Northern Colorado

Get ready, Northern Colorado! Connecting Colorado is coming your way!

Join us for engaging breakout sessions aimed at increasing the capacity of your Nonprofit Organization. We’ll also feature a dedicated track specifically tailored for nonprofit executives.

Connect with fellow nonprofit professionals in your region to exchange ideas, find solutions and celebrate successes through roundtables and panel discussions.

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Event Agenda

Wednesday, June 26, 2024
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Embassy Suites Loveland Conference Center
4705 Clydesdale Pkwy.
Loveland, CO 80538

Event Schedule

8:00-8:30 AM

8:30-8:50 AM

9:00-10:15 AM

10:15-10:45 AM

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

12:00-1:00 PM

1:15-2:30 PM

2:30-3:00 PM

3:00-4:15 PM

4:15 PM

Registration and Networking

Opening Remarks

Breakout Session 1*

Networking Break

Breakout Session 2*


Breakout Session 3*

Networking Break

Breakout Session 4*

Closing Remarks

*Each breakout session will have 4 trainings to choose from. The presentation materials from each breakout session will be sent out following the event.

Better Together Luncheon Sponsor

Session Descriptions

Check back for additional session announcements!

Living on the Edge: Operating in a Cyber Revolution

Chris Abbey, Consultant,

This session will embark on a journey through the Digital Revolution, a force reshaping our social order. As the world hurtles forward, technology becomes more accessible, and applications vie for our attention, nonprofits find themselves at the forefront of this sweeping change. We’ll explore the impact of technology, empowering nonprofits to reach more constituents, engage funders, and amplify their impact. The session will delve into frameworks, technologies, and solutions that offer non-profit organizations a solid foundation to withstand cyber threats. We’ll also discuss practical steps to enhance preparedness and support the mission-driven work of nonprofits.

Join us for an interactive journey—unveiling the positive values of technology, confronting the dark side, sharing real-world examples, and discovering pathways to resilience. The session concludes with a Q&A, inviting participants to engage in a dialogue tailored to their concerns and needs. Together, we’ll navigate the ‘New Normal’ and thrive in the cyber revolution.

Exploring the Future of Philanthropy: Elevating Fundraising in the Post-2020 Era

Nia Wassink, Owner and Principal, Prismatic Consulting

Maegan Vallejo, Senior Consultant, Prismatic Consulting

The challenges of 2020 placed DEIA at the core of philanthropy, highlighting the necessity for adept fundraising in the post-pandemic landscape. Gain insider knowledge as we unveil the essential keys to success, offering practical tips for  navigating evolving donor behaviors, strategically employing philanthropic tools, and mastering the dynamic philanthropic terrain with a community-centered approach. Elevate your fundraising game and join us for a session that promises actionable insights and transformative strategies. Don’t miss your chance to be at the forefront of the future of philanthropy!

Using Census Data for Grant Writing: Understanding and Accessing Statistics

Kimberly Davis, Data Dissemination Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau

This workshop is designed to give nonprofits and grant writers an overview of the power of census data. Grant writers will learn about the variety of statistical data sources, including the rich characteristic data of the American Community Survey, that shares demographic information, including topics such as:

  • Persons with disability
  • Education Attainment
  • Ethnicity and race
  • Language spoken
  • Poverty and income

Participants will learn about the frequency and the geographic level data is available, and products available for comparing community needs to other geographic levels and communities. Participants will learn how to navigate and other tools such as Census Survey Explorer, and Narrative Profiles.

Small Town Fundraising: How to Develop Your Donor Base in a Smaller Community

Kevin L. Mullin, President, Estes Park Health Foundation

Join Kevin L. Mullin, President and ED of the Estes Park Health Foundation, for an interactive and insightful conference session focused on fundraising strategies tailored specifically for nonprofits operating in small communities.  In this engaging session, Kevin will draw upon his extensive experience leading fundraising efforts in a small-town setting to provide attendees with practical guidance and actionable advice.

Developing Your Nonprofit Board for the 21st Century

Scott Magerfleisch, Executive CounselorExecutive Counselor, Info-Tech Research Group

This interactive session will provide a deeper understanding of what the roles and responsibilities are of a board member, and help CEO’s and Executive Directors help their Board understand what is needed (and expected) of a Board and its members. The agenda will include the Three Main Responsibilities of a nonprofit Board Member, how to define what your Board needs, defining how your Board is currently constructed, and defining what your Board needs to recruit.

