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Resources and Webinar: Family Separation at the Border

  • June 21, 2018
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David Biemesderfer, President & CEO, at United Philanthropy Forum talks about the intersection of philanthropy and recent policy decisions at the border: “United Philanthropy Forum envisions a courageous philanthropic sector that catalyzes a just and equitable society where all can participate and prosper. What is happening right now on the border is not just and not equitable.”

Click here to read the full article.

On June 27, there will be a webinar for Funders interested in the family separation policy, hosted by  hosted by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees.

Click here to register and learn more. Register by COB on June 26, 2018.

Members News: Colorado Creative Industries Announces 2018 Governor’s Creative Leadership Awards

  • June 13, 2018
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Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) today announced that Rodney Wood of Trinidad, Wayne A. Gilbert of Denver, and Armando Silva of Greeley were selected to receive the 2018 Governor’s Creative Leadership Awards. Click here to read the full article.

Key Takeaways from CAF’s ‘Countdown to Census 2020: What’s at Stake for Philanthropy and Colorado’

  • May 16, 2018
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On May 14, Colorado Association of Funders convened local funders to discuss the upcoming census and philanthropy’s role in promoting a fair and accurate count. Four speakers shared what’s at stake nationally and in Colorado–touching on implications for both rural and urban areas—and offered resources and suggestions for attendees looking to get involved.

The census determines apportionment and redistricting for congress, state legislatures, city councils, and school boards; and over $800 billion in federal aid flows to states and localities based on census-derived data. “You know what you know and do what you do because of the census,” said Terri Ann Lowenthal, a consultant for the Funders Census Initiative. “That’s why you should care that the Census Bureau gets it right.”

Lowenthal noted the census doesn’t count all population groups equally well. “Hard to count groups” include:

People of color (especially men, ages 18−49)
American Indians on reservations
Low income households (renters), urban & rural
Young children (ages 0−4), especially Black & Latino kids
Limited English Proficiency and foreign-born households
Single, female-headed households
Frequent movers (including military families and young adults)

Lowenthal listed factors such as insufficient and delayed annual funding, canceled tests and scaled-back dry runs, cyber-security threats, and untested questions, all of which put a fair and accurate 2020 census at risk.

Patrick Potyondy is a Legislative Policy Specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures, which provides non-partisan research and analysis to legislators and legislative staff. Potyondy provided additional figures to demonstrate the financial implications of an undercount. In financial year 2015, a 1% undercount from the 2010 Census resulted in $63 million in lost funds to five Federal Medical Assistance Percentage programs (Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Title IV-E Foster Care, Title IV-E Adoption Assistance, and the Child Care and Development Fund). That’s at least $1,262 in lost funding per person.

Potyondy offered links to maps and reports with additional data and information:

Counting for Dollars 2020: The Role of the Decennial Census in the Geographic Distribution of Federal Funders (Andrew Reamer – The George Washington University of Public Policy)
The Census Bureau Response Outreach Mapper (ROAM)
Colorado’s State Data Center Program information

As the executive director of Together We Count, Rosemary Rodriguez forecasts participatory challenges for the 2020 census to make recommendations to stakeholders.  Rodriguez commented on the climate of fear produced by the addition of the citizenship question, noting the Census Bureau’s own panel of experts recommended against including it. She identified where hard to count groups are located in Colorado, based on 2014 Census Track Data.

“Without education, without outreach, and without thoughtful consideration, we’re going to miss a huge percentage of population,” Rodriguez said. She also noted that access to broadband will be an issue, since for the first time, the census will be primarily internet-based.

To conclude the program, Maggie Osborn, Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer at United Philanthropy Forum, shared resources and strategies funders in other states are using. Funders can:

Join FCCP’s Funders Census Initiative (FCI)
Spread the word – talk to funder colleagues and grantees about the census to raise awareness
Provide money and training for grantees who are trusted partners in their communities to be a voice and a hub for census efforts
Consider pooled funding for joint training and communications

Investing in the census is “smart money,” said Osborn. By promoting an accurate census count, philanthropy can help ensure a fair distribution of federal funds. She reminded attendees of the statistic Potyondy shared. “Do you have $1,200 to make up for every miscount?” she asked.

Upcoming Meeting: Colorado Aging Dialogue Group

  • May 14, 2018
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The Colorado Aging Dialogue Group is an informal group of grantmakers and key community and government funding agencies that address aging issues.

