Programs and Events

The Colorado Association of Funders offers networking opportunities, educational programs, peer groups and tools to ensure members stay informed about critical, timely issues and innovations in grantmaking and philanthropy. We also collaborate with partner organizations on forums and workshops for funders and the charities they support to build bridges, encourage dialogue and increase understanding.

(To check out our upcoming programs, please hold your cursor over the Programs and Events tab on the top or the screen and scroll down to click on “upcoming events.” )

Some our signature programs include:

Membership Luncheons

These programs allow for networking and learning about issues and topics of broad interest to the field. Speakers have included: Leading practitioners in philanthropy, Colorado’s Governor, political analysts, experts in various areas including hunger, health, education and the arts.

Leveraging the Network

These member-led workshops and seminars are designed for sharing expertise and building and improving skills and knowledge. Topics have included:

  • Strategic learning and evaluation
  • Crisis management and communications
  • Understanding financial statements

Peer Networks

Some of our most popular programs include the Leadership Forum for CEOs and directors, as well as peer groups that include a network for exec admin staff. We also a variety of email discussion groups for those interested in exchanging information with their peers.

CAF at Foundations on the Hill

Each March, join CAF members and hundreds of other grantmaking colleagues from around the country for Foundations on the Hill. During this two-day event in Washington D.C., we meet with members of Congress to personally discuss our work, and strategies for effectively advancing philanthropy with policymakers.

C3 Forum

The C3 Forum is a full-day event that facilitates dialogue and strengthens relationships between Front Range nonprofits and funders. Established in 2010, our partners on the C3 Forum are Community Resource Center and the Colorado Nonprofit Association. This all-day event is held each summer with the goal of:

  • Strengthening relationships among Front Range nonprofits and funders
  • Encouraging dialogue and networking
  • Increasing understanding about the grantmaking process
  • Offering opportunities for learning, skill-building, and networking