City co-hosts Philanthropy Days

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— Think of it as a dating service for foundations with money to grant and nonprofit agencies that would like to come courting.

Small communities from this part of the state will have a chance to present themselves to some of Colorado's leading philanthropic organizations when the cities of Craig and Steamboat Springs host Northwest Colorado Philanthropy Days Sept. 20 and 21.

"It's an opportunity for matching grantors with grantees," Dianna Sutton said. She is president and CEO of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, which is co-chairing the event with Moffat County United Way.

Regions of the state that have hosted the event in the past saw a direct economic impact, Sutton recently told Steamboat Springs City Council.

"Southwest Colorado reported $700,000 in grants following their Philanthropy Days and the San Luis Valley $500,000," Sutton said.

She expects between 250 and 300 participants from eight surrounding counties to attend in order to network with funders. The philanthropic organizations that will take part have not yet confirmed, but typically, The Anschutz Family Foundation, Gates Foundation and Coors Foundation have all taken part.

The conference is timed to coincide with Steamboat's Fall Foliage Festival, Sutton said.

Workshops and seminars will be held at Centennial Hall in Steamboat on Sept. 20, followed by round-table discussions with funders in Craig the next day. Sutton said the two-day conference will also help train local staff and board members in working with granting foundations.

Sutton asked Steamboat City Council to contribute $1,000 to help host the conference. Council members unanimously agreed. Sutton said Moffat County, Craig and United Way together have agreed to supply $6,000 in funding. Sutton is still seeking corporate sponsorship to help fund specific breakout sessions and round table discussions.

For more information, call 879-8632.

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