“Colorado Giving Voice” Blog

What is the role of foundations in Opportunity Zones?

  • November 14, 2018
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on What is the role of foundations in Opportunity Zones?
Colorado Rural Opportunity Zones: A Generational Opportunity for Rural Colorado
 
Funder Webinar
December 13, 2018 
2:00 – 3:15 p.m. 
 
The new federal tax law created “Opportunity Zones,” which will offer significant incentives for those who make long-term investments in rural and low-income urban areas. Colorado alone has 126 of these zones, with the majority located outside of the Front Range metro areas.
Join our Colorado Rural Funders Learning Network for a funder webinar to learn more about Opportunity Zones in rural areas of Colorado.
Presenters:
Paul Major, President and CEO, Telluride Foundation
Stephanie Copeland, Executive Director, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
____________________________________________________________________________

We’ll be discussing:

  1. What drove the Opportunity Zone legislation and how Colorado selected its zones;
  2. Rural investment opportunities in energy, businesses, real estate;
  3. How foundations can be involved by providing funding for local investment prospectuses and expert investment staff, supporting community engagement and organizing, and providing program-related and mission-related investments.

Rose Community Foundation: United in Grief and Resolve

  • October 29, 2018
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on Rose Community Foundation: United in Grief and Resolve

Since this past Saturday morning, October 27, 2018, the hearts, minds and prayers of Rose Community Foundation staff and trustees have been with the Tree of Life Synagogue, the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, the city of Pittsburgh and all who are united in grief and outrage by this vicious hate crime.

Read more about Rose CEO’s response to the Tree of Life shooting

The Colorado Health Foundation Awards WFCO $1 Million Grant

  • October 11, 2018
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on The Colorado Health Foundation Awards WFCO $1 Million Grant

Colorado Association of Funders is excited to learn about the collaboration between two of its members, The Colorado Health Foundation and The Women’s Foundation of Colorado. The Colorado Health Foundation has awarded The Women’s Foundation of Colorado a $1 million grant to carry out four years of its strategic plan. WFCO plans to use the funds to ultimately broaden its statewide reach and affirm its role as an anchor for the economic advancement of Colorado women and their families.

Read more about this grant here.

CAF Annual Member Meeting: Next-Day Look at the 2018 Elections

  • October 8, 2018
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on CAF Annual Member Meeting: Next-Day Look at the 2018 Elections

 

JUST CONFIRMED: 

Gov. John Hickenlooper will join us at our annual meeting, where we’ll thank him for his service and the many times he engaged with us over his time in office. 

Gather with fellow CAF members for a spirited conversation with local pundits about the previous day’s election results. You’ll hear analysis from both sides of the aisle about how voters decided who will control Congress and statehouses across a deeply divided nation. Learn how numerous Colorado ballot initiatives fared and gain insight on how the results might affect our communities and your work in philanthropy. We’ll also hold CAF Board Officer and Director Elections.

Our program features:

  • Moderator: Floyd Ciruli, pollster and political analyst and Director of University of Denver’s Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research
  • Panelist: Audrey Kline, Democratic campaign consultant
  • Panelist: Dick Wadhams, Republican strategist, former Colorado GOP Chair
  • Panelist: Rick Palacio, former chairman of the Colorado Democratic Party
  • Panelist: Kelly Maher, 9News conservative political commentator

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Carriage House @ the Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion

CAF Members: Click here to register

Historic $120 million gift from The Anschutz Foundation

  • August 24, 2018
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on Historic $120 million gift from The Anschutz Foundation

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has received a $120 million gift, the largest private philanthropic commitment in its history, to further elevate its stature as one of the country’s top medical destinations. The Anschutz Foundation and its founder and chair, Philip Anschutz, made the unprecedented commitment to accelerate the campus’s growth and development as one of the newest and most prominent academic medical campuses in the United States, the only one in the Rocky Mountain region, and the largest from Chicago to the West Coast. This gift brings The Anschutz Foundation’s total investment in the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to nearly $300 million since 2000. 

Read more about CAF member The Anschutz Foundation’s gift here.

