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  • Southeast Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days

    Update growing together

    January 2012

    In This Issue:

    Leadership Team chair

    tells of 2012 plans.

    Page 2

    Upcoming foundation

    grant deadlines

    Page 2

    October workshop a


    Page 3

    Share your news

    Page 3

    Recent grants

    Page 4

    Area non-profits


    Pages 4, 5

    Do you know someone

    who could benefit from

    receiving this newsletter?

    Please forward his or her

    e-mail address to

    [email protected]

    Workshop to focus on

    advanced grant writing

    The next workshop opportunity for area non-profit organizations is

    scheduled for Feb. 8 and 9.

    ―Grant Proposals: The Next Step‖ is designed for individuals who have

    already written some grant applications but are looking for ways to make their

    proposals stand out. Specific components of the workshop will include tips for

    writing a successful application, how to write a pre-application letter, searching

    for federal grants, reading a request for proposals (RFP) and specifics on putting

    together federal grant applications, including a section on the budget and budget


    The workshops will be taught by Teri Erickson, Director of Resource

    Development at Otero Junior College, who has written over $20 million in

    successful grant proposals and who has trained hundreds of individuals in grant

    writing techniques.

    The workshop will be offered twice, in two separate locations. On Feb.

    8, the workshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon in Kiowa County at the Senior

    Citizens Center, 1300 Main Street, Eads (next door to the Plains Theater). On

    Feb. 9, the workshop will be offered from 1-4 p.m. in Huerfano County at the

    Spanish Peaks Library, 415 Walsen Ave., Walsenburg. The content of each

    workshop will be the same, with

    locations chosen to accommodate

    individuals living throughout the

    eight-county Southeast RPD


    The cost to attend each

    workshop is $30 if registered

    before Feb. 1 and $40 after Feb.

    1. Those planning to attend are

    asked to e-mail their name, e-mail

    address and phone number to

    [email protected] to secure

    their space. Payment may be sent

    to: Teri Erickson, Otero Junior

    College, 1802 Colorado Ave., La

    Junta, CO 81050. Please make

    checks payable to Trinidad State

    Junior College.

    At a Glance


    Grant Proposals: The Next Step


    Feb. 8 and 9, 2012


    Kiowa County (Feb. 8)

    Huerfano County (Feb. 9)


    $30 before Feb. 1; $40 after Feb. 1

    To register or for more information:

    Call Teri Erickson at (719) 384-6962


    e-mail [email protected]

    mailto:[email protected]

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    Upcoming Grant Deadlines Below is a list of some of the upcoming grant application deadlines for Colorado foundations.


    Feb. 15 – Colorado Health Foundation


    March 1 – Adolph Coors Foundation

    March 1 – Helen K. & Arthur E. Johnson Foundation

    March 9 – Caring for Colorado

    March 25 – Animal Assistance Foundation


    April 1 – Gates Family Foundation

    April 30 – Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

    April 30 – Herbert E. Parker Charitable Trust

    More information on these funders can be found in the Colorado Grants Guide, available at many local

    libraries. Always contact a funder before applying to ensure their giving guidelines and grant deadlines have

    not changed.

    Southeast RPD going strong

    In many ways, it’s hard to believe that the 2010 Southeast RPD event was held more than a year ago.

    While that event is over, attendees have discovered over the last year that the region’s involvement with

    capacity building did not end with our fantastic event.

    Soon after RPD, a Leadership Team was formed to help determine the types of educational activities

    that would continue until our region is able to host our next Philanthropy Days, in 2014. This group has been

    busy assessing need, bringing in speakers and working with non-profits to continue trainings. 2011 was very

    successful. Our newsletter was printed quarterly and included information on upcoming trainings, grant

    deadlines and, most importantly, shared news from non-profit organizations in our eight counties. We also

    hosted workshops on grant writing, budgeting and fundraising.

    The Leadership Team is excited for 2012 as well and already has plans to bring in additional trainings

    to our region. Our plan is to hold these throughout the region to ensure access to everyone. Our first

    workshops are planned for Feb. 8 and 9 and will focus on advanced grant writing (see article on page 1). We

    are also planning workshops in conjunction with the Community Resource Center later in the year, with

    topics on marketing and grant management.

    We are looking forward to the coming year and hope you will join us for our activities so we can all

    work together to strengthen Southeast Colorado’s non-profit organizations.

    —Dee Quick

    Southeast Leadership Team Chair

    Southeast RPD is on Facebook! Want more ways to stay connected to Southeast RPD? Visit our new Facebook page and be sure

    to ―like‖ us. Connect to our new page under Southeast Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days.

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    Share Your News!

    Did your non-profit organization just complete a big project or get an important grant? Do you have

    a new employee or other exciting news? We’d like to share your success stories with other attendees of

    Southeast Rural Philanthropy Days in our quarterly newsletter. Information and photos, when applicable,

    should be submitted to Teri Erickson at [email protected]

    Please include your contact name and phone number in case follow-up is required. Items will run in

    future issues of this newsletter on a space-available basis. The newsletter is printed quarterly. Issues and

    their deadlines are:

    January issue — Jan. 10 deadline

    April issue — April 10 deadline

    July issue — July 10 deadline

    October issue — Oct. 10 deadline

    Region hosts workshops on

    budgeting, fund raising

    Representatives of several southeastern Colorado non-profit organizations

    gathered at Otero Junior College in La Junta in October to participate in a full day of

    workshops designed to assist the

    organizations with better operational


    In the morning, Jennie Miller

    of Energy Outreach Colorado

    presented a session on budgeting that

    allowed attendees to learn more

    about the process of general

    budgeting for a non-profit, as well as

    to garner some understanding of how

    to budget for a specific project.

    In the afternoon, Johnnie DeLeon and Kristina

    Lofing from Otero County non-profit InspirationField

    shared their insights on fund raising, including some unique

    ideas for bringing in extra funding and tips on how to run a

    capital campaign.

    Both workshops were part of a series of capacity-

    building activities offered within the southeast region by the

    Leadership Team. Additional workshops are planned for

    2012. Information on topics, dates and presenters will be

    made available through this newsletter, separate e-mails and

    on Facebook. For more information, or to suggest topics for

    future workshops, please contact Regional Manager Teri

    Erickson at [email protected] or (719) 384-6962.

    Jennie Miller

    Workshop attendees learn about budgeting

    mailto:[email protected]

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    Recent grant awards

    Below is a list of recent grant awards made in the region.

    Bent County

     Kountry Kids Learning Center, $20,000 from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation for childcare assistance

    to low-income families and for general operating support.

     Bent County HealthCare Rehabilitation Center, $44,000 from the Colorado Health Foundation to support a

    new wellness center.

     Prairie View Village, $2,500 from the Quick Foundation for the second annual ―Me and My Shadow‖

    intergenerational event between pre-teen youth and elders.

     Bent County HealthCare Center, $75,000 from the Colorado Department of Public Health and

    Environment Hospital Preparedness to install a new emergency generator.

    Otero County

     Koshare Indian Museum, Inc., $10,000 from the El Pomar Foundation to support the Koshare Indian

    Dancers program; $7,500 from the Anschutz Family Foundation for general operating support; and $750

    from the Fox Family Foundation to purchase a new hatch cover for the roof. The hatch cover is used to

    protect the dancers who use the roof to enter and exit the Kiva during winter shows.


     Crowley County and Canyons a