Uncategorized

Save the Date: We’re bringing Vu Le to Denver in June

  • March 3, 2017
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on Save the Date: We’re bringing Vu Le to Denver in June

Mark your calendars for annual community partners luncheon on June 8, 2017, presented this year by Community First Foundation. Our keynote speaker will be Vu Le, author of the popular blog Nonprofit with Balls.

Stay tuned for more details.

GroundFloor Media’s Get Grounded Foundation Awards Grants to Seven Programs Serving Denver’s At-Risk Youth

  • January 30, 2017
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on GroundFloor Media’s Get Grounded Foundation Awards Grants to Seven Programs Serving Denver’s At-Risk Youth

DENVER, Jan. 25, 2017 – GroundFloor Media (GFM) and its sister agency, CenterTable, announced today that their Get Grounded Foundation has awarded its latest round of grants to seven outstanding local community programs supporting youth services. More than $20,000 was granted to Child Advocates – Denver CASA, Denver Indian Family Resource Center, Denver Urban Scholars, ECDC – African Community Center of Denver, PlatteForum, Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center and Share Our Strength Colorado’s Cooking Matters. The programs were selected for their efforts to get a new or innovative program off the “ground floor” in the area of child abuse and neglect, youth behavioral health or childhood hunger relief.

 

A volunteer committee made up of individuals from the sister agencies reviewed this round of grant applications. The deadline for applications for the spring 2017 grant cycle is Friday, April 21.

 

The Fall 2016 Get Grounded Foundation Grant Recipients

 

The mission of Child Advocates – Denver CASA (court-appointed special advocates) is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Denver Juvenile Court through the services of specially selected and trained community volunteers. The Foundation’s grant funds will support the nonprofit’s new Youth Empowerment Program (YEP), which is designed to make sure that youth in the judicial system, despite their adverse circumstances, become independent and productive adults. Denver CASA will utilize the funding to provide youth in foster care with skill-building activities and opportunities for typical growing-up experiences.

 

Denver Indian Family Resource Center (DIFRC) works to strengthen vulnerable American Indian and Alaska Native children and families through collaborative and culturally responsive services. The Get Grounded Foundation grant will support monthly cultural nights for families served by the organization. DIFRC was also a fall 2015 Get Grounded Foundation grant recipient.

 

Denver Urban Scholars is dedicated to helping metro Denver students, with the greatest need, graduate high school and enter higher education with a meaningful life plan for success. Funds from The Get Grounded Foundation grant will support the organization’s new group mentoring project within its Stepping Stones program, which addresses the unique needs of middle schoolers through a coordinated, integrated approach that combines academic and social support, mentoring relationships and a focus on the future to help every student chart his/her pathway to career and college.

 

The ECDC – African Community Center of Denver (ACC) serves more than 600 newly arrived refugees and asylees each year from countries as diverse as Bhutan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Burma, Congo and others. The organization helps refugees rebuild safe, sustainable lives in Denver through supportive networks of people, services and community activities. The funding from this grant will support the ACC’s Youth 4 Youth (Y4Y) program, a mentor/mentee program that directly impacts youth ages 11-13 who are entering middle school. These young adolescent refugees are vulnerable to bullying, suicide, gang activity, homelessness, malnutrition and substance abuse, and Y4Y offers emotional, social and mental health support.

 

PlatteForum supports contemporary artists and underserved youth in metro Denver through innovative, long-term arts programs that allow the youth to work side-by-side with artists-in-residence. Funds from the Foundation will be used to support a series of intensive workshops that build upon the work of artist-in-residence Kate Speer, an artistic choreographer working at the intersection of social activism and creation by merging theatrical storytelling with athletic, momentum-based movement to engage the audience. Speer will be paired with a group of 25 first through third graders at Strive Prep Ruby Hill in conjunction with the I Have a Dream Foundation. PlatteForum was also a fall 2015 Get Grounded Foundation grant recipient.

 

The Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center (RMCLC) works to transform the lives of abused, neglected and at-risk children through compassionate legal advocacy, clinical services, education and public policy reform. This grant funding will help enable RMCLC to start a new trauma-informed yoga program for children ages 5-18 who are being served within the organization’s four legal service areas. RMCLC was a fall 2015 Get Grounded Foundation grant recipient as well.

 

For more than two decades, Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters Colorado has empowered families with the skills to stretch their food budgets and cook healthy meals so their children get nutritious food at home. With its grant, the Foundation will be supporting the organization’s “Young Caregivers Pilot” Cooking Matters program. This program, offered in partnership with programs serving teen families, such as those from DPS’ Florence Crittenton High School for struggling teen families, will serve low-income, teen parents of young children with an additional two-hour nutrition and food skills lesson during which they’ll focus on the unique needs of this population, including introducing solid foods, preparing homemade baby food, and feeding best practices for optimal emotional and nutritional development of children in their early stages of life.

