Philanthropy Days begins this week

By RYAN SHERIDAN

Daily Press writer

Time, as they say, is money, and starting Wednesday, time in Northwest Colorado will become very valuable indeed.

Wednesday is the first day of Philanthropy Days, a three-day event organized to allow local non-profit organizations and government agencies to meet with Front Range philanthropic foundations.

This is the first year this region has hosted such an event. Moffat, Routt, Grand, Rio Blanco and Jackson counties will send representatives from 501c3 organizations and government equivalents to seek out funders that match up with their missions or projects.

From those counties, 250 representatives from non-profits and 40 representatives from funders will attend, according to Corrie Scott, Moffat County United Way director and co-chair of the Philosophy Days committee.

"Besides the actual events, there'll be information on new trends in philanthropy and technology and how non-profits can benefit from the tech age," she said. "This is will be very beneficial to the community. After every year, the communities that are involved in these events are surveyed, and they see an average of $500,000 to $700,000 in sustained funding."

The event begins Wednesday with a barbecue at the Humble Ranch Education and Therapy Center in Steamboat Springs. All the representatives will enjoy a meal together, watch an equine therapy demonstration and a hike along the Yampa River.

"This open air reception will give everybody a chance to meet with funders and vice versa. It's an opportunity to talk, visit, meet their counterparts and see what works and doesn't work for them," Scott said.

Thursday's schedule is a series of workshop sessions and informational forums throughout the day in Steamboat Springs, where the charitable organizations can get information on board development, trends in philanthropy, grant writing, technology and collaborations and partnerships.

The forum panels and booths will allow "one-on-one conversations with people who have expertise in these areas," Scott said.

On Friday, the activities move to Craig for the Funder Roundtables, where the Foundations and donors meet with fund seekers and explore whether their mission statements are compatible.

"Money for capital projects, education, mentoring, health and human services and medical a wide variety of subjects will be covered, and how best to apply available funds to them. The roundtable event gives the non-profits and the funders the opportunity to match up their goals and missions," Scott said. "This will be the most exciting part of Philanthropy Days, and Craig will be the host of it.

"Our community the city council, the county commissioners, the museum, parks and recreation everyone in our community has been very generous with their energy, time and money, and I can't thank them enough for their help, and for making this event a success," Scott said.

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