VNA official to lead Craig seminar tailored for nonprofit groups |

VNA official to lead Craig seminar tailored for nonprofit groups

Scott Schlaufman

Lisa Brown

As someone who has worked for nonprofit groups, Steamboat Springs resident Summer Laws said it's hard to find workshops that benefit them in the Yampa Valley.

"What a lot of people are saying is to get something like this they have to drive to Denver or Grand Junction and spend all that time and money to travel," said Laws, the regional manager for Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days, a Steamboat Springs-based organization that "brings together grant-seekers and grant-makers to meet the needs of Colorado’s rural communities," according to its website.

To help fill the need locally, Rural Philanthropy Days and Moffat County United Way will be hosting a fundraising workshop from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the Hampton Inn, 377 Cedar Court.

The event costs $35 to attend, which includes breakfast. Laws said any group that operates as a nonprofit is welcome, including sports clubs, churches and government organizations.

Those interested can register at the door or online before the workshop at In both instances, the $35 fee can be paid at the door, Laws said.

Laws said the goal of the workshop is to encourage groups to avoid relying heavily on one part of a fundraising plan.

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"Sometimes people rely completely on one part of the fundraising plan because they found something that's been successful," she said. "The idea of this workshop is to help people create a more well-rounded plan and look at options that they hadn't thought of, especially in this difficult economy."

To help achieve that, the workshop will be led by Lisa Brown, development director and acting chief executive officer of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

Brown currently oversees fundraising for the VNA and said she previously helped manage the grant-making program for the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, which gives her perspective from both sides of fundraising.

"My presentation is mainly focused on creating a fundraising plan and the essential work required to effectively reach funding goals," Brown said.

She said the presentation will be helpful for any size organization.

"I am going to focus on the core components of development and provide resources that will assist any organization, especially small ones where people serve many different functions," Brown said.

Laws said the event will also allow time for participants to do hands-on work with fundraising plans.

"The idea is that people will start some work while they're there," Laws said. "They'll still have to do some work after they leave, but (the idea is) to give some time for people to work on their individual fundraising plans or ideas, too."

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If you go …

What: Fund Development Planning, a workshop hosted by Moffat County United Way and Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days

When: 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday

Where: Hampton Inn, 377 Cedar Ct.

— The workshop is meant to help nonprofit groups design fundraising plans. The cost is $35, which includes breakfast. Register online at, or at the door. Lisa Brown, development director for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, is presenting.