Community First Foundation announces new president and CEO

  • February 4, 2019
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On Thursday, January 31, Community First Foundation announced it will appoint Kelly S. Dunkin as its new president and chief executive officer. CFF is dedicated to serving as a connector, partner, and collaborator to fuel the power of community and giving across the state.

Dunkin replaces Marla J. Williams, who is retiring in February 2019 after an eight-year career at the Foundation. Building on Williams’ strong leadership, Dunkin brings a unique blend of nonprofit, business and social impact expertise that will move the Foundation forward.

Most recently, Dunkin has served as national director of 10.10.10, a project of Colorado Nonprofit Development Center that inspires entrepreneurs to solve 10 “wicked problems.” Previously, Dunkin served for 11 years at The Colorado Health Foundation in Denver, culminating in the role of vice president of philanthropy.

She has served on numerous boards, including the Downtown Denver Partnership Denver Civic Ventures, Colorado Association of Funders and Girls on the Run.

Colorado Association of Funders welcomes Dunkin and is excited to learn about her unique ideas on how turn the tide of some of our community’s most pressing issues. Read Community First Foundation’s announcement here.

The Center for Effective Philanthropy features CEO Joanne Kelley on Exploring Openness

  • January 24, 2019
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Bringing together funders and the nonprofits they support can go a long way toward encouraging ongoing dialogue, increasing understanding and building bridges for the benefit of communities. Thanks to the support of the Fund for Shared Insight and the United Philanthropy Forum, CAF asked a diverse group of foundation and nonprofit leaders throughout Colorado to be part of a cohort to help us think through what we might be able to accomplish. The Center for Effective Philanthropy recently posted CAF’s takeaways from the cohort process in a blog post, which outlines three general themes around funder-nonprofit openness: (1) It’s all about relationships, (2) nonprofits want funders to be open and institute practices that mitigate the funder-grantee dynamic, and (3) organizations that build an internal culture of learning are more likely to be ready to share what they learn with others.

Read more about this blog post and The Center for Effective Philanthropy here.

“Strong partnerships built on trust allow foundations and nonprofits to listen to each other and accomplish their missions and objectives in a more purposeful way.”

CAF Member Program: Are We Moving the Needle?

  • December 21, 2018
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Join your fellow CAF members on Jan. 29, 2019, for a facilitated conversation that considers these and other questions:

•What problems are we trying to solve?

•Are we getting at root causes?

•How effective are our current approaches?

•Can philanthropy come together to move the needle on an issue affecting the entire state?

This session is being designed in response to member requests to engage in deeper conversation about how philanthropy approaches its work. In the process, you’ll learn about what others are doing, how they might be doing things differently than before, and gain insights on what is and isn’t working. There will also be time for unstructured networking after the program.

Please click here to register to attend.

Date: Tuesday, January 29th 2019

Time: 2:00pm-4:30pm

Location: The Colorado Health Foundation

PNC Foundation awards $300,000 to Children’s Museum of Denver

  • December 10, 2018
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PNC Foundation awarded the Children’s Museum of Denver a $300,000 grant. The grant was made in conjunction with PNC Grow Up Great®, PNC’s $350 million, multi-year bilingual initiative to improve early childhood education across its communities. The grant is payable over four years and will fund the Early Learning Initiative, a multifaceted program focused on young learners. The Initiative will provide opportunities and environments to support healthy growth and development for young children, help forge strong adult-child bonds and lay the foundation for children to thrive in school and in life. Programming will launch at the Museum in January 2019.

More about the new program and partnership are included in this press release here.

The Colorado Trust, The Colorado Health Foundation, and Gary Community Investments oppose proposal to change “public charge” definition

  • December 6, 2018
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CAF members, The Colorado Trust and The Colorado Health Foundation, submitted a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, opposing its proposed rule change to the so-called “public charge” assessment. Colorado’s two largest health foundations spoke out against the changes on the grounds that it would “severely jeopardize the health of children in the U.S.” by reducing access to healthcare services, nutritious foods, and safe and stable housing.

Under federal immigration law, the term “public charge” is used to describe a person that is dependent on government-funded cash assistance or institutionalization for the majority of his or her support. If it is determined that an individual is likely to become a “public charge,” their application to enter the U.S. or become a permanent resident may be denied.

Gary Community Investments earlier filed public comments on the proposed federal rule change. GCI opposes the regulations because they have the potential to affect more than 300,000 Coloradans, including 143,000 children. Click here to learn more about GCI’s position and how to submit a comment to the federal register before the Monday, December 10 deadline.

