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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.

RSVP today

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.

 

 

Urgent Call to Action: Charitable Sector Threatened in Tax Reform Scenario

  • November 14, 2017
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Colorado Association of Funders, along with our partners and our national network United Philanthropy Forum, have all been expressing our deep concerns about pending tax reform legislation that would cause harm to the charitable sector and charitable giving. But both are under serious threat right now — especially the impact of the charitable deduction. Members of Congress need to hear from constituents — including influential philanthropy leaders right now.

We’re urging our members to do the following immediately:

1. Contact Sens. Bennet and Gardner and urge them to support an amendment to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act offered by Sens. Wyden (D-OR) and Stabenow (D-MI) that would provide for a universal charitable deduction, allowing taxpayers who do not itemize their deductions to take an above-the-line deduction for charitable contributions, subject to limitations. (This is critical because both the Senate and House tax reform proposals would almost double the standard deduction and leave very few taxpayers in a position of being able to take advantage of the century-old charitable deduction.)

2. Contact your Representative and urge him or her to vote NO on the House Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1). CAF and our national Forum network, as well as Colorado Nonprofit Association and its national network opposes this legislation because it would cause serious harm to the charitable sector, both through the loss of charitable giving and the interjection of politics into the sector.

The timing of all this is urgent.

Thank you for your efforts. Please let us know how we can help or whether you’ve attempted to reach out to Congress on these important matters. Your voice does matter and we need to know that sufficient numbers of people are speaking up for our sector.

Caring for Colorado, Aspen Community Foundations sponsor our annual meeting featuring Center for Effective Philanthropy CEO

  • October 19, 2017
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We’re thrilled to be bringing the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s President Phil Buchanan to Colorado to keynote our annual meeting and luncheon on Nov. 30 at History Colorado Center in Denver.

The leader of one of the sector’s most influential organizations, Buchanan will lay out an argument for what

funder effectiveness looks like, drawing on new and historical examples and data to make his case.

We’ll also be reporting on our accomplishments and future plans, as well as electing 2018 board officers and new directors. Take advantage of the early-bird rate by registering now.

A big thanks to our sponsors:

 

CAF Board Member named Executive Director at Dresner Foundation

  • October 13, 2017
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The Dresner Foundation announced that Virginia Romano has been appointed Executive Director. Ms. Romano joined the Foundation in 2014 and previously served as Managing Director of Programs. Virginia currently serves on the CAF Board of Directors.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors stated, “after thoughtful consideration, the decision to promote Virginia to executive director was due to her unique combination of extensive experience and knowledge of the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.”

The Foundation also announced that board member Kevin Furlong will serve as the Board of Directors’ Chair, as well as, the Foundation’s Chief Financial Officer.