“Colorado Giving Voice” Blog

The Colorado Health Foundation, the Colorado Trust, and Kaiser Family Foundation partner to bring Health Journalism to Colorado

  • March 21, 2019
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CAF members  The Colorado Health Foundation and The Colorado Trust have partnered with KFF (the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation) to bring Kaiser Health News to Colorado. KFF—the trusted source of health policy information—produces health policy analysis, polling, and journalism. With support from TCHF and The Trust, Kaiser Family Foundation will hire a reporter based in Colorado to produce quality health journalism that is relevant to Colorado residents. Access to reliable health news coverage is an important step forward in reaching health equity in the state.

Read more about this partnership and health journalism in Colorado here.

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) is Recruiting for Steering Committee

  • February 28, 2019
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EPIP Colorado is launching recruitment for its steering committee. The Colorado Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) chapter was started to create programming and resources to support networking, professional development, and social justice efforts for those in philanthropy in Colorado. This group is open to anyone working in philanthropy, regardless of department or type of funding. The group values perspectives from those who are new to the field, but welcomes anyone who is passionate about evolving their thinking and way of working.

Image result for epipTo learn more, download the steering committee job description. Then click here to apply by March 8th, 2019. If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact the EPIP Colorado chapter at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

 

Highlights from 2019 Day at the Capitol

  • February 27, 2019
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Colorado Association of Funders partnered with Colorado Nonprofit Association to put on 2019 Day at the Capitol. The day provided a crucial opportunity for nonprofit and foundation professionals to come together to network, connect with state legislators, and learn about key policy issues coming up in the 2019 legislative session.

The morning included a Q&A panel with the Secretary of State Jena Griswold and Attorney General Phil Weiser, as well as the presentation of the Colorado Nonprofit Economic Impact Study. Additionally, Day at the Capitol participants had to opportunity to watch live floor proceedings, where CAF and CNA were recognized by members of the House of Representatives.

CAF partners to publish Colorado Nonprofit Economic Impact Study

  • February 19, 2019
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The Colorado Association of Funders partnered with the Colorado Nonprofit Association, Spark the Change Colorado, Community Resource Center, the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs, and the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships to publish the Colorado Nonprofit Economic Impact Study.

The study details the fiscal contributions of nonprofits that strengthen Colorado’s communities and economies. In both job creation & state GDP, nonprofits are a force for good in our communities, well beyond their core mission areas. As major contributors to Colorado’s economy, nonprofits and their leaders are critical to community decision-making.

In general, the findings of this study are intended to help business leaders, public officials, and economic developers understand how to better leverage nonprofits through knowledge of the industry’s impacts and contributions to the overall economy. The study demonstrates that the nonprofit sector is an essential job-generating component of Colorado’s economy.

You can read the report and use the interactive county-by-county nonprofit spending data tool here.

Thank you to our generous sponsors who helped make this report possible:

Bank of the West
BKD CPAs & Advisors LLP
Boettcher Foundation
The Denver Foundation
El Pomar Foundation
Employers Council

Community First Foundation announces new president and CEO

  • February 4, 2019
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On Thursday, January 31, Community First Foundation announced it will appoint Kelly S. Dunkin as its new president and chief executive officer. CFF is dedicated to serving as a connector, partner, and collaborator to fuel the power of community and giving across the state.

Dunkin replaces Marla J. Williams, who is retiring in February 2019 after an eight-year career at the Foundation. Building on Williams’ strong leadership, Dunkin brings a unique blend of nonprofit, business and social impact expertise that will move the Foundation forward.

Most recently, Dunkin has served as national director of 10.10.10, a project of Colorado Nonprofit Development Center that inspires entrepreneurs to solve 10 “wicked problems.” Previously, Dunkin served for 11 years at The Colorado Health Foundation in Denver, culminating in the role of vice president of philanthropy.

She has served on numerous boards, including the Downtown Denver Partnership Denver Civic Ventures, Colorado Association of Funders and Girls on the Run.

Colorado Association of Funders welcomes Dunkin and is excited to learn about her unique ideas on how turn the tide of some of our community’s most pressing issues. Read Community First Foundation’s announcement here.

