Community Resource Center (CRC) creates opportunities, tools and strategies to develop nonprofits and community groups to strengthen Colorado.
Founded in 1981, CRC has provided resources to strengthen communities for over 35 years. Our efforts are focused on achieving the results of stronger nonprofit organizations and communities across Colorado. Our initial mission was to assist organizations that used community organizing to promote social change in Denver's inner city.
Organizations benefit from our services by being able to access affordable, high quality services that can help them accomplish their missions more effectively, whether through a three-hour class on making the ask, comprehensive support to start a social enterprise, or building their networks and leadership in the sector.
My first exposure to CRC was in 2013 during Rural Philanthropy Day in Ouray. Over 400 local nonprofit professionals and grantmakers were in attendance. New to Colorado, I was blown away by the whole event - the opportunities offered for professional development, learning more about regional needs and issues, and making meaningful and lasting connections!
Celebrating 35 years, Community Resource Center has assisted thousands of nonprofit individuals and organizations in accessing trainings, resources, and support that have strengthened Colorado's vibrant nonprofit sector.
Nonprofits continue to face short falls in accessing resources to properly respond to, and tackle the growing demand in communities for basic needs. We at CRC feel it is vital to create stronger and more sustainable organizations across Colorado that are able to access and utilize the resources and knowledge to do their good work better.
CRC works with nonprofits of all sizes, in urban and rural areas across Colorado and often in partnership with individuals who are a part of a larger community volunteer base - representing multiple nonprofit and community organizations at one time. We foster nonprofit sustainability and success, and our integrated approach includes collaboration with statewide partners to deliver appropriate and relevant resources.
We look forward to continuing our work creating new ideas, leaders, and institutions to strengthen Colorado's nonprofits and communities.
2016 Board Chair
Rural Philanthropy Days:
"CRC and RPD have been a guiding light. My [previous] career did not equip me for the new position. Years in the healthcare field provided operational knowledge, but that is a long way from knowing about 501c3's, grant writing, selling your story and starting a facility. CRC provided these tools. Their staff was extremely friendly, encouraging and informative. The programs could, did and will take a greenhorn and make them a seasoned provider. Without CRC/RPD we would never had gotten our first grant. I have grown as a CEO, and I've been able to guide others along this trail. It is hard work, but CRC makes the trip an exciting adventure."
- Yvonne Braden, CEO /Facility Director for Valley to Valley Senior Care Center
Nonprofit Leadership & Management:
"Before joining the CRC Nonprofit Leadership program I was shooting from the hip as a brand new nonprofit director: trying to raise funds, manage programs and lead my organization forward. The CRC program has provided me with concrete skills on nonprofit best practices while also boosting my confidence as a leader. It was so valuable to connect with the other 24 leaders from across Colorado, to share ideas and support each other as we all work to improve our communities with limited resources. I am incredibly grateful to the Anschutz Family Foundation for providing me with a scholarship to participate in the program."
- Sandhya Tillotson, Excutive Director for The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado
Statewide Training Program:
"The grant writing workshop through CRC was amazing. This is my first year working in a nonprofit and the most daunting part was definitely the grant writing. The three day workshop was organized, detailed and incredibly effective. I was in the process of writing a major grant ($30,000) for our organization and the tips and guidelines provided help immensely. The instructor was knowledgeable and helpful and it was clear she was very experienced. The best part, we received the grant! Thank you so much to CRC! You are a nonprofit's best friend."
- Courtney Huffman, Managing / Development Director for Boulder Chamber Orchestra
The Participation Project:
"Both DenUM and our clients have been positively impacted by our participation in The Participation Project. Many clients we have registered have told me this will be the first time they will ever vote… Since we were a part of this project, we have been engaging in discussions about voting with our clients… As I was registering one client to vote, he asked me how a law is created. He did not know what Congress was or about the separation of power within our federal government. I explained the processes of how a bill becomes a law and how that law is enforced and how he nominates members of Congress by voting. He became very animated and excited by the information and continued to ask me thoughtful questions about our government. By the end of our conversation, he was very excited to vote."
- Denver Urban Matters(DenUM)
Colorado Grants Guide®:
"I have been using (make that relying) the Colorado Grants Guide since 2014. With the robust search tools I am able to identify grant opportunities that are a good match for our organization. We also use the deadline information in planning development activities for the year. My favorite feature of the Colorado Grants Guide is the grantor profile page, which provides an invaluable snapshot of the grantor's funding priorities and grant/reporting process, including links to email, website, and financials. In fact, I regularly provide copies of the profile page in meetings discussing potential opportunities. The Colorado Grants Guide helps me do my work more efficiently."
- Julie Busby, Director of Development for Disability Law Colorado