Archive for October, 2013

Compassionate leadership and personal connections characterize Northwest Rural Philanthropy Days in Winter Park

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

As a new Fellow it is necessary to observe, listen and learn not only to speak knowledgeably about the work El Pomar does throughout Colorado but also to better understand the role nonprofits play in communities across the state.

As a Regional Partnerships Fellow, I work closely with the Northwest Council- a group of six advisers representing eight counties in the Northwest corner of the state.  Growing up in Denver, visiting this region usually involved traveling for a high school athletic competition, a ski trip, or a quick stop on my way to Moab.  The region seemed familiar; however it wasn’t until I began working with the council, that I recognized the intrinsic cultural, economic, and social characteristics that bring life to rural communities and perhaps go unnoticed when you’re just passing through. (more…)

Chasing Moving Dreams

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Beau Kelly

Growing up, I wanted to be a professional baseball player. I aspired to become the next Blake Street Bomber for the Colorado Rockies, and I spent every spring and summer chasing that dream. Becoming a MLB All-Star was always Plan A, but when I reached high school, I knew I was not going to be drafted by the Rockies.  Instead, I chose to play baseball at a small liberal arts school in Nebraska. I sought an alternative career path, and El Pomar’s Fellowship Program is now a stepping-stone toward a big league career in fundraising.

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Northern Irish Friendship and American Politics

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

 

Six rising political leaders from Northern Ireland arrived in Colorado in early October and returned home two weeks later with new insight into the American political system. In the beginning of October, El Pomar Foundation partnered with the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), a Washington, D.C. –based 501(c)(3), to host this delegation of elected officials from Northern Ireland.

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Update: Student Leadership Experience Fall Retreat

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Community members show their appreciation for Student Leadership Experience (SLE) participants and El Pomar Fellows as they repair flood damage in Manitou Springs, CO.

 

Enhancing leadership education at college campuses across Colorado, the El Pomar Student Leadership Experience (SLE), held their first retreat of this year at the beginning of October. Working with colleges and universities to supplement the curriculum in leadership programs SLE is designed to give 40 undergraduate students from 10 university leadership programs exposure to leadership skills and training in the non-profit and foundation sector.

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Awards for Excellence Spotlight: Hippodrome Arts Centre

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

During its annual Statewide conference in Black Hawk, Colorado, El Pomar Foundation awarded $175,000 in grants to five outstanding nonprofits from across the state through the Awards for Excellence program. Over the next few weeks, we will highlight the impact these organizations have on the people of Colorado.

Hippodrome Arts Centre, in Julesburg, Colorado, was recently honored as a 2013 Awards for Excellence outstanding non-profit. The award includes a $25,000 grant.

The Hippodrome Arts Center was established in 1996 to provide the citizens of Julesburg, Colorado with a theatre and multi-cultural centre. The mission of the Hippodrome is to provide a focus for accessible arts and culture to enhance the regional community while protecting the integrity of the Historic Hippodrome Theatre. The Hippodrome shows newly released films every weekend, offers arts programs for young people, hosts live music concerts, among many other community services.  The arts center is entirely staffed and maintained by volunteer members of the community.

Take a look at the video that honored Hippodrome Arts Centre during the 2013 Awards for Excellence ceremony!

Awards for Excellence Spotlight: Intercambio

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

During its annual statewide conference in Black Hawk, Colorado, El Pomar Foundation awarded $175,000 in grants to five outstanding nonprofits from across the state through the Awards for Excellence program. Over the next few weeks, we will highlight the impact these organizations have on the people of Colorado.

Intercambio was honored with the El Pomar Foundation Award for excellence in human services. This award includes a $25,000 grant.

Intercambio opened in Boulder, Colorado in 2001 with a mission to build understanding, respect and community across cultures through educational and intercultural opportunities. Intercambio achieves this mission by providing volunteer-taught English classes to adult immigrants, as well as classes and workshops that cover citizenship and life skills.  Intercambio also offers cultural training and events open to all members of the Boulder community. “The Immigrant Guide: What every Immigrant needs to know” is a resource booklet written by the staff and published by the Intercambio. This document has been distributed throughout the country to be used as a resource by other immigrant and community centers.

Check out the video that honored Intercambio during the 2013 Awards for Excellence ceremony!

Awards for Excellence Spotlight: Summit Community Care Clinic

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

During its annual Statewide conference in Black Hawk, Colorado, El Pomar Foundation awarded $175,000 in grants to five outstanding nonprofits from across the state through the Awards for Excellence program. Over the next few weeks, we will highlight the impact that these organizations have on the people of Colorado.

Summit Community Care Clinic (SCCC), based in Summit County, Colorado, was honored as a 2013 Awards for Excellence outstanding non-profit organization through El Pomar Foundation. The award includes a $25,000 grant.

The mission of Summit Community Care Clinic, established in 1993, is to provide exceptional, integrated, patient-centered health care services to individuals with limited access to healthcare – regardless of their patients’ ability to pay. SCCC seeks to improve the health and well-being of their patients through an integrated care model that includes services for primary care, dental health, nutrition, behavioral health and family planning.

Check out the video that honored Summit Community Care Clinic during the 2013 Awards for Excellence dinner and ceremony!

Reflections from Statewide

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Northwest Council member Tom Kenning and San Juan Council member Dee Williams

“There is no point in being a part of an organization if you do not intend to make it better.”  In my mind, that piece of advice, delivered by George Guerrero on the car ride home, summed up El Pomar’s Statewide Retreat last week.  In a whirlwind three days, El Pomar staff and trustees, members of El Pomar’s eleven regional councils, and exceptional nonprofit leaders came together to exchange ideas, plan, and celebrate successes in Black Hawk, Colorado.  As a first year Fellow, I was fascinated and intimidated, and stood to learn a lot.

As Katy Hammond, second year Fellow, puts it, “Statewide brings together an impressive group of individuals who make things happen throughout the State of Colorado.” (more…)

Awards for Excellence Spotlight: Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust (RiGHT)

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

During our annual statewide conference in Black Hawk, El Pomar Foundation awarded $175,000 in grants to five outstanding nonprofits from across the state through the Awards for Excellence program. Over the next few weeks, we plan to highlight the impact these organizations have on the people of Colorado.

Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust (RiGHT) was honored as a 2013 Awards for Excellence outstanding non-profit organization through El Pomar Foundation. The award includes a $25,000 grant.

The mission of the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust, founded in 1999, is to work with private landowners, public agencies, and other conservation organizations to preserve the natural beauty and ecological values of the area and to promote a sustainable agricultural lifestyle, that can still be experienced today in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. RiGHT seeks to protect and support working ranches and farms, water resources, wildlife habitat, scenic landscapes, and inspire a culture of conservation in the San Luis Valley.

Check out the video that honored RiGHT during the 2013 Awards for Excellence ceremony!

 

Empty Stocking Fund Campaign Tees Off

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

On Friday, the Empty Stocking Fund kicked off its 30th annual campaign with the Steve Scott Golf Classic. The opening event was huge success and brought in $6,295 for the campaign. (more…)