San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days

Thank you to the nonprofit and foundation staff, board members and volunteers who joined us in Creede for the 2015 San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) Conference. RPD is a statewide program that provides nonprofit leaders the resources they need to lead effective and sustainable organizations. San Luis Valley RPD serves nonprofit organizations in Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache counties.

The next San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days Conference will take place in 2019.

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Downtown Creede

SLV Collaboration Summit

As a result of the San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days (SLVRPD) event, held in Creede in September 2015, a coalition of valley nonprofit leaders conducted an annual valley-wide nonprofit Collaboration Summit. This one-day event provided an opportunity for service providers to network, share and collaborate.

Didn’t make the event?

Please complete the following organizational resource inventory form in order to be included in the San Luis Valley nonprofit resource Directory. Your organization will be included in the Directory regardless of whether or not someone from your organizations attended the event.

Interim Committee Meeting

Over 220 nonprofit and foundation staff, board members and volunteers attended the conference in Creede in September. The four years between RPD conferences play an integral role in the success of the program. We are looking for some of those attendees to join the San Luis Valley RPD Interim Committee to help in shaping interim activities by providing a regional perspective and continue the momentum set forth in Creede. Interim activities could include nonprofit education and collaborative opportunities. The first meeting of the Interim Committee will include a strategic planning session facilitated by Maria Fabula, CEO of Community Resource Center.

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 provides a unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with grantmakers in a rural setting. In 2014, the 12 core funders of the statewide RPD program donated nearly $25 million to Colorado’s rural communities.

Community Engagement

RPD conferences convene nonprofits, funders and local governments to share ideas and develop collaborative opportunities in order to build capacity of local organizations and communities to address regional social issues. These opportunities for rural community engagement include the pre-conference Listening Tour, Community Solutions Sessions and additional capacity building in the years between conferences.

Get Involved

RPD conference activities are collaboratively coordinated by a regional steering committee comprised of rural nonprofit, government and business leaders, Community Resource Center, the Anschutz Family Foundation and local foundation staff.

Our Goals

  • Rural Colorado’s nonprofit sector will have increased access to resources that support the operation of sustainable organizations in order to strengthen social impact.
  • Grantmakers are increasingly engaged with rural Colorado community leaders to ensure a better understanding of regional challenges and collaborative opportunities.
  • Rural communities have the resources needed to effectively collaborate on a regional scale by engaging nonprofit professionals, community leaders, government officials and other statewide stakeholders.

For more information, please contact:

Leah Rausch, Director of Rural Partnerships
303.623.1540 X170 or email hidden; JavaScript is required