Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days

Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) is a statewide program that provides nonprofit leaders the resources they need to lead effective and sustainable organizations. The Western Slope region serves nonprofit organizations in: Delta, Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties. The Western Slope region was formerly known as the Mountain region. After strategic conversations and considering feedback from regional stakeholders, there were changes to the Rural Philanthropy Days regional map effective in 2016.

The next Western Slope conference will take place in June 2019.

Interim Committee Meeting

The four years between RPD conferences play an integral role in the success of the program. We are looking for some of the Mountain RPD attendees to join the Western Slope RPD Interim Committee to help in shaping interim activities by providing a regional perspective and continue the momentum set forth in Rifle. Interim activities could include nonprofit education and collaborative opportunities. The first meeting of the Interim Committee will include a strategic planning session facilitated by Community Resource Center staff.

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 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 the 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, Program Manager – Rural Partnerships
303.623.1540 X170 or email hidden; JavaScript is required