Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days is coming June of 2024!

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.

Rural Philanthropy Days™ (RPD) is a statewide program that provides nonprofit leaders the resources they need to lead effective and sustainable organizations. Western Slope RPD™ serves nonprofit organizations in 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 Natalie Georgalas at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Interested in being a part of the planning process for Western Slope RPD?

Join the Steering Committee!

This group of local leaders will collaborate over eight months to build programming that will unite the region, build the capacity of nonprofits, and expand professional networks at Western Slope RPD. Nonprofits connecting together and with grantmaking partners is more important than ever, and the Steering Committee will help ensure the success of Western Slope RPD.

If you live or work in Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, or Pitkin counties and would like more information about the 2024 conference and regional Steering Committee, join us for one of our two virtual informational sessions:

  • Thursday, October 12, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Thursday, October 26, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

This hour-long informational meeting will explain more about the conference planning process – honing in on the role, responsibilities, and benefits that come from serving on the regional Steering Committee.


  • 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 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, and local foundation staff.

For more information, please contact:

Natalie Georgalas, Rural Action Network Program Manager
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