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Sad news from Rose Community Foundation

Dear Friends of Rose Community Foundation,

On behalf of Rose Community Foundation’s staff and Board of Trustees, I am deeply saddened to share news of the unexpected death on Sunday, of our President and CEO Sheila Bugdanowitz.

Sheila has stewarded the organization since 1998. She embodied the Foundation’s values of philanthropy, justice and non-discrimination and its mission to make the Greater Denver community a better place. Her leadership shaped what Rose Community Foundation is today.

Sheila was legendary for her deep connections and relationships. She brought people together to make the community a better place for all and she dedicated her life to improving the world around her. We grieve the loss of her leadership and her warm and generous spirit, which echoes through the philanthropic community and the community as a whole.

I have appointed Chief Financial and Operating Officer Anne Garcia to serve as Interim President and CEO in order that the Foundation can continue its important work in the Greater Denver community, without interruption. Anne, the staff and the Trustees will ensure the Foundation continues to operate in the ways you have come to expect.

A funeral service in honor of Sheila’s life will be held Tuesday, December 6 at 1:00 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street.  More information regarding the service can be found here.

In accordance with her family’s wishes, gifts in Sheila’s honor may be made to Rose Community Foundation online or sent to 600 South Cherry Street, Denver, CO, 80246. You may also send notes or remembrances to Sheila’s family in care of the Foundation at the address above, to the attention of Todd Fahnestock.

Please join me and all the staff and trustees in keeping Sheila’s family in your thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks to come.

Sincerely,

Jerry Glick

Chair, Board of Trustees

Rose Community Foundation

Forever after, November 9, 2016 as Joe Ignat Day

  • November 15, 2016
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It was with much sadness that we learned our board member Joseph Ignat of Nord Family Foundation passed away on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. We dedicate this annual meeting to Joe and his devotion to philanthropy and the Colorado Association of Funders.joe-ignat-day-proclamation

Joe co-chaired our public policy committee for multiple years and leaves big shoes to fill. His guidance and leadership – and keen sense of humor – proved pivotal in helping us make strides in the advocacy arena and he was adamant we begin taking public positions that made sense for the field even if he didn’t personally agree with them.

Joe served as Board President and Treasurer of his family’s foundation before passing the torch to other members of the extended Nord family. Nord has invested heavily in many Colorado nonprofit organizations over the years and Joe and his wife Pam have also been personally involved in supporting many local causes.

Joe is one of only a few family foundation trustees to have served on CAF’s board. He was nominated by John Mullaney, Executive Director of Nord, which is based in Ohio but invests in the communities where members of the extended Nord family live. Joe had to be out of town when he was first elected as a director at our annual meeting several years back. We sent him the following email: “Good news! You’re a CAF board member starting in January. The election yesterday was quite civilized and unanimous with no attack ads or alternative candidates.” He responded: “Just goes to show you that you can’t trust elections to select good people.”

Joe was a champion for the sector and for the importance of CAF’s ability to take stands on important issues rather than remaining silently neutral. CAF’s policy committee and board has engaged in many healthy debates about policy issues and has since taken many thoughtful public positions. Joe actively took part in many of our sojourns to Washington for our trip to Foundations on the Hill. (He is pictured on the cover of this program holding the chair’s gavel in the House Rules Committee hearing room on our 2014 trip.)

Many thanks to all who joined us at our annual meeting to honor Joe’s memory, to look to the future, and to connect with colleagues in Colorado philanthropy.

RSVP for CAF’s Member Open House on Dec. 1

  • October 25, 2016
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Join colleagues of CAF member organizations at our CAF Member Open House on Thursday, December, 1st. We will celebrate our new location over wine and hors d’oeuvres. All staff at CAF member organizations are welcome to attend. Remember to RSVP so we know you’re attending! Please visit the Member Center to log into our website, choose Register for Programs, scroll down to the Dec. 1 Open House listing and click the View button, then click Attend this Event and RSVP! We look forward to seeing you.

