North West Philanthropy Days September 13-15 | Rio Blanco Herald Times
The Northwest Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) conference returns to the region for the first time in five years and will be held September 13-15 in Hayden and Steamboat Springs. The Community Resource Center (CRC) and a team of over 20 regional leaders organized the conference and are delighted to announce that registration for the conference is now open.
Community Resource Center President and CEO Maria Fabula said, “Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) conferences provide powerful opportunities for nonprofit professionals to meet directly with funders at the statewide, participate in professional development and network with other community leaders in the area. RPD is part of the Rural Action Network (RAN), a statewide program that builds the capacity of nonprofit organizations, fosters relationships and regional collaboration, leading to increased grants for rural communities.
The conference is organized by a regional steering committee representing Jackson, Grand, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt counties, led by Joe Haines, director of development for Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, and Jennifer MacNeil, executive director of the Yampa River Botanical Park.
Non-profit organizations that provide a variety of integrated services throughout the region will benefit from high-quality professional development during the conference and have the opportunity to build relationships with new partners throughout the region. The conference presents an excellent opportunity for Colorado foundations, government, and other funders to meet with local and regional grant seekers. The exchanges that take place at RPD help break down barriers and result in stronger partnerships, increased access to resources and the development of long-term relationships.
“This conference is so important because of its lasting impact,” said event co-chair Joe Haines. “Participants learn new skills, network with other nonprofit leaders, government staff, business leaders, and potential funders from across the state. You can draw a direct line from the impact of this conference toward increased support for nonprofit organizations and people living in Northwest Colorado.
More than 300 nonprofit professionals, funders, community leaders, distinguished and elected speakers are expected to gather at RPD this fall. Nonprofit professionals attending the 2022 conference will be able to participate in more than 20 professional development opportunities.
Area organizations will have a platform to share their work by hosting a table at the Northwest Nonprofit Community Fair. Through this session, funders and nonprofit organizations have the opportunity to develop a mutual understanding of each other in a relaxed environment. A half-day of programming on September 14 has been designed with nonprofit board members in mind, which will provide quality skills-building trainings and connection opportunities.
“It was an honor and a pleasure to be part of the steering committee and to plan this conference. Program topics and tours are timely, vital and FUN! And the opportunity to meet funders right here in our communities couldn’t be more ingenious,” said Jennifer MacNeil.
Registration is now open! There are a limited number of scholarships available. Please visit our website for more information. For more information and questions, contact Kyleigh Lawler at [email protected]
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