Special Projects

usda-rd-logoUSDA Rural Community Development Initiative

CRC was awarded the 2015 USDA Rural Community Development Initiative grant for Shaping Sustainable Organizations in Rural Colorado (SSOR). The SSOR project will bring two years of intensive training and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations in the San Luis Valley (SLV).

SSOR will focus on improving ten SLV organizations by providing applicable strategies and tools to strengthen their effectiveness in fulfilling their mission. CRC will support these organizations on a path of growth, and assist them in becoming a sustainable nonprofit organization who is capable of meeting mission, improving the quality of life for their local communities, and helping them become models of nonprofit success in the region. CRC will also design technical assistance tailored to meet their specific needs addressing real-time challenges and opportunities.

The program will be split into 8, 2-day sessions over a 2-year period with each session focusing on vital nonprofit best practices. Each session will have sector and topic experts, interactive activities, and peer learning opportunities. Sessions will be held in various locations across the SLV in order to engage all recipients from across the 6-county region. Trainings topics include: leadership; organizational assessment; board governance; fund development; strategic planning; communications and proposal writing; financial management; volunteer engagement; collaboration; advocacy; and nonprofit management.

Participating organizations include: Creede Early Learning Center, Costilla County Economic Development Council, Energy Resource Center, Saguache County Sustainable Environment and Economic Development, San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition, San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center, and Monte Vista Kids Connection

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America Divided

America Divided uncovers the growing gulf separating Americans from one another; explores the damage this divide produces; engages with the provocative politics around inequality; and investigates both its long-term causes and real-world attempts at solutions. Utilizing in-depth reporting, vivid storytelling and intimate personal narratives, America Divided cuts through the din of electioneering and political ads. It’s a series about a threat that touches us all… women, men, black, white, left, right, rich, poor, and the vanishing middle class. This isn’t partisan posturing. It’s human stories about the conflicts that separate us, the values that unite us, and our triumphs over adversity.

Join CRC for this eight-part film series as we explore and discuss the causes and solutions to inequality in America.

North Carolina — perhaps more than any other state in the Union — has been transformed by the new and growing tidal wave of political spending. Zach Galifianakis, the comic star of “The Hangover” movies, travels back to his home state to investigate how North Carolina has become a bellwether for how the money of a few has come to dominate our democracy. Galifianakis investigates allegations that the current state government was put in power by moneyed interests and has thus carried out a program that only benefits its backers: cuts to education, healthcare spending and environmental protection; lowering of taxes for the wealthy and corporations; and the passage of laws designed to roll back access to the ballot.

Join CRC for a film screening and robust discussion with local leaders Colorado Common Cause to explore implications for Colorado and opportunities to get involved. We will provide beverages and light snacks, and encourage you to bring a brown-bag lunch.

March 28 | 10:30am – 12:30pm
Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits
789 Sherman Street | Denver

Common, an American rapper, actor, film producer and poet, returns to his hometown of Chicago – a city on fire in the aftermath of the brutal police killing of teenager Laquan McDonald. With thousands of people in the streets, Chicago has become the epicenter of national debates around police violence, racism and accountability. Working with community activists and whistleblowers, Common discovers a decades-long pattern of police corruption and sophisticated cover-ups that stretch all the way to the mayor’s office. But Common also finds reason for hope. An energized movement in the streets mounts unprecedented pressure for reform. It’s clear that the system is broken — is it finally time for a change?

Join us for a robust discussion with local leaders, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC), to explore implications for Colorado and opportunities to get involved. We will provide beverages and light snacks.

Tuesday, May 16 | 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits
789 Sherman Street | Denver

Jesse Williams journeys to the Gulf Coast town of St. Petersburg, Florida, once known for its beaches and pleasant weather, but now notorious for being the unlikely epicenter of the student achievement gap and school-to- prison pipeline. Williams investigates how resegregation has led to a massive educational and criminal justice divide for the students — and witnesses the community’s efforts to confront the school system and heal the divide.

Join us for a robust discussion with local leaders, RISE Colorado, to explore implications for Colorado and opportunities to get involved. We will provide beverages and light snacks.

Tuesday, August 1 | 11:00am – 1:00pm
Open Media Foundation
700 Kalamath St | Denver

el_pomarNonprofit Resilience Project

Brought to you by El Pomar Foundation, El Pomar San Luis Valley Regional Council and El Pomar Southeast Regional Council, the Nonprofit Resilience Project will work with 501(c) nonprofits who serve the San Luis Valley and Southeast regions. In partnership with local consultants and experts, CRC will provide technical assistance to eight regionally-based nonprofit organizations to support the growth of organizational best practices in fund development. The eight organizations who have been chosen, will receive a full year of fund development consulting services from a local expert and a year’s subscription to the Colorado Grants Guide® database.

Through a competitive process, the following organizations were selected: San Luis Valley Great Outdoors, High Valley Community Center, Sargent Early Learning Center, La Puente Home, Inc., San Isabel Land Protection Trust, Two Peaks Fitness, District ONE, and Friends of Lamar HOPE Center.

These organizations will be paired with local consultants and fund development experts who will provide up to 50 hours of fund development consulting services. Additionally, recipients will receive a year’s subscription to the Colorado Grants Guide® database.

Through the Nonprofit Resilience Project, organizations will complete a comprehensive grant and gain the skills and tools necessary to increase grants, individual donors, and support for their unique goals. With increased grant writing success, nonprofits have the opportunity to increase their organizational sustainability, and their ability to provide vital services to their local communities.

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