Upcoming Training Events

Meaningful Community Engagement

Too often, our work begins to “institutionalize” and weaken the very relationships necessary to create stronger communities. Shifting relationships with your constituents is one of the keys to developing inclusive communities where everyone thrives.  Join us for a day of practice and emergent learning as we dive into the ways community engagement can benefit your service provision, your organization, and your advocacy. Learn what community engagement looks like in successful examples from around the country, and explore what it might look like in your organization.

You will leave this day with:

  • Tools and activities you can do with your staff and constituents to build learning relationships that can serve your work while honoring the dignity of all parties
  • Opportunities for future learning
  • An energizing perspective about community engagement that recognizes and addresses the challenges of working to do good in a sector that sometimes undermines the very efforts it purports to strengthen

Nov 13 | 10:00am – 4:00pm | Denver

$100 Early Bird | $120 Regular

Register for Meaningful Community Engagement using the right sidebar.

Census Topic Table

CRC Topic Tables host nonprofit staff, board, and volunteers for a facilitated panel and discussion about a specific topic relevant to the sector.

The 2020 Census is one of the most critical events facing our sector in 2020. The Census determines legislative representation, federal and local funding for our work, and informs us on where we stand as a country. In addition, the 2020 Census will be administered in a way it never has in the past – online. Register for this opportunity to learn more about the importance of the Census, how your organization can get involved, and funding opportunities for your organization to get involved.

Join CRC’s Director of Education and Leadership Development, Rebecca Gorrell, Natriece Bryant, Deputy Executive Director at the Colorado Dept. of Local Affairs (DOLA), and Rosemary Rodriguez, Executive Director of Together We Count, for a conversation regarding their work on the Census, available resources, and the impact the Census has and will continue to have on our sector and state.

November 19 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm | Denver

PRICING:  $20 Early Bird | $35 Regular

Making the Ask

Gain a broad understanding of individual donor cultivation and retention and gain skills and confidence in your gift solicitation.

More than 80% of giving comes from individuals. The face-to-face ask is the most successful approach to raising individual donations because you can speak directly with prospects and learn how their interests connect with your organization’s work. Understand the critical components of “the ask” and practice your approach to increase confidence.

This interactive learning experience will help you: 

  • Understand individual giving trends
  • Importance of donor cultivation and stewardship
  • Gain solicitation skills that will improve your effectiveness in closing gifts
  • Build a greater confidence in your ability to re-position the solicitation and respond to “NO”

November 19 | 9:30am – 12:30pm | Denver

December 5 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm | Grand Junction

PRICING:  $50 Early Bird | $65 Regular

Social Enterprise and Impact Investment Topic Table

CRC Topic Tables host nonprofit staff, board, and volunteers for a facilitated panel and discussion about a specific topic relevant to the sector.

November’s panel will cover social enterprises and impact investments in the current nonprofit landscape. If you’ve ever wondered if social enterprise is the right way to create revenue for your nonprofit, been interested in program-related or impact investments, or wondered what funders look for when investing in these types of innovative funding opportunities, here’s an opportunity to get your questions answered.

Join CRC’s Director of Education and Leadership Development, Rebecca Gorrell, Julie Reiskin, Executive Director of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, Janice Fritsch, President of Kenneth King Foundation, and Kelsey Nolan, Executive Director of the Dakota Foundation, for a conversation regarding these unique types of funding and the panelist’s expertise in receiving and administering it.

November 21 | 3:00pm – 3:30pm | Denver

PRICING:  $20 Early Bird | $35 Regular

Strategic Planning

Provide Executive Directors and Board Members the tools and resources necessary to craft a compelling and relevant strategic plan that is practical, measurable, and can be implemented without the cost of hiring an outside consultant.

Join CRC for a comprehensive, 1-day strategic planning workshop and learn the various processes that will engage board and staff in identifying the priorities of your organization and providing a roadmap for successfully meeting mission.

Participants will learn about a streamlined strategic thinking and planning process and walk away with greater clarity on mission, goals, opportunities, and specific actions and next steps to move forward.

