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Latino Community Foundation of Colorado;
This final report provides insights on Latino Age Wave Colorado (LAWC). Launched in 2010, LAWC was the longest running program of the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, and served as the inspiration and guide for much of LCFC's strategic planning over its lifetime.
El Pomar Foundation;
This report provides a comprehensive, statewide overview of foundation giving throughout Colorado from 2015-2019. In addition, it provides the geographic distribution of funding based upon El Pomar's regions.
Caring for Colorado Foundation;
Caring for Colorado is honored to be a part of the web of support, working to help Colorado emerge from the pandemic and advance equity in health, well-being and opportunity for Colorado's children and families. We are resolute in our commitment to support communities through the long-term effects of this crisis. This new Report to the Community: COVID-19 Relief and Recovery shares some of what we learned during this tumultuous time and spotlights the incredible people and community-based organizations and leaders who have taken on the challenges of reimagining and strengthening health, mental health, social services, basic needs, and economic supports to care for and support the well-being of Coloradans.
Caring for Colorado Foundation;
In early 2021, the hope of ending the pandemic became a reality with new vaccines available to protect people from COVID-19. The challenge then became how to vaccinate the entire world knowing that many barriers existed in achieving this goal. In response, thirteen funding partners, Immunize Colorado and the Colorado Vaccine Equity Task Force formed a unique partnership to provide rapid funding into communities highly impacted by COVID-19 to ensure communities of color and those who face systemic barriers have the best possible information about the COVID-19 vaccine and can access the vaccine through low-barrier opportunities. Together We Protect – Colorado's COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Fund (TWP) was launched in March 2021, with Caring for Colorado Foundation serving as the coordinating entity. This report examines the impact of the program so far.
Everytown For Gun Safety Support Fund;
Approximately 240 million calls are made to 911 every year in the United States. Only a small fraction of these calls are for serious or violent crimes. Even in communities with high homicide rates such as Baltimore, Camden, New Haven, and New Orleans, fewer than 4 percent of 911 calls are related to violent crimes. Instead, the majority of these calls are related to incidents of disorderly conduct, noise complaints, suspicious people or cars, mental health issues, substance use, and homelessness.Programs that deploy public health professionals and crisis workers to situations involving mental health, substance use, and homelessness—referred to as alternative dispatch programs—offer an emerging solution that can save lives and provide critical services to those in need. Alternative dispatch programs utilize first responders who are specifically trained to resolve the emergencies that most commonly arise in communities with methods that address root problems and minimize the risk of force or deeper involvement with the justice system. These programs provide communities with a critical means for addressing crises, while also freeing police to focus on preventing and solving serious crimes.
In recent years, a more collaborative form of democratic engagement has emerged, primarily at the local and state level, as well as internationally. Collaborative governance, or co-governance, refers to a broad range of models of civic engagement that allow people outside and inside government to work together in designing policy. This new form of engagement seeks to break down the boundaries between advocates and officials and is not only more democratic, but also more inclusive and open to those served by the government. How are co-governance relationships best developed, sustained, and supported? The clearest way to answer this question is not in theory, but from the learned experiences of co-governance, at the neighborhood, city, and state level. In this report, we highlight five of these cases in communities across the country where progress has been made to improve the quality of life and strengthen the bonds of community for all through the collaborative work of democracy.
Food Research & Action Center (FRAC);
This report sheds light on why many immigrant families are forgoing vital assistance from federal nutrition and food programs and lifts up recommendations aimed at ensuring that all families and individuals, regardless of immigration status, are nourished and healthy.While the findings of this report are informed by a series of focus groups conducted from November 2019 to January 2020 (prior to the onset of COVID-19), the need to connect immigrant families to nutrition programs is arguably of even greater importance given how COVID-19 is fueling unprecedented food insecurity and ravaging communities of color and immigrant communities at disproportionately high rates due to unique barriers faced by families that include noncitizens.
Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative;
Four years into this collective effort to aggregate and analyze data of communities in the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative, we are beginning to yield some findings that are consistent year-over-year—and actionable. This report presents the findings of evaluation work completed during the 2018–2019 program year and homes in on those findings most ripe for appreciation and action.There is a strong correlation between teens' connection to Jewish values and and the influence those values have on the livesteens choose to lead. Substantive Jewish content creates a sense of belonging, a desire to do good in the world, and a platformfor teens to build friendships—these peer relationships also contribute to strong Jewish outcomes overall. Importantly, the report concludes with recommendations applicable beyond the 10 community-based teen initiatives, informing any organization committed to effective teen programs, professional development for youth professionals, and affordability of programs for parents.The report draws from a variety of sources to offer a snapshot of a moment in time, and evaluation alone cannot provide the full picture of tectonic shifts occurring on the ground in these 10 communities. Extremely complex efforts involving stakeholders, implementers, and the communities are making lasting and positive changes to the culture impacting teen engagement.We encourage you to read the complementary case studies documenting the work, along with previous reports, all found onthe Learnings page of TeenFunderCollaborative.com.