The new proposal broadens the definition of “public charge” by including non-emergency Medicaid, Medicare low-income subsidy, SNAP, and Section 8 public housing, among others. This public charge test is not applied to certain statuses of immigration, including refugees, asylees, and victims of trafficking. It also is not applied to those seeking to apply for U.S. citizenship. To learn more about potential impacts of these proposed regulations, the Colorado Center on Law and Policy has created a Public Charge Fact Sheet.

PNC Bank makes the case for community investment

  • December 6, 2018
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CAF Member, PNC Bank, argues that place-based investment and corporate giving can yield long term results for companies. Ryan Beiser, Regional President and Head of Corporate Banking, says the best types of investments are ones which position nonprofits as partners rather than traditional grantseekers.

“Consumers are drawn to doing business with companies that are committed to long-term investment where they live and work. This is especially true for younger generations, who continually seek out socially responsible products, companies and employers. As these generations continue to enter the workforce implementing impactful community investment strategies will be of the upmost importance to attracting and retaining top talent.

Read more here.

Community First Foundation presents CO Gives Day Dec. 4, 2018

  • December 4, 2018
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Colorado Gives Day returns for its ninth year on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. This annual giving day celebrates and increases philanthropy in Colorado with the rallying cry, “Give Where You Live!” Colorado Gives Day is powered by ColoradoGives.org, a year-round giving website featuring more than 2,500 Colorado nonprofits.

Colorado Gives Day is the second largest giving day in the nation. The day of giving helps Coloradans safely and easily support their favorite nonprofits online and explore new ones. ColoradoGives.org is the only online giving site dedicated exclusively to charitable giving in Colorado. Community First Foundation makes fundraising easy for nonprofits and inspire philanthropy among a significant community of givers.

Community First Foundation launched Colorado Gives Day in 2010 with just 539 participating nonprofits and a goal to raise one million dollars. Coloradoans gave more than eight million dollars, far surpassing the goal and proving that Coloradans value their nonprofits. From 2010 – 2017, $182 million has been raised for the state’s nonprofit community.

Each year Community First Foundation strive for growth, particularly in number of donations, number of donors, and number of counties participating. Each year CFF also expands partnerships with other foundations and entities throughout the state who can bring ColoradoGives and Colorado Gives Day to their communities.

Learn more about CO Gives Day here.

EPIC honors David Merage

  • December 3, 2018
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CAF is excited to learn that Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC) honored David Merage at their 9th Annual Business Leader’s Dinner with a Lifetime Achievement award for his commitment to Early Care and Education and for establishing Early Learning Ventures (ELV) in 2009. Learn more about David and his commitment to EPIC here.


New team member at CAF

  • November 28, 2018
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email hidden; JavaScript is required joins our team as Rural Network Director and leads our Rural Funders Learning Network, focusing on increasing our statewide presence. She has a proven track record in leading networks of funders and more than 20 years of deep experience working in communities, with government, nonprofits and philanthropy. She joined CAF from The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, where she spent five-and-a-half years managing an eight-state funder network. Intermountain West Funder Network. Here previous experience includes working with the head of school and board of directors at the American School of El Salvador, leading community impact efforts for the State of Colorado and nine counties to advance youth development through the OMNI Institute; and collaborative, community-based strategic planning and visioning initiatives for towns and cities throughout the United States through her work with the community services division of the National Civic League.

Learn more about Amy Swiatek here.

What is the role of foundations in Opportunity Zones?

  • November 14, 2018
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Colorado Rural Opportunity Zones: A Generational Opportunity for Rural Colorado
Funder Webinar
December 13, 2018 
2:00 – 3:15 p.m. 
The new federal tax law created “Opportunity Zones,” which will offer significant incentives for those who make long-term investments in rural and low-income urban areas. Colorado alone has 126 of these zones, with the majority located outside of the Front Range metro areas.
Join our Colorado Rural Funders Learning Network for a funder webinar to learn more about Opportunity Zones in rural areas of Colorado.
Paul Major, President and CEO, Telluride Foundation
Stephanie Copeland, Executive Director, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

We’ll be discussing:

  1. What drove the Opportunity Zone legislation and how Colorado selected its zones;
  2. Rural investment opportunities in energy, businesses, real estate;
  3. How foundations can be involved by providing funding for local investment prospectuses and expert investment staff, supporting community engagement and organizing, and providing program-related and mission-related investments.