Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence

CCADV supports the development and responsiveness of a diverse network of domestic violence programs across Colorado to help them effectively assist domestic violence survivors and their families. Our goal is to improve individual and community health and well-being through statewide visionary advocacy work, supporting our members, and informing the public. With your donation, you are truly doing your part to help us move toward a time when domestic violence is no longer tolerated in Colorado.

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Organizational Overview

Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence
1120 Lincoln St Suite 900
Denver, CO 80203
Inspiring Colorado to End Domestic Violence

Background Statement

The Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) was established in 1977 as a membership based non-profit organization by twelve of the state's original domestic violence programs to eliminate incidents of battering and violence against women and children through statewide education, survivor-centered, woman-defined advocacy and action. The Piton Foundation awarded CCADV its first grant of $15,000, which allowed the Board to pay the organization's first Executive Director, Mary Anne Ganey, a salary for her work. CCADV's earliest efforts focused on community organizing and grassroots movement building, supporting the creation of and organizational development of domestic violence programs, legislative advocacy to establish state funding for anti-domestic violence work through the addition of the Domestic Abuse Fund on the state income tax check-off, and raising awareness of battering and violence.

In its 38th year, the visionary spirit of our founders lives on at CCADV, now the leading voice on ending and preventing domestic violence in Colorado.

Impact Statement

Inspiring Colorado to end domestic violence. That's CCADV's mission and it truly describes our work. As a leader in the anti-violence movement, we are reducing domestic violence and saving lives in Colorado through our statewide, systemic advocacy, education and prevention efforts and as a resource for policymakers, the media, and the public. After seeking input from survivors of domestic violence, advocates working in non-profit domestic violence organizations and criminal justice professionals, we engaged and informed the Denver Post about the need to overhaul Colorado's ineffectual domestic violence habitual offender law. Within 24 hours of publication of the story, policymakers, leaders in the criminal justice system, domestic violence advocates, and members of the public reached out to us to advance a tougher approach to convicted domestic violence offenders who continue to abuse after multiple treatment opportunities. We inspired Colorado to take action, ultimately enhancing the safety and well-being of countless women, children and men across our state! This is but one of many examples of our impactful work to address domestic violence across Colorado.

Executive Director Statement

CCADV is growing and diversifying, becoming stronger and more impactful as we strive to improve survivors' lives and community well-being around the state.

As I reflect on our 2014 accomplishments, there are a few I am especially proud to highlight. The addition of a Communications and Membership Director position significantly enhanced our communications and capacity building with members. We provided a wealth of new resources and information when we launched our user-friendly website and on demand, state-of-the-art Online Learning Center. Through our advocacy efforts we helped pass legislation to create new, dedicated funding and incentives for affordable housing development and to establish civil legal options for sexual assault survivors who have a child from the assault. We delivered the highest rated, best-attended Colorado Advocacy In Action Conference yet and rolled out a new fall regional membership meeting format, providing time and space for members to learn about innovative practices and to engage in rich discussions about the future of our movement. We also underwent a leadership transition when CCADV's Board of Directors hired me as the new Executive Director. For these reasons and many more, CCADV has turned over a new leaf and is beginning to blossom!

Board Chair/President Statement

It is an exciting time to lead our growing state Coalition into the future of our movement to end domestic violence. CCADV Staff and Board are looking forward to engaging in fresh ways to build relationships with our Membership, connecting them to the expertise of their colleagues, and providing opportunities for expansion of their knowledge and skills for addressing domestic violence. In 2015 we begin a 'brown bag' discussion series, will add several courses to our Online Learning Center, develop a new directors' orientation and mentorship program, and will host our 4th annual Colorado Advocacy In Action Conference.

We are also thrilled to launch a statewide domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and action campaign and ways to promote and support innovative models of housing and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence. Because the issue of domestic violence reached an unprecedented level in the public consciousness and dialogue last year, we believe we are at a pivotal point in the domestic violence movement and look forward to new opportunities. Will you join us in our work to inspire Colorado to end domestic violence?

Needs Statement

Here are some of our most pressing needs:

1. Like most nonprofits, we have seen cuts from long-time funders. We have a great need for unrestricted funding so that we can provide a more nimble response to emerging trends in our work, including prevention work.

2. CCADV is seeking major gifts to advance our statewide domestic and sexual violence community action & prevention campaign. The campaign is a near replication of a highly successful family violence campaign out of New Zealand, which cost $13 million over 7 years. CCADV does not need the same amount of funding to launch the campaign, but does need significant donations from philanthropists who want to make the ultimate impact on domestic violence in Colorado through prevention!

3. CCADV wants to rebrand for the organization's upcoming 40th anniversary in 2017. We are looking for individuals who have expertise in marketing to provide in-kind services in 2016 to create a fresh brand for CCADV.

4. The overarching goal of our annual Colorado Advocacy In Action Conference is ensure that all victims of domestic, dating, and sexual violence and stalking who seek help in Colorado receive consistently compassionate, culturally-appropriate services grounded in best practices of victim advocacy. Professionals from around the state join us, though funding cuts have limited the ability of some advocates from more rural programs to access this important training. Donations for scholarships for attendees to the annual conference are needed to better ensure that marginalized/underrepresented groups/individuals are able to attend this event. We also welcome corporate sponsorships for the conference.

5. CCADV needs volunteers who are committed to the long term success of this organization. We welcome individuals with diverse skills, talents, and interests to join our Board and other committees, help with awareness campaigns, and support fundraising efforts.

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