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Nonprofit Capacity Building Webinars

When:  September 22 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM

What:    Budgeting & Scenario Planning

Deep dive into day-to-day management (budgets) and strategic decision making (scenario plans), with special considerations for COVID-19 impacts. Walk through a demonstration of the Nonprofit Finance Fund’s scenario planning tool. Includes a Q&A session with local financial experts and Community Foundation finance committee members. DOOR PRIZE: one organization will win a free 2-hour consultation with one of our panelists. 

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When:  October 6 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM

What:    Reinventing Fundraising During COVID-19: Replacing Handshakes with Thumbs Up Emojis

Nonprofit consultant Denise Clark shares online fundraising strategies to replace in-person asks and events. Learn how to enhance your individual donor program and deepen relationships with donors. Discuss how to balance drastic measures with frugality and reserves. DOOR PRIZE: Two participants will win a free one-hour consultation with Denise. 

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When:  October 20 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM

What:    Managing People in Pajamas: How to successfully Build a Remote Workplace Culture

Nonprofit consultant Denise Clark explores how we can engage our boards and staff while working remotely. Discover online management resources and tools; learn tips and tricks for effective Zoom meetings. We will tackle the hard stuff too:  understanding what layoffs and furloughs mean for your organization and what to tell employees. DOOR PRIZE: Two participants will win a free one-hour consultation with Denise. 

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When:  November 3 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM

What:    Southwest Colorado Gives and Your Year-End Ask

Staff from the Community First Foundation will join us to discuss details for this year’s Gives Day, December 8. Novice and veteran Gives Day organizations will have something to learn! Discuss innovative, new video storytelling options, as well as nuts and bolts of the campaign. Also learn how Colorado Gives can be a resource for your organization year-round. Door prize!

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When:  November 17 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM

What:   Don’t be a Zoom Zombie: Learn bells and whistles to host engaging and interactive virtual meetings and retreats

Are your board members, staff, program participants and donors getting Zoomed-out with the same old virtual environment? Nonprofit Consultant Sandhya Tillotson presents this participatory training to empower you to engage participants with fresh, innovative techniques and user-friendly virtual platforms for highly-effective and interactive meetings and events. DOOR PRIZE: Two participants will win a free one-hour consultation with Sandhya.

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More webinars in December… stay tuned!

Watch previously recorded webinars here:

September 8: Cash Flow Projections

Cash is your most important response and recovery tool. Join us for this Nonprofit Finance Fund webinar to teach you how to forecast the timing of cash in and cash out of your organization. Walk through a demonstration of the Nonprofit Finance Fund’s cash projecting tool. Includes a Q&A session with local financial experts and Community Foundation finance committee members. 

Evaluation Training – Rescheduled for September 10 & 17

This training, coordinated by the Regional Leadership Committe of SWRPD, gives an overview of evaluation best practices to help your organization to grow with purpose. Rebecca Larson with OMNI Institute will present this valuable, affordable virtual workshop. 

Registration is now closed. Previous registrants will be contacted with details about the new, two-day virtual training, four hours each day.


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Training | Oct. 7

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training

Building Justice From Within: The Anti-oppressive Organization

Facilitator: Regan Byrd | Two-part training | $135 | Part 1: October 7, 2020 virtual training 

The Southwest Rural Philanthropy Days Regional Leadership Committee (SW RLC) is hosting Regan Byrd Consulting for a two-day training to discuss typically difficult topics through the lens of anti-oppression theory and practice. This training is only open to nonprofit and community based organizations in Southwest Colorado as the session will be specifically tailored to address local regional topics.

Part 1: The first training of this two- part series will ground attendees in anti-oppression theory and its application to the history of the United States. Attendees will learn about classism, racism, and sexism as core oppressive systems that have shaped the United States and how political, economic, and social resources have been denied or amplified based on identity within the U.S. Attendees will also learn about Colorado specific history, especially regarding Native American, Black, Latinx, and rural populations. Finally, attendees will learn about an anti-oppression theory, the 4 I’s of oppression, and how to examine the U.S., Colorado, and the non-profit industrial complex through this lens. 

Virtual Check In: The virtual check in series will be used to debrief anti-oppression theoretical concepts, and also coach attendees on developing and articulating personal and organizational values around anti-oppression, harm reduction, and DEI. 

