Community Resource Center (CRC) has partnered with rural communities throughout Colorado for the Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) program for 26 years. This program engages regional nonprofit, government, business, and other community leaders in bridging the resource gap between rural and urban communities. The most significant component of this program is two, three day conferences, which provide rural nonprofit professionals with numerous opportunities to increase their access to funding, network building, and professional development opportunities. For each conference, Front Range funders and resource providers travel to rural Colorado to meet with nonprofits and community leaders to identify and leverage opportunities to increase support of rural organizations.
Through RPD, CRC serves 52 rural counties in Colorado which are divided into eight rural regions. Between RPD conferences, local leaders provide continued professional development and skill-building opportunities with support from CRC.
The 12 core funders of the program give nearly 20% of their grant dollars to rural nonprofits, totaling nearly $160 million over the last 6 years.
In 2016, RPD was held in Phillips County (Northeast Region) and Summit County (Heart of Colorado region). Over 600 grantseekers, grantmakers, community leaders, and elected officials came together in both regions to attend professional development trainings, network, and discuss community solutions to regional needs.
In 2017, RPD conferences were held in Montrose (San Juan Region) and Craig (Northwest Region) in June and September, respectively. At least 600 additional community leaders will be served through these events.
CRC's Nonprofit Management & Leadership Program enhances the capacity of nonprofit Executive Directors to lead their organizations. With over 700 participants to date, this year-long program empowers between a cohort of leaders from across the state to expand leadership capabilities, master new management techniques, and cultivate meaningful professional relationships.
- 100% of participants would say that this program made them more effective at their job.
- 100% of participants felt more prepared to do their job
- 100% of participants said they were able to apply what they learned in this program to their job
"The Non-Profit Leadership Program through the CRC gave me skills I can take back to utilize my board more effectively, gave me insight into my leadership style and gave me a great connection to a support group of other non-profit leaders across Colorado."
"Thanks to CRC's leadership program I am a stronger leader, which will make me more effective in helping those struggling with homelessness and addiction."
CRC presents workshops, locally, and regionally throughout Colorado, covering a wide variety of nonprofit management topics designed to provide each participant the strategies and skills needed to reach their organization's goals. Each year, CRC convenes and delivers between 90-120 trainings with more than 1,000 individuals working for nonprofits. Training participants generally represent small- to mid-sized organizations (74% have a budget of less than $1 million), and most often work in the mission areas of health and human services (39%), education (23%), and youth services (19%).
In 2016, the program provided training workshops to over 2,600 individuals via 175 trainings and educations events throughout Colorado.
"Our organization has nothing right now, so literally everything is new and useful. Getting more organized will help tremendously!"
On average, 94% of survey respondents felt they were better able to help meet their organizations mission and goals, "I had no grant experience and am new to my position. This class helped me to understand the grant process as well as my Board of Directors."
An additional 93% felt they had a better understanding of the nonprofit sector and the topic which they were learning, "With our new building opening, [the training] helped me understand what data will be important to collect and how to strategize for future programming and grant writing." Pen to Paper - Denver Participants
Since 2013, The Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange (The Exchange) has worked to create a resourced ecosystem of social enterprise nonprofits, venture philanthropists, and foundations to support Colorado communities.
The Exchange supports nonprofits in building more sustainable, unrestricted sources of funding and supporting economic opportunity in low-income communities through the creation of businesses that train and employ clients.
The Exchange's Social Enterprise Cohort has graduated 21 organizations that have successfully launched 12 social enterprises, with another 4 in development.
Participating organizations have raised over $1.8 million in startup and initial capital, and created over 40 jobs in the community
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
The Participation Project was founded to address the gaps in advocacy and civic engagement capacity within Colorado's nonprofit sector. The need to mobilize nonprofit human service agencies and the communities they serve in policy, elections and political decision-making is recognized across Colorado's nonprofit sector, and The Participation Project is the only program that provides the ongoing supports these agencies need to be successful.
In 2016, the Project engaged over 7,400 individuals, trained 370 nonprofit staff and volunteers in voter registration and engagement, reached 5,364 voters across 18 Colorado counties, and partnered with 20 nonprofits to register voters.
In partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, CRC utilizes AmeriCorps VISTA members to assist rural nonprofits by providing internal capacity to alleviate poverty in rural Colorado communities. In 2016-17, VISTA members will serve with CRC in Denver and 13 rural-based nonprofit organizations.
Rural Partner Sites:
- La Plata Youth Services: La Plata County
-La Plata Collaborative Management Program: La Plata County
- Grand Beginnings: Grand County
- La Puente: Alamosa County
- SLV Local Food Coalition: Alamosa County
- Rio Grande Farm Park: Alamosa County
- Advocates for Victims of Assault: Summit County
- Families Plus: Delta County
- Region 10 Community Living Services: Montrose County (Regional)
- Bright Futures: San Miguel County (Regional)
- CASA of the 7th Judicial District: Montrose County (Regional)
- Routt County United Way: Routt County
- Alpine Achievers Initiative: Saguache County (Regional)
Colorado Grants Guide® is Colorado's leading online tool for funding research for nonprofit and community-based organizations. This comprehensive resource guide contains over 780 profiles of local foundations and trusts, corporations, national funders, government agencies and religious organizations that support Colorado nonprofit organizations. The searchable online database allows grantseekers to research funders that support a specific area of interest, geographic location or type of grant.
Available as a 3-month and 12-month organizational subscription, the Colorado Grants Guide® is continually researched and updated to ensure the most up-to-date and accurate information possible.
Each profile details the funder's:
- Purpose and mission
- Areas of interest and geographic focus
- Board of trustees
- Application guidelines and restrictions
- Recent grants and financial information
- Link to funder's website and most recent 990 (as available)
Research management features like Favorite Funders lists and Notes allow you to search and save your personal criteria and comments. Functional enhancements make this guide extremely user-friendly and CRC provides comprehensive technical and non-technical support to all users.
In conjunction with Rural Philanthropy Days, CRC provides complimentary Colorado Grants Guide® subscriptions to rural libraries within the activeRPD regions.