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Join CAF for Foundations on the Hill 2018

  • February 23, 2018
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When: Monday, March 12, 2018 – Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Where: Washington, DC

Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) is an annual convening that brings together foundation leaders from across the country for meetings with Congress about key issues of importance to foundations and philanthropy. FOTH is presented by United Philanthropy Forum in partnership with the Alliance for Charitable Reform and the Council on Foundations.

The overall purpose of Foundations on the Hill is to:

  • Inform and educate Congress about philanthropy
  • Create visibility for foundations and philanthropy on Capitol Hill
  • Advocate on issues affecting foundations
  • Encourage Congress to view foundations as resources on key public policy issues

If you’d like more information about joining the Colorado delegation, contact Mari Tanabe at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

What We’re Reading: “Three Truths After Five Years on the Foundation Side”

  • February 20, 2018
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Maya Winkelstein, Executive Director of Open Road Alliance, describes three “uncomfortable truths” she’s learned after five years at a foundation.

Nowhere in the laws of man or nature does it say, “Thou shalt approve grant dockets only once a year” or, “The full Board is required to approve additional disbursements'”or “Thou must complete an evaluation report before additional funds may be disbursed or grant renewals approved.”

Read the full article on GrantCraft: http://www.grantcraft.org/blog/three-truths-after-five-years-on-the-foundation-side

Philanthropy Predictions for 2018

  • February 13, 2018
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A corporate responsibility expert, the founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy, and a self-described “philanthropy wonk” reflect on 2017 and make their predictions for the sector in 2018.

8 Corporate Social Responsibility Trends To Look For In 2018 | Susan McPherson | Forbes

Philanthropy Forecast, 2018: Trends and Issues To Watch | David Callahan | Inside Philanthropy

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint 2018 |  Lucy Bernholz | Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

 

 

 

Peer group forming to connect small funders

  • January 30, 2018
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Thanks to the leadership of Kristi Petrie (AJL Charitable Foundation) and Ali Mayer (Mayer-Phillips Foundation), we’re launching a Small Funders Peer Group.

Please join us for the first official 2018 meeting where we will network and share goals and challenges, determine how to structure this group to best meet the needs of small funder organizations and build a strong network statewide.

Date: Tues., February 6, 2018

Time: 3pm – 5pm (Refreshments will be served)

Location: Rose Community Foundation, 600 S. Cherry St., Suite 1200, Denver, CO (free parking is available in the visitor lots.

CAF members: Please RSVP  and read on to learn more.
The group will bring together our smaller member organizations to build relationships, share best practices and resources, discuss common opportunities and challenges, and learn/brainstorm around topics of interest. We haven’t established a firm or exact definition of “small” (staff, assets or otherwise) but are thinking that CAF member organizations with no more than two staff members (or none!) might find the network of most value. We encourage our members to opt in to this group if you think you would benefit.

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Take part in Advocacy Day at the State Capitol

  • January 29, 2018
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Don’t miss this opportunity to network with lawmakers, hear about 2018 legislative priorities, and experience the legislative process at the State Capitol on Feb. 15, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
Presented by Colorado Association of Funders and Colorado Nonprofit Association, the program will feature a legislator panel, visits to both chambers, and a presentation by the General Assembly’s new Chief Economist. Breakfast and lunch will be served. CAF members who are not members of the nonprofit association can click here to register and use the code: COADVOCACY18. 

Jan. 30 webinar on tax reform’s impact for philanthropic sector

  • January 25, 2018
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Join members of Colorado Association of Funders and foundation peers from across the country for a United Philanthropy Forum update on the national policy scene and changes related to recent Tax Reform on Tues., Jan. 30 from noon – 1 p.m. 
Register for webinar here. Or take part by phone by dialing: 866.740.1260 access code: 8887430
We will cover these questions:
–Where do things stand following the passage of the federal tax bill?
–How might it affect philanthropy and the charitable sector?
–What key messages should we deliver to our representatives?

El Pomar Foundation Launches New Equine-Focused Fund

  • January 22, 2018
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El Pomar Foundation has launched The Sally Beck Fund, a new grant making fund dedicated specifically to supporting nonprofit organizations providing direct care to equines, therapeutic riding programs, equine education programs, and equine-related disaster response programs within the state of Colorado.

Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax status that support equine care, equine education, equine-related disaster response, or therapeutic riding in the state of Colorado are eligible to apply for funding.  No dollars received from the Fund may be used for capital improvements or overhead staffing costs. The Beck Fund has a separate proposal process and timeline from El Pomar’s competitive grant process. Grant applications are typically reviewed twice annually, in the spring and at the end of the year.

All applicants, funded or declined, must wait one year (12 months) before submitting a new application.  If funded, applicants must submit their final report prior to submitting a new application.

Click here to read about The Sally Beck Fund and other El Pomar Foundation grant opportunities.

Philanthropy for today or investing for tomorrow? Join author Joel Fleishman to discuss

  • January 11, 2018
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Joel Fleishman is a professor of law and public policy at Duke University and a national expert on philanthropy and foundations. His newest book, Putting Wealth to Work: Philanthropy for Today or Investing for Tomorrow? explores the pros and cons of perpetual foundations versus spend down foundations. (Check out a review of his book by clicking here).

CAF Members are invited to attend a discussion with Joel Fleishman on February 22, 2018 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the University of Denver Law School. Click here to learn more and register.

 

 

Register for a National Webinar on The New Federal Tax Law and Charitable Nonprofits

  • January 9, 2018
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The National Council of Nonprofits is hosting a free nationwide webinar Thursday, January 11 at 1:00 pm titled Now What: How the New Federal Tax Law Impacts Charitable Nonprofits. The webinar will cover what actions 501(c)(3) organizations may need to take to comply with the new federal tax law, effective dates for key provisions, and the response at the state and local level.

Click here to register and learn more.

Apply for the State of the Sector Poster Session

  • December 5, 2017
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Colorado Association of Funders and Community Resource Center are teaming up for State of the Sector 2018. On January 25, 2018, we invite foundation and nonprofit professionals to join us at The Studios at Overland Crossing from 2:00pm – 5:00pm for networking, a celebration of our sector’s work, and the presentation of the Community Trailblazer Award.

We are also excited to announce the 2018 State of the Sector Inaugural Poster Session, which will highlight outstanding and diverse nonprofits and funders in the areas of impact, innovation, and partnership. Selected participants will display a 36” x 48” informational poster at the State of the Sector event and engage with attendees during the networking reception. Participating in the poster session provides an opportunity for your organization to:

-Show case its work at a celebratory event

-Promote the experience and knowledge of your team

-Contribute to the knowledge base of the sector

All State of the Sector attendees are invited to apply. To learn more and apply to feature your organization’s work, click here. Applications are due by December 7, 2017. Questions about the poster session can be directed to Mari Tanabe, email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Click here to register for State of the Sector.