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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.
Presenters:
Paul Major, President and CEO, Telluride Foundation
Stephanie Copeland, Executive Director, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
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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.

Rose Community Foundation: United in Grief and Resolve

  • October 29, 2018
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Since this past Saturday morning, October 27, 2018, the hearts, minds and prayers of Rose Community Foundation staff and trustees have been with the Tree of Life Synagogue, the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, the city of Pittsburgh and all who are united in grief and outrage by this vicious hate crime.

Read more about Rose CEO’s response to the Tree of Life shooting

The Colorado Health Foundation Awards WFCO $1 Million Grant

  • October 11, 2018
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Colorado Association of Funders is excited to learn about the collaboration between two of its members, The Colorado Health Foundation and The Women’s Foundation of Colorado. The Colorado Health Foundation has awarded The Women’s Foundation of Colorado a $1 million grant to carry out four years of its strategic plan. WFCO plans to use the funds to ultimately broaden its statewide reach and affirm its role as an anchor for the economic advancement of Colorado women and their families.

Read more about this grant here.

CAF Annual Member Meeting: Next-Day Look at the 2018 Elections

  • October 8, 2018
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JUST CONFIRMED: 

Gov. John Hickenlooper will join us at our annual meeting, where we’ll thank him for his service and the many times he engaged with us over his time in office. 

Gather with fellow CAF members for a spirited conversation with local pundits about the previous day’s election results. You’ll hear analysis from both sides of the aisle about how voters decided who will control Congress and statehouses across a deeply divided nation. Learn how numerous Colorado ballot initiatives fared and gain insight on how the results might affect our communities and your work in philanthropy. We’ll also hold CAF Board Officer and Director Elections.

Our program features:

  • Moderator: Floyd Ciruli, pollster and political analyst and Director of University of Denver’s Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research
  • Panelist: Audrey Kline, Democratic campaign consultant
  • Panelist: Dick Wadhams, Republican strategist, former Colorado GOP Chair
  • Panelist: Rick Palacio, former chairman of the Colorado Democratic Party
  • Panelist: Kelly Maher, 9News conservative political commentator

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Carriage House @ the Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion

CAF Members: Click here to register

Historic $120 million gift from The Anschutz Foundation

  • August 24, 2018
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The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has received a $120 million gift, the largest private philanthropic commitment in its history, to further elevate its stature as one of the country’s top medical destinations. The Anschutz Foundation and its founder and chair, Philip Anschutz, made the unprecedented commitment to accelerate the campus’s growth and development as one of the newest and most prominent academic medical campuses in the United States, the only one in the Rocky Mountain region, and the largest from Chicago to the West Coast. This gift brings The Anschutz Foundation’s total investment in the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to nearly $300 million since 2000. 

Read more about CAF member The Anschutz Foundation’s gift here.

What We’re Reading: Foundations Should Fund What Nonprofits Really Need

  • August 24, 2018
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The Center for Effective Philanthropy released this blog by Anthony Richardson, an associate director at the Nord Family Foundation in Amherst, Ohio. (Nord Family Foundation is also a member of Colorado Association of Funders.)

A few days ago, a colleague and I had an amazing site visit at a regional organization where staffers — among other things — oozed excitement about their recently implemented case management system. While we were there, the staff also lamented about being uncomfortable asking funders to support expanding their information technology capacity, as some funders are only interested in funding what they think is important for organizations.

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CAF Member News: Mile High United Way Selects 100 Strategic Investment Partners

  • August 21, 2018
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Mile High United Way recently announced that it awarded $6 million to 100 high-performing organizations in Metro Denver. “Working together, we will be changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in our community.”

 

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