Workshops & Speakers

Wednesday, June 14

Telling Your Story Pre-Conference Training Make-Up Session (9:00 - 11:30 AM)

Session Description: The Community Resource Center and Anschutz Family Foundation provide these critical training sessions across the host region prior to the three-day conference. The training sessions are geared to help local organizations and agencies understand how to position their nonprofit to compete with Front Range entities, how to use Philanthropy Days to their best advantage, and how to increase their capacity to compete for grants. We include these trainings in your registration fee, and the training is certain to maximize your organization’s exposure to the right funders at RPD.  This three hour workshop is designed to engage both veteran fundraisers and newcomers to the nonprofit world. Come be inspired, and get prepared to make the most of your Rural Philanthropy Days experience.  This makeup session is available to any conference registrants that did not attend a previously hosted session.

Pre-conference trainings are required for first-time RPD attendees.

Elevating Leadership & Collaboration through Inclusivity (1:00 -2:15 PM)

Session Description: Nonprofits are nurtured and strengthened through connection with the communities they serve. The development of talent and leadership through community engagement is a powerful approach to catalyzing change. Join a robust conversation with local leaders and statewide funders as they share their experience leading inclusive efforts and developing diverse leadership through community engagement. This session will explore effective approaches to embracing inclusivity as both a value and a strategy.

Mary Burt is Director of the Gunnison County Center for Adult & Family Education (CAFE), and a writer who has worked primarily with Immigrant Integration Projects in Colorado since graduating from Western State Colorado University in 1994 with a degree in Spanish. Born and raised in Colorado, Mary is a development specialist, who has raised over 2 million dollars for projects in Gunnison and Hinsdale counties in the areas of Immigrant Integration, Public Health, Early Childhood Development, Transportation, Trails and Family Literacy. Mary was the recipient of the LARASA Health award in 2003 for her work as co-founder of the Gunnison County Multicultural Resources Office. She was selected by the U. S. State Department in 2008 as one of 12 Delegates to participate in a cultural exchange with Belgium, that explored Immigrant Integration and Radicalization. She resides in Gunnison with her husband Matt, and teenage son.

Rebecca Gorrell is the Director of Education and Leadership Development at Community Resource Center. She brings more than 14 years of experience in nonprofit management, advocacy, fund development, and community engagement. Most recently, Rebecca served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Participation Project, leading efforts to equip and activate nonprofits in civic engagement and advocacy. Her prior experience includes positions at Regis University and Seniors’ Resource Center. She has trained and built the capacity of hundreds of nonprofits across the country and is a contributor to the Colorado Nonprofit Association’s Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Nonprofit Management from Regis University.

Karen McNeil-Miller, President and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation, describes social and human impact as the center of her life’s work. At the Foundation since September 2015, Karen’s role is to set direction with the Board, gain commitment from staff, external stakeholders and partners, and align resources to advance the Foundation’s mission to improve the health of Coloradans. Karen joined the Foundation after serving for more than 10 years as the president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. Under her leadership, the Trust evolved into a strategic, impact-driven foundation with a national presence on issues ranging from rural health to access to care. Before joining the Trust, Karen spent 16 years with the Center for Creative Leadership, an international leadership development and research nonprofit organization.

Karen Sherman Perez has been devoted to working with immigrant and migrant farmworker communities since returning to Montrose in 2003, after spending five years working as a Peace Corps Volunteer and ESL instructor in El Salvador. Karen coordinated the collaborative efforts of Project Common Ground, a Mesa County community and immigrant integration project, as part of the The Colorado Trust’s statewide Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Families Initiative. Since 2006, she has been actively involved with regional efforts of the Western Colorado Justice for Immigrants Committees and the Hispanic Affairs Project to move forward just and humane immigration reform, as well as to promote immigrant participation and leadership in the process. Karen has been involved with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) since 2003, and joined the CIRC staff team in 2010 as their first regional organizer in Western Colorado. In efforts to help the organization grow, Karen stepped into the role of CIRC Development Director in 2012 focusing on building successful structures for grant writing, individual donor cultivation and statewide grassroots fundraising strategies—and continues in this position today.

