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Heart to Heart: Making Connections With Purpose

The organizers of Heart of Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) have announced the upcoming 2021
conference, will be held from Sept. 21-23 in Fremont County. This year’s theme is “Heart to Heart: Making
Connections With Purpose.”

Supported by the Community Resource Center, this event comes to the Heart of Colorado every four years. It is organized by a regional steering committee representing Chaffee, Clear Creek, Custer, Fremont, Gilpin, Lake, Park, Summit, and Teller counties.

“We are so looking forward to bringing communities together in-person and know that the Heart of Colorado will – as it always has – work together as a region to emerge stronger on the other side of this crisis.” said RPD Steering Committee Co-Chair Kathy Kennedy.

Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) is a statewide program that aims to promote excellence in Colorado’s rural communities by providing nonprofit leaders with the support they need to make a stronger impact. For 30 years, local communities have worked together to coordinate RPD in partnership with Community Resource Center and other statewide grantmakers. Today, RPD continues to increase access to resources, potential partnerships and skill-building opportunities for important community projects within the Heart of Colorado and across the state.

Heart of Colorado (HOC) nonprofit organizations that provide a variety of integral services throughout the region receive high-quality professional development during the conference and the opportunity to build relationships with new partners across the region. HOC RPD provides a powerful opportunity for Colorado’s funders to meet with local and regional grantseekers. The exchanges that take place at RPD help to break down barriers and result in stronger partnerships, increased access to resources, and the development of long-term relationships.

Close to 200 nonprofit professionals, grantmakers, community leaders, distinguished speakers, and elected officials are expected to unite at RPD this fall. Nonprofit professionals attending the 2021 conference will be able to participate in more than 20 professional development opportunities. A Regional Housing Forum will be held on the first day of RPD, catalyzing cross-sector partnership and collaboration to make transformational change for our communities.

Registration is now open. For additional information, contact Elizabeth Berkeley, Heart of Colorado RPD
Program Coordinator, at