As always, if you run into any trouble RSVP’ing for our CAF Member Open House, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required or at 720.842.7209.

Southeastern U.S. responds to Hurricane Matthew

  • October 11, 2016
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In response to Hurricane Matthew, many neighbors and leaders across the country are asking how they can help citizens and communities recover. Our colleagues at Florida Philanthropic Network have curated a list of ways to give and serve in order to respond effectively. For current facts, stats, and to learn about the funder and NGO responses to the disaster please review the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Hurricane Matthew Disaster Profile. As always, please review the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook for a compilation of philanthropic strategies in the wake of a disaster.

Tickets to CAF Annual Meeting still available!

  • October 5, 2016
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Tickets are still available for CAF’s 2016 Annual Meeting & Presidential Election Debrief. Join colleagues for a lively conversation about the previous day’s election results! We will start with our annual meeting by reviewing the past year, and voting on a slate of new directors and board officers. Our Presidential Election Debrief program will follow with panelists: Vincent Carroll, Steve Welchert, and Dick Wadhams.

More information is available here, and members should login through the Member Center to register!

 

Two fall CAF webinars to continue the learning with David Grant!

fullsizerenderMany of you attending our program this week expressed interest in a deeper dive into David Grant’s presentation on shifting your approach to assessment of your own work and the work of your grantees. The presentation focused in part on the case for creating systems for “formative” assessments and feed back; the case for measuring with words AND numbers through the use of rubrics and qualitative assessment; and the critical importance of regularly setting aside “mission time” to focus on what’s most important.

We’ve set up two webinars over the next couple months that will allow David to dig into more details about how to practice the “formative assessment” mindset he covers in The Social Profit Handbook.

The first webinar is scheduled for Mon., Oct. 24, 2016, from 11 a.m. to noon MT. You can RSVP and get the call-in details by email hidden; JavaScript is required.

img_3132Over the next month, please consider reading at least some of his book that you received if you attended Wednesday’s program. During the webinar, David will move beyond the foundational ideas he described at the session (summarized above and outlined in his book) so he can lead you through how to apply it to your own work and your work with grantees. David poses the following questions:

What would it look like for funders and nonprofit organizations in any given place to plan backwards together from a specific vision of social profit for that place? How would they do it? He also wants to look at how resistance to change “will be a factor to manage if not fully overcome.”

SocialProfitHandbookWe’ve scheduled a second webinar for Mon., Nov. 28, 2016, from 11 a.m. to noon MT, to continue the conversation and perhaps discuss any challenges you have encountered in getting started on this work. Please mark your calendar and stay tuned for the registration link for Nov. 28.

Whether or not you attended the program this week, we hope you’ll take part in this learning community about how to engage in qualitative metrics “in order to improve future work merely than to judge past performance.”

Please let us know if you have any comments, questions or requests!

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Women’s Foundation of Colorado releases 2016 Minimum Wage Research

  • September 15, 2016
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CAF member The Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WFCO) recently released a study created in partnership with the Colorado Women’s College at the University of Denver. The Impact of a $12.00 Minimum Wage on Women in Colorado sought to understand the implications for women, beyond earnings, of a proposed increase of the Colorado minimum wage (from $8.31 today to $12 per hour by 2020).

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The report explores who would be impacted by an increase in the minimum wage, how that increase would affect job growth and the Colorado economy, and how a higher minimum wage would impact child care access and affordability. Among key findings are that as a result of a minimum-wage increase, the Colorado gross domestic product will grow by $400 million and incomes will increase for 20 percent of households in Colorado.

The study also considers the impact of a minimum-wage increase on eligibility for child care, health care, nutrition and other public assistance programs. The report concludes that a very small number of Coloradans may lose benefits if the minimum wage is increased and in most of those cases the increase in income will exceed the value of benefits they may lose.