San Juan Regional Town Hall (2:30 - 4:00 PM)

Session Description: Begin the 2017 San Juan RPD conference with an energizing, collaborative conversation about the nonprofit sector in Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel counties. These facilitated, small group dialogues will bring together nonprofit professionals, community leaders, and funders to network and create a collective message of the strengths and assets of the sector. A graphic recorder will create an engaging, visual representation of the conversations on topics such as the top assets of the sector, a common message for the broader community, or key opportunities for collaboration. Participants will leave feeling motivated and ready to take full advantage of the RPD conference and leverage their knowledge and passion to establish new partnerships and discover key opportunities.

Maria Fabula, President and CEO of Community Resource Center, brings more than 17 years of experience in nonprofit management, fund development, volunteer engagement, collaboration and business development. Maria has extensive experience delivering training and consulting services to increase nonprofit capacity. Maria earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego and has spent a majority of her career connecting government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private enterprises to improve community. Her experience includes leadership positions with the Nonprofit Support Center, the Junior Statesmen Foundation and the California State Senate.

Thursday, June 15

Keynote Address: “Drivers of Success”

Description: Have you ever wondered why some nonprofits are so successful at raising funds and others struggle? June Bradham’s MintMetrics (TM) original research can tell you what the drivers of success are. This will be a game changer for your organization when your entire team adopts this behavior.

June Bradham is the President and founder of Corporate DevelopMint, an organizational development and fundraising consulting firm having served hundreds of clients since its founding. Under her leadership, Corporate DevelopMint has served over 200 non-profits across the US. International clients from Australia, Turkey, United Kingdom and Eastern Europe. Her organization and her team members have directed campaigns of $2 million to over $1 billion. But more importantly, they have succeeded at organizational turnaround resulting in a shared view of philanthropy.

Capacity Building Workshops Session 1 (10:15 – 11:45 AM)

Grantwriting for Beginners

Target Audience: Introductory

Session Description: Sometimes the word “grantwriting” strikes terror into the heart of someone who hasn’t written a grant before. This session will include an overview of the process of grantsmanship, the things you need to be able to write about clearly, and tips for writing a strong proposal. I’ll emphasize the “flow” from issue to program design, program design to evaluation, and subsequent re-planning – which is a challenge to grantwriters at any level, and show how to build a simple budget, and will provide DIY templates for both that people can use for any grant that they write! I’ll By the end of the session, participants will have the basics that they need in order to write a good proposal – as well as to approach funders with confidence.

Maryo Ewell of Gunnison, CO is Education Coordinator of the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley and been both funder and grantwriter for 40+ years. She teaches Grantwriting online for the Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts, and in person for Western State Colorado University. She has served on several boards. In 1995 she was honored with the Selina Roberts Ottum Award from Americans for the Arts. She’s written many articles, and co-authored The Arts in the Small Community 2006. She holds an MA in Organizational Behavior and an MA in Urban & Regional Planning.

Charlotte Gillespie has served as the Senior Program Officer for A.V. Hunter Trust since 2007. Charlotte has more than 30 years experience as a Vice President or Director of Development for a variety of nonprofits including: Girls Scouts, Tennyson Center, Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center, Wings Over the Rockies, Metro Denver Boys & Girls Club and Central City Opera. Charlotte also served on the AFP International and AFP Colorado Board of Directors for several years. She is a Leadership Denver Alumni and holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin. Most importantly, Charlotte is the Grandmother to five year old twin girls!

