Community First Foundation is awarding $15,000 to 52 Jeffco nonprofits to help them build organizational capacity.
“We are thrilled to be giving an unrestricted grant to local nonprofits to help them build organizational capacity and complete some of those projects they’ve been unable to complete, or that they always wished they could do,” said Jaime Aguilar, program officer for Community First Foundation.
“Nonprofits often feel like they are wearing too many hats and doing it all,” Aguilar added. “We hope this funding helps those organizations with small staffs or that lack the expertise or money needed to accomplish their missions by taking off one or two of those hats they wear.”
Seventy-four applications were submitted and of the 52 grantees, two-thirds of projects (66%) were marketing and communications related, followed by technology needs (13%), strategy (8%), development (7%) and staffing/human resources (6%).
All applicants, including those not awarded a grant, receive a one-year membership to Community First Foundation’s Catchafire Cohort, which provides professional volunteer support to help nonprofits complete projects. To date, the Catchafire program has completed 251 projects, saving Jeffco nonprofits more than $900,000.
Additionally, organizations not receiving a grant are eligible for one of two $5,000 bonus grants if they complete projects through the Foundation’s Catchafire platform. The more projects they complete, the more entries they get into a random grant drawing.
Through these capacity-building projects and grants, Community First Foundation hopes to strengthen Jeffco nonprofit capacity to support organization’s abilities to develop their teams, plan for the future, and ultimately, make good happen for the communities they serve.
2022 Take a Hat Off Grantees
The Action Center
Develop a strategy for bringing in new donors and reengaging lapsed donors.
A Little Help
Support capacity challenges around marketing and community outreach to older adults in Jefferson County.
Activ8Sports, Inc. (aka All Stars Club)
Funds requested would support the acquisition of part-time personnel, with the intention to increase to full time, to provide respite care for caregivers/caretakers of those experiencing intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Develop personnel policies, communication strategies, impact thinking and reporting, and support staffing.
Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado
Support purchase of Client Management Software to increase staff productivity and better serve more clients.
Implement Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility (DEIA) training program.
The Arc–Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties
Conduct stakeholder research to inform strategic planning.
Support community relations, budgeting, and fundraising to complete and distribute a video project.
Bayaud Enterprises, Inc.
Develop program to provide transitional work experience with same day pay, on-the-job-training, job placement, case management, and other essential services to adults experiencing homelessness.
Benefits in Action
Develop a process improvement project to streamline the intake process and transitioning from using a fiscal sponsor to independence.
Colorado Homeless Families (aka BeyondHome)
Support training on new software and technology to help with housing, rent, case management, fundraising, donor relations and maintenance needs.
Support marketing and fundraising events and activities.
The Blue Bench
Support individual and group therapy with an aim to decrease waitlist and provide comprehensive, culturally competent sexual assault therapy services to individuals who reside in or were victimized in Jefferson County.
Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity
Support outreach for home repairs program for older/low-income homeowners.
Build organizational capacity and recruit and maintain volunteers.
CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties
Streamline marketing and communications to better serve children who have been traumatized.
Colorado Coalition of Boys & Men
Support the creation and execution of online course to educate stakeholders and families to avoid the family court system.
Colorado Conservatory of Dance
Maximize capacity building grant with staff skill development in areas of marketing and fundraising.
Support the development of enhanced mentoring services, the creation of a Youth Advisory Board, and the initial set up of a Substance Use Treatment program including recruitment, and training.
Denver Indian Family Resource Center
Strengthen our process and workflows at an organizational level in order to provide the highest quality services to our clients. As DIFRC continues to grow and evolve we need to evaluate and implement a grants management system that can keep up with our growth.
Complete a Data Management and Electronic Record System Implementation Project.
Support board strategic planning.
Evergreen Scholarship/Bootstraps, Inc.
Develop a marketing plan to garner support from the trade community for their career and technical education scholarship program.
Family Promise of Greater Denver
Staff development and human resource support.
Family Tree, Inc.
Improve documentation and assure HIPAA compliance to serve more Jeffco families.
Foothills Art Center
Support expansion project with year-round educational programming, marketing and communications, and staff, volunteer and board development.
Friends of Dinosaur Ridge
Support marketing and communications with refreshed collateral including translation and updating program evaluations with a DEI lens.
Support development with grant writing.
Hands of The Carpenter
Support marketing, communication, and development strategy for increased client needs.
Herbal Garden Wellness
Support building organizational capacity by honoring contributors to the advancement of the organization.
Support staffing and marketing and communications plans.
Highland Rescue Team Ambulance District
Help establish a Community Paramedic program to increases access to basic services, injury prevention and hazard mitigation with specially trained emergency medical service (EMS) providers.
Hope House Colorado
Provide Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) training and staff development to meet critical needs of our teen moms and their children.
Jeffco DeAngelis Foundation
Develop marketing and communications materials and develop board leadership.
Expand programs and services with a site coordinator and create a campaign for to distribute fresh food.
Jeffco Human Services Foundation
Expand Jeffco Prosperity Partners (JPP), a two-generational approach that works with the whole family to create a legacy of economic security.
Kaizen Food Rescue
Implement community navigator training.
Update data management software (DMS) to increase security and community member privacy and expand our data tracking and management for all incoming and outgoing food donations to streamline our data entry process and improve inventory management.
Mountain Resource Center
Support development, staff training and fundraising strategy.
Museo de las Americas
Support development through grant writing and CRM technology.
Support development, fundraising strategy, communication strategy and coaching.
Develop a database to help measure impact and identify unmet service needs and support commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with staff training.
Raise the Future
Customize a database to meet the needs of child welfare agencies, this system tracks our program’s short and long-term impact on the youth and families that we serve, and build.
Support development of volunteer and event program.
Robbie’s Hope Foundation
Expand outreach to Jeffco schools.
Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation
Develop brand strategy and training to serve more families and expand service.
Seniors’ Resource Center, Inc
Implement marketing and communications projects to fundraise, increase visibility and engage donors.
STRIDE Community Health Center
Facilitate Leadership Academy and staff development.
Trusted Health Network
Develop training system for new counselors and interns to expand low-cost counseling reach.
Una Mano, Una Esperanza
Staff development and training related to digital communications to meet needs of Latinx and immigrant communities.
Develop marketing and communication to support program growth.
The Word, A Storytelling Sanctuary, Inc.
Support website improvements and accessibility, develop sponsorship toolkit and enhance fundraising efforts.