Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days

Upcoming Events

Regional Resources and Partnership Building Workshops

CRC will host online regional workshops to connect nonprofits, government agencies, and funders to provide links to resources, share information, and make connections. Participants will learn what funding and capacity-building resources are available in their regions and build partnerships with one another.

This will be a local dialogue between regional and/or county-wide organizations for nonprofits to understand what needs are out there, what resources are available, and to build connections. The goal is to be aligned and organized in addressing needs of the community.

Panelists will share what their response has been to COVID-19 and social justice issues, what their plans are for the next year, and how their work is shifting. Ample time for dialogue will be provided.

Registration closes 24 hours prior to event.

Western Slope | September 3, 2020 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM MST

Open to nonprofits, organizations and government officials who work with the following counties: Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin.

  • Tedi Gillespie, Western Colorado Community Foundation
  • Martha Graf, Community Impact Council

More panelists to come!


  • Over $118,000 economic impact between the communities that hosted the conferences
  • 630 attendees between the two conferences
  • 93% of grantseekers reported that RPD increased their personal & organizational capacity
  • 96% of funders felt that the roundtables established a relationship between grantmakers and grantseekers
  • 90% of RPD participants attended a Funder Roundtable Session
  • 97% of funders agreed that as a result of RPD they have a better understands of the assets and collaborations in the region

Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days

June 12 – 14, 2019 | North Fork Valley, Colorado

From June 12 – 14, 2019 over 300 nonprofit professionals, grantmakers, community leaders, distinguished speakers, and elected officials united in Paonia to exchange knowledge and expand professional networks at the Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days conference.

This opportunity only occurs once every four years in the Western Slope region which is composed of Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Mesa and Pitkin counties. To become involved in the Western Slope’s Regional Leadership Committee to help plan interim programming please contact Elizabeth Berkeley at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

About the Program

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. Western Slope nonprofit professionals in attendance at the 2019 conference were able to participate in more than 30 professional development opportunities over the 3-day conference.

In addition, the Western Slope RPD Conference provided a powerful opportunity for the state’s most influential funders to meet one-on-one with local and regional grantseekers in a series of Funder Roundtable discussions. This exchange helps to break down barriers and ultimately results in stronger partnerships, increased access to resources and the development of long-term relationships.

Regional Steering Committee

RPD conference activities are collaboratively coordinated by a Regional Steering Committee comprised of rural nonprofit, government and business leaders, Community Resource Center, the Anschutz Family Foundation and local foundation staff.

For more information, please contact:

Elizabeth Berkeley, RPD Program Coordinator
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