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The Chaffee County Community Foundation (CCCF) is hosting a series of workshops designed to give nonprofit staff, volunteers, and board members a solid foundation of knowledge and skills for increasing the financial resources available to their organizations. The focus is on Chaffee and Lake County nonprofits and classes are designed to build nonprofit organizations’ capacity.

The Chaffee County Community Foundation posing with some local nonprofits and members from Community First Foundation at its celebration of one year as a foundation serving Chaffee County. (Photo by Taylor Sumners)

All the workshops are held at the Community Room of Sangre de Cristo Electric Association located at 29780 N. US Highway 24 in Buena Vista. The first introductory class on fundraising was held last week, but four classes remain. They include:

  • Individual & Major Giving (people) – 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 18. This session builds on the Introductory class anddives deeper into the different fundraising techniques for increasing support from individuals, specifically techniques for annual fund and major gifts campaigns.
  • Grant Writing – 1-4 p.m.Thursday April 16. This session is focused on improving grant writing skills, including tips on how to tell a compelling story supported by appropriate demographic info that will appeal to a spectrum of funders. The class uses the Colorado Common Grant Application as the template. The last hour of this class will feature a panel of grant review experts offering tips for writing a successful and fund-able grant application.
  • Grant Reporting – 1-3 p.m.Wednesday May 13. Using the Colorado Common Grant Report format, attendees will learn how to identify both qualitative and quantitative information as evaluation tools to support outcomes outlined in your grant proposals.Th
  • Events and special campaigns – 1-3 p.m. Wednesday June 10.Using events as a fundraising strategy can be incredibly difficult, expensive, and time consuming all while not raising a lot of money. Come learn the common pitfalls and remedies of event planning along with other ways to use campaigns to raise organization funding.

The trainers for these workshops are local residents and experts, Sydney Schnurr and Ruthann Schoeffield. Ruthann has lived in Buena Vista for more than 30 years and has been a professional grant writer for just as long. She helped create the Colorado Common Grant application and reporting framework and has devoted her career especially to Chaffee nonprofits.

Sydney worked at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music where she taught in the Graduate Arts Administration Program. Prior to that she was Development Director for the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival and Associate Development Director for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She also served as President of the Greater Cincinnati Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Interested individuals can get more information or sign up for their newsletter at . The workshops are $25 per session and those interested in attending can reserve a spot in a workshop.