Plan Strategically, Plan Effectively

Target Audience: Introductory or Intermediate

Session Description: Strategic planning is a term that is used frequently, but often without a good understanding of the who, how, why, and when. Learnings from this workshop can be used by stand alone organizations as well as by collaboratives that are seeking to strategically address an issue that involves multiple sectors in the community. It will be especially helpful for staff and board members who are considering a strategic planning process, but need to know more. As a result of attending this session, participants will have an understanding of: when an organization is ready to do strategic planning (or not), the board’s role in strategic planning, the staff’s role in strategic planning, the elements that comprise a planning process and an overview of how to accomplish each step, strategies for plan implementation and making it sure that it is a living, breathing document.

Illene Roggensack is President of Third Sector Innovations in Grand Junction. Illene has been involved in organizational development as a business owner, nonprofit executive director, board member, volunteer and consultant for 24 years. This experience is coupled with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), a BA in journalism and recognition as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CRFE) by the Association of Fund Raising Professionals. As an active volunteer, Illene serves as past president for the Colorado Nonprofit Association and of Citizen Action for Colorado Nonprofits, formed to oppose the 1996 ballot initiative that would have assessed property tax of Colorado nonprofit groups. She is past president for the Grand Junction Lions Club.

The Landscape of Healthy Communities in Rural Colorado

Session Description: Rural communities have found some of the most innovative solutions to addressing enduring health challenges – poverty, lack of access, and aging populations. As the landscape of healthy communities has evolved in Colorado, so have the strategies from the state’s top health funders. Join this unique opportunity for community groups to meet with representatives from Caring for Colorado Foundation, The Colorado Health Foundation, and The Colorado Trust for a conversation on the needs of health-focused organizations in the San Juan region, and how nonprofits and philanthropy can more intentionally partner on innovative approaches to these complex issues.

Rebecca Gorrell is the Director of Education and Leadership Development at Community Resource Center. She brings more than 14 years of experience in nonprofit management, advocacy, fund development, and community engagement. Most recently, Rebecca served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Participation Project, leading efforts to equip and activate nonprofits in civic engagement and advocacy. Her prior experience includes positions at Regis University and Seniors’ Resource Center. She has trained and built the capacity of hundreds of nonprofits across the country and is a contributor to the Colorado Nonprofit Association’s Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Nonprofit Management from Regis University.

Linda Reiner has worked at Caring for Colorado Foundation since 2001 serving as the Director of Planning and Evaluation and most recently as Vice President. In addition to working with the Caring for Colorado Board of Directors in setting and evaluating the foundation’s funding priorities, Reiner also supervises the foundation’s grantmaking team with funding portfolios in the areas of oral health, mental health, community health and healthy children and youth. Prior to working at Caring for Colorado, Reiner spent eight years as the Director of Planning, Information and Education and as a Health Planner at Tri-County Health Department in Englewood, Colorado. She also worked as an Assistant Project Director at the Illinois Primary Health Care Association working with community health centers in Chicago to increase access to health services for the underserved. Reiner holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from The Colorado College. Reiner serves on the Colorado College Public Interest Fellows Program Board of Directors.

Tanya Weinberg is a senior program officer at the Colorado Health Foundation. Since she started with the Foundation in 2010, her work has focused on increasing access to physical, behavioral and oral health services as well as promoting investments in early childhood. Her current work is in the Health Communities focus area, where she partners with community leaders, nonprofits and community members to develop community-based solutions to health issues. Prior to joining the Foundation, Tanya coordinated multiple behavioral health treatment programs serving chronically homeless adults at Denver Health and Hospital Authority. She also has grantmaking and program management experience in the area of developmental disabilities. Tanya earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago.

Tera Wick is the Southwest Colorado Community Partner with The Colorado Trust. Tera previosuly coordinated LiveWell Montrose-Olathe and was the foundaing director of Village Garden in Portland, Oregon. She lives in Montrose with her husband, two daughters and mother-in-law.