Nonprofit Business Model Workshop

Erin Maruzzella, Executive Director, Innovations in Aging Collaborative

Nonprofits are businesses. To successfully serve a mission, nonprofit leaders must have a clear business strategy. Erin Maruzzella is a nonprofit business leader with an executive MBA. You will leave this session with a better understanding of tactical business modeling tools that are useful in any industry. We will use these tools in our workshop to give you clarity around the value that your organization brings to both the customers and the consumers of your nonprofit product—and learn why these are often two distinct groups.

The Power of Focus

Chalice Springfield, Coach | Trainer | Owner, Unstoppable Curiosity

In “The Power of Focus” workshop, discover the transformative potential of the 80/20 concept in achieving unparalleled productivity and impactful results. If you find yourself overwhelmed with an extensive to-do list without experiencing the desired outcomes, this session is tailored for you. Learn to identify the 20% of high-payoff activities that contribute to 80% of your results and explore strategies to integrate them seamlessly into your daily habits. Uncover tangible tools designed to enhance your productivity, align with your goals, and amplify your capacity. Join us for a dynamic and engaging experience that promises to empower you with a focused mindset, ensuring that your efforts yield maximum efficiency and meaningful outcomes.

Cultivating Generosity: Building Philanthropic Culture Amid Change

Beryl Durazo, Executive Director of Foundation & Community Partnerships, Front Range Community College

Institutional transformation is a dynamic process that requires a holistic approach to ensure sustained growth and success. One key element often overlooked is the cultivation of a philanthropic culture. This lecture and discussion will provide strategies for building and fostering a culture of philanthropy during times of significant change within an institution.

Building Community Resilience and Preventing Hate Motivated Violence

Ilima Kane, Grants Specialist, Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Mekenah Jensen, All Threats Intelligence Unit Supervisor, Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

This session will cover the following objectives:  (1) Describe a variety of grant programs available to nonprofits to help improve the safety of the communities they serve and secure their facilities. (2) Invite a conversation with nonprofits to brainstorm ideas for grant projects or actions that can be taken to build community resilience against hate and targeted violence.

How to Use AI in Your Digital Marketing

Natalie Henley, CEO, Volume Nine

AI like Chat GPT has caught the marketing world on fire. If you are looking for fun, creative ways to increase the efficiency of your marketing, then you won’t want to miss our upcoming session all about using AI in your digital marketing! We’re going to cover some easy ideas to help you supercharge your marketing efforts to drive more customers & get ahead of the competition, including search engine optimization, social media marketing, content writing, AND MORE!

And don’t worry, we won’t be using any confusing jargon or technical language – our session is all about making AI accessible and approachable for marketers of all skill levels. So come join us for some engaging discussions and maybe even a few robot puns along the way. See you there!

The Leadership Model: A Scaffolding for the Qualities, Roles, and Responsibilities of a Effective Leader

Kelly Zeillmann, CEO, CG Consulting

This interactive session will introduce you to:

  • 4 Qualities of a Leader: Dynamic Determination, Intellectual Flexibility, Character, and Emotional Well-being
  • 4 Roles of a Leader: Direction setter, Change Agent, Coach, Spokesperson
  • 4 Responsibilities of a Leader: Vision casting, Strategy Formulation, Aligning, Motivating

Executive Director Roundtable

Led by local nonprofit leader Elizabeth Barber. Gain insights from Elizabeth as she navigates discussions on fundraising, governance, staff management, and program innovation. Network with peers, exchange insights, and enhance your leadership skills in this collaborative environment.

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Event Speakers

Check back for additional speaker announcements!

Executive Director
Innovations in Aging Collaborative

Executive Director
The Greeley Dream Team


Estes Park Health Foundation

Coach | Trainer | Owner
Unstoppable Curiosity

Data Dissemination Specialist
U.S. Census Bureau

All Threats Intelligence Unit Supervisor
Colorado DHSEM

Grants Specialist
Colorado DHSEM

Owner and Principal
Prismatic Consulting

Executive Director of Foundation & Community Partnerships
Front Range Community College

Front Range Community College

Volume Nine

Senior Consultant
Prismatic Consulting


Community Connections Sponsor