“Colorado Giving Voice” Blog

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.

Johnson Center for Philanthropy leads workshop for CAF members

  • June 26, 2019
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Our members gathered recently to learn about proposal analysis in grantmaking in a two-day workshop led by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. Instructors Jason Franklin and Caroline Altman Smith focused on equipping the practitioners in attendance with the essential skills of grantmaking, including proposal review, due diligence, monitoring & evaluation, and recommendations.

The instructors employed a novel approach to the training by beginning the two-day session with a lesson on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  The aim of this was to create a DEI-focused mindset for participants to apply to all other lessons taught in the workshop.

For those interested in expanding their knowledge in grantmaking further, the Johnson Center offers four core courses annually, including courses in Financial Analysis, Persuasive writing, Advancing Equity, and Strategy & Evaluation. The full list of Johnson Center courses offered can be viewed here.

Three CAF members partner to advance health equity through innovation

  • June 18, 2019
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CAF members The Colorado Health Foundation, The Denver Foundation, and Rose Community Foundation have funded the new Colorado Innovation Community to support organizations to explore effective and affordable patient-centered solutions. Ultimately, the goal of the Colorado Innovation Community is to improve access to care and advance health equity among the state’s low income and undocumented populations.

The founding members selected to join the first cohort of the Colorado Innovation Community are:

Clinica Family Health

Every Child Pediatrics

Jefferson Center for Mental Health

Melissa Memorial Hospital

Mental Health Center of Denver

Solvista Health

STRIDE Community Health Center

Read more about the Colorado Innovation Community here.

El Pomar Foundation publishes 2018 Annual Report

  • June 4, 2019
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El Pomar Foundation has published its 2018 Annual Report. The report, entitled Confluence, highlights the foundation’s major accomplishments from 2018. Some accomplishments include:

•$14 million in grants

•Completing 15 years of its Regional Partnerships program

•Designating 50% of approved grant dollars to rural Colorado

Congratulations to El Pomar Foundation for another exceptional year. To read the annual report in its entirety, visit: http://media.elpomar.org/annualreport2018/

 

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