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  • On May 13, 2021
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TELLURIDE, Colo. (May 14, 2021) – After the struggles of last year, with the pandemic, racial injustice issues, and so many individuals and businesses hurting financially, 2021 is looking more optimistic for philanthropy and nonprofits.  There is federal and state money directed at strengthening communities, numerous foundations have refreshed their focuses and are looking for ways to help, and many individuals are seeking to support causes they care about.  Now, is a good time for nonprofits and community organizations to take advantage of funding opportunities and set themselves up for new and larger donations.

The Telluride Foundation is helping to host three virtual, nonprofit workshops, starting in May and running through July.   These workshops are all free and are open to the public, but require registration:

              1)  Navigating Grants: Don’t Miss Government & Nonprofit Funding Opportunities.  Thursday, May 27, 2021, 9am to Noon. Presented by West End Economic Development Corp and the Telluride Foundation, this workshop highlights some of the federal and state funding opportunities available, especially for coal impacted communities and post-COVID.  The workshop will be taught by Deana Sheriff, Executive Director of the West End Economic Development Corp.  and April Montgomery, VP Programs at the Telluride Foundation; it will also include a panel of representatives from Department of Local Affairs, Economic Development Corp., U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, and the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade; panelists will share opportunities available through their agencies.  Click here for a workshop flyer. To register and receive the Zoom link, email weedc@choosewestend.org.

              2) Organizational Resilience: What Is Your Organization’s Superpower?  Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 10am to Noon.  Hosted by the Telluride Foundation, this workshop will focus on the key elements of organizational resilience. This past year required nonprofits to respond to change and adapt to unforeseen circumstances in ways none of us could have predicted. In this webinar, participants will discuss the seven characteristics of organizational resilience and how these characteristics can be used to inform the structures and practices at our organizations. Participants will explore how to build organizational resilience, so they are better prepared to survive the current crisis and challenges yet to come. This interactive webinar will be facilitated by Denise Clark, Telluride-based nonprofit consultant and coach. Participants will work in small groups, share ideas and experiences, and engage in peer learning. Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

              3)  The Value of Donor Acknowledgment—Don’t Take Gratitude for Granted. Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 10am to 11:30am. A common fundraising mistake made by nonprofits is focusing on acquiring donors and not paying attention to donors they already have. The donor relations cycle includes both cultivation AND acknowledgment. The prompt expression of gratitude should be a structured part of any fundraising system. This webinar will be facilitated by Denise Clark, Telluride-based nonprofit consultant and coach. Participants will explore how to acknowledge donors and incorporate gratitude into their fundraising program, including how to fit this into day-to-day activities, creative ways to thank donors, and why acknowledgment is key to turning supporters into loyal, recurring donors. Register in advance for this meeting:


Webinar trainer, Denise Clark, has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and is recognized as a thought partner on management, leadership, and governance. Clark serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver and specializes in building healthy nonprofit organizations, executive director coaching, board development, strategic planning, and fundraising.

Please contact April Montgomery at the Telluride Foundation at 970-728-8717 or april@telluridefoundation.org for questions or to receive a registration link via email.

The Telluride Foundation exists to create a stronger Telluride and regional community through the promotion and support of philanthropy. 2021 marks 20 years of making more possible through the Telluride Foundation’s commitment to enriching the quality of life of the residents, visitors, and workforce of the Telluride region. The Telluride Foundation is a nonprofit, apolitical community foundation that makes grants to nonprofits, owns and operates programs that meet emerging and unmet community needs, and makes investments. The Foundation approaches this work through the lens of its core values of inclusion, self-reliance, and innovation. Its work is funded through the generous support of individual donors as well as grants from state and national foundations. The Foundation hopes the community will join it in celebrating its 20th anniversary as it honors the nonprofits, donors, and community members who have all partnered together to achieve a significant positive impact on the region. For more information click on www.telluridefoundation.org.