Peer Learning Networks

Of the many ways we work to fulfill our mission, we’ve found peer groups and learning networks to be one of 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.

Arts & Culture Funders Group

Launched in the fall of 2018, the Arts & Culture Funders Group provides a space for funders to share projects, creative funding approaches, and opportunities to collaborate. Co-chairs: Gary Steuer, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, and Bryce Merrill, Bohemian Foundation. For more information, contact Jaser Alsharhan.

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-chairs: Cindy Kennedy, Adolph Coors Foundation, and Monica Woods, Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation. For more information, contact Jaser Alsharhan.

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. Chair: Emma Schwarz, Rose Community Foundation. For more information, contact Anna Metropulos.

Leadership Forum

CAF established the Leadership Forum 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: Tom Gougeon, Gates Family Foundation, and Karen McNeil-Miller, The Colorado Health Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Kelley.

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 periodically 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, and Ben Bynam, The Colorado Health Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Kelley.

Rural Funders Learning Network

The Rural Funders Learning Network convenes funders investing in rural regions of the state, helping them identify common priorities, reduce local confusion and find innovative ways of working with local residents and leaders to collaborate on future funding strategies. Co-chairs: Tony Lewis, Donnell-Kay Foundation, and Paul Major, Telluride Foundation. For more information, contact Philanthropy Colorado’s Director of Rural and Statewide Networks, Amy Swiatek.

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. For more information, contact Anna Metropulos.

Early Childhood Mental Health Funders Network

The Early Childhood Mental Health Funders Network (ECMH) is a diverse group of Colorado grantmaking organizations that fund in many areas and have a shared interest in children’s mental health. ECMH members have come together to share ideas, learn, and work together to improve the social, emotional and mental health of children birth to age three. For more information, contact Anna Metropulos.

Community Foundations CEO Peer Group

Philanthropy Colorado Community Foundation CEOs meet quarterly via conference call to share ideas, common challenges and news about community programs, as well as to 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: Eric Hozempa, Longmont Community Foundation, and Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, Rose Community Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Kelley.

Small Funders Peer Group

The Small Funders Peer Group brings together staff of small foundations throughout Colorado to build relationships, share best practices and resources, discuss common opportunities and challenges, and learn/brainstorm around topics of interest. Small foundations are defined as having no more than 2 staff members. Co-chairs: Kristi Petrie, AJL Foundation, and Ali Mayer, Mayer-Phillips Foundation. We would love for you to attend if you are interested and available! For more information, contact Jaser Alsharhan.

IT Roundtable

The IT Round Table is a peer-group for IT 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 updated on best practices. For more information, contact Jaser Alsharhan.