Trainings and Education
Before the pandemic, most of CRC’s programming and trainings were offered in person. In fact, we’ve prided ourselves on our commitment to showing up and delivering hands-on, in-person education in communities. Early in 2020, we pivoted our programs online and created or recreated all content to meet the moment including a deep focus on racial equity, fundraising, systems change, and community engagement. We hosted Rapid Response Roundtables bringing nonprofits and philanthropy together, launched a dynamic COVID-19 resource and fundraising page, and connected leaders from across the state for meaningful conversations. We offered free trainings and convenings for most of the year, and significantly discounted our other services through 2020.
people in attendance
of participants thought the training they attended was useful
Here’s what our participants had to say about their experiences:
“I am very glad I made this small but invaluable investment in myself!”
Get Grants Participant, October 2020
“I really enjoyed the root cause analysis tool. Since I am new to my position, it really got me thinking about the root causes of mental health stigmatization and what I can do to reduce that in my community.”
Advocacy for Nonprofits Participant, June 2020
“This was the best training I have attended regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion. It felt safe to have discussions in the break-out rooms. Thank you for the equity lens handout and the exercise. It was incredibly helpful and also validated my thinking that our organization cannot be inclusive and diversify until we are willing to look at how un-equitable we are in our policies and procedures, performance evaluations, and even in the design of our office (i.e., pictures, etc.), and more.”
Foundations in Equity Participant, November 2020
“I cannot possibly choose one most valuable thing I learned. Most useful? Possibly the homework to finally get my ‘elevator pitch’ down!”
Making The Ask Participant, October 2020
“Always love the interactive portions, ability to talk with others and see how they are working and adapting to the topics in their workplace.”
More Than A Manager: Inclusive Management Participant, October 2020
Nonprofit Leadership and Management Program
In 2020, Community Resource Center thoughtfully adapted our leadership development program to ensure we could provide education and support to Executive Directors during a pivotal year in their career. The 2020 Leadership Program provided 14 emerging Executive Directors with the opportunity to expand their leadership capabilities, master new management techniques, and cultivate meaningful professional relationships.
“The program inspired me to adapt our performance evaluation process, re-think our board set-up and create new committee format, and has improved my staff supervision abilities.”
“I have been able to apply some of the learnings from various sessions into practice already, like creating a wellness calendar for the team, leading a revamp of mission/vision/values for the organization, and create my ED goals for the year.”
“I think it’s important to remember that we can all lead really well, even with such different personalities and leadership styles.”
Colorado Grants Guide
The Colorado Grants Guide quickly shifted to include information from foundations and other grantmakers about changes they were making in the wake of COVID-19. Additionally, CRC mobilized to create a website and newsletter exclusively to share content from funders including funding updates, webinars, tip sheets and more in order to ensure our communities could access the resources they needed when they needed them most.
funder profiles updated with COVID-19 information
visits to newly created website
visits to the Grants Guide
In 2020, CRC also:
Provided information about the shifts grantmakers were making for free on our website, as well as in the description of the CGG profile.
Began offering remote access to the Grants Guide through the library portals so that the library communities were still able to utilize the subscription with their Library Cards.
Promoted CGG discounts more frequently to ensure that communities had access when they needed it most.
“I have had the opportunity to work with CRC and the Colorado Grants Guide for a number of years. It has been challenging and rewarding to update the database as well as research a variety of funders. These funders provide valuable financial support to nonprofits and communities across the state. I believe that every program and resource offered at the Community Resource Center are critical to the continuum of services available statewide.
I enjoy the opportunity to communicate and work with staff to learn new research strategies. My experiences continue to be rich and interesting not only with the grants guide but with diverse people and staff.”
Betty Allen Parish
Colorado Grants Guide Research Volunteer