Heart of Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days

Heart to Heart: Making Connections With Purpose

September 23-25, 2020. Fremont County

From September 23-25, 2020, close to 250 nonprofit professionals, grantmakers, community leaders, distinguished speakers, and elected officials will unite in Fremont County to exchange knowledge and expand professional networks at the Heart of Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days 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.

The Heart of Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days (HOC RPD) Program Committee is seeking high quality presenters with an interest in supporting rural Colorado community groups. Please consider submitting a proposal for the September conference. Capacity building sessions during RPD conferences typically feature groups of 20 – 50 participants and focus on nonprofit best practices for rural organizations. The Program Committee is seeking a variety of local experts, capacity building organizations, consultants, and funders to participate.

Priority deadline to submit your proposal is March 20, 2020. Workshop proposals submitted after the deadline will be accepted until all available spots are filled.

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 2020 conference will be able to participate in more than 30 professional development opportunities over the 3-day conference.

The funder roundtables are a signature of the RPD program and provide a unique opportunity to meet one-on-one 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. In 2014, the 12 core funders of the statewide RPD program donated nearly $45 million to Colorado’s rural communities.

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 the pre-conference Listening Tour, Community Solutions Sessions, and additional capacity building in the years between conferences.

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.

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, Rural Philanthropy Days Event Coordinator
303.929.7877 or email hidden; JavaScript is required