E-Newsletter | November 2017
It is vital that nonprofits fight for the continuation of a society that gives back, and work to uphold the critical community services that they provide. “We are responsible for the world in which we find ourselves, if only because we are the only sentient force which can change it.” – James Baldwin 

Community Resource Center strongly opposes H.R. 1, a bill that hurts nonprofits, our communities, and millions of families that we serve.  We believe in the Johnson Amendment, and the power of our sector as a nonpartisan force for social good.  H.R. 1 also eliminates the estate tax and severely limits the charitable deduction, by making it available only to the wealthiest American taxpayers.   

The Senate tax bill, while rejecting the House’s total assault on the Johnson Amendment, still fails the nonprofit sector.  The Senate bill limits the charitable deduction, meaning that 95% of Americans will be taxed on their charitable contributions, and it limits the estate tax by doubling the current exemption.  We urge you to take a moment and review this summary of the two bills from our colleagues at Independent Sector

Over 5,500 charities, including Community Resource Center, have banded together in opposition to this bill, and we are asking you to join with us to protect charitable giving and public trust in nonprofits. We urge you to take action today by calling and asking your Representative to vote NO on H.R. 1, and to contact your Senators to support a universal deduction for charitable giving in the Senate tax bill.  

Maria Fabula, Chief Executive Officer
2018 State of the Sector
On January 25th, Community Resource Center and Colorado Association of Funders present: 2018 State of the Sector.

This event is a unique opportunity for nonprofit leaders, foundation 
staff, elected officials and stakeholders to reflect on the current state of Colorado’s nonprofit sector and discuss opportunities for 2018.

January 25 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm | The Studios at Overland Crossing
Participation Project Webinars
Learn more about civic engagement opportunities for your nonprofit, and how to join our 2018 efforts to increase participation across the state! Attend an upcoming webinar for an overview of the program, what it means to be a partner, and gain the resources to get started.
December 13. 2017 | 11:00am – 12:00pm | Register Here
January 18, 2018 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Register Here
February 8, 2018 | 10:00am – 11:00am | Register Here
February 28, 2018 | 3:00pm – 4:00pm | Register Here
Rural Philanthropy Days Updates
Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) provides a powerful opportunity for the state’s most influential funders, government representatives, business leaders and local nonprofit organizations to strengthen partnerships and better meet the needs of Colorado’s rural communities. 
Save the Date for the 2018 RPD Conferences 

Southeast RPD will be held in Lamar on June 13-15, 2018. The Southeast region includes Baca, Bent, Crowley, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero, and Prowers counties. 

Southwest RPD will be held in Cortez on September 12-14, 2018. The Southwest region includes Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan counties.

Upcoming Regional Events
Are you interested in continued nonprofit professional development in your rural community? Check out what the RPD interim committees are currently planning across the state. If you’re interested in joining your regional committee, contact Andrea Swan at swan@crcamerica.org and stay up to date on our regional events page.
Host a VISTA at Your Organization
Are you a nonprofit in rural Colorado? Would you like to increase your organizational, financial, and/or administrative capacity? If so, please consider joining us for a FREE informational session. We’ll discuss hosting a VISTA member at your organization through the CRC Rural Capacity Building VISTA Project. You will learn about the application process, supervision requirements, cost, and the timeline to apply.

November 29 | 10:00am - 11:00am | Webinar | Register Here
State Service Plan Needs Assessment
You are an expert on your community! We want to hear from you about your community’s most pressing needs so that Serve Colorado can help local organizations address them through service and volunteerism. 

Please take 15 minutes to complete this brief survey about the unmet needs in your community. You can access the survey by clicking here.
Colorado Collaborative Connections
Join Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits for our end of year celebration. Enjoy food, drinks and conversation as we look upon the successes of this year to inspire us into 2018. Project Angel Heart will also lead a holiday decorating activity.  
December 14 | 4:30pm - 6:30pm | $10 per registrant
789 Sherman St. | Register Here
Grant Deadlines

December 1
Brady Education Foundation
A.V. Hunter Trust, Inc.
Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation
Nord Family Foundation

December 6
The William Stretesky Foundation

December 8
Hagerty Education Program at America's Car Museum

December 15
Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
CDPHE: EMTS Provider Grants 

December 25
Lake Fork Community Foundation

December 30
Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF)

December 31
Ballantine Family Fund
CoBiz Cares Foundation
Schlessman Family Foundation, Inc.