What We’re Reading: Foundations Should Fund What Nonprofits Really Need

  • August 24, 2018
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on What We’re Reading: Foundations Should Fund What Nonprofits Really Need

The Center for Effective Philanthropy released this blog by Anthony Richardson, an associate director at the Nord Family Foundation in Amherst, Ohio. (Nord Family Foundation is also a member of Colorado Association of Funders.)

A few days ago, a colleague and I had an amazing site visit at a regional organization where staffers — among other things — oozed excitement about their recently implemented case management system. While we were there, the staff also lamented about being uncomfortable asking funders to support expanding their information technology capacity, as some funders are only interested in funding what they think is important for organizations.

Click here to read the full article.

CAF Member News: Mile High United Way Selects 100 Strategic Investment Partners

  • August 21, 2018
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on CAF Member News: Mile High United Way Selects 100 Strategic Investment Partners

Mile High United Way recently announced that it awarded $6 million to 100 high-performing organizations in Metro Denver. “Working together, we will be changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in our community.”

 

Click here to read the full article.

C(3) Forum focuses on convergence and strengthening partnerships

  • July 27, 2018
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on C(3) Forum focuses on convergence and strengthening partnerships

Bringing together funders and the nonprofits they support can go a long way toward encouraging ongoing dialogue, increasing understanding and building bridges for the good of our communities.

That’s why we created the annual C(3) Forum in partnership with Colorado Nonprofit Association and Community Resource Center. This week’s ninth annual, all-day convening around the theme of “convergence” brought the sector together to talk about everything from moving away from lengthy grant applications to laying the groundwork for honest feedback.

This year’s day of sharing and learning was largely inspired by the leadership cohort we formed last year with support from the Fund for Shared Insight and United Philanthropy Forum. We invited nonprofits to join with funders in thinking through what the concept of “openness” means for our sector and how it might be a means of increasing the field’s impact.

We’ve attempted to sum up some of the initial observations and approaches in this publication. We hope it will help to prompt more conversations and that both funders and nonprofits might use it to spark discussions with their staff and boards. The findings are far from scientific and are by no means meant to be prescriptive. We did try to reflect a cross-section of people from an array of organizations around the state. We’ll be doing more work to broaden and deepen dialogue on the topic and hope you will share with us what you’re seeing and learning in the months ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Association of Funders: Exploring Openness

The Community Foundation Boulder County Seeking Proposals to Support Community Culture & Safety Collaborative Campaign

  • July 24, 2018
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on The Community Foundation Boulder County Seeking Proposals to Support Community Culture & Safety Collaborative Campaign

The Community Foundation Boulder County has been facilitating meetings between a group of Boulder nonprofits, the Community Culture & Safety (CCS) Collaborative, who are seeking proposals from qualified fundraising professionals for campaign development and implementation services. The campaign will begin with a 3- to 5-month preliminary planning and testing period followed by a multi-year corporate capital giving campaign, with the goal of raising up to $5 Million. The planning and testing period will focus on creating solicitation messaging, draft solicitation materials, and testing the case for giving. Based on the results of this effort, the CCS Collaborative will decide whether and how to proceed with the campaign.

Click here to view the request for proposal. Proposals should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on August 6. Please direct any questions to Maegan Vallejo at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

What We’re Reading: Three Guiding Principles for Funding and Innovating in the Social Sector

  • July 9, 2018
  • Uncategorized
  • Comments : Comments Off on What We’re Reading: Three Guiding Principles for Funding and Innovating in the Social Sector

“Our first Challenge asked, How might we address urgent global challenges at the intersections of peace, prosperity, and planet in radically new ways? The response was inspiring and humbling. It reflected the diversity of world-changing efforts already underway and offered a powerful reminder that there’s never been so much energy and creativity dedicated to improving life on this planet. As noted by GHR Foundation’s senior program office Mark Guy, ‘We were blown away by the number and caliber of ideas and people looking to be a part of this dialogue and movement through our work with OpenIDEO.’”

Read more on the GRANTCRAFT blog: http://www.grantcraft.org/blog/three-guiding-principles-for-funding-and-innovating-in-the-social-sector