“Colorado Giving Voice” Blog

Gill Foundation partners with Out Leadership to publish State LGBT+ Business Climate Index

  • May 14, 2019
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Gill Foundation recently funded the LGBT+ Business Climate Index  published by Out Leadership. The Index analyzes legal frameworks to measure the impact government policies and prevalent attitudes have on the LGBT+ people living in each state, with a focus on economic participation.

Out Leadership’s State LGBT+ Business Climate Index gives each state a score out of 100 points, based on assessments of LGBT+ individuals’ lived experiences. Categories assessed include: legal and nondiscrimination protections, youth and family support, political and religious attitudes, health access and safety, and work environment and employment.

“This Index provides both a comparative and a categorical assessment of states’ performance on LGBT+ inclusion,” says Dave Hughes of Out Leadership. “We hope they will equip business leaders and policymakers with a clear sense of the most impactful steps states can take to make themselves more hospitable to forward-thinking, innovative, inclusive businesses, and help drive equality forward.”

Colorado ranked 16th in the nation of states in which LGBT+-identifying individuals are empowered to participate more fully and openly in the economy. Read the full report here.

Participate in the 2019 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Survey

  • May 3, 2019
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Colorado Association of Funders is again partnering with Council on Foundations and United Philanthropy Forum to encourage participation in the 2019 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Survey. The survey is officially open and the deadline to participate is June 28. The annual survey provides grantmakers with the most comprehensive data on foundation staff salary and compensation. The 2019 survey also includes board compensation and demographics as well.

The full report and board compensation report retail for $538 and will release in October. PLEASE NOTE: We will be unable to provide you with a free copy of the report if you decline to participate in the survey.

How do I participate?

Multiple individuals from the same organization can work on your submission simultaneously. If you participated in the 2018 survey, go to Benchmark Central and log in using your cof.org credentials to start the survey. If you did not participate in the 2018 survey, email the first and last name, title, and email for each individual needing access to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

What information will I need?

A list of documents you’ll need as well as answers to other frequently asked questions is available online.

Pikes Peak Community Foundation Receives National Recognition

  • April 29, 2019
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Pikes Peak Community Foundation recently received accreditation with the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere.

“Meeting the National Standards benchmarks is a rigorous, comprehensive process,” said Gary Butterworth, CEO Pikes Peak Community Foundation. “This accreditation is a significant accomplishment that indicates Pikes Peak Community Foundation demonstrates a commitment to transparency, quality, integrity and accountability as it carries out its mission.”

Read the press release here.

Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive K-12 Schools: A New Call for Philanthropic Support

  • April 19, 2019
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In partnership with Gates Family Foundation and Rose Community Foundation, Colorado Association of Funders hosted a luncheon and conversation with Dr. Susan Eaton, Director of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University. Dr. Eaton sharted findings from her report:  “Diverse, Equitable, Inclusive K-12 Public Schools”, which identifies opportunities for funders to support school diversity and integration.

The Sillerman Center engages grantmakers interested in better understanding the causes, myriad harms, and potential cures for racial and socioeconomic segregation in the nation’s K-12 school systems.

Dr. Eaton was joined by 3 panelists driving forward work at the policy, systems, school, and community levels in Denver:

•Lisa Flores, a current Denver Public Schools board member

•Antwan Jefferson, an assistant professor in the department of Human Development and Family Relations & Urban Community Teacher Education at UC Denver.

•Andrew Lefkowits, the co-host and producer of the Integrated Schools Podcast

Packard Foundation and Caring for Colorado Foundation announce The Sperry S. and Ella Graber Packard Fund for Pueblo

  • April 14, 2019
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The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Caring for Colorado Foundation announced the creation of the Sperry S. and Ella Graber Packard Fund for Pueblo, an endowment established with a $20 million, one-time grant to Caring for Colorado’s Centennial Fund. Caring for Colorado has managed local grantmaking for the Packard Foundation in Pueblo since 2016, and will direct the endowment, with a vision of supporting the people, organizations, and aspirations of Pueblo for decades to come.

Beginning in 2020, Caring for Colorado will fully manage the grantmaking process and award funding directly from The Sperry S. and Ella Graber Packard Fund for Pueblo, named in honor of David Packard’s parents. Caring for Colorado has been hosting community forums throughout the state, including in Pueblo, to ensure that its overall work is guided by input from Coloradans.

