Our vision: The EPNRC strengthens the Estes Park Community by supporting its nonprofit organizations in achieving their goals.
Our Mission Statement: To enable nonprofit organizations in the Estes Valley to achieve their goals by:
-Ensuring access to locally-relevant, high-quality education, resources and services for nonprofit leaders by responding to their critical & essential needs;
-Exemplifying & encouraging best practices so as to better serve and be a model for nonprofit organizations and the community; and
-Creating opportunities for community conversations and collaborative approaches to problem-solving by enriching the community's philanthropic culture and making meaningful connections that link people with solutions.
The values of the EPNRC are capacity building, community and collaboration. Capacity building is about inspiring nonprofit organizations in the quest of performance improvement, effective stewardship of resources, and organizational sustainability. The second value is placing community interest over self-interest. Collaboration means nonprofit organizations working together, and with the business and government (public) sectors to continually improve the quality of life for the Estes Park community.
The Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center (EPNRC) was imagined in 2001 by two individuals who realized the needs of nonprofit organizations in the Estes Valley. Over the next few years, these individuals recruited other dedicated individuals with various expertises and experience with the third sector. The EPNRC was incorporated in the State of Colorado and received its 501(c)(3) IRS designation in April 2004. Since the beginning, the board of this all-volunteer organization has acted as catalysts by providing education, information and resources to nonprofit organizations and their boards, staff and volunteers. In 2010, the organization hired its first professional paid staff. In 2013 educational offerings expanded threefold and 2014, three innovative and collaborative programs were added: Mountain Strong for Nonprofits (a short term program in direct response to needs of flood recovery; since has served its purpose and dissolved), The Estes Valley Legacy and The Community Give Back Program. Since 2015 EPNRC has seen tremendous growth in individual donations, a testament to our value in the community. We currently have added part time staff to manage marketing, member, and donor services as we continue to create models and tool kits for best practices for our member nonprofits. In 2017 we continued to be responsive, resilient and resourceful and have embarked on a Sustainability Campaign to ensure programming continues at a high level into the future.
The trainings offered to nonprofit staff members are a huge help and make it very easy to access new information and ongoing opportunities. - Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County.
EPNRC has provided an abundance of training opportunities. Because I had never worked with a nonprofit in the past, these opportunities accelerated my understanding of not only how nonprofits work, but also were a tremendous support to me in my role as ED. The Job/Volunteer Fair resulted in us learning about other organizations and provided opportunities to meet volunteers interested in working with EPLP. - Estes Park Learning Place
The Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center sponsors many worthwhile events each month. One timely offering for Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park was the training opportunity, "14 Things Nonprofits Wish They Knew About Charity Auctions." The information gained there - and especially connecting with the training event leader, auctioneer Kevin Ritter - was instrumental in the unprecedented success of Crossroads Ministry's benefit auction this year. Kudos to EPNRC for making this great resource available to area nonprofits.
Tim McLemore, Executive Director, Crossroads Ministry
As Director of a small nonprofit organization, I find the quality and availability of networking and training opportunities invaluable to my work. The EPNRC provides a wide range of free or low cost training events, pertinent to my work, and otherwise not available in our community. Without the EPNRC, I would need to travel to the Front Range area to access training of similar quality, and would not have the time nor funding to access the variety of opportunities offered right here."
-Nancy Almond, Director, Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success