Southwest Rural Philanthropy Days

Save the Date for Southwest Rural Philanthropy Days!

September 12 – 14, 2018 | Cortez, Colorado

This opportunity only occurs once every four years in the Southwest region, so mark your calendars for the unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with funders, participate in professional development opportunities and network with other community leaders in the region. Southwest RPD, serving Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties, will take place in Cortez, Colorado on September 12 – 14, 2018. 

Registration will open in July and will close August of 2018.

Pricing Information

Grantseekers: $155 Early Bird  | $195 Regular Price
Grantmakers: $195 Regular Price
Thursday Only: $35 Regular Price


A limited number of scholarships are available for qualifying applicants with financial need to cover $100 of the $155 registration fee for attending the 2018 Southwest CO Rural Philanthropy Days on September 12-14. Scholarship applications will be available on May 1st, 2018. Priority consideration will be provided to online applications received by May 31th, 2018.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Work for or represent:
    • a 501(c)(3) public charity
    • an organization using a Fiscal Sponsor that is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit
    • a tax-supported or quasi-governmental agency
    • a Start-Up organization that is not yet a 501(c)(3) but has filed Form 1023 (application for exempt status)
  • Applicant’s organization must be based in Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma or San Juan County
  • Applicant must be able to attend all three days of the conference, September 12-14, 2018 in Cortez, Colorado.

Call for Presenters

The SW RPD Program Committee is seeking high quality presenters with an interest in supporting rural Colorado community groups. Please consider submitting a proposal for the September conference. Capacity building sessions during RPD conferences typically feature groups of 15 – 40 participants and focus on nonprofit best practices for rural organizations. The Program Committee will recruit a variety of local experts, capacity building organizations, consultants, funders, and expert panels to participate.

Priority deadline to submit your proposal is Friday, March 9. The Program Committee will continue to accept proposals until all available spots are filled. Click below to submit a proposal.

What to Expect

RPD conferences include many opportunities to increase your understanding of nonprofit best practices, collaborate with other community leaders and connect with Front Range and local funders. The funder roundtables are a signature of the RPD program and provide a unique opportunity to meet with grantmakers in a rural setting.

The goal of RPD is to bring increased access to resources to support sustainable rural nonprofits, increase the engagement of funders in rural communities, and encourage effective collaboration on a regional scale.

For more information, please contact:

Kristi Smith, Event Coordinator
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