Peer Learning Networks

Of the many ways we work to fulfill our mission, we’ve found peer groups and learning networks to be among the most promising strategies. Meaningful connections between funders allows for sharing best practices, opportunities, and lessons learned; coordinating presence; and when appropriate, collaboration. Learn more about our various opportunities below. Members: please contact to be added to a list. 

"From accidental techies like myself to those who are IT professionals by training, Philanthropy Colorado has created a space where everyone has something to teach and something to learn. Our group covers a diverse range of IT topics each meeting and has such rich, helpful discussions. It is invaluable to have peers in similar roles at other philanthropic organizations to lean on for support, guidance and recommendations."  - Kelli Rojas, Chief of Staff, Rose Community Foundation 

Arts & Culture Funders Group

The Arts & Culture Funders Group provides a space for funders across the state to share projects, creative funding approaches, and opportunities to collaborate. Co-chairs: Tariana Navas-Nieves, Denver Arts & Venues, and Margaret Hunt, Colorado Creative Industries. 

Executive Admin Group

The Executive Admin Group is a peer group of executive admin staff and others who support senior-level executives at Philanthropy Colorado member organizations. The group provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and resources with those who perform similar job functions. Co-chair: Cat Lindsey, Rose Community Foundation. 

Human Resources & Operations Group

The Human Resources & Operations Group is a peer group designed to support HR/Operations professionals at Philanthropy Colorado member foundations. This peer network provides a supportive environment to share knowledge and resources, test complex ideas with peers related to managing a foundation, as well as strengthen professional skills and expertise. Co-chairs: Jason Stoddart,The Denver Foundation and Bria Ward, NexftFifty Initiative.

CEO Leadership Forum

The Leadership Forum was created for the leaders of Philanthropy Colorado member organizations. CEOs, Presidents, Executive Directors and heads of corporate giving programs are invited to participate. The Leadership Forum allows for: more in-depth and consistent discussion at the most senior level; relationship-building; open dialogue and sharing of expertise; and discussion of sector-wide issues that affect grantmakers. Leadership Forum members are asked to refrain from sending a representative if they cannot attend personally. Co-chairs: Kelly Dunkin, Community First Foundation, and Adeeb Khan, Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation. 

Impact Investing Forum

Philanthropy Colorado initiated this group for members with an active interest in sharing and learning about impact investing trends and emerging models. The group meets quarterly to exchange information and to hear from guest speakers on various topics such as social impact bonds and issue areas that can be addressed through alternative forms of investment. Co-chairs: Sue Dorsey, Gates Family Foundation, Ben Bynum, The Colorado Health Foundation and Santhosh Ramdoss, Gary Community Ventures.

Rural Funders Learning Network

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Early Childhood Funders Network

The Early Childhood Funders Network (ECFN) is a group of funders working to advance the well-being of Colorado’s young children and their families. ECFN members come together to share information on local and national developments; to deepen their knowledge of the field; to brainstorm possible solutions to systemic challenges; and, to collaborate when opportunities arise. Chair: Laura Carlson, Buell Foundation. 

Climate Action Network

Philanthropy Colorado's Climate Action Network is focused on opportunities for sharing and potential collaboration on ways to address climate issues through philanthropic grants, investments, advocacy and policy change. Co-Chair: Erika Church, Buck Foundation; Mary Seawell, Gates Family Foundation; Dace West, The Denver Foundation.

Colorado Community Foundation CEO Network

Philanthropy Colorado Community Foundation CEOs meet quarterly via videoconfernce to share ideas, common challenges and discuss emerging issues and topics of interest. Philanthropy Colorado also hosts special webinars or calls on various topics for community foundation members as opportunities arise. Co-chairs: Jeanne Bistranin, Summit Foundation, and Tatiana Hernandez, Community Foundation Boulder County.

Small Funders Peer Group

The Small Funders Peer Group brings together Colorado foundations with a small number of staff to build relationships, share best practices and resources, discuss common opportunities and challenges, and learn/brainstorm around topics of interest. Chair: Kristi Petrie, AJL Foundation. 

IT Roundtable

The IT Roundtable is a peer group for information techology specialists, operations managers, technology directors, financial officers, CEOs, office managers, executive assistants, program officers, and anyone else with an interest in connecting with other foundation professionals about the latest in IT and cybersecurity.  In the ever-changing landscape of IT, this peer group provides a supportive environment to exchange information and get updates on best practices. Co-chairs: Saurabh Gupta and Jason Pavia  Gyan-i.

Foundation Finance Group

The Foundation Finance peer community provides a learning environment for sharing expertise and resources about topics related to foundation finance management. Co-chairs: Heidi Van Law (Caring for Colorado Foundation) and Joanne Moses Flores (NEFE)

Policy Funders Group

The Policy Funders Group convenes foundation staff that champion advocacy & policy efforts for their member organizations. Policy Funders share and discuss their advocacy and public policy activities, grantmaking, models and lessons learned, as well as staying current on policy issues that impact the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. Chair: Naomi Amaha (The Denver Foundation)