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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.

Colorado Impact Initiative: Impact Investing in Education and Early Childhood

  • October 29, 2015
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Are you interested in learning how impact investing can benefit early childhood enrichment and educational advancement? Join us on November 10 for an interactive learning session with Dr. Stephanie Gripne of the Colorado Impact Finance Center and Linda Appel Lipsius, co-founder and CEO of mama’hood and Teatulia. As part of the Colorado Impact Initiative, The Colorado Association of Funders, Rose Community Foundation and Impact Finance Center are hosting this specific session focused on Education & Early Childhood Impact Investing. Dr. Stephanie Gripne and Linda Appel Lipsius will give a community presentation on the Colorado Impact Initiative, Colorado Impact Days, and impact investing in the Education & Early Childhood Track.

This event is open to all funders and invited guests.

RSVP to: Alex Talavera at Rose Community Foundation – email hidden; JavaScript is required

Speaker Biographies:

Dr. Stephanie Gripne is an academic entrepreneur, impact investor, philanthropic advisor, researcher, educator and the creative force behind the Impact Finance Center, Colorado Impact Initiative and Colorado Impact Day. Stephanie founded the Impact Finance Center in 2012 and formed the partnership between University of Denver Daniels College of Business and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors – Sustainable Endowment Institute.

Linda Appel Lipsius is the Co-Founder & CEO of the mama ‘hood. The mama ‘hood is a unique and innovative Denver/Boulder-based business that supports new and expecting moms and their families through expert breast-feeding support, prenatal, postnatal, kids & family yoga, childbirth education courses, parenting classes and high quality retail. In addition, Linda runs Teatulia Organic Teas where she’s been working with her partners in Bangladesh since 2006 to bring premium-quality, sustainably-sourced teas from a previously-unknown growing region to the United States and Europe.