Rapid Response Roundtable

CRC hosted Rapid Response Roundtable webinars to discuss the most pressing community needs we have heard emerge from statewide partners in the field as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To assist communities across the state in their response work, these webinars created space for nonprofits to share their innovations with each other, highlight funding available to meet immediate needs, and catalyze on collaboration across our sector in this challenging time. 

CRC moderated dialogues with diverse, statewide nonprofit partners and funders working to support organizations in their response efforts, with the opportunity for additional audience participation.

Each webinar focused on a specific and urgent community need.

Recordings for previous Rapid Response Roundtables

*Please note, that although this is a free recording, you will need to provide registration information.*


  • Lyndsey Williams, Director, Food Bank Network of the SLV
  • Jodi Mijares, Executive Director, Community Partnership Family Resource Center
  • Lindsey Loberg, Program Director, Boulder Food Rescue
  • Jason Harrison, Food Pantry Network Manager, Hunger Free Colorado
  • Dara Hessee, Senior Program Officer, Colorado Health Foundation


  • Kim Lewis, Program Officer, Rocky Mountain Health Foundation
  • Alice Steiner, Senior Manager, Colorado Community Health Network
  • Camille Harding, Director, Community Behavioral Health
  • Colleen Lampron, Owner & CEO, AFL Enterprise
  • Dr. Elizabeth Hickman, Executive Director, Centennial Mental Health

Community Resource Center and Philanthropy Colorado hosted a webinar reviewing the Colorado COVID Relief Fund opportunity.

Representatives from the fund were present to review the opportunity and discuss the decision making process.

Speakers included:

  • Karen McNeil-Miller, President and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation
  • Danielle Oliveto, Deputy Chief Of Staff for Governor Jared Polis
  • Scott Downes, Senior Program Officer, The Colorado Health Foundation
  • Joanne Kelley, President & CEO of Philanthropy Colorado
  • Maria Fabula, President & CEO of Community Resource Center
  • Rebecca Gorrell, Chief Program Officer of Community Resource Center.


  • Lisa Sullivan Clark, Next50 Initiative
  • Hugo Vega, Program Director, Ignacio Senior Center
  • Christian Itin, Chair, SAGPA
  • Stephanie Knight, Executive Director, The Senior Hub
  • Jayla Sanchez-Warren, Area Agency on Aging Director, Denver Regional Council of Governments


  • Ashlee Lewis, The Initiative
  • Amy Pohl, Violence Free Colorado
  • Abby Hansen, SafeHouse Denver
  • Christy Doyon, CASA of the Ninth
  • Camisha Lashbrook, The Women’s Foundation of Colorado


  • Beth Lenz, Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments
  • Olga Montano, Boys & Girls Club of the San Luis Valley
  • Natriece Bryant, Department of Local Affairs (DOLA)
  • Luis Alvarez, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Alex McHenry, Community Resource Center

Overcoming the Racial Bias in Funding: Breaking Down Barriers to Capital

This free Stanford Social Innovation Review webinar explores the latest research from The Bridgespan Group and Echoing Green on racial funding gaps in the social sector.

Tuesday, June 2 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM MST

COVID-19 Series: Strategic Approaches for Funders

This series of seven webinars will bring expert panelists together to address some of the most pressing issues, including getting money out the door quickly, supporting vulnerable populations and managing other disasters in the midst of the pandemic.

You can choose to attend one or more of the following webinars.

June 9 | 12:00 PM MST: Grantmaking to Support Children and Older Adults
June 23 | 12:00 PM MST: Managing a Global Response
July 14 | 12:00 PM MST: How Funders Can Support Bereavement and Grief

Seminaro Virtuale: Reglas de Cabildeo para las 501c3

¡Organizaciones comunitarias 501(c)(3) pueden y deben de cabildear para cambios en sus comunidades! Aprenda sobre las varias pistas de defensa y promoción de causas abiertas a las organizaciones comunitarias, incluyendo el cabildeo.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 | 12:00 PM MST

Bystander Intervention Training

Join Hollaback! and Asian Americans Advancing Justice for a virtual workshop on how you can intervene effectively as a bystander without compromising your safety. The one-hour, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!’s 5D’s of bystander intervention methodology. 