Findings from the report include:

  • An increase in the minimum wage would have a significant positive impact on Colorado women and families, lifting many working women and their children out of poverty.
  • Increasing the minimum wage to $12.00 per hour by 2020 will boost earnings and consumer spending in Colorado.
  • Increasing the minimum wage will contribute to economic growth without significant job losses or increases in consumer prices.
  • Childcare costs are not expected to increase substantially, especially in parts of the state with higher cost of living, such as Denver and Boulder.
  • A minimum wage increase would be a net positive for minimum wage earners and the state of Colorado. It would increase earnings, strengthen the economy, and reduce economic inequity in our state.

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Please click here to download The Impact of a $12.oo Minimum Wage on Women in Colorado or here to download the report’s Executive Summary, and contact email hidden; JavaScript is required to learn more.

CAF has moved> New phone numbers and mailing address!

  • September 13, 2016
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In case you missed it, Colorado Association of Funders has moved!! During the month of August we moved into a new suite of offices at Community First Foundation from our long-time space at Rose Community Foundation. Rose has been incredibly supportive of CAF over the years, and especially flexible and patient during our move. Community First Foundation is the third community foundation member to host CAF (The Denver Foundation housed the organization in the early days). We are excited to be getting to know the staff at Community First Foundation, and take advantage of its extensive community meeting space in Old Town Arvada.

Need to send us something? Please note our new mailing address.

P.O. Box 48149, Denver, CO 80204

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Aspen Community Foundation releases Closing Gaps, Creating Youth Opportunities

  • August 22, 2016
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CAF member Aspen Community Foundation (ACF) recently released its 2016 report, Closing Gaps, Creating Youth Opportunities. We are pleased to share this report with you which details the impacts that have been made since the launch of the Aspen to Parachute Cradle to Career Initiative (CCI) in 2012.

About the Aspen to Parachute Cradle to Career Initiative:

CCI has used the strategy of collective impact to broaden its work from concept development and action planning to forming collaborations, implementing projects, and measuring outcomes. ACF serves as the backbone organization for CCI by guiding the vision and strategy of the group’s work. ACF has created a Cradle to Career Fund to support CCI efforts. The mission of CCI is to ensure every child from Aspen to Parachute is ready for kindergarten and graduates from high school ready for college or career. CCI serves the children of working class families located in between Aspen and Parachute, which are often overlooked due to the area’s many affluent visitors. CCI brings nonprofits, schools, governments, civic groups, businesses, and philanthropy together to implement collaborative and innovative ways of working together. The success of CCI lies in the shared vision, mutual trust, and unwavering investment of these partner organizations, schools, and agencies.

About Closing Gaps, Creating Youth Opportunities:

This report offers an overview of how the region’s children are doing and how the collaborative projects of CCI partner organizations are helping. The report details four goals for youth: All children should be ready for kindergarten, All children should develop the social and life assets for success and happiness, All children should success academically, and All children should graduate high school ready for college and career. Closing Gaps highlights the ways CCI has begun to move the needle toward greater youth success in the Aspen to Parachute region.

Please click here to download Closing Gaps, Creating Youth Opportunities, and contact email hidden; JavaScript is required to learn more.

Attend Moving Mountains: Strengthening Communities at special CAF rate

  • August 10, 2016
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CAF members can take advantage of the Philanthropy Southwest member rate ($800) for our colleague organization’s 68th Annual Conference in Colorado Springs this fall. This conference, held on Oct 26-29 at the Broadmoor Hotel, provides the opportunity to connect with fellow philanthropists located or making investments in the Southwestern United States. Registration is open to trustees and staff of grantmaking organizations.

To register for this conference, please click here and create an account on their website. Once your account is verified and activated, you can return to the conference page of their website to register. Please choose the option that includes Colorado Association of Funders in the title to ensure you have access to the member rate of $800! This option is only for CAF members who are not also PSW members.

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