Rural Philanthropy Days “The Journey To Success” In June

Mar 25th @ 7:16 am in News by Scott Staley

Rural Philanthropy Days

Ouray, CO —Online registration opens April 1 for Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days (WSRPD), which takes place this June 17-19 in Ouray, CO.

Western Slope nonprofits will have a unique opportunity to connect with over 30 Colorado foundations at the 2013 WSRPD conference on June 17-19, 2013 in Ouray, CO. Nonprofits, government, business and community leaders from Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel Counties are all invited to attend.

For 23 years, local communities have worked to coordinate Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) in partnership with the Community Resource Center, the Anschutz Family Foundation and statewide grantmakers. The RPD program provides a powerful opportunity for the state’s most influential funders and local grantseekers to strengthen partnerships to better meet the needs of rural Colorado communities. It results in increased access to resources, relationships and skill building opportunities for important local projects.

RPD began in 1991. At that time, just three percent of grant dollars from Colorado’s private foundations were awarded outside of the Front Range. As a result of the WSRPD conferences held in Telluride in 2005, and Crested Butte in 2009, grants to Western Slope communities increased 120 percent. The number of grants awarded increased from 87 grants to 138 grants, annually. RPD makes a difference for nonprofits and the economy at a time when local funding dollars designated for nonprofits have decreased.

WS RPD is expecting over 300 attendees for the June 2013 conference including representatives from private and government funders. The three-day event begins with discussions within the communities about the region’s needs with funders, local governments, nonprofits, business owners and community members before the event as preparation. The conference includes workshops and presentations, and culminates in “Funder Roundtables,” at which nonprofit representatives discuss their projects and programs with grantors and receive immediate indication from funders about whether they would welcome a funding proposal for the project or organization.
Some of this years speakers and presenters include:
Sue Hansen, Corporate Trainer & motivational Speaker, Sue Hansen Speaks
Lisa Flores, Senior Program Officer, Gates Family Foundation
Melanie Hall, Executive Director, Montrose Community Foundation
Laurel Petralia, Program Officer, The Colorado Trust
April Montgomery, Programs Director, Telluride Foundation
Daniel Feldman, Owner /President of Leadership Performance Solutions, Inc.
Debbie Jessup, Executive Director of Anschutz Family Foundation

Schedule of events includes:

  • Guest Speakers, Food and Entertainment.
  • Opening Reception at Bachelor Syracuse Mine in Ouray
  • Taste of Western Colorado with Local Food, Vintners and Brewery Tastings
  • Roundtable Discussions
  • Community Solutions Workshops with Funders and Government Officials

Nonprofits, grantseekers, funders and grantmakers are all encouraged to attend and be involved in this collaborative process for “The Journey To Success”. Registration will open April 1 online at

To see the complete schedule, register, review discounted lodging, fill out an application for a scholarship, and get updates, visit