Multiple Training Dates

Equity in the Center Workshop Opportunities

Intersectional Allyship for Racial Justice: A Workshop for White Allies

What does it mean for white people to be effective allies to people of color in our work for racial equity and collective liberation? Whitney Parnell, executive director and co-founder of Service Never Sleeps (SNS), will lead an intensive, fast-paced webinar series designed to explore how white folks use individual and collective areas of privilege to advance racial justice in an intersectional context. Using SNS’ CLAIM framework (Care, Learn, Act, Influence, Maintain), this workshop will explore what it means to adopt an allyship lifestyle as a white person.

**Please note that this workshop is only for individuals who identify as white.

Price: $100

Wednesday, June 24 | 10 AM – 12 PM MST

Thursday, June 25 | 10 AM – 12 PM MST

Recorded Webinars and Trainings

Community Resource Center and Philanthropy Colorado hosted a webinar reviewing the Colorado COVID Relief Fund opportunity.

Representatives from the fund were present to review the opportunity and discuss the decision making process.

Speakers included:

  • Karen McNeil-Miller, President and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation
  • Danielle Oliveto, Deputy Chief Of Staff for Governor Jared Polis
  • Scott Downes, Senior Program Officer, The Colorado Health Foundation
  • Joanne Kelley, President & CEO of Philanthropy Colorado
  • Maria Fabula, President & CEO of Community Resource Center
  • Rebecca Gorrell, Chief Program Officer of Community Resource Center.

Like anything else in life, fundraising works better if you have a plan — and even better if you follow it. In this workshop, we’ll discuss:

• Identifying the best mix of income for your organization

• Building an annual fundraising calendar

• Beyond dollars: Identifying other ways to benchmark your results

• Using your plan to educate your board, deflect random fundraising ideas, and stay on task

Andy Robinson is a national nonprofit fundraising expert who has facilitated hundreds of webinars on how to find funding.

We know that many nonprofits are having to shift how they work to meet the needs of their communities at a distance. CRC is sharing what we have learned as a statewide leader in working remotely with rural communities through providing training on the basics and best practices of using free, low cost, and accessible technology. 

Please see our recorded training as we walked through the basics of using Zoom Meetings, and shared our tips and tricks to effectively using the platform. On this webinar we covered guiding participants through their video/audio settings, how to screen share, and tips for managing attendees. 


Here’s a helpful blog post on virtual meetings, Andy Robinson wants to help you and your communities do them more effectively.  Mastering Virtual Meetings

As the COVID-19 pandemic takes its toll across the United States, vulnerable populations (including low-income communities, communities of color, the elderly, and the disabled) are being disproportionately affected. The disparities faced by these communities, which are a reflection of the continuing consequences of inequality, structural racism, and unequal access to affordable health care — are a primary factor in the pandemic death rate. Join Independent Sector and Equity in the Center for an interactive conversation about how you can proactively apply a race equity lens to your organization’s COVID-19 response and help ensure that our collective pandemic-focused efforts prioritize race equity.

In Washington, the COVID-19 crisis response is constantly evolving. What we know today is sure to be different from what we’ll know tomorrow. Watch the interactive conversation about the breaking developments in federal policy — with a special focus on the ones that you need to understand to help your organization keep moving. Hosted by the Independent Sector.

Key experts in healthcare and long-term care draw on CDC and WHO recommendations to provide practical guidance to staff about how to keep themselves and those they care for safe. 

What are the effects of COVID-19 on Black, indigenous, Latinx, and Asian communities? Join Building Movement Project and Solidarity Is, to learn about the challenges faced by nonprofits, service providers, organizers, and advocates during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Independent Sector hosted a webinar to learn the latest about the relief efforts and additional federal policies to provide resources for nonprofits and the communities they serve.