Part 2: The second training will give attendees tools and methods to begin applying anti-oppression theory to organizational practices. Attendees will be trained on implicit/unconscious bias, non-violent communication, organizational systems change and suggested tools for transformation, and crafting organizational anti-oppressive guiding principles. Attendees will also have opportunities to work through scenarios and case studies developed by the trainer to map out organizational barriers to anti-oppression and potential solutions. Finally, attendees will be given opportunities to envision a future free from oppression, and what role their organization will serve in building that future. 

This event has a capacity of 50 people, with no more than 2 people from each organization. Cost is $135.

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  • Registration Includes:
    • Part 1 – Wednesday, October 7, 2020 via Zoom (For privacy reasons, the Zoom link will be emailed to you before the event by CRC staff.)
    • Virtual Check In
    • and Part 2 – April, 2021 – Date to be determined, ideally in-person

Please reach out to Ermina at [email protected] with any questions.

Making a Difference: David Brooks Event Postponed

To protect the health and safety of our community, the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College has suspended all public performances until at least February.

Our Making a Difference Speaker Series presentation of David Brooks is postponed until 2021. Brooks is a New York Times columnist, political analyst, and commentator on PBS NewsHour and NPR’s All Things Considered.

If you have already purchased tickets, the Concert Hall will issue a refund to all ticket holders.

We will announce plans for our David Brooks| Making a Difference event when more information is available.

Community Concerts 2020 – Reimagined

Our popular summer concert series is now in its sixth year, and we are going virtual!

Our Community Concerts in the Secret Garden is designed to benefit the nonprofit community and promote Durango’s talented music scene by featuring a different nonprofit and music talent on Wednesday evenings in the Rochester’s Secret Garden throughout the summer. We will miss those festive gatherings this year!

Since we didn’t want this great grant opportunity to be diminished during the current restrictions of our public health crisis, we are taking the concerts to the airwaves, broadcasting on the radio, featuring local bands and nonprofit highlights.  

The 10 selected nonprofits invited to benefit this year represent an array of La Plata County’s amazing arts and culture organizations. We hope to raise $50,000 in support of these organizations through our online fundraiser, so that the arts can help us heal.

Something to Chew On: NPO Power Lunches – postponed

The March 31 and April 29 events are canceled.

The Community Foundation is offering a new resource to local nonprofit leaders (staff and board members) on the last Tuesday of each month, March – October. Join us for Something to Chew On, a monthly brown bag power lunch.

12 – 1 p.m. at TBK Bank’s Community Room in Durango (259 W. 9th Street). Bring a brown bag lunch and plan to dive into a compelling, relevant topic each month.

Colorado Gives Day is Dec. 10

ColoradoGives is a year-round online giving platform that makes it easy for donors to search for nonprofits and donate online.  Hosted by the Community First Foundation in Arvada, CO,  Colorado Gives features more than 2,500 Colorado nonprofit profiles.

Colorado Gives Day, scheduled for December 10, 2019, is an annual giving initiative that celebrates philanthropy statewide and inspires donors to “give where they live” through online donations. In 2018 $35.1 million was donated statewide in just one day, making Colorado Gives Day the state’s largest one-day giving event.

As a Regional Champion, the Community Foundation leads the local effort to strengthen online giving in Southwest Colorado. The Community Foundation spearheaded a regional online platform (swcogives.org) specifically for Southwest Colorado, making it easier for donors to find nonprofits in our region and give locally.

Additionally, the Community Foundation coordinates marketing efforts to promote ColoradoGives and Colorado Gives Day, as well as provides support and professional development as local nonprofits build and plan their campaigns.



Community Taste Fundraising Dinner – 9.18.19

In our 20th year as a Community Foundation, we are celebrating our 10th anniversary Community Taste, set for September 18, 2019 at the Ridgewood Event Center at Blue Lake Ranch.

Chefs from across Durango prepare favorite dishes to create a memorable evening with dinner, drinks and dancing, all in support of the great work of the Community Foundation. We can’t thank our guests enough for supporting the Foundation throughout the years. Don’t miss out this year — tickets are on sale now, Click here!


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