“Colorado Giving Voice” Blog

Mile High United Way announces PNC Foundation’s investment in United for Families Initiative

  • September 16, 2019
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Mile High United Way announced a $250,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to benefit the United for Families Initiative. The initiative will focus on comprehensive, two-generation early childhood education strategies, including service navigation, support and training for parents and providers, policy work, and innovative programming that includes mobile preschool.
Mile High United Way is seeking to raise $25 million in early childhood education initiatives and families across the metro area. The campaign has not officially launched, but the organization has already secured almost $2 million dollars in seed funding.

The announcement came during a panel discussion hosted at Mile High United Way, which focused on the importance of early childhood education. PNC Foundation is investing in this initiative to ensure that our youngest citizens will thrive, which aligns with its primary philanthropic program, Grow Up Great, a $500 million bilingual early childhood education initiative. This investment will increase quality of care in under-resourced communities and support training for informal care for providers.

Panelists included Superintendent of Denver Public Schools, Susana Cordova; State of Colorado Special Advisor for Early Childhood, Scott Groginsky; PNC Regional President for Denver, Ryan Beiser; Executive Director of Buell Foundation, Susan Steele; and President and CEO of Denver Preschool Program, Elsa Holguín. It was moderated by Christine Benero, President and CEO, Mile High United Way.

Census 2020 Outreach Grant Program seeks additional applications

  • September 12, 2019
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Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) is awarding up to $6 million to nonprofits that reach out to historically undercounted populations in Colorado for the 2020 Census.

To date, DOLA has not received enough applications to ensure that outreach is conducted to all areas of the state and all of Colorado’s populations who have been undercounted during the Census previously.

DOLA is specifically hoping to receive applications from the Northeastern, North Central, Northern Mountains, Northwestern, South Central regions. In addition, the grant program is specifically looking for applicants serving American Indians, Alaskan Natives, People who speak or understand limited amounts of English, and the Southern Ute Tribe.

Colorado has much at stake with the 2020 Census. Over the last decade, our state received $2,300 each year of public funding for each Coloradan that was counted by the 2010 Census.

Provided there is no a large undercount, Colorado stands to gain another seat in the U.S. House based on projected population growth. Census data also helps nonprofits and for-profit businesses better understand the communities and populations we serve.

If you are interested in helping with the Census however you can, DOLA encourages you to review this information and consider applying if this is a good fit. You can view the regional office information here and learn about the statutory requirements for the grant program here.

If you have any questions about the grant program, review the FAQs and draft application or contact Matt Freeman at email hidden; JavaScript is required or 303-864-7705.

Hurricane Dorian’s impact and how to help

  • September 5, 2019
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Our colleagues at our national network, United Philanthropy Forum, have compiled a list of resources to keep up with the latest information regarding Hurricane Dorian and ways to support communities affected by the storm:

Resources

•The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has created a Hurricane Dorian disaster profile can be found here, which provides updates on the storm as well as information on the areas of greatest need.

•The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook is a compilation of philanthropic strategies, promising practices and lessons learned that help communities be better prepared when a disaster strikes their community. In particular, it is aimed at helping philanthropic organizations and individual donors be more strategic with their investments and recognize the importance of supporting long-term recovery for vulnerable populations.

•North Carolina Network of Grantmakers has a resource page that will be updated with more information as Hurricane Dorian approaches North Carolina.

•The Jessie Ball duPont Fund resource Creating Order from Chaos: Roles for Philanthropy in Disaster Planning and Response provides a framework for steps that can be taken for philanthropy to response to disasters.

•The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has launched the CDP 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund to support communities that will be affected by Hurricane Dorian. This fund focuses on medium- and long-term recovery, with the understanding that individuals and communities will need the support of private philanthropy for months or years as they navigate the road to recovery.

•The New York Times has released an article sharing multiple ways to help Hurricane Dorian Survivors in the Bahamas.

•Charity Navigator has created a list of high-rated organizations providing aid and relief for Hurricane Dorian for both short-term and long-term relief.