The Center for Effective Philanthropy features CEO Joanne Kelley on Exploring Openness

  • January 24, 2019
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Bringing together funders and the nonprofits they support can go a long way toward encouraging ongoing dialogue, increasing understanding and building bridges for the benefit of communities. Thanks to the support of the Fund for Shared Insight and the United Philanthropy Forum, CAF asked a diverse group of foundation and nonprofit leaders throughout Colorado to be part of a cohort to help us think through what we might be able to accomplish. The Center for Effective Philanthropy recently posted CAF’s takeaways from the cohort process in a blog post, which outlines three general themes around funder-nonprofit openness: (1) It’s all about relationships, (2) nonprofits want funders to be open and institute practices that mitigate the funder-grantee dynamic, and (3) organizations that build an internal culture of learning are more likely to be ready to share what they learn with others.

Read more about this blog post and The Center for Effective Philanthropy here.

“Strong partnerships built on trust allow foundations and nonprofits to listen to each other and accomplish their missions and objectives in a more purposeful way.”

Delta Dental of CO Foundation pilots new medical integration project

  • January 18, 2019
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Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation is at the forefront of a partnership between medical practices and dental hygienists. Its latest project aims to place dental hygienists in 26 medical practices across the state. People will most likely visit a medical practice and skip a trip to the dentist if given an option between the two. Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation crafted an innovative approach to this problem: placing dental hygienists in 26 medical practices across the state. The majority of the patients are below the age of 18, and the program is now centering its efforts on early prevention of future decay and other oral health problems.

 

Read more about Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation’s project here.

CAF Member Program: Are We Moving the Needle?

  • December 21, 2018
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Join your fellow CAF members on Jan. 29, 2019, for a facilitated conversation that considers these and other questions:

•What problems are we trying to solve?

•Are we getting at root causes?

•How effective are our current approaches?

•Can philanthropy come together to move the needle on an issue affecting the entire state?

This session is being designed in response to member requests to engage in deeper conversation about how philanthropy approaches its work. In the process, you’ll learn about what others are doing, how they might be doing things differently than before, and gain insights on what is and isn’t working. There will also be time for unstructured networking after the program.

Please click here to register to attend.

Date: Tuesday, January 29th 2019

Time: 2:00pm-4:30pm

Location: The Colorado Health Foundation

PNC Foundation awards $300,000 to Children’s Museum of Denver

  • December 10, 2018
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PNC Foundation awarded the Children’s Museum of Denver a $300,000 grant. The grant was made in conjunction with PNC Grow Up Great®, PNC’s $350 million, multi-year bilingual initiative to improve early childhood education across its communities. The grant is payable over four years and will fund the Early Learning Initiative, a multifaceted program focused on young learners. The Initiative will provide opportunities and environments to support healthy growth and development for young children, help forge strong adult-child bonds and lay the foundation for children to thrive in school and in life. Programming will launch at the Museum in January 2019.

More about the new program and partnership are included in this press release here.

The Colorado Trust, The Colorado Health Foundation, and Gary Community Investments oppose proposal to change “public charge” definition

  • December 6, 2018
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CAF members, The Colorado Trust and The Colorado Health Foundation, submitted a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, opposing its proposed rule change to the so-called “public charge” assessment. Colorado’s two largest health foundations spoke out against the changes on the grounds that it would “severely jeopardize the health of children in the U.S.” by reducing access to healthcare services, nutritious foods, and safe and stable housing.

Under federal immigration law, the term “public charge” is used to describe a person that is dependent on government-funded cash assistance or institutionalization for the majority of his or her support. If it is determined that an individual is likely to become a “public charge,” their application to enter the U.S. or become a permanent resident may be denied.

Gary Community Investments earlier filed public comments on the proposed federal rule change. GCI opposes the regulations because they have the potential to affect more than 300,000 Coloradans, including 143,000 children. Click here to learn more about GCI’s position and how to submit a comment to the federal register before the Monday, December 10 deadline.

The new proposal broadens the definition of “public charge” by including non-emergency Medicaid, Medicare low-income subsidy, SNAP, and Section 8 public housing, among others. This public charge test is not applied to certain statuses of immigration, including refugees, asylees, and victims of trafficking. It also is not applied to those seeking to apply for U.S. citizenship. To learn more about potential impacts of these proposed regulations, the Colorado Center on Law and Policy has created a Public Charge Fact Sheet.