Member Programming

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.

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.

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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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.

For registration details, ticket pricing, and more about David and his book, please login through the Member Center. Should you have any questions, please contactemail hidden; JavaScript is required.