•The Miami Foundation has a Hurricane Dorian relief page with a number of relief and recovery resources.

•The Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties has a fund that a donor will contribute matching dollars to support the Bahamas.

 

Alliance for Justice leads training for CAF members

  • August 26, 2019
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Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy Director, Abby Levine, joined CAF members to lead a training on how funders can engage in advocacy. Abby went in-depth to explain the exact forms of advocacy that 501c(3) and 501(c)4 organizations can legally engage in. Participants were surprised to learn the extent of which activities do and do not constitute lobbying. Many said that they would apply knowledge gained in the training to expand advocacy efforts at their organizations.

For further information and resources, please visit: https://bolderadvocacy.org/

Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation partners with Clínica Tepeyac to bring dental clinic to Globeville

  • August 12, 2019
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Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation recently awarded a grant to Clínica Tepeyac, located in northern Denver, to purchase equipment for a brand new dental clinic.

Clínica Tepeyac primarily provides primary and preventative care to underserved and Spanish-speaking populations in Denver. Often, patients coming to the clinic for medical services do not have dental care. With the new addition of the dental clinic, patients can receive medical care and dental care at the same location, with bilingual service providers.

Read more about the dental clinic expansion here.

CAF invites you to attend our Powering Partnerships Luncheon

  • August 1, 2019
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Sponsored by Community First Foundation, Powering Partnerships has brought together funders and nonprofits for the past several years for a keynote that highlights the stresses and joys of working in the nonprofit sector. This year’s program will feature Jessamyn Shams-Lau, co-author of Unicorns Unite: How Nonprofits and Foundations Can Build Epic Partnerships. California-based foundation leader Shams-Lau penned the whimsical book with Jane Leu and popular nonprofit blogger Vu Le.

Click here to register.

Early bird rate: $60 (Deadline: Sept. 8)

Regular rate: $75 (Deadline: Sept. 18)

 

 

CAF hosts annual C(3) Forum in Colorado Springs

  • August 1, 2019
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Funders and nonprofits came together at the beautiful Penrose House in Colorado Springs to connect, network, and learn at the annual C(3) Forum, presented in partnership with Colorado Nonprofit Association and Community Resource Center. Participants discussed how to achieve change at a local and systemic level. Many thanks to our generous sponsors El Pomar Foundation and Colorado Springs Health Foundation, as well as to our wonderful keynote speaker Jonathan Liebert of Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado.

 

CAF hosts 2020 Census Briefing

  • July 11, 2019
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We recently hosted a 2020 Census briefing at Gates Family Foundation. Panelists from Together We Count ColoradoColorado Department of Local Affairs, and Latino Community Foundation of Colorado discussed the importance of a fair and accurate Census, and how philanthropy can get involved. For more information on Hard-to-Count communities in Colorado, visit: https://www.censushardtocountmaps2020.us/

CAF’s Rural Funders Learning Network travels to Trinidad

  • July 2, 2019
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Last week, our Rural Funders Learning Network went on the road to Trinidad to engage and exchange with leaders and residents to gain a deeper understanding of the assets, challenges, stresses and opportunities occurring in this community. In partnership with the Corazón de Trinidad Creative District, Colorado Department of Local Affairs, and City of Trinidad Colorado, we were able to learn about the work of creative industries, outdoor recreation, health and wellness, downtown revitalization, housing, and workforce development.

 

Inequities in Charitable Giving Continue to Grow, Fueled by 2017 Tax Law – United Philanthropy Forum

  • June 28, 2019
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David BiemesderferPresident & CEO of United Philanthropy Forum recently published an article on the effects of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with regard to charitable giving:

“Giving by foundations, corporations and individuals declined 1.7 percent in 2018, adjusted for inflation. This is the first drop in giving since 2013 and just the 13th decline since 1978, and has occurred despite assurances from Congress that the 2017 tax law would not negatively impact giving and in fact would increase it.”

Read more about this trend and its impacts on communities here.