Categories: Press Release
      Date: Feb  8, 2012
The Telluride Foundation is known for providing critical financial support to community organizations through its grant making, however the Foundation is less known for its significant investments in helping to build the capacity and capabilities of regional nonprofits. The Foundation hosts workshops, trainings, sponsors speakers, and provides one-on-one technical assistance and consultants to community nonprofit staff and board members in order to improve their ability to deliver effective and efficient services, programs and ultimately impact. The Foundation has provided over 7,000 people hours (hours x number of participants), at no or very low cost, of training, technical assistance and capacity building since its inception in 2000 to regional nonprofits and community organizations.


"We intentionally link our grant making with increased and effective capacity - running a small organization better - so that our donors' support will go further to improving the quality of life for the people of the region," said Paul Major, President, Telluride Foundation.


Capacity Building Workshops in 2012 will highlight local and regional professionals and experts in their field who will share their knowledge with the community. All 2012 workshops, as listed below, will be FREE, open to the public, and held at the Telluride Wilkinson Library Program Room, unless otherwise noted:


1) Nonprofit Strategic Partnerships, Including Models for Nonprofit Mergers & Shared Services: join us for a panel presentation from representatives of nonprofits and organizations that have experienced different types of partnerships, mergers and shared service. Thursday Feb 23, Noon to 2pm.


2) Social Media Workshop: join locals Susan Viebrock and Jim Berkowitz for an exploration of internet marketing and social media networking best practice and technology tools for successfully building your nonprofit's web presence and a loyal donor base. Monday March 5, 10 to Noon.


3) Telluride High School Service Learning Program: Telluride High School Counselor, Sarah Kimble will explain the program and how you can get involved with this May 17, 2012 day of service. Learn why your help matters in creating meaningful volunteers opportunities and consider helping to teach our local youth about the importance of working with nonprofit organizations. March 12, 10am - 11am.


4) Writing your Story and Message through Press Releases & Other Marketing Material: local writer, Matthew Beaudin will teach tips to writing strong press releases to increase the likelihood of them being published, as well as how to polish your writing style and get your message out. Thursday May 17 10am to noon.


5) Reading and Developing Strong Financial Statements: Joe Keck and Terryl Peterson of the Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center will help nonprofits understand and read their Balance Sheet & Profit & Loss statements, learn what funders and donors look for, and how these statements can be used to demonstrate your financial strength. Coming in June


6) Researching Grant Opportunities: Learn how to find grant opportunities using the Foundation Center and the Colorado Grants Guide websites with Telluride Foundation Program Director and Grant Writer, April Montgomery and Resource Librarian Sarah Landeryou. Participants will learn about these grant search engines and spend time researching prospective funders for their own organizations. Bring your own laptop or reserve one by contacting April at the Foundation. Thursday July 12, 10am to Noon.


7) Understanding and Writing Contracts, Memorandums of Agreement & Letters of Intent: Bring your lunch and join local attorneys Nicole Pieterse and April Montgomery, who will explain when and how to use these contractual tools as well as how to better understand legal contractual jargon. Wednesday August 22, noon to 2pm.


8) Inspirational and Educational Speaker, Jeff Goeble of Goeble & Associates, Coming in 2012: Jeff will teach a half day workshop in Telluride. Goeble has worked in the area of conflict resolution, including in Africa, with Native American tribes, and with indigenous peoples of Hawaii. (


In addition to the workshops listed above, the Foundation will host regular Executive Director (ED) Breakfasts. ED Breakfasts are an opportunity for nonprofit directors and leaders to talk among and learn from their peers; each breakfast will begin around a specific topic or theme, but will allow plenty of time for Q&A, general discussion and networking. ED Breakfasts are held every other month, the second Thursday of the month, at the Telluride Library Program Room. Upcoming ED Breakfasts include:


1) Observations and Advice from Donors and Fundraisers, Sheila Wald and Bunny Friedus, March 8, 8:30 - 9:30am.


2) Managing Staff and Volunteers with Human Resource Consultant, Nancy Schaufele, May 10, 8:30 - 9:30am.


3) Maximizing the Effectiveness of your Board of Directors with Davis Fansler and Paul Major, July 12, 8:30 - 9:30am.


4) Telluride Gives 12.12.12, an update and explanation of this year's on-line giving initiative and gift cards with Telluride Foundation staff -Sept. 13, 8:30 - 9:30am.


5) Topic TBD - Nov 8, 8:30 - 9:30am.


Please contact April Montgomery at the Telluride Foundation at 970-728-8717 or to RSVP for upcoming workshops or ED Breakfasts or for more information.


The Telluride Foundation exists to create a stronger Telluride community through the promotion and support of philanthropy. It is a nonprofit, apolitical community foundation that provides year-round support for local organizations involved in arts, education, athletics, charitable causes, land conservation and other community-based efforts through technical assistance, education and grant making. As a grant maker, the Foundation awards grants to qualified applicants that serve the people living and working in the Telluride area for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life within the region. For more information on the Telluride Foundation visit