Trends in Charitable Giving and Strategies for Using These to Keep Your Donors Engaged

Session Description: Learn about trends in the beliefs and behaviors of Colorado donors based in Colorado Nonprofit Association’s statewide random sample survey. The survey identified the characteristics of four donor types: Faithful Friends, Free Spirits, Mavericks and Occasional Donors. We will also learn about other giving trends and public policy changes that may impact donations. Many fundraisers accept low donor retention as a fact of life and donor attrition costs our organizations billions of dollars while suffocating the other mission-related work we’re trying to do. With all of the new donors coming to you via events like Colorado Gives Day, how can you work to retain them and minimize barriers to continually engage your donors. Participants will gain knowledge useful in targeting donors, shaping appeals and anticipating changes in giving incentives.

Renny Fagan is the President and CEO of Colorado Nonprofit Association. With 1,300 member nonprofit organizations statewide, the Association provides knowledge resources and advocates for public policies benefiting the entire nonprofit sector. Renny is a former state legislator, head of the Colorado Department of Revenue, deputy attorney general, and state director for U.S. Senator Ken Salazar. He serves on the boards of the National Council of Nonprofits, Mile High United Way, the Colorado Channel Authority and the Metro Denver Leadership Foundation. A Colorado native, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Northwestern University.

Dana Rinderknecht joined the Community First Foundation staff in December 2007 and serves the organization as its director of online giving. After she joined Community First Foundation, she helped launch ColoradoGives.org, a year-round, online giving website featuring nearly 1,900 Colorado nonprofit organizations. Three years later, she was the driving force behind the introduction of Colorado Gives Day, the state’s largest online giving day. Through these two programs, more than $155 million has been raised online for Colorado nonprofits.

Daniels Fund Information Session

Daniels Fund invites you to attend a special update session to learn more about grant funding strategies. Over the past five years, the Daniels Fund has refined its grant strategies in New Mexico, Utah, Metro Denver, and Colorado Outstate to maximize impact. Daniels Fund has eight funding areas that were established by Bill Daniels. Within these funding areas, the Daniels Fund has tailored individual grant strategies and objectives to address the needs of the five geographic regions. Charlotte Min-Harris, Vice President of Grant Operations, and Owen McAleer, Grants Program Officer, will present updated information for Colorado grant seekers outside the Front Range. Daniels Fund suggests you attend this session if you are planning on visiting them at the Funder Roundtables on Friday.

Owen McAleer joined the Daniels Fund in 2010. He is currently a Grants Program Officer, but also worked in the Communications department as the Special Events Manager and coordinated the Daniels Fund Meeting Space, which is offered free of charge to local nonprofit organizations. As a Grants Program Officer, Owen specializes in the Alcohol and Substance Abuse funding area in the Denver Metro market. In addition, he is responsible for working with nonprofit organizations in all eight funding areas throughout the western half of Colorado. Prior to joining the Daniels Fund, Owen owned and operated his own businesses. Most recently, he produced seminars, workshops, and special events in the addiction recovery and self-help markets, along with managing conferences for national organizations working in the fringe science and consciousness fields. Past businesses include 12 years in real estate development in Arizona and California, and five years as a magazine publisher in Austin, Texas. Owen graduated from the University of Denver with degrees in Journalism, Biology, and Psychology. He has four children and three grandchildren.

Charlotte Min-Harris joined the Daniels Fund in October 2016. She provides management-level oversight of various operational and administrative functions within the Daniels Fund Grants Program, including activities related to the grants management database system and the department’s policies, procedures, and processes, while ensuring a strong focus on performance measures and accountability. Charlotte has an impressive 30-year background in nonprofit and for-profit organizational operations, management, and strategic development. She spent several years as the Chief Operating Officer with the Colorado and Wyoming office of the American Red Cross, and more recently as the Director of Development at The Adoption Exchange. Charlotte is a graduate of Legacy Denver’s class of 2012, Leadership Denver’s class of 2013, holds a B.A. and M.A. from Michigan State University, and a Masters of Global Studies from the University of Denver. Charlotte has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver.

