Special Projects

America Divided

America Divided uncovers the growing gulf separating Americans from one another; explores the damage this divide produces; engages with the provocative politics around inequality; and investigates both its long-term causes and real-world attempts at solutions. Utilizing in-depth reporting, vivid storytelling and intimate personal narratives, America Divided cuts through the din of electioneering and political ads. It’s a series about a threat that touches us all… women, men, black, white, left, right, rich, poor, and the vanishing middle class. This isn’t partisan posturing. It’s human stories about the conflicts that separate us, the values that unite us, and our triumphs over adversity.

Join CRC for this eight-part film series as we explore and discuss the causes and solutions to inequality in America.

Democracy For Sale

North Carolina — perhaps more than any other state in the Union — has been transformed by the new and growing tidal wave of political spending. Zach Galifianakis, the comic star of “The Hangover” movies, travels back to his home state to investigate how North Carolina has become a bellwether for how the money of a few has come to dominate our democracy. Galifianakis investigates allegations that the current state government was put in power by moneyed interests and has thus carried out a program that only benefits its backers: cuts to education, healthcare spending and environmental protection; lowering of taxes for the wealthy and corporations; and the passage of laws designed to roll back access to the ballot.

Join CRC for a film screening and robust discussion with local leaders Colorado Common Cause to explore implications for Colorado and opportunities to get involved. We will provide beverages and light snacks, and encourage you to bring a brown-bag lunch.

March 28 | 10:30am – 12:30pm
Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits
789 Sherman Street | Denver

The System

Common, an American rapper, actor, film producer and poet, returns to his hometown of Chicago – a city on fire in the aftermath of the brutal police killing of teenager Laquan McDonald. With thousands of people in the streets, Chicago has become the epicenter of national debates around police violence, racism and accountability. Working with community activists and whistleblowers, Common discovers a decades-long pattern of police corruption and sophisticated cover-ups that stretch all the way to the mayor’s office. But Common also finds reason for hope. An energized movement in the streets mounts unprecedented pressure for reform. It’s clear that the system is broken — is it finally time for a change?

Join us for a robust discussion with local leaders, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC), to explore implications for Colorado and opportunities to get involved. We will provide beverages and light snacks.

Tuesday, May 16 | 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits
789 Sherman Street | Denver

el_pomarNonprofit Resilience Project

Brought to you by El Pomar Foundation, El Pomar San Luis Valley Regional Council and El Pomar Southeast Regional Council, the Nonprofit Resilience Project will work with 501(c) nonprofits who serve the San Luis Valley and Southeast regions. In partnership with local consultants and experts, CRC will provide technical assistance to eight regionally-based nonprofit organizations to support the growth of organizational best practices in fund development. Once the eight organizations have been chosen, they will receive a full year of fund development consulting services from a local expert and a year’s subscription to the Colorado Grants Guide® database.

Eligible organizations will have been actively operating for at least three years with at least one paid staff member. Organizations must also have at least one representative attend CRC’s Pen to Paper: Grantwriting Series (see below). Applications will be due March 15, 2017.

If you have questions, please contact Rebecca Gorrell, Director of Education and Leadership Development, by email at email hidden; JavaScript is required or by phone at (303)623-1540 x100.

Pen to Paper: Grantwriting Series

This 3-part series will provide you with personalized coaching and peer review of a current grant application. Each session will focus on a different element of the Common Grant Application (CGA). This course is intended for nonprofit professionals that work in a development capacity and have an active grant application. Participants will have the opportunity to get direct feedback during the class and revise their proposals between sessions.

Through the generous support of El Pomar San Luis Valley Regional Council, CRC is able to offer this series for 75% off its regular price in order to make this opportunity affordable for all who wish to participate. Series attendance is a requirement for eligibility for the Nonprofit Resilience Project (see above).

February 1 | February 22 | March 8
10:00am – 5:00pm
River of Life Assembly of God
2602 Clark Street | Alamosa
$300 Full Series | $75 Full Series

usda-rd-logoUSDA Rural Community Development Initiative

CRC was awarded the 2015 USDA Rural Community Development Initiative grant for Shaping Sustainable Organizations in Rural Colorado (SSOR). The SSOR project will bring two years of intensive training and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations in the San Luis Valley (SLV).

SSOR will focus on improving ten SLV organizations by providing applicable strategies and tools to strengthen their effectiveness in fulfilling their mission. CRC will support these organizations on a path of growth, and assist them in becoming a sustainable nonprofit organization who is capable of meeting mission, improving the quality of life for their local communities, and helping them become models of nonprofit success in the region. CRC will also design technical assistance tailored to meet their specific needs addressing real-time challenges and opportunities.

The program will be split into 8, 2-day sessions over a 2-year period with each session focusing on vital nonprofit best practices. Each session will have sector and topic experts, interactive activities, and peer learning opportunities. Sessions will be held in various locations across the SLV in order to engage all recipients from across the 6-county region. Trainings topics include: leadership; organizational assessment; board governance; fund development; strategic planning; communications and proposal writing; financial management; volunteer engagement; collaboration; advocacy; and nonprofit management.

– This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. –

For more information, please contact:

Rebecca Gorrell, Director of Education & Leadership Development
303.623.1540 X100 or email hidden; JavaScript is required