 

###

 

About The Get Grounded Foundation

The Get Grounded Foundation is based on two pillars of thought already firmly established at GFM and CenterTable. The first is that nonprofits, similar to many startup organizations, are entrepreneurial in their approach, yet often can’t find seed funding to get a new or innovative program off the “ground floor.” Second, it elevates the agencies’ long giving history of focusing on causes that our team members are proud to support, including child abuse and neglect prevention, youth behavioral health and childhood hunger relief. As such, The Foundation provides one-year grants, funded by GFM and CenterTable’s profits, for new or expanded, innovative or entrepreneurial programs or projects within an existing, qualified nonprofit that directly supports the healthy development of at-risk youth between the ages of three and 13 in the Denver Metro area.

Head to Washington with us in March for annual Foundations on the Hill meetings

  • January 27, 2017
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on Head to Washington with us in March for annual Foundations on the Hill meetings

#FOTH17 Registration Now Open

Join us in Washington as we visit our representatives in Congress for Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) on March 20 – 22, 2017 in Washington, DC!

FOTH brings together philanthropy leaders from across the country to DC for meetings with Congress about key issues of importance to foundations and philanthropy. FOTH is presented by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, in partnership with the Alliance for Charitable Reform and Council on Foundations.

CAF is working to schedule meetings on Capitol Hill and organizing a delegation of Colorado foundation leaders to represent the sector as we discuss the work of Colorado philanthropy with members of Congress. You can view additional details on the event, including a schedule of events, on the FOTH 2017 webpage.

Foundations on the Hill is the one time each year when philanthropy speaks with a strong, collective voice on Capitol Hill. This will be more critical than ever for #FOTH17, which is scheduled just a few months after the start of a new administration and a new Congress. We need to ensure that Congress understands the value of philanthropy to our communities and our country, and to stress the importance of doing all that we can to encourage more charitable giving to benefit our communities — particularly as discussions of tax reform become more prominent in Washington.

Go here to register!

 

Announcing our 2017 officers and new directors

  • December 7, 2016
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on Announcing our 2017 officers and new directors

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.

Sad news from Rose Community Foundation

Dear Friends of Rose Community Foundation,

On behalf of Rose Community Foundation’s staff and Board of Trustees, I am deeply saddened to share news of the unexpected death on Sunday, of our President and CEO Sheila Bugdanowitz.

Sheila has stewarded the organization since 1998. She embodied the Foundation’s values of philanthropy, justice and non-discrimination and its mission to make the Greater Denver community a better place. Her leadership shaped what Rose Community Foundation is today.

Sheila was legendary for her deep connections and relationships. She brought people together to make the community a better place for all and she dedicated her life to improving the world around her. We grieve the loss of her leadership and her warm and generous spirit, which echoes through the philanthropic community and the community as a whole.

I have appointed Chief Financial and Operating Officer Anne Garcia to serve as Interim President and CEO in order that the Foundation can continue its important work in the Greater Denver community, without interruption. Anne, the staff and the Trustees will ensure the Foundation continues to operate in the ways you have come to expect.

A funeral service in honor of Sheila’s life will be held Tuesday, December 6 at 1:00 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street.  More information regarding the service can be found here.

In accordance with her family’s wishes, gifts in Sheila’s honor may be made to Rose Community Foundation online or sent to 600 South Cherry Street, Denver, CO, 80246. You may also send notes or remembrances to Sheila’s family in care of the Foundation at the address above, to the attention of Todd Fahnestock.

Please join me and all the staff and trustees in keeping Sheila’s family in your thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks to come.

Sincerely,

Jerry Glick

Chair, Board of Trustees

Rose Community Foundation

Forever after, November 9, 2016 as Joe Ignat Day

  • November 15, 2016
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on Forever after, November 9, 2016 as Joe Ignat Day

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.

Tickets to CAF Annual Meeting still available!

  • October 5, 2016
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on Tickets to CAF Annual Meeting still available!

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!

 

Women’s Foundation of Colorado releases 2016 Minimum Wage Research

  • September 15, 2016
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on Women’s Foundation of Colorado releases 2016 Minimum Wage Research

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).

About The Impact of a $12.oo Minimum Wage on Women in Colorado:cover-final-report-impact-of-a-12-minimum-wage-on-women-in-coloardo-september-2016

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.

minimumwage3

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
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on CAF has moved> New phone numbers and mailing address!

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

email hidden; JavaScript is required,  Executive Director, 720-212-0433

email hidden; JavaScript is required, Member Engagement and Program Manager, 720-842-7209

 

 

Attend Moving Mountains: Strengthening Communities at special CAF rate

  • August 10, 2016
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on Attend Moving Mountains: Strengthening Communities at special CAF rate

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.

Should you have any questions about registration please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required at Philanthropy Southwest.