This training will cover topics including:

  • Recognition of what a strategic plan is and is not
  • Understanding different processes by which strategic planning can be accomplished
  • Identifying the core elements that are the foundations of a strategic plan: Mission, Vision and Core Values
  • Crafting Compelling Goals, Objectives, and Activities
  • Strategies for Implementation

December 5 | 10:00am – 5:00pm | Denver

February 6 | 10:00am – 5:00pm | Colorado Springs  

February 11 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | Durango

PRICING:  $100 Early Bird | $120 Regular

Development Roundtables

Community Resource Center Development Roundtables provide an introduction to a Colorado-based funder and Program Officer, and an opportunity for peer-learning and networking. Participants will gain valuable and unique information regarding the funder’s history and priorities for Colorado giving, current strategic plan and funding initiatives, grant application submission and review process, tips for success from a Program Office, and an opportunity for open dialogue and questions with Program Officer.

**Caring for Colorado I | December 10 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm

**Caring for Colorado II | December 18 | 10:00am – 11:30am

Kenneth King Foundation | January 22 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm

**Denotes a free Development Roundtable

$20 Early Bird | $35 Regular

Register for a CRC Development Roundtable using the sidebar.

Get Grants

Build your professional capacity to write competitive grants by gaining a deeper understanding of best practices for writing a grant application.

Join CRC for a comprehensive, one-day grant writing workshop and learn best practices in grantwriting and tips for success when writing the Colorado Common Grant Application. Participants will understand the essential elements included in a grant proposal and how to craft a compelling case for support through interactive exercises. A review of grant terminology, sources of grant funding, and research tools including the Colorado Grants Guide™ will be discussed.

This training will cover topics including: 

  • Grant funding context in the fundraising plan
  • Research and grants management
  • Review the key elements of winning grant proposals
  • Deep dive into goals, objectives, and activities
  • A general overview of attachments

December 12 | 9:30am – 4:30pm | Denver

February 18 | 9:30am – 4:30pm | Boulder

PRICING:  $100 Early Bird | $120 Regular

Nonprofit Board Leadership

Join us for this one-day workshop where participants will come away with practical tips on how to recruit and engage board members in strategic planning and fundraising for your organizations toward achieving mission and building a sustainable organization.

This training will cover topics including: 

  • Key Governance Roles, Responsibilities and Financial oversight
  • Board recruitment strategies
  • Board structure and governance committees
  • Strategies and agendas for effective board meetings
  • Discuss your board’s role in fundraising (Get/Give/Advocate)
  • Explore how you can help your board members to “make the ask”

December 12 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | Glenwood Springs

January 28 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | Grand Junction

February 6 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | Steamboat Springs 

PRICING:  $100 Early Bird | $120 Regular

Consulting Topic Table

CRC Topic Tables host nonprofit staff, board, and volunteers for a facilitated panel and discussion about a specific topic relevant to the sector

December’s Topic Table will cover consultants in the nonprofit sector. Consultants are critical members of the nonprofit and philanthropic community.  They inform, guide, and support the development and strengthening of organizations in a multitude of ways.  Finding the right consultant for your project, knowing what to ask and what to ask them for can be challenging.

Join CRC CEO, Maria Fabula, and two leaders in the nonprofit field – Denise Clark, consultant with 25 years of practice in nonprofit leadership and governance, and Brad Strong, founder of the Wheelhouse for Nonprofits and former Executive Director of Mentor Colorado and Future Possibilities for Kids, for a conversation on when to use a consultant, benefits of doing so, and how to gain the most from this type of partnership.

December 17 | 10:00am – 11:30am | Denver

PRICING:  $20 Early Bird | $35 Regular

Mission Centered Advocacy

Advocacy is an essential nonprofit best practice that positions our sector to make missions and visions a reality. In this session, participants will identify the root causes of the issues facing their organizations and understand means to achieve long-term change. The session will also explore best practices for engaging community members in efforts that achieve just and inclusive solutions. We will discuss two practical and accessible ways that your organization can practice nonpartisan advocacy and civic engagement with Community Resource Center through our programs the Root Causes Network and Participation Project.

