Heart of Colorado Regional Leadership Committee

Serving Chaffee, Clear Creek, Custer, Fremont, Gilpin, Lake, Park, Summit and Teller counties.

Through the Rural Action Network™, Community Resource Center (CRC) convenes a powerful network of nonprofits, community leaders, funders, and changemakers to tackle persistent issues, develop and cultivate rural leadership, align and increase the giving of philanthropy with the needs of rural nonprofits to support thriving and just communities across rural Colorado.

In 2022 the Heart of Colorado Regional Leadership Committee (RLC) will work to develop shared agreement on a pressing cross-sector issue the RLC can work on and bring regional partners to the table to lead transformational change. The Heart of Colorado  Regional Leadership Committee (RLC) will design a plan for your region and is convened and directly supported by 2-3 CRC staff members. The RLC typically meets monthly for a virtual hour-long meeting. We work in a highly collaborative manner with RLC members bringing their lived experience, connections, and local networks to these efforts. We are building a wide-ranging committee of leaders from across the region with expertise in their local communities from direct service providers, to community volunteers, to representatives of local governments  – all have a seat at the table.

Curious to learn more? Contact Natalie Georgalas, Rural Action Network Program Manager at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2021 Heart of Colorado RPD

  • Over $35,000 in economic impact to the community
  • 155 participants
  • Over $30,000 raised locally for the conference
  • 95% of local participants reported that they built relationships with other nonprofits and community leaders in the region
  • 90% of local participants reported that they learned new skills that will increase their professional capacity

Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) is a statewide program that provides nonprofit leaders the resources they need to lead effective and sustainable organizations.

Our Goals

  • Rural Colorado’s nonprofit sector will have increased access to resources that support the operation of sustainable organizations in order to strengthen social impact.
  • Grantmakers are increasingly engaged with rural Colorado community leaders to ensure a better understanding of regional challenges and collaborative opportunities.
  • Rural communities have the resources needed to effectively collaborate on a regional scale by engaging nonprofit professionals, community leaders, government officials, and other statewide stakeholders.

RPD brings together over 200 nonprofit professionals, grantmakers, community leaders, distinguished speakers, and elected officials to exchange knowledge and expand professional networks at the Heart of Colorado conference. The conference comes to the Heart of Colorado every four years, and local organizations come from Chaffee, Clear Creek, Custer, Fremont, Gilpin, Lake, Park, Summit and Teller counties.