CAF Members are invited to join the next breakfast meeting of the Colorado Aging Dialogue Group scheduled for Friday, June 8, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The meeting will highlight Changing the Narrative, Colorado’s awareness campaign designed to increase understanding of ageism and shift how Coloradans think about aging. NextFifty Initiative and Rose Community Foundation will share their local communication campaigns using tested FrameWork’s tools and messaging. There will also be “round the room updates” at 10:15.

The meeting will be at Daniels Fund on Friday, June 8 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (breakfast will be served). For more information or to RSVP, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please RSVP by May 31.

CAF Members Invited to Attend Forum on Universal Access to Health Promotion

  • May 10, 2018
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Hosted by Art & Science of Health Promotion Institute and Center for Human Nutrition at University of Colorado, this forum will describe an approach to provide access to comprehensive health promotion programs to all Coloradans with minimal to no funding from local, state and federal governments. The Forum will take place on May 30 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Anschutz Medical Campus. Click here for more information and to register.

What We’re Reading: The Dilemmas, Contradictions, and Excitements of Being a Foundation Program Officer

  • May 5, 2018
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“In an ideal world, program officers should have a manageable number of grants to enable them to form these relationships and to contribute meaningfully and thoughtfully to the work of partners. In the real world, program officers often manage many grants (which can also be an advantage), and it is often difficult to dedicate sufficient time to nurture relationships.”

Read more on The Center for Effective Philanthropy blog: http://cep.org/the-dilemmas-contradictions-and-excitements-of-being-a-foundation-program-officer/

CAF Member Event: Learn about the 2020 Census and What’s at Stake for Colorado

  • April 30, 2018
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Institutions across the country – including local and state governments, businesses, nonprofits and foundations – routinely rely on data from the census to allocate funding, define where services are delivered and promote economic development.  Learn about the upcoming census and philanthropy’s role in promoting a fair and accurate count. Click here to read more, see a full list of speakers, and RSVP.

Date: Monday, May 14

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Location: The Denver Foundation

 

CAF Member News: WFCO Announces Billie Jean King as 2018 Special Luncheon Guest

  • April 23, 2018
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At the annual luncheon, nearly 3,000 guests will come together to build opportunities and dismantle barriers for women and their families.

Click here to learn more.

What We’re Reading: Foundation Impact Investing Is Gaining Steam. But Can Proponents Answer These Four Questions?

  • April 18, 2018
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In an article in Inside Philanthropy, David Callahan writes:

I’ve long been a fan of more impact investing by foundations. It’s always struck me as nuts that these institutions use only their pinkies to advance their missions, keeping the vast majority of endowment capital—the “other 95 percent”—off to the side, invested in whatever the bean counters say will yield the best returns.

Foundation leaders never tire of stressing how paltry their grantmaking budgets are relative to society’s problems, and they’re exactly right. So it’s been exciting to watch more of these leaders break the glass to get at the real money.  

This week, it’s the Nathan Cummings Foundation making a move. And it’s going all in, pledging to “align 100 percent of our nearly half-billion dollar endowment with our mission.” NCF is the largest foundation to take this step, and it follows most directly in the footsteps of the F.B. Heron Foundation, which made the shift to 100 percent alignment under the leadership of Clara Miller. In contrast, the other major foundations engaged in impact investing—an increasingly long list—have mostly committed only small portions of their endowments to this approach.

It’s not surprising to see Nathan Cummings make such a bold move. This progressive foundation has long been innovative about leveraging its investments. Under a past president, Lance Lindblom, it became a leader in shareholder advocacy to push corporations to change their ways. It says that it’s filed “nearly 200 shareholder proposals” related to “environmental, social, and governance issues.”  

Still, even as I’m inclined to cheer NCF’s big move, I have a few questions about impact investing by foundations.

Click here to read the article and see Callahan’s questions.

CAF Welcomes Two New Members

  • April 16, 2018
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Colorado Association of Funders is excited to welcome two new members to our network of 80+ funders.

The Edmund T. and Eleanor Quick Foundation is a private foundation created by Mary Eleanor Quick in honor of her husband, Edmund T. Quick. The foundation makes grants in rural Colorado and along the Front Range. Its target areas are basic needs organizations, youth programs, religious organizations, domestic violence programs, historic preservation, early childhood, women oriented programs, animal shelters, and veterans programs.

Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) works in partnership with local governments and communities statewide to provide funding for projects and disaster recovery relief. DOLA provides state and federal funding to private housing developers, housing authorities, and local governments to increase the inventory of affordable housing. In addition, DOLA provides expertise through technical assistance programs to help with community planning, property taxation, and tax appeals.

Click here for a full list of members. Those interested in joining can read more here: http://coloradofunders.org/who-we-are/join-us/