Capacity Building Workshops Session 2 (1:00 – 2:30 PM)

Advanced Grantwriting

Target Audience: Advanced

Session Description: You know the basic do’s and don’ts of grant acquisition. You know how to describe your project or your organization in powerful, compelling terms. You know how to put a grant budget together. This session will focus on selected items of special interest to funders at present: What is the logic model and how do you construct one? What does “collective impact” and “broader impact” mean? Discuss the art of positioning your organization and including letters of support that stand out. Templates and examples will be provided, with plenty of time for discussion and questions.

Janice Welborn is the Director of Sponsored Programs and Grants at Western State Colorado University, and CEO of Welborn & Associates, LLC. Janice has years of experience in organizational effectiveness with non-profits, local governments and school districts as well as research administration and grant development in Higher Ed. Her resume includes expertise in all stages of pre and post award grant activity, strategic planning and facilitation, change management, and evaluation. Her passion is to develop and leverage activities that result in strong and sustainable partnerships.

Getting Past the Fear of Making the Ask

Target Audience: Introductory

Program Description: More than 80% of charitable giving comes from individuals. Let us show you how the face-to-face ask will not only increase your individual donations and allow you to learn more about your donors’ interests and how they fit in with your nonprofit’s goals and your community’s needs. Empower your stakeholders by “Making the Ask” and giving them the opportunity to give back to your organization!

Rebecca Gorrell is the Director of Education and Leadership Development at Community Resource Center. She brings more than 14 years of experience in nonprofit management, advocacy, fund development, and community engagement. Most recently, Rebecca served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Participation Project, leading efforts to equip and activate nonprofits in civic engagement and advocacy. Her prior experience includes positions at Regis University and Seniors’ Resource Center. She has trained and built the capacity of hundreds of nonprofits across the country and is a contributor to the Colorado Nonprofit Association’s Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Nonprofit Management from Regis University.

What Nonprofit Boards Want

Session Description: Give them what they want and you will get what you want. This session will include information based on interviews with board members across three continents about what they desire most in a relationship with their nonprofit.

June Bradham is the President and founder of Corporate DevelopMint, an organizational development and fundraising consulting firm having served hundreds of clients since its founding. Under her leadership, Corporate DevelopMint has served over 200 non-profits across the US. International clients from Australia, Turkey, United Kingdom and Eastern Europe. Her organization and her team members have directed campaigns of $2 million to over $1 billion. But more importantly, they have succeeded at organizational turnaround resulting in a shared view of philanthropy.

Must Burnout Go With The Territory?

Session Description: Today, the nonprofit sector must be strong and healthy in order to best serve our communities. The sector attracts passionate people who work hard to support their organization’s mission – yet the work can be so challenging, it can do personal harm and even make our organizations less impactful! Addressing “work-life balance” is essential. In this session, Joni Reynolds, RN and Erin Wright will pose the issues, a framework for preventing, identifying and addressing burnout, and some concrete tools that can help us understand how burnout is affecting our lives and work, and what can do about it.

Gregory (Woody) Sherwood serves as the Mt. Crested Butte Performing Arts Center (MCBPAC) Executive Director. A long-time resident of the Gunnison Valley and a local business owner, Sherwood has focused his efforts on the MCBPAC capital campaign since January 1, 2012; to-date, the organization has raised $25 million. He is able to implement Board direction efficiently, relying on a small staff with support from strategically placed volunteers and a consultant. His experiential background and personal relationships within the community provide a unique ability to lead the planning and budgeting of the design and construction of the Biery-Witt Center, direct the operations of the organization and generate a high-quality prospective individual and corporate donor list. His professional experience includes serving as the Vice President and Water Committee Chair at Skyland Metro and East River Sanitation District; Former Board Member and President of the Crested Butte Music Festival; Owner of Alpine Express (Transportation Company); Former Owner of Rocky Mountain Trees & Landscaping; President of Alpine Associates and Ski Valleé Abondance; and Former Ski Director of Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

Collective Insights on Collective Impact

Session Description: You are ready for collective impact, but how do you get started? From theory to implementation, this session will highlight insights into the collective impact model from those currently working on projects in Colorado. Engage in practitioner and funder discussions to hear what’s working, what’s not, and what’s next. Informed by professionals engaged in collective impact efforts, this presentation outlines principles of practice about how to successfully put collective impact into action.

