Heart to Heart: Making Connections With Purpose

Heart of Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days

September 21 – 23, 2021

Fremont County

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.

RPD conference activities are collaboratively coordinated by a regional steering committee comprised of rural nonprofit, government, and business leaders, Community Resource Center, and local foundation staff.

What to Expect

The goal of RPD is to bring increased access to resources to support sustainable rural nonprofits, increase the engagement of funders in rural communities, and encourage effective collaboration on a regional scale. Meeting the needs of rural Colorado communities is what RPD is all about.

Heart of Colorado nonprofit professionals in attendance at the 2021 conference will be able to participate in more than 20 professional development opportunities at the conference.

Network with grantmakers in a rural setting. This provides a powerful opportunity for the state’s most influential funders to meet one-on-one with local and regional grantseekers. This exchange helps to break down barriers and ultimately results in stronger partnerships, increased access to resources and the development of long-term relationships.

Community Engagement

RPD conferences convene nonprofits, funders and local governments to share ideas and develop collaborative opportunities in order to build the capacity of local organizations and communities to address regional social issues. These opportunities for rural community engagement include Listening Tours, Community Solutions Sessions, and additional capacity building in the years between conferences.

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.

For more information, please contact:

Elizabeth Berkeley, RPD Program Coordinator
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