Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days
Thank you to everyone who made the Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days in Ouray a great success! The Interim Steering Committee is currently looking for ways to move forward the identified Community Solutions in our region, as well as making plans to offer capacity building opportunities for Western Slope nonprofits. The next WS RPD event will take place in June 2017.
Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) is a collaborative program that builds excellence among the nonprofit and social service agencies that support our communities. It also brings financial support and professional development opportunities to community, arts, and environmental organizations in our region of western Colorado, including the counties of: Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel.
The event features nonprofit development workshops and networking opportunities that convene representatives of foundations and nonprofits from the Denver Metro area with local foundations and government leaders for three days of capacity building workshops and funder roundtables. This event, coordinated in collaboration with Community Resource Center (CRC), allows grant seekers from our region to build partnerships with foundations based on the front range of Colorado.
In 2004, Naturita Colorado had a 500 square foot library, the third smallest in Colorado. At that time, Amy McBride, President of the Board of Trustees for the Library District knew they had to find a way to obtain funds to build a new library. As a result of attending the 2005 WS RPD, the Naturita Library District was able to raise $765,000 from the connections made at RPD, including a large grant from the Dept. of Local Affairs. The new 4,400 square foot library opened in 2009. Since then, circulation has increased by 260% and the library has become the heartbeat of the community, offering everything from a community garden to computer classes for adults and science field trips and literacy activities for children. The library has also received several awards, including the “National Medal for Museum and Library Services” and the “Best Small Library in America 2011“.