Robert Aspen, representing the American Indian Measurable Success (AIMS) Collective Impact Initiative, has been an educator for over 18 years in Colorado and Alaska working with students in a variety of settings. While earning his master’s in education at the University of Alaska, Robert taught at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School and led sea kayaking trips with at-risk students. In Colorado, he taught for several years at DeNier Youth Services Center and Miller Middle School before transferring to Durango High School as one of their Academic Advisors. For the 2013-2014 school year, Robert and his family lived in the Czech Republic while participating in a Fulbright Teacher Exchange. Robert loves to connect with people from different cultures and encourage his students to open up to all the opportunities our world has to offer.

Shelley Woodson Banker, Director of Colorado Scholarship Opportunity Initiative (COSI) joined Colorado Department of Higher Education in 2014. As the Director of the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative, she is responsible for the implementation and management of the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI), a coordinated effort to provide grants to non-profits, educational entities, workforce development programs, and collective impact groups to create a network of student support and scholarship programs throughout the state. Previously, Shelley was a team member of Mile High United Way’s Bridging the Gap program and the Bridge Project. She received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver focusing on community outreach and animal-assisted interactions with youth.

Kate Berg was born in Louisville, KY but raised in Sarasota, FL. She earned a BA degree in Psychology from Florida State University with minors in Spanish and Child Development. She earned a MA in School Counseling from the University of South Florida. Kate worked 5 years as a Middle School Career Education teacher, Elementary School Counselor, Response to Intervention Coordinator, and Special Education Compliance Coordinator with Florida school systems. With a short sabbatical teaching English to children and adults in Bocas del Toro, Panama she finally landed her feet in Colorado. She moved to Denver in 2011 to participate in a grant project providing workshops to Colorado youth on College and Career Readiness and most recently joined the Colorado Department of Higher Education in September 2015 as Student Success Advocate.

Owen McAleer joined the Daniels Fund in 2010. He is currently a Grants Program Officer, but also worked in the Communications department as the Special Events Manager and coordinated the Daniels Fund Meeting Space, which is offered free of charge to local nonprofit organizations. As a Grants Program Officer, Owen specializes in the Alcohol and Substance Abuse funding area in the Denver Metro market. In addition, he is responsible for working with nonprofit organizations in all eight funding areas throughout the western half of Colorado. Prior to joining the Daniels Fund, Owen owned and operated his own businesses. Most recently, he produced seminars, workshops, and special events in the addiction recovery and self-help markets, along with managing conferences for national organizations working in the fringe science and consciousness fields. Past businesses include 12 years in real estate development in Arizona and California, and five years as a magazine publisher in Austin, Texas. Owen graduated from the University of Denver with degrees in Journalism, Biology, and Psychology. He has four children and three grandchildren.

Jodi Podschun, the Team UP Director for the United Way of Southwest Colorado, manages a collective impact project to ensure all children in Montezuma and Dolores counties can reach their full potential. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of Growing Partners of Southwest Colorado, and spent a decade in Washington DC in a variety of advocacy, community organizing, and non-profit management roles. She was appointed to Mayor Adrian Fenty’s Commission on Food and Nutrition, the DC Women’s Agenda, and DC Collaborative for Health Equity. Joni co-authored “Voices for Change: Perspectives on Strengthening Welfare-to-Work from DC TANF Recipients.” She graduated Cum Laude  from Hendrix College, where her ethnographic research garnered invitations to present at national and international conferences. She loves to eat, hike, dance, and read radical sci-fi. She lives with her husband, dogs, and much-loved livestock outside of Cortez, CO.