 

Looking forward after a banner year for our network

  • April 11, 2019
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We’ve put the finishing touches on our year-in-review and hope you’ll take a moment to reflect on all we’ve accomplished together. It was a record-breaking year in 2018 and we couldn’t have done any of it without the generosity and support of our members.

We’re deeply grateful to our board, staff, volunteers and partners for their vision and leadership as we continue to

strengthen our ability to serve Colorado’s dynamic and diverse philanthropic sector with the aim of improving communities throughout the state.

We’d love to hear your feedback as we move forward with all of our exciting plans for enhancing the network this year.

 

Nonprofit Finance Fund in Colorado to lead workshop

  • March 28, 2019
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Our members gathered recently to learn more about how to get a clear grasp of financial information provided by nonprofits. “Unpacking a Nonprofit’s Financial Story,” led by the Nonprofit Finance Fund, was focused on equipping funders with the language, tools, and resources for assessing a nonprofit’s financial health in a holistic manner.

Throughout the day, participants were encouraged to reflect on the ways in which equity, access, and capacity can impact a nonprofit’s financial performance on paper. Furthermore, funders were challenged to think of creative questions to ask nonprofits as they build a comprehensive picture of a grantee’s financial story. Keller Anne Ruble, Associate Investment Director at Gary Community Investments, reflected, “We came away with a common language and tools to continue pushing the conversation within our foundations and with our grantees. I particularly appreciated the time to exercise the analytic skills both individually and with a group.”

Nonprofit Finance Fund consultants, Jihye Gyde and Chance Craig, imparted new wisdom after walking through some of the basics of financial literacy. One of the major takeaways was to assess the full-picture of a nonprofit’s financial health which includes often overlooked considerations: unfunded expenses, like sweat equity, are often not captured on an income statements, but, if funded, could help a nonprofit operate effectively. CAF members learned more about nonprofit surpluses and how breaking even may not be enough.

Adolph Coors Foundation announces new leadership

  • March 25, 2019
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The Adolph Coors Foundation has announced that Carrie Tynan will be replacing John Jackson as executive director effective April 1st, 2019. John has worked for the foundation for 28 years, including ten years serving as executive director.

Carrie has worked at Adolph Coors Foundation since 2007.  Since 1976, the Adolph Coors Foundation has awarded 6,700 grants totaling $266 million to promote the western values of self reliance, personal freedom and responsibility, and limited government. Read the press release on this leadership transition here.

The Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act and Foundations on the Hill 2019 Highlights

  • March 21, 2019
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During the second week of March, CAF and several representatives from our member organizations attended United Philanthropy Forum’s 2019 Foundations on the Hill. Our delegation met with many Colorado members of congress including Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, and House Representatives Jason Crow, Joe Neguse, and Ed Perlmutter.

Topics of discussion included the Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act (H.R. 651) that was introduced in the House in January. This bill would make charitable deductions universal and above-the-line, meaning that taxpayers can deduct charitable donations from their taxes whether or not they choose to itemize. As charitable giving is expected to decline by billions of dollars due to the new increase to the standard deduction, this bill would ensure that taxpayers who want to make tax-deductible donations to charities have the greatest flexibility possible to do so—either while itemizing their deductions, or taking the standard deduction.

Our group also learned about How Philanthropy Can Activate and Influence Policymakers during an informative session led by the Senior Vice President for State Fiscal Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Thank you to our delegates from The Colorado Health Foundation, Boettcher Foundation, Grand Foundation, and The Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation for attending FOTH 2019 with us!

Aspen Community Foundation Executive Director reflects on economic dynamism of the Colorado nonprofit sector

  • March 18, 2019
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Tamara Tormohlen, who serves as the Executive Director of the Aspen Community Foundation, has written a piece in The Aspen Times sharing her thoughts on the recently published “Colorado Nonprofit Economic Impact Report“.

At Aspen Community Foundation, Tamara is often asked about how nonprofits contribute to the overall economy. The Economic Impact study is a crucial resource to her because it confirms that nonprofits are an important economic driver, and that charitable contributions from individuals and institutions provide both vital services to vulnerable populations, as well as economic stimulus across the state. In the Roaring Fork Valley region alone, nonprofits provide over 5,000 jobs and nearly $640 million in economic activity.