Peer Networks and Funder Affinity Groups










CAF Arts & Culture Funders Group

Launched in the fall of 2018, the Arts & Culture Funders Group provides a space for funders to share projects, creative funding approaches, and opportunities to collaborate. The group is co-chaired by Gary Steuer, President and CEO of Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, and Bryce Merrill, Music Programs Manager at Bohemian Foundation. For more information or the next meeting date, contact email hidden; JavaScript is required, Program Associate at CAF.

CAF Colorado Aging Dialogue

The Colorado Aging Dialogue is an informal group of grantmakers and key community and government funding agencies that address aging issues. The group provides a forum to exchange ideas and explore ways to work together and maximize resources to best address the needs of Colorado’s older adults and caregivers. The Colorado Aging Dialogue meets quarterly. The CAF Colorado Aging Dialogue chair is currently email hidden; JavaScript is required of Rose Community Foundation.

CAF Executive Admin Group

The Executive Admin Group is a peer-group of executive admin staff and others who support senior-level executives at CAF member organizations. The group provides a forum for the exchange ideas and resources with those who perform similar job functions. The group chair is currently co-chaired by Cindy Kennedy of Adolph Coors Foundation and Monica Woods of Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation. For more information or for the next meeting date, please email email hidden; JavaScript is required.

CAF Foundation Human Resources & Operations Group

The Foundation Human Resources & Operations Group is a peer-group designed to support HR/Operations professionals at CAF member foundations. This peer network provides a supportive environment to share knowledge and resources, test complex ideas with peers related to managing a foundation, as well as strengthen professional skills and expertise. The HR/Ops group is currently co-chaired by Emma Schwarz, Accounting and Benefits Manager, Rose Community Foundation and Rhonda Tucker-Dickerson, Human Resources Manager, The Denver Foundation. For more information or for the next meeting date, please email email hidden; JavaScript is required.

CAF Leadership Forum

CAF established the Leadership Forum for the leaders of CAF member organizations. CEOs, Presidents, Executive Directors and heads of corporate giving programs are invited to participate. The Leadership Forum will allow for: more in-depth and consistent discussion at the most senior level; relationship-building; open dialogue and sharing of expertise; and discussion of sector-wide issues that affect grantmakers. Leadership Forum members are asked to refrain from sending a representative if they cannot attend personally. The Leadership Forum, chaired by Karen McNeil-Miller, President and CEO of The Colorado Health Foundation, meets quarterly. For more information, contact CAF CEO, email hidden; JavaScript is required.

CAF Impact Investing Forum

CAF initiated this group for members with an active interest in sharing and learning about impact investing trends and emerging models. The group meets periodically to exchange information and to hear from guest speakers on various topics such as social impact bonds and issue areas that can be addressed through alternative forms of investment. CAF’s Impact Invest Forum is currently co-chaired by Sue Dorsey, Vice President for Finance and Administration at Gates Family Foundation, Ben Bynum, Portfolio Director of Program Related Investments at The Colorado Health Foundation, and Kate Lyda Philanthropic Services Director/Impact Investing Specialist at The Denver Foundation. For more information and to join the CAF-Impact listserv, contact CAF CEO, email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Colorado Funders for Inclusiveness and Equity

Colorado Funders for Inclusiveness and Equity is a voluntary effort of local funders who have a common interest in advancing and promoting inclusiveness and equity. The group believes in building on best practices to increase the effectiveness of philanthropy. The group has two purposes. First, the group serves as a resource to local funders as they challenge their thinking and consider implementing changes within their own organizations regarding inclusiveness and equity. The group will provide ideas, information, and educational opportunities to interested parties. Second, the group will serve as a support network for members as they educate themselves about inclusiveness, equity, diversity, and anti-oppression practices. The group will offer a supportive and trusting learning environment for all where ideas can be shared and discussed openly.

Colorado Foundation Communicators (COFCO)

The Colorado Foundation Communicators (COFCO) is an informal networking group of communications professionals from grantmaking foundations in Colorado. Members of COFCO are employees of Colorado-based grantmaking foundations who perform communications functions as a significant portion of their jobs. For more information, contact Bruce Wilmsen at Daniels Fund.

Colorado Rural Funders Learning Network

The Colorado Rural Funders Learning Network convenes funders investing in rural regions of the state, helping them identify common priorities, reduce local confusion and find innovative ways of working with local residents and leaders to collaborate on future funding strategies. Contact CAF’s Director of Rural and Statewide Networks, email hidden; JavaScript is required, for more information.

Denver Funders Forum

Denver Funders Forum represents corporate and foundation philanthropic funders who meet informally on a monthly basis to provide a forum for candid discussion regarding issues and subjects relating to the field of philanthropy and the nonprofit community. Participants are encouraged to host one of the monthly breakfast meetings when it fits their schedule. For more information about membership, contact email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Early Childhood Funders Network

The Early Childhood Funders Network is a group of funders working to advance the well-being of Colorado’s young children and their families. Network members come together to share information on local and national developments; to deepen their knowledge of the field; to brainstorm possible solutions to systemic challenges; and, to collaborate when opportunities arise. For more information, email email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Funders Learning Network on Early Childhood Mental Health

The Funders Learning Network on Early Childhood Mental Health (FLN) is a diverse group of Colorado grantmaking organizations that fund in many areas and have a shared interest in children’s mental health. FLC members have come together to share ideas, learn, and work together to improve the social, emotional and mental health of children birth to age three. If you’re interested in joining the FLN, please email email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Foundation Tax Group

The Foundation Tax Group is an informal group of mostly foundation financial officers and foundation chief executives. The group meets about four or five times each year to discuss tax, accounting and legal issues specific to foundations. The format of the meetings is usually a light lecture/seminar with group discussion. The meetings are generally held on a Tuesday at one of the foundation offices from 12:00 -1:30. For more information, contact Joanne Moses at Boettcher Foundation at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

CAF Community Foundations CEO Peer Group

CAF Community Foundation CEOs meet quarterly via conference call to share ideas, common challenges and news about community programs, as well as to discuss emerging issues and topics of interest. CAF also hosts special webinars or calls on various topics for community foundation members as opportunities arise. For more information, contact CAF CEO, email hidden; JavaScript is required.

IT Roundtable

The IT Round Table is a peer-group for IT specialists, operations managers, technology directors, financial officers, CEOs, office managers, executive assistants, program officers, and anyone else with an interest in connecting with other foundation professionals about the latest in IT and cybersecurity.  In the ever-changing landscape of IT, this peer-group provides a supportive environment to exchange information and get updated on best practices. For more information or for the next meeting date, contact email hidden; JavaScript is required, Program Associate at CAF.