January 14 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | Glenwood Springs*

January 29 | 10:00am – 5:00pm | Denver 

PRICING:  $100 Early Bird | $120 Regular

*Denotes a sponsored training. Pricing is $25 Early Bird | $40 Regular.

Transforming Communication for a Better Workplace

Everything DiSC® is a transformational tool to help you understand yourself and others to have more effective relationships. Everything DiSC offers specific solutions for people at any level of an organization, while creating a common language that everyone can use. It is the simplest and most robust model for understanding people and it offers immediately applicable solutions to build better relationships that lead to better workplaces and productivity.

Participants in this training will:

  • Receive their custom Everything DiSC Workplace® Profile
  • Explore the DiSC itself to understand the whole assessment and its place in any organization
  • Understand their own approach to communications in the workplace
  • Understand methods to identify others’ communication style

Everything DiSC® is a registered trademark of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved.

January 15 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm | Denver 

PRICING:  $55 Early Bird | $70 Regular

Get Government Grants

Build your professional capacity to find and write competitive GOVERNMENT grants by gaining a deeper understanding of the government grants sector.

Join CRC for a comprehensive, one-day Introduction to Government Grants workshop and learn more about the differences and distinctions of grants in the government sector. Participants will understand the essential elements included in finding and writing government grant applications, and determining your eligibility and capacity to administer this type of grant.

This training will cover topics including:

  • The culture of government grant funding (local, state and national levels) – what makes them different from foundation grants?
  • Local, State and Federal level government grants – how they are similar and different? Determining which is right for you?
  • How do you find government grants – at each level?
  • Steps to Determine Eligibility – Are government grants right for you? How to determine if you can administer a government grant – do you have the capacity
  • Process for applying for and administering government grants (local, state and federal levels).

January 16 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | Montrose

January 28 | 9:30am – 4:30pm | Denver

PRICING:  $100 Early Bird | $120 Regular

Finding Funding on the Web

Participants of this training will learn the steps necessary to develop an organized, focused approach to research and how to optimize their search efforts, using the Colorado Grants Guide®.

Research is the first step for success in grant-writing. Developed by the Community Resource Center, the Colorado Grants Guide® is Colorado’s leading tool for grant funding research. This comprehensive, online database profiles over 750 local foundations and trusts, corporations, national funders, government agencies and religious organizations that support Colorado nonprofit organizations.

Save valuable time and resources and master the Colorado Grants Guide® today.

  • Master your usage of the Colorado Grants Guide® online for grant funding research
  • Understand basic grant terminology and how research fits into the larger process
  • Recognize what to look for in a foundation 990

January 17 | 10:00am – 11:30am | Video Conference via Zoom

March 24 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm | Video Conference via Zoom

PRICING:  $20 Early Bird | $35 Regular

Innovation & Design

Introduction to the methodology and tools for Innovation. Learn about various Innovation approaches, methods, tools and creative problem-solving techniques to encourage your teams to develop new ideas.

Join CRC for a full day introduction to Innovation. Learn about the methods of Innovation and specific tools to encourage and support innovative thinking within your organization. This hands-on, interactive workshop will provide participants with a greater understanding of the various approaches and ways to Innovate.

This training will cover topics including:

  • Innovation Methodology – overview of various approaches, methods and tools.
  • Understanding Innovation – what does Innovation mean in your organization?
  • The culture of innovation – how to build a progressive way-of-thinking throughout your organization.
  • Tools for solving problems and organizational challenges – overview of the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process and how to use it effectively.

February 11 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | Denver

PRICING:  $100 Early Bird | $120 Regular

Impact Investing for Nonprofits

Impact investing is in the news, and it’s happening in your neighborhood. But what does it all mean? Colorado is leading the way in this arena and there are exciting opportunities for nonprofit organizations to rethink how to finance their important work. Come to learn more about this topic and have a chance to ask questions and discuss these ideas with fellow innovators. This updated training will share trends and specific ways for your organization to evaluate this revenue model.

