowered (Y-We), Kabzuag Vaj with Freedom, Inc., and Ted Wang of Unbound Philanthropy. Aryah Somers Landsberger with GCIR with moderate. Additional co-sponsors include: Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, International Human Rights Funders Group, Philanthropy New York, and San Diego Grantmakers.

For more information on this webinar, please click here. For more information on World Refugee Day, please visit the UN’s site here. For more information about the global refugee crisis, please click here.

Register for the June 20th webinar here.

A new leader for philanthropy visits Colorado

  • January 31, 2016
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Guest Blog Post by David Biemesderfer, President & CEO, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, Washington DC

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Last week in Denver I had the pleasure of engaging with several Colorado foundation leaders in a meeting coordinated by the Colorado Association of Funders (CAF) and hosted by the Boettcher Foundation. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the thoughtful, impactful philanthropic activity going on in the state, and to hear the foundation leaders talk about the tremendous value they get from their CAF membership and their pride in watching the growth of CAF in recent years.

At the meeting I spoke about my new role as President & CEO of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, which is a vibrant and growing organization in the philanthropy sector. The Forum is the largest network serving philanthropy in America, consisting of 33 regional philanthropy associations—including CAF—with more than 5,500 participating organizations. The Forum Network’s greatest strength is that we bring together the dual assets of deep regional roots and a broad nationwide reach. No other organization in philanthropy brings these assets to the table in the way that we do.

The Forum supports and advances the work of CAF and its regional association colleagues in many ways. We offer staff professional development and peer-to-peer networking opportunities to help people be effective in their regional association work. We strengthen philanthropy’s voice in public policy by building regional associations’ capacity to engage in policy work. We provide an effective vehicle to allow regional associations to share data, information and resources. And we help regional associations pool their resources and expertise to better serve their members.

The Forum operates as a true network that relies on the contributions of all of its regional association members, and the Colorado Association of Funders is an active contributor to the network.

CAF Executive Director Joanne Kelley serves on the Forum’s board of directors and on our governance committee and government relations & public policy committee. She also serves on our community foundation task force and has served on our grantmaker education committee and several conference planning committees. Her expertise and experience in communications and public policy, among other areas, add great value to our network.

In my meeting with CAF members I discussed how the Forum will begin implementing a new vision over the next two years that builds on our unique skills and expertise in the philanthropy field. We plan to broaden our network to bring together the assets of the Forum Network with the assets of national philanthropy-serving organizations—specifically national issue-based, identity-based and practice-based affinity groups—to create a “one stop shop” for philanthropies to find and engage others with similar interests, share knowledge and advance policy. In short, we envision the Forum as the place where philanthropy’s infrastructure comes together.

National affinity groups have deep content knowledge in their specific areas of expertise, whether it is knowledge of a particular funding issue, population group or philanthropic practice, and RAs have deep knowledge and connections in our regions. Under the Forum’s new vision, we will bring the two together in a much more comprehensive and systematic way than what is occurring today. We believe this will reduce duplication and increase collaboration in philanthropy’s infrastructure, and will greatly enhance how we all work to support, inform and advance the philanthropy sector.

We will be putting our new vision into action through an inclusive, collaborative, iterative and co-designed process with current and new partners, guided by a design team comprised equally of representatives of regional associations and national affinity groups. The team is co-chaired by Kathleen Enright, President & CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, and Chris Essel, President & CEO of Southern California Grantmakers.

I’m honored to be taking over the helm of the Forum at this pivotal moment for the organization and for the philanthropy field. Working with wonderful members and partners like the Colorado Association of Funders, I am committed to making significant progress in how we support, connect and advance philanthropy in our country.