Archive for February, 2012

Lessons from the Windy City: Financial Independence for Nonprofits

Monday, February 27th, 2012

The Chicago News Cooperative closed  its doors for business this past Sunday. This nonprofit news organization provided news to The New York Times and competed with The Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Sun-Times as the top online media outlet for Chicagoans.

The reason for the closure: lack of diversified funding sources.

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Impact Investing: Creating Both Financial and Social Returns

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Once a month, Fellows gather at Penrose House for Investment Challenge, part of the two-year professional development program at El Pomar Foundation. As a part of the class Fellows learn about stocks, bonds, personal finance, and participate in a sometimes fierce stock market simulation game.  Last week’s class focused on an increasingly popular investment strategy, known as socially responsible investing (SRI). But what happens when the ideas behind socially conscious investing are taken even further? Forbes recently interviewed Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, about his organization’s attempts to reshape the way for-profit companies worldwide do business.

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Southwest Colorado Nonprofits Honored in Durango

Friday, February 17th, 2012

On Thursday, 27 nonprofit organizations serving southwest Colorado were recognized and awarded grants during a presentation at the Durango Discovery Museum. Over $220,000 was distributed to organizations serving the five-county Southwest Region. All of the grants were recommended by local community members through El Pomar Foundation’s Southwest Regional Council.

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SLE Scholars, Great by Choice

Friday, February 17th, 2012

This past weekend, the El Pomar Student Leadership Experience Scholars convened in Boulder for their 2012 Winter Retreat. Scholars participated in various activities—volunteering at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless; attending a global philanthropy panel; engaging in curriculum sessions covering topics like personal/organizational finance and fundraising.

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How the Nonprofit Sector is Rebranding Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Valentine’s Day is not for everyone…or, it wasn’t until the nonprofit sector got a hold of it.

This year, the nonprofit sector is making a significant effort to rebrand Valentine’s Day as Generosity Day, and Generosity Day is not just about romance. G-Day is about love… for humanity. It is about making today, the big V-Day, a day about showing the love to everyone you know and saying thank you to those who make your life better.

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Internship FAQ Video

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Are you a college undergraduate seeking a meaningful internship opportunity? El Pomar Foundation’s Summer Internship may be just what you are looking for. The Internship is a unique summer program that provides continuing undergraduate students an introduction to the nonprofit sector and an opportunity to develop professional interests and skills. Throughout the summer, interns administer a variety of assigned tasks and projects. They provide administrative support for the Foundation’s offices and are mentored by leaders in philanthropy. Interns have an opportunity to learn about the nonprofit sector and Colorado in a professional work environment.

Want to learn more? Watch the video below for more information on the professional development provided by the Internship.

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2011-2012 Empty Stocking Fund Comes to a Close, Exceeds Campaign Goal

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Brittney Moore

Having raised over $1.14 million, the 2011-2012 Gazette – El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund campaign came to a very successful conclusion last Friday with a closing celebration at Penrose House on January 27.

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The Fellowship in One Word

Friday, February 10th, 2012

During the 20th Fellowship Reunion, we asked fellows, past and present, to give us one word to describe the El Pomar Foundation Fellowship. The answers varied and gave great insight into how the program has impacted lives for the last 20 years. However, some fellows took longer to answer the question than others…

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Health and Human Services Work to Meet Increasing Demands

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Ben Jourdan

During the course of the economic downturn, El Pomar Foundation has made it a priority to understand the impact the downturn is having on health and human service organizations serving the people of Colorado. To that end, the Foundation has conducted a yearly survey to solicit direct feedback on the changing environment in which these organizations operate.

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A Firsthand Look at the Fellowship: The Working World and Western Waters

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Guest Columnist Emily Orbanek

Growing up, I remember watching movies like The Big Chill and St. Elmo’s Fire, mainly because my dad told me they were classics I needed to check off my list. I remember thinking how unfortunate it would be to turn into a twenty-, thirty-, or forty-something who spends her time yearning for those four magical undergrad years. At least that’s what I thought until June 2011 when I received my college diploma and quickly developed signs and symptoms associated with post-collegiate nostalgia.  And I’m one of the lucky ones: I am employed at a top Colorado foundation and spend my time working with other recent college graduates, engaging in civic dialogue, honing leadership skills, and interacting with community and state leaders.

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