About Rural Philanthropy Days
History of the Rural Philanthropy Days
Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) brings together
grant-seekers and grant-makers to meet the needs of
Colorado's rural communities.
During the creation of the first Colorado Grants Guide
in 1991, the Community Resource Center (CRC) discovered
that only 3% of the funds granted by Colorado private
foundations were awarded outside the Front Range region.
RPD was started in response to that disparity, with the
inaugural event held in Grand Junction in 1991. RPD
became the bridge to connect Front Range foundations
with rural nonprofits, and the event provides an
opportunity for networking, building relationships and
educating each other about needs and services in rural
In 1997, a partnership between the Anschutz Family
Foundation (AFF) and the CRC was forged to coordinate
Since then, many other foundations have joined in
to assist in making RPD a great success in the eight
rural regions across the state of Colorado.
More recently, the Rural Philanthropy Days program has
grown to include programming between the years of RPD
events. In 2010, the Community Resource Center and the
Yampa Valley Community Foundation collaborated to offer
high quality workshops year-round to improve the
operation and services of nonprofit organizations in
To learn more about the state-wide Rural Philanthropy Days program,
please visit the
Community Resource Center’s website.
Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days - A Three-Day
Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days is a
three-day event where representatives of nonprofit
organizations, public agencies, elected officials,
business leaders and funders learn from one another and
collaborate on projects. Networking opportunities
encourage relationships that lead to mutual
understanding, successful grant proposals, and more
resources for rural Colorado.
The event is designed, organized,
funded and planned by
community volunteers from the northwest region of
Colorado: Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt
The goals of the Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy
Days are to
Increase the number of
grants and the total dollar amount of grants that
are awarded to Northwest Colorado agencies by
helping nonprofits improve their fundraising skills
and relationships with funders
Acquire stronger support
from local resources. Through RPD, the nonprofit
community has an opportunity to demonstrate its
importance to local business, elected officials and
between nonprofits, local government and businesses.
In addition to communities working together across
county lines, the different sectors are encouraged
to work more closely and experience the advantages
Encourage educated giving
for grant-makers. Grant-makers see the context for
grants awarded in rural communities and therefore
make well-informed decisions about how to expand
regional giving for maximum impact.
Improve capacity for
local organizations and agencies. Local
organizations not only benefit from the training
provided during Rural Philanthropy Days but also
from technical assistance opportunities introduced
at the events.
Rural Philanthropy Days gives
communities access to newly identified resources,
opportunities for collaboration, and capacity-building
services in order to more effectively respond to social,
environmental and economic challenges.
This event also allows grant makers to expand their
visibility across the state, familiarize themselves with
rural communities, and target their philanthropic giving
to organizations and programs that have the greatest
Finally, RPD offers both grant-makers and grant-seekers
an opportunity to discuss their common interests,
forming stronger partnerships that better meet the needs
of rural communities.