E-Newsletter | July 2017
It is with great passion and determination I am writing to you today. This week, a Congressional Committee will be voting to strike down parts of the Johnson Amendment, which protects a nonprofit's nonpartisan status by prohibiting 501(c)(3) organizations from engaging in political activity or endorsing candidates. The Amendment has aided our sector to be one of the most trusted institutions in our communities and protects our sector from divisive partisan politics - and from those who may try to use our organizations as a vehicle to support their political candidates in elections. 
 
The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee for Financial Services approved its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 spending bill, which includes a rider that prevents the IRS from spending funds and therefore launching an investigation to make a determination that a church or its affiliate have violated the Johnson Amendment unless the IRS meets three separate conditions - including congressional approval and oversight. These conditions would be impossible to meet and would disrupt the IRS’s ability to provide oversight when a church breaks the no-campaigning rules. Our sector has thrived under the nonpartisan protections and environment for the past 63 years, and will be weakened significantly by this provision.

We anticipate the House Appropriations Committee will consider the appropriations bill as soon as TOMORROW, Wednesday, July 12. I implore you to take a stance and protect our sector, our communities, and contact your Representative TODAY urging them to strip the Johnson Amendment rider language in Section 116 from the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill.  
 
 
Let us band together in this time of great need, and let our voices be heard. For more information, go to www.councilofnonprofits.org/trends-policy-issues/protecting-nonprofit-nonpartisanship or please feel free to contact me at fabula@crcamerica.org if you have questions or would like to discuss your concerns. 
 
Thank you, 
Maria Fabula, Chief Executive Officer
Grant Deadlines

August 1
American Honda Foundation

Anschutz Family Foundation

The Denver Foundation

DOLA: Energy/Mineral Impact Assistance Program

Mary's Pence

Nord Family Foundation

August 15
CDPHE: Drinking Water Revolving Fund (DWRF)

The Sociological Initiatives Foundation

TEGNA

August 19
Ball Foundation

August 21
Chinook Fund

August 25
Hagerty Education Program at America's Car Museum 

August 31
CPW: Small Range Maintenance Grant Program

Oxbow Animal Health

Patagonia Inc.

Schramm Foundation

Subaru of America Foundation

U.S. Bank Foundation: Community Possible

Women's Fund of Weld County
CRC Staff

Hannah Clemenson
Executive Coordinator
 
Maria Fabula
Chief Executive Officer
 
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 Coordinator, Rural Philanthropy Days
 
Emily Treece
Development Program Coordinator

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  
Rose Community Foundation  
US Bank  
USDA Rural Development 

Community Resource Center
 
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Denver, CO 80203
 
303.623.1540
C(3) Forum: Equity
On August 22, Community Resource Center, the Colorado Association of Funders  and Colorado Nonprofit Association present C(3) Forum: Equity. This full-day event will bring together nonprofit professionals and funders for conversation and learning focused on deconstructing equity. Registration is now open! To learn more and register, go 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. 
2017 Northwest Rural Philanthropy Days Conference
Registration is now open for Northwest RPD which serves Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, and Routt counties
September 27-29, 2017 | Register here
Planning for 2018 RPD Conferences Begins This Summer
By serving on the RPD Steering Committee, you can expand your professional network, develop your leadership skills, and help shape the 2018 Rural Philanthropy Days conference in your region.

Southeast: Sign up to serve on the Steering Committee here! Planning will begin in August for the June 2018 conference.

Southwest: Join CRC and Anschutz Family Foundation in the Southwest for an informational meeting.
Pagosa Springs, Durango, Cortez | July 26-27| Click here to RSVP

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.

Western Slope: Marketing and Social Media Symposium
Aspen | August 10 | Register here

San Luis Valley: 2nd annual Collaboration Summit
Alamosa | October 12 | Save the Date
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.