Capacity Building Workshops Session 3 (2:45 – 4:00 PM)

Important as Money: Approaches to Useful Evaluation Feedback

Target Audience: Intermediate

Session Description: Organizations need information as much as money in order to thrive. This interactive workshop will help dispel the many fears about evaluation and provide practical approaches to improve the feedback systems that inform strategy, motivate staff, and inspire donors. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their specific needs and learn from each other in addition to an overview of best practices and proven models.

Kurt Wilson’s education includes a BS in Economics from The Colorado College, a Diploma for Graduates in International Development from the University of London and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Evaluation from Western Michigan University. His initial career experience was in professional philanthropy, first as a Fellow and Program Officer for El Pomar Foundation in Colorado Springs and later as Director of Corporate Giving for Furniture Row in Denver. He spent 12 years in nonprofit marketing and fundraising and currently provides evaluation consulting and capacity development to nonprofit organizations across Colorado and internationally.

Revive Your Social Media Strategy with a SMART Marketing Plan

Session Description: Social Media remains an elusive marketing medium to many. In this seminar you will learn how to create a Social Media Marketing Plan that you can execute, measure, and replicate over and over again! While most understand the importance, many lack the time and or resources to implement a great plan that delivers results. Get on track in 2017 to achieve your business objectives! General Q & A and group discussion will be encouraged.

Rob Strickland is the owner of Midnight Marketing Solutions and began his company because he wanted to help small businesses grow. Rob has taught courses at Western State College University on Social Media Marketing and brings a pragmatic approach to crafting a SMART marketing plan that nonprofits can execute in-house with staff or volunteers.

Communication Across Generations

Session Description: When the average age of a non-profit professional is 43, being the youngest on your team can be intimidating. On the other end, communicating with young, new staff can be exceedingly difficult, as today’s experienced non-profit professionals have different expectations as their younger counterparts. Essential to working together is understanding and acceptance of individual perspectives; only then can positive group processes and effective decision-making occur. Using De Bono’s Thinking Hats to approach multiple and differing individual perspectives is one of the tools we will explore to gain group consensus and facilitate mixed generational communication. From communicating with your young staff or board members older than your parents, there is something for everyone to learn.

Erin Wright is the Communications and Development Coordinator for the Crested Butte Music Festival. Prior to her current position, Erin worked in Festival operations and as Box Office Manager, where she successfully implemented new ticketing system and provided event production support and leadership. A 2012 graduate of Western State Colorado University with a major in music and a minor in history, Erin is passionate about the arts; communications is a delightful position for Erin and she is thrilled to be a part of the Festival. In her free time, she explores the beauty of Crested Butte and has recently taken up film photography.

Edith Johnston, PhD, LPC, has a doctorate and masters in Rehabilitation Counseling.  In addition she has a MBA and a bachelor’s in Sociology.  She is an author/speaker, instructor with over 35 years of experience in counseling.  Her emphasis throughout her career has been to assist people in exploring their potential.  Her current focus is multi-talented individuals that have not recognized or expressed their significant potential.  It is a time when the creative multipotentiates need to contribute to the world with beauty and solutions.  She lives in Delta, CO.

Panel: Successful Capital Campaigns

Session Description: Join us to learn more about how to bring your capital vision to life! The Montrose Community Recreation Center was just a dream for many years, until a group of dedicated stakeholders organized for success. But it didn’t happen overnight. We’ll talk with the Montrose Recreation District about the process from start to finish, and how engaging stakeholders and partners was a key strategy that helped reach the ultimate goal of building a recreation center in Montrose. We will gain insight from key capital funders, both private foundations and government agencies. They will discuss what their organizations look for in a capital project, and provide information on how to best present your case for support.

Julie Lerudis has served as the Grants Program Director at Boettcher Foundation since 2007. She is a CPA and has held accounting, auditing and project/operational management positions at Security Capital Real Estate Investment Trust, Johnson & Johnson, Centura Health and Kundinger, Corder & Engle. She is a frequent presenter and speaker at nonprofit management seminars, currently serves as a commissioner for the Denver Urban Renewal Authority and is a member of Social Ventures Partners.