Topics will include:

  • How Impact Investing Can Fit into Your Revenue Strategy
  • Costs and Benefits of Impact Investing Strategies
  • Strategic Considerations for Nonprofit Organizations and Impact Investing
  • What Funders/Investors Look For

March 1 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | Steamboat Springs 

PRICING:  $100 Early Bird | $120 Regular

More than a Manager: Inclusive Leadership

Good management involves knowing about governance and policies, delegating well, communicating effectively, and organizing one’s own time well. Leadership is something much more personal, and reflects one’s ability to connect, communicate, and inspire others. While some may seem to be born leaders, most meaningful leadership skills are learned and can be refined with practice and intention.

This session will explore the differences between management and leadership and provide participants with the opportunity to reflect on the type of leader they are and want to be. Participants will engage in several activities to practice leadership skills related to building trust, creating a culture of accountability, and managing their own response to challenging situations. Participants will explore organizational practices that support inclusive leadership and engage in individual reflection, which includes building an understanding of how implicit bias impacts one’s own leadership. This full day session will benefit both individuals in formal management roles and those looking to advance their opportunity for leadership

March 10 | 9:30am – 4:30pm | Denver

PRICING:  $100 Early Bird | $120 Regular

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November

Meaningful Community Engagement

$100 Early Bird | $120 Regular
November 13 | 10:00am – 4:00pm | Denver

Census Topic Table

$20 Early Bird | $35 Regular

November 19 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm | Denver

Making the Ask

$50 Early Bird | $65 Regular

November 19 | 9:30am – 12:30pm | Denver

Social Enterprise and Impact Investment Topic Table

$20 Early Bird | $35 Regular

November 21 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm | Denver

December

Strategic Planning

$100 Early Bird | $120 Regular
December 5 | 9:30am – 4:30pm | Denver

Making the Ask

$50 Early Bird | $65 Regular
December 5 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm | Grand Junction

Development Roundtable I ft. Caring for Colorado

FREE
December 10 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm | Denver

Get Grants

$100 Early Bird | $120 Regular

December 12 | 9:30am – 4:30pm | Denver

Nonprofit Board Leadership

$100 Early Bird | $120 Regular

December 12 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | Glenwood Springs

Consulting Topic Table

$20 Early Bird | $35 Regular
December 17 | 10:00am – 11:30am | Denver

Development Roundtable II ft. Caring for Colorado

FREE
December 18 | 10:00am – 11:30am | Denver

January

Mission Centered Advocacy

$25 Early Bird | $40 Regular
January 14 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | Glenwood Springs

Transforming Communication for a Better Workplace 

$55 Early Bird | $70 Regular
January 15 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm | Denver

Get Government Grants

$100 Early Bird | $120 Regular
January 16 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | Montrose

Finding Funding on the Web

$20 Early Bird | $35 Regular
January 17 | 10:00am – 11:30am | Video Conference via Zoom

Development Roundtable ft. Kenneth King Foundation

$20 Early Bird | $35 Regular
January 22 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm | Denver

Nonprofit Board Leadership 

$100 Early Bird | $120 Regular
January 28 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | Grand Junction

Get Government Grants 

$100 Early Bird | $120 Regular
January 28 | 9:30am – 4:30pm | Denver

Mission Centered Advocacy

$100 Early Bird | $120 Regular
January 29 | 10:00am – 5:00pm | Denver

February

Nonprofit Board Leadership

$100 Early Bird | $120 Regular
February 6 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | Steamboat Springs

Strategic Planning

$100 Early Bird | $120 Regular
February 6 | 10:00am – 5:00pm | Colorado Springs

Strategic Planning

$100 Early Bird | $120 Regular
February 11 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | Durango

Innovation & Design

$100 Early Bird | $120 Regular
February 11 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | Denver

Get Grants

$100 Early Bird | $120 Regular
February 18 | 9:30am – 4:30pm | Boulder

March

More than a Manager: Inclusive Leadership

$100 Early Bird | $120 Regular
March 10 | 9:30am – 4:30pm | Denver

Finding Funding on the Web

$20 Early Bird | $35 Regular
March 24 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm | Video Conference via Zoom