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The Exchange 2018 – Conference Information for CAF Members

  • March 28, 2018
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Colorado Association of Funders is excited to extend an invitation to The Exchange 2018 conference on May 23-24 in New York City, presented by the Social Impact Exchange and Morgan Stanley. Thanks to our collaboration with the Social Impact Exchange, CAF Members can register at the discounted rate of $895.

The conference will address key issues of collaboration and the vital importance of working across sectors, and will combine both knowledge sessions and opportunities for taking direct action. There will be specific issue tracks in education, health, economic mobility, the environment and impact investing. Featured speakers include Hilary Pennington, Executive Vice President for Program, the Ford Foundation; Don Howard, President and CEO, The James Irvine Foundation; Kathleen McLaughlin, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Walmart Inc., and President, Walmart Foundation, Stephen Heintz, President, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund; Mandell Crawley, Head of Private Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley; Jeffrey Hollender, Co-Founder and former CEO, Seventh Generation; Hadi Partovi, Founder and CEO, code.org; Kyle Peterson, Executive Director, Walton Family Foundation; John Kania, Global Managing Director, FSG; and Alan Alda, renowned actor, writer, and advocate for science communication.

To take advantage of the discount, please register here and indicate that you were invited by Colorado Association of Funders which will automatically generate the discount at checkout.


Gates Family Foundation to host convening: Schools as the Unit of Change

  • March 14, 2018
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Schools as the Unit of Change: Building on Progress in Denver

Hosted by Gates Family Foundation

April 13 | Denver Museum of Nature and Science | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Over the past decade, Denver Public Schools has been at the leading edge of the nationwide movement to reinvent public education. What will it take for Denver to remain a leading-edge district for the next decade? How can more empowerment of educators, families, and communities at the school level continue to transform the system and increase opportunities for more students?

Hosted by Gates Family Foundation, this half-day convening will feature an Opening Plenary with Michael Bennet and DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg, panel discussions with local education leaders and innovators, and a keynote lunch with Nate Easley, CEO of Blue School Partners, a new “education quarterback” organization launched by local education leaders and funders.

This event is invitation only; interested CAF members can email email hidden; JavaScript is required to be added to the guest list.


CAF Member News: Rose Community Foundation Announces “Changing the Narrative”

  • March 12, 2018
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Changing the Narrative is a cutting-edge awareness and communications campaign to create a more just, inclusive and age-integrated Colorado. Integrating evidence-based communications strategies developed by the FrameWorks Institute with local training, organizing and earned and social media campaignsChanging the Narrative seeks nothing less than changing the way people think about aging.

Learn more on Rose Community Foundation’s website: https://rcfdenver.org/what-we-do/programs-and-initiatives/changing-the-narrative/


What We’re Reading: 12 Common Criticisms of Philanthropy–and Some Answers

  • March 8, 2018
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Karl Zinsmeister, creator of The Almanac of American Philanthropy, a new encyclopedic reference to the field recently released by The Philanthropy Roundtable, describes the criticisms he heard about philanthropy while traveling around the country to talk about his new book. For example:

3. Charitable donations are just a drop in the bucket!
America’s nonprofit sector now commands 11 percent of our workforce and 6 percent of GDP—not including volunteer time, which, if we attached a reasonable hourly wage to it, nearly equals the $360 billion we donate in cash every year.

The Gates Foundation alone now distributes more overseas assistance than the entire Italian government. It is estimated that in just its first two decades, its overseas vaccine program alone will save the lives of 8 million preschool children. Then consider that members of US churches and synagogues—just one division of America’s larger philanthropic army—send four and a half times as much money overseas to poor people every year as the Gates Foundation does!

The fact that most philanthropy takes place out of the public eye—in small doses, and often in private or even anonymous ways—makes it easy to overlook its size and power. But getting seduced by the giantism of official aid is an egregious mistake. Small actions can and do converge into mighty rivers of cumulative effort.

Read the full article here: http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/topic/excellence_in_philanthropy/12_common_criticisms


Submit your Colorado Health Symposium Fellowship Applications and Exchange Session Proposals Today

  • March 6, 2018
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The 2018 Colorado Health Symposium, hosted by the Colorado Health Foundation, will be held Aug. 1-3 at the Keystone Conference Center in Keystone, Colo. The Symposium, a national health conference, is a unique chance to interact with cross-sector experts and dedicated professionals who are leading the way in addressing health equity. This year’s theme, Achieving Equity in Behavioral Health, focuses on the complex ecosystem of behavioral health and the role that inequity plays, from prevention to recovery. From a worsening opioid epidemic to pervasive issues with access to care, Coloradans are facing tough barriers that keep health out of reach.