July 13 | 9:00am - 10:00am | Grand Juction | Register Now
August 23 | 10:00am - 11:00am | Webinar | Register Now
October 19 | 10:00am - 11:00am | Webinar | Register Now
November 29 | 10:00am - 11:00am | Webinar | Register Now
Every Election Matters
National Voter Registration Day is a national holiday celebrating our democracy. The Participation Project, a program of Community Resource Center, will help coordinate events with our voter engagement partners to ensure that communities have the opportunity to engage in the 2017 elections because every election matters. Mark your calendar for National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 26th. If you’re interested in learning more, go here.
The AFP Fall Conference
Rocky Mountain Philanthropy Institute is hosting the Association of Fundraising Professionals conference this fall in Breckenridge, CO. Don't miss the chance to gain skills and network with other fundraising professionals at the beautiful Beaver Run Resort.
September 14-15 | Breckenridge | Register Here
Colorado Health Foundation Influences Policy
The Colorado Health Foundation released a new white paper explaining the Foundation’s decision to create and endow Healthier Colorado, a 501(c)(4) political organization that is free to engage in lobbying and elections. This innovative investment is an example of a critical tool funders can use to influence public policy and to advance their missions. To learn more, go here
2017 Colorado Conference on Poverty
The 2017 Colorado Conference on Poverty - Louder Than Words: Measuring Success Through Data - will bring Colorado attendees representing local government, nonprofit, faith-based and community-based organizations to Crested Butte, CO August 7-11, 2017 to discuss Community Action and anti-poverty strategies. To learn more and register, go here.
Training Calendar

July

Get Grants | Montrose
July 12 | 9:00am - 4:00pm | $120 Regular Price

Making the Ask | Alamosa
July 19 | 9:00am - 12:00pm | $25 Regular Price

Getting Started with Social Enterprise | Longmont
July 25 | 9:00am - 12:00pm | $65 Early Bird - $80 Regular Price

Development Roundtable ft Office of Victims Programs at the DCJ | Denver
July 26 | 2:00pm- 3:30pm | $20 Early Bird - $35 Regular Price

Data Management Tools for the Data-Averse | Denver
July 27 | 1:00pm - 5:00pm | $65 Early Bird - $80 Regular Price

August

America Divided: The Class Divide | Denver
August 1 | 11:00am - 1:00pm | Free Film Screening with guest RISE Colorado

Finding Funding on the Web | Webinar
August 8 | 10:00am - 12:00pm | $25 Early Bird - $35 Regular Price

Get Grants | Pueblo
August 10 | 9:00am - 4:00pm | $50 Regular Price

Marketing and Social Media Symposium - Presented by Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days | Aspen
August 10, 2017 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM | $75 Regular Price

Executive Director Roundtable: Government Alliances & Relationships | Denver 
August 16 | 11:00am - 12:30pm | $15 Regular Price

C(3) Forum: Equity | Denver
August 22 | 8:30am - 5:30pm

September

Grant Writer Roundtable: Logic Models & Evaluation
September 6 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm |  $15 Regular Price

Program Planning & Evaluation | Greeley
September 8 | 9:00am - 4:00pm |  $100 Early Bird | $120 Regular Price

2017 Northwest Rural Philanthropy Days | Craig
September 27-29 | $150 Grantseeker - $175 Grantmaker

Rural Resources
The Colorado Trust released an article detailing the persistent gaps in oral health disparities in Colorado. In many rural counties, less than 60 percent of the population report having dental coverage. Read more here.
Community Commons released an article that explores rural America’s shortage of broadband access and how those living in communities without high speed internet are affected. Read the full study and view interactive maps here.
Anschutz Family Foundation is now accepting applications for its Fall 2017 grant cycle. Anschutz Family Foundation provides grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations offering programs and services that fit within one of more of the following funding areas: self-sufficiency, homeless and disadvantaged, youth development, early childhood development, community and capacity building, crisis intervention, seniors, and disabled. Applications are due August 1. Learn more here
Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, Inc. is accepting proposals from Indigenous-initiated and led community-based organizations whose goals and objectives closely match the following program areas: art & creativity, health & well-being, leadership development, peace, equity & justice, rights of Mother Earth, and sustainable communities & economies. Proposals for general support grants are due August 4. Find out more here
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