Data Sense: It’s time for Routt County nonprofits to shine
September 14, 2013
Steamboat Springs — Some things happen only every four years. This is the year for our Northwest Colorado region to be host to the most influential nonprofit conference in the state: Rural Philanthropy Days. The two-day conference sponsored by Community Resource Center and the Anschutz Family Foundation rotates across the state to different regions every year.
The Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days is a collaborative program that builds excellence among the nonprofit and social service agencies that support our communities. The conference provides opportunities for local nonprofit organizations to meet with Front Range funders that are employed with some of the most prestigious foundations in Colorado. The event is from Sept. 25 to 27 at Winter Park. The conference will have education and capacity-building workshops as well as plenty of time for foundations to learn about the work of our local nonprofits.
This year, government officials are encouraged to attend a one-day Town Table Talks session to work on regional issues along with Colorado foundations and local nonprofits. The purpose of the session is to generate community solutions, through collaborative dialogue, to the most pressing challenges to the Northwest region. Nonprofit executives, funders, government officials, community leaders and business representatives will be in attendance. Focus area groups will examine the major gaps and resources identified in the funder Listening Tours, which were held in each community this summer. Possible solutions will be created, and the result will be several concrete project plans that can be successfully carried out in the next 3 to 5 years to benefit the communities of Northwest Colorado.
Kate Nowak is the executive director of Yampa Valley Data Partners.