Max Math, Deputy Director for Community and Economic Development with DOLA, has twenty-five years of extensive experience with citizen involvement and neighborhood organizations. Experience includes community relations, analysis, strategic planning, decision-making, negotiations, contracting and purchasing, and budget development to meet short-term requirements and long–term objectives, as well as municipal management experience with Intergovernmental Agreements (IGA’s), Federal Transportation Agency (FTA), Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Charlotte Min-Harris joined the Daniels Fund in October 2016. She provides management-level oversight of various operational and administrative functions within the Daniels Fund Grants Program, including activities related to the grants management database system and the department’s policies, procedures, and processes, while ensuring a strong focus on performance measures and accountability. Charlotte has an impressive 30-year background in nonprofit and for-profit organizational operations, management, and strategic development. She spent several years as the Chief Operating Officer with the Colorado and Wyoming office of the American Red Cross, and more recently as the Director of Development at The Adoption Exchange. Charlotte is a graduate of Legacy Denver’s class of 2012, Leadership Denver’s class of 2013, holds a B.A. and M.A. from Michigan State University, and a Masters of Global Studies from the University of Denver. Charlotte has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver.

Lori Sharp is a non-profit consultant and the president of the Montrose Recreation Foundation. She holds a B.S. from the University of Colorado, and has over 20 years of experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sector. She specializes in strategic planning, facilitation, marketing, capital campaigns and grant writing. She moved to the western slope with her family in 2009 for a change in lifestyle, and has fully embraced smaller-town living. In her free time she enjoys coaching soccer, skiing, mountain biking, and traveling.

Ken Sherbenou is the Executive Director of Montrose Recreation District. Ken is a 3rd generation Coloradoan, who loves this great place! Ken ran an non-profit outdoor recreation program and worked as a parks and recreation consultant for GreenPlay LLC. In the public sector, he served as manager of one of Denver’s largest recreation centers, as well as in his current role as Executive Director of the Montrose Recreation District. He holds bachelor degrees in Political Science and Economics and a Master of Public Administration, all from the University of Colorado.

Effective Collaboration and Alliances

Session Description: Nonprofits collaborate, partner and cooperate every day to advance our missions, but doing so in a strategic and mutually-beneficial way can be challenging. Using the Strategic Partnership Toolkit, designed by Community Resource Center and Colorado Nonprofit Association, participants will explore avenues to create change across organizations.

Maria Fabula, President and CEO at Community Resource Center, brings more than 17 years of experience in nonprofit management, fund development, volunteer engagement, collaboration and business development.  Maria has extensive experience delivering training and consulting services to increase nonprofit capacity. Maria earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego Revelle College and has spent a majority of her career connecting government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private enterprises to improve community. Her experience includes leadership positions with the Nonprofit Support Center, the Junior Statesmen Foundation and the California State Senate. She is the past president of the Nipomo Area Recreation Association and resides in Castle Rock with her husband and three sons.

Carlton Mason dropped out of college and spent the next 25 years in successful small businesses development. He went on to complete his B.A from Southwestern University in Keene, Texas, and entered graduate studies in Business Continuity, Security, and Risk Management through Boston University. Carlton currently serves as Executive Director for CASA of the 7th Judicial District, an organization that has seen significant growth and heightened community awareness through effective collaboration.

Friday, June 16

Funder Roundtables

This is an opportunity for grantseekers to get immediate feedback from potential grantmakers on their nonprofit funding needs. Each grantskeer will have two minutes to give their pitch in “speed-dating” style conversations with grantmakers. Grantmakers will then provide immediate feedback to grantseekers as to whether or not that grantseeker is a good match with their particular grantmaking entity. We ask that each grantseeking organization send no more than two representatives to Friday’s Funder Roundtables. This ensures all organizations have the opportunity to visit with participating funders. Only grantseekers headquartered within the five counties of the San Juan region will be permitted to participate in roundtables.

For more information, please contact:

Susan Bony, Event Coordinator
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