Donate

Colorado CASA

Volunteers advocate for youth who have been abused and/or neglected. A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) receives special training and is appointed by a judge as an Officer of the Court. They focus on one youth at a time and as a result, they bring a great depth of understanding and empathy.

More Information

Fundraising Pages

Want to do more for your favorite charity? We’ve made it easy for you to raise money by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a fundraiser Current fundraisers for this charity (0)

Staff

Part Time Staff:
0
Full Time Staff:
2
Contract Staff:
0
Volunteers Annually:
0
Retention Rate:
0%

Jenny Bender, Executive Director
Start Date: 2017

Jenny Bender, our Executive Director, offers over 18 years nonprofit fundraising and organizational management experience. She has dedicated her professional career to improving the lives of vulnerable children, especially those who are victims of abuse and neglect. Ms. Bender is responsible for providing the organization with strategic vision and leadership at the state level, supporting the 18 independent local CASA volunteer child advocacy programs across the state of Colorado.

Prior to being appointed as the Executive Director for Colorado CASA, Ms. Bender served for two years as the Executive Director of CASA of the Pikes Peak Region, where she successfully grew the organization, increasing funding and program reach. In this capacity Ms. Bender worked extensively with the juvenile court, human service providers, and other nonprofit agencies to address the myriad of needs of children in her region.

Ms. Bender was also previously the Executive Director for Newborn Hope for three years where she was responsible for carrying out the overall mission of the statewide volunteer driven nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of premature babies and families.

Before joining Newborn Hope, Ms. Bender's experience in nonprofit leadership and fundraising spans the sectors of university development and international nonprofits. Bender is deeply committed to the well being of vulnerable children and has adopted children from foster care. She is the 2016 recipient of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption "Angels in Adoption" Award, nominated by US Senator Cory Gardner.

Ms. Bender received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communications and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a Human Service Concentration from California State University in 2000.

Tisa Kunkee, State Coordinator
Start Date: 2018

..

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
9
Term Length:
3
Term Limit:
2
Total # of Board Members:
11
Clients on Board:
No
# of Client Board Members:

Board Demographics:

Female:
6
Male:
5
Transgender Female:
0
Transgender Male:
0
Gender Other:
0

Black or African American:
0
Asian:
0
White:
10
Hispanic or Latino:
0
Multiracial:
0
American Indian or Alaska Native:
0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:
0
Other Ethnicities:
1

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

4

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

84%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

0%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

100%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

0%

Nonprofit completed the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Excellence in Principles & Practices Recognition Program?

No

Committees

Executive
Fundraising
Governance
Legislative
Marketing
Research/Evaluation

Key aspects of this profile information have been reviewed by Community First Foundation staff. Each organization is exclusively responsible for the content that appears on the profile page. Community First Foundation offers general guidance as to the purpose of each area but does not require or encourage charities to include anything in particular in each section.