Now open for applications, the Foundation offers several fellowship programs for individuals from Colorado to attend the Symposium. Applicants must meet specific criteria to be considered for a fellowship. The general fellowship will provide support for Colorado professionals from rural-based, minority-led and/or community-based organizations to join us in Keystone. We encourage people who are bringing health in reach for Coloradans, but who may work in other areas outside of traditional health care industries – such as environmental, housing, education or advocacy organizations – to apply. We also offer social media fellowships and Symposium University fellowships, for current students in health or health-related fields. Learn more about our fellowship programs and apply by March 14.

New this year, the Foundation is currently soliciting proposals for the afternoon exchange sessions during the Symposium. Sessions should address how systems, polices, innovations and advocacy can drive what attendees need in order to help Coloradans address mental health disorders, suicide, substance abuse, trauma and culturally competent care. Submitted proposals must include clear learning objectives, be relevant for attendees and offer a clear connection to the Symposium’s theme of Achieving Equity in Behavioral Health. Learn more about our exchange sessions and submit a proposal by March 14.

Registration for the 2018 Colorado Health Symposium will open mid-May.

Join CAF for Foundations on the Hill 2018

  • February 23, 2018
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When: Monday, March 12, 2018 – Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Where: Washington, DC

Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) is an annual convening that brings together foundation leaders from across the country for meetings with Congress about key issues of importance to foundations and philanthropy. FOTH is presented by United Philanthropy Forum in partnership with the Alliance for Charitable Reform and the Council on Foundations.

The overall purpose of Foundations on the Hill is to:

  • Inform and educate Congress about philanthropy
  • Create visibility for foundations and philanthropy on Capitol Hill
  • Advocate on issues affecting foundations
  • Encourage Congress to view foundations as resources on key public policy issues

If you’d like more information about joining the Colorado delegation, contact Mari Tanabe at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

What We’re Reading: “Three Truths After Five Years on the Foundation Side”

  • February 20, 2018
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Maya Winkelstein, Executive Director of Open Road Alliance, describes three “uncomfortable truths” she’s learned after five years at a foundation.

Nowhere in the laws of man or nature does it say, “Thou shalt approve grant dockets only once a year” or, “The full Board is required to approve additional disbursements'”or “Thou must complete an evaluation report before additional funds may be disbursed or grant renewals approved.”

Read the full article on GrantCraft: http://www.grantcraft.org/blog/three-truths-after-five-years-on-the-foundation-side

Philanthropy Predictions for 2018

  • February 13, 2018
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A corporate responsibility expert, the founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy, and a self-described “philanthropy wonk” reflect on 2017 and make their predictions for the sector in 2018.

8 Corporate Social Responsibility Trends To Look For In 2018 | Susan McPherson | Forbes

Philanthropy Forecast, 2018: Trends and Issues To Watch | David Callahan | Inside Philanthropy

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint 2018 |  Lucy Bernholz | Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society




Peer group forming to connect small funders

  • January 30, 2018
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Thanks to the leadership of Kristi Petrie (AJL Charitable Foundation) and Ali Mayer (Mayer-Phillips Foundation), we’re launching a Small Funders Peer Group.

Please join us for the first official 2018 meeting where we will network and share goals and challenges, determine how to structure this group to best meet the needs of small funder organizations and build a strong network statewide.

Date: Tues., February 6, 2018

Time: 3pm – 5pm (Refreshments will be served)

Location: Rose Community Foundation, 600 S. Cherry St., Suite 1200, Denver, CO (free parking is available in the visitor lots.

CAF members: Please RSVP  and read on to learn more.
The group will bring together our smaller member organizations to build relationships, share best practices and resources, discuss common opportunities and challenges, and learn/brainstorm around topics of interest. We haven’t established a firm or exact definition of “small” (staff, assets or otherwise) but are thinking that CAF member organizations with no more than two staff members (or none!) might find the network of most value. We encourage our members to opt in to this group if you think you would benefit.

RSVP today

Take part in Advocacy Day at the State Capitol

  • January 29, 2018
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Don’t miss this opportunity to network with lawmakers, hear about 2018 legislative priorities, and experience the legislative process at the State Capitol on Feb. 15, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
Presented by Colorado Association of Funders and Colorado Nonprofit Association, the program will feature a legislator panel, visits to both chambers, and a presentation by the General Assembly’s new Chief Economist. Breakfast and lunch will be served. CAF members who are not members of the nonprofit association can click here to register and use the code: COADVOCACY18.