CRC Staff

Maria Fabula
Chief Executive Officer

Hannah Clemenson
Executive Coordinator
 
Stephaine Gommert
Program Assistant

Rebecca Gorrell
Director of Education & Leadership Development
 
Diana Pineda
Program Assistant
 
Leah Rausch
Director of Rural Partnerships
 
Emily Shamsid-Deen
Community Engagement Manager
 
Andrea Swan
Program Manager, Rural Philanthropy Days

Mariah Taylor
Communications Assistant
 
Thank You to Our
Supporters
 
A.V. Hunter Trust  
Anschutz Family Foundation 
Adolph Coors Foundation 
Ballantine Family Fund  
Boettcher Foundation  
Brett Family Foundation  
Buell Foundation  
Caring for Colorado Foundation  
The Colorado Health Foundation  
The Colorado Trust  
Corporation for National & Community Service  
Daniels Fund  
The Denver Foundation  
El Pomar Foundation  
Gates Family Foundation  
Kenneth King Foundation  
Nonprofit VOTE
Orton Family Foundation
reDirect Foundation  
Rose Community Foundation  
US Bank  
USDA Rural Development 

Community Resource Center
 
789 Sherman Street 
Suite 210
Denver, CO 80203
 
303.623.1540
Training Calendar

November

Finding Funding on the Web | Webinar
November 21 | 10:00am - 12:00pm | $25 Early Bird - $35 Regular Price

Getting Started with Social Enterprise | Evergreen
November 29 | 9:00am - 12:30pm | $65 Early Bird | $80 Regular Price

Making the Ask | Denver
November 30 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm | $50 Early Bird | $60 Regular Price

December

Financial Leadership | Denver
December 5 | 10:00am - 5:00pm | $100 Early Bird | $120 Regular

Nonprofit Leadership & Management Program Info Webinar 
December 6 | 2:30pm - 3:30pm | Free

Development Roundtable Ft. Community First Foundation | Denver or Teleconference
December 12 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm | $20 Early Bird | $35 Regular

Executive Director Roundtable: Succession Planning | Denver or Teleconference
December 13 | 11:00am - 12:30pm 
$15 Individual Session

Grant Writer Roundtable: Corporate Grants | Denver or Teleconference
December 14 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm | $15 Individual Session
Guest: Shanda Vangas

January

Mission Centered Advocacy | Denver
January 17 | 10:00am - 5:00pm  | $100 Early Bird | $120 Regular
Presenter: Emily Shamsid-Deen

Development Roundtable ft. The Denver Foundation | Denver or Teleconference
January 31 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm  | $20 Early Bird | $35 Regular 

February

Development Roundtable ft. A.V. Hunter Trust | Denver or Teleconference
February 6 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm 
$20 Early Bird | $35 Regular 

Program Planning and Evaluation | Denver
February 7 | 10:00am - 5:00pm | $100 Early Bird | $120 Regular
Presenter: Emily Shamsid-Deen

Getting Started with Social Enterprise Full-Day | Durango
February 7 | 9:00am - 4:00pm | $95 Early Bird | $120 Regular
Presenter: Maria Fabula 

Get Grants | Denver
February 8 | 10:00am - 5:00pm | $100 Early Bird | $120 Regular
Presenter: Leah Rausch 
Rural Resources
Colorado Division of Local Affairs has released projections on Colorado regional growth until 2050. The Western Slope region is set to receive large population growth as new residents move outside of the general Front Range area. Additionally, regions in Southeast Colorado are set to lose more residents during the timeframe. Read more here.
USDA is now accepting applications for their Farm to School grants. These are grants of up to $100,000 for planning, implementing or training on the farm to school programs. The program is designed to improve access to local foods in schools and applications are open to all types of organizations and farmers who want to work to create a school farming program. The application deadline is December 8. Learn more here
Colorado Local Elections recently took place across the state. Elections results vary by county, but as a whole Colorado residents adopted plans to increase funding for schools, infrastructure, and housing across the state. Local efforts in Steamboat Springs, Grand Junction, Pueblo, Durango, and other areas outside of the Denver Metro area saw significant attention from residents and prompted an effort by citizens to mobilize voters. Learn more about election results across the state here.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing funding opportunities for nonprofits to provide assistance in creating healthier homes in rural communities. The program is designed to benefit low to moderate income individuals and families by creating or improving housing developments that lead to higher cost savings and a higher standard of living. The application deadline is December 7. Find out more here
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