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS);
The federal government's heavy investment in abstinence-only-until-marriage funding over the past few decades has promulgated a myriad of state policies, state agencies, and community-based organizations focused on promoting an abstinence-only-until-marriage ideology. The trickle-down effect of the funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs and the industry it created has impacted states throughout the nation, including Colorado.Though a shift away from abstinence-only-until-marriage programs is taking place at the national and state levels, spurred by overwhelming evidence proving these programs to be ineffective, there continues to be a strong abstinence-only-until-marriage industry prospering in Colorado. Federal funding for such programs has begun to dry up in favor of more comprehensive approaches to sex education that include information about both abstinence and contraception, among other topics, at the same time that Colorado law has also moved in this direction; however, Colorado continues to see a steady stream of abstinence-only-until-marriage programming, and it will take time and additional advocacy efforts before all young people in Colorado are receiving comprehensive sexuality education. In an effort to inform all of Colorado's residents about the colossal failure of these programs, the ongoing waste of taxpayer dollars, and the rebranding these organizations are doing in order to continue misinforming Colorado's youth, The Healthy Colorado Youth Alliance and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) have joined together to take a closer look at Colorado's abstinence-only-until-marriage industry and the effect it continues to have on Coloradan youth.
Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice;
Prison and parole population rates are similar in Colorado compared to the states as a whole. However, parolees are more likely to be reincarcerated compared to the states as a whole. Just over one-quarter of parole hearings lead to a discretionary release, while the remaining hearings lead to a deferral of some type. Colorado currently practices discretionary release for the majority of offenders, including violent offenders, sex offenders, property offenders, drug offenders, and public order offenders.
Colorado Fire Rellief Fund;
The summer and fall of 2012 represented the worst wildfire season on record in Colorado. In response to this devastation, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper established the 2012Colorado Fire Relief Fund (the Fire Fund) to provide private funding to support meeting unmet intermediate needs for individuals, families, community organizations, and volunteer fire departments across Colorado. Nearly $1.7 million was contributed to the Fire Fund by generous individuals, businesses, and foundations, with 100 percent of the funding directly supporting grants to nonprofit organizations and local governments.All grants awarded by the Fire Fund addressed the following funding priorities:Meet the intermediate unmet needs of individuals and families whose lives were seriously affected by the wildfires;Support rebuilding communities including environmental restoration projects and reestablishing important community resources;Help volunteer fire departments to compensate volunteer firefighters for loss of income; andSupport volunteer fire departments in replenishing depleted supplies.The Fire Fund awarded a total of 81 grants across Colorado in accordance with these priorities, with a majority of the funding supporting recovery efforts related to the High Park and Waldo Canyon fires.
Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012;
In response to the devastating wildfires that occurred across Colorado during 2012, the 2012Colorado Fire Relief Fund provided $1.7 million through 81 grants to support direct servicesto individual fire victims, environmental restoration projects, community rebuilding, and replenishing supplies for volunteer fire departments. In the early days of implementing theFire Fund's work, the Allocation Board committed to documenting our process to help othercommunities learn from our work. This report summarizes how the Fire Fund approached its grantmaking and describes the process used for awarding grants across Colorado.In addition to documenting our process, this report summarizes our most important lessonslearned and recommendations for other communities facing similar disasters, including thefollowing:Prioritize transparency. From the initiation of our work, the Fire Fund's Allocation Boardcommitted to being fully transparent in our work. The Fire Fund openly publicized grantpriorities, the decision-making process, and grant decisions in a timely and detailed manner. The Allocation Board also prioritized the importance of local decision-making with oversight from the statewide Allocation Board. We believe this commitment to transparency and openness built trust and confidence in the Fund's work.The Fire Fund Allocation Board decided early on that we could achieve the greatest impact through overseeing a community-oriented grantmaking process that would awardgrants to nonprofits and governmental entities for addressing intermediate needs. This philosophical determination was important in setting the direction of the Fire Fund and expectations for donors, victims, and affected communities from the outset.The Fire Fund leaders found it necessary and sometimes difficult to balance the strong desire to get funding into the affected communities in a timely manner and the need totake the time to allow potential applicants to pull together well-crafted, thoughtful projectsamidst a complex and ever-changing environment. Therefore, slightly delaying the FireFund's initial application deadline by three to four weeks could have improved the effectiveness of our work.Best practices in disaster grantmaking are emerging and many excellent resources nowexist on how to effectively manage such processes. Therefore, it is not necessary to"re-create the wheel," but instead to learn from others, with modifications in response tolocal needs and circumstances. We encourage other communities facing similar challengesto start with reaching out to others who have been down this road prior to proceeding ontheir own, as we found this to be highly valuable and important in building a strong, effective process in a timely manner.The Fire Fund's work changed over time as we saw community needs evolving and ouravailable funding growing. We recommend entering this process with a willingness to beflexible and adaptable over time and building a culture that is supportive of this approachearly on.