Explore mission sustainability through workforce planning and hear best practices for navigating uncharted waters. While every organization is unique, it is helpful to understand the legal, financial and practical differences among hiring freezes, furloughs and layoffs. In order to watch training, you will need to put in your information and hit register.

In partnership with Washington Council Ernst & Young, Independent Sector has provided a resource to help nonprofits navigate this very dynamic landscape. Many details and protocols that will govern the flow of these resources are still being developed and shared, so information is evolving daily.  The webinar covered the information that the Independent Sector has provided and discussed additional federal policy needs and the prospect for addressing them in future legislation.

Learn how to continue engaging stakeholders while practicing physical distancing. In this video, Nikki Bell and Simon Scriver take you through the steps and learning of developing online engagement events.

Many organizations are transitioning to remote teams and online organizing during the COVID-19 crisis. Join Social Movement Technologies to learn about the best tools and strategies to aid in this transition.

Training for Change is a training and capacity building organization for activists and organizers. They believe strong training and group facilitation are vital to movement building for social justice and radical change. Many of their public workshops are “training of trainers”; they’re designed for folks facilitating and training across contexts and with varying levels of experience. View some of their upcoming workshops below and visit their website for more.

Join this webinar to better understand what leaders need to advance equality and justice throughout the state. Speakers include representatives from labor activists, Black and Native leaders, and folks mobilizing against poverty and homelessness in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their leadership and expertise are especially valuable to us all in this crisis.

Presenting Organizations:

Speaker: Andy Robinson- National Fundraising Consultant

In challenging times, we are stronger together. Join as we take a look at:

  • The collaboration spectrum: From sharing information to mergers
  • Collective strategic planning: Why and how
  • Tools and tips for better collaboration
  • More money together: Opportunities for shared fundraising

Check Back Here for Recording

COVID-19 & The Future of Community Mental Health

Join Dr. Carl Clark, CEO of the Mental Health Center of Denver, to hear reflections on how community mental health has pivoted to respond to a global pandemic, and how it may never be the same.

Thursday, May 21 | 3:30 PM MST

Centering Race Equity and Thinking Strategically in a Long-Term Crisis—A Discussion of Organizational Responses to COVID-19

Join Equity in the Center – With the emergency of COVID-19, the most vulnerable members of society are more under-resourced and at risk of death than average. At the same time, many organizations just beginning equity work are questioning if it can and should continue due to funding cuts and capacity. Panelists will discuss examples of how organizations are both centering race equity in immediate responses to COVID-19 and thinking strategically for the longer-term.

May 22, 10:00 AM MST

Focus on the Basics During Crisis: Organizational Survival and Sustainability

As the disrupting impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world forever, mission-driven organizations are facing some very tough decisions ahead. While there is no doubt that emergency or disaster financial support is crucial, it is only a temporary solution and not a panacea. Numerous organizations in the sector have been in survival mode even before this crisis and managed to buy time and sugarcoated their problems. As painful as might be, there is no better time for organizations to really evaluate the situation and finally act.

To paraphrase Rahm Emanuel, organizations never want a serious crisis to go to waste. They should grab the opportunity to do things they never thought were possible. Meaningful and relevant impact is conditioned by their capacity and willingness to take drastic measures such as restructuring, cutting costs, changing or closing programs, to name just a few, as well as thinking creatively about the future such as engaging in partnerships and sharing resources.

Featured Speakers

  • Kristina Gawrgy Campbell, Independent Sector, Vice President Communication & Marketing
  • Stephen Bennet, Caravanserai Project, Board Chair
  • Susan Gomez, Inland Empire Community Collaborative, President
  • Jeremy Hobb, Western Wind Foundation, President
  • Mihai Patru, Caravanserai Project, Executive Director

 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM MST