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The Colorado Trust Awards Grants to Rural Philanthropy Days Participants


Media Contact: Julian Kesner, Director of Communications
303-539-3147; [email protected]

DENVER, COLO.The Colorado Trust today announced it has made $25,000 in grants to strengthen the work of five nonprofit organizations working to advance the health and well-being of rural Coloradans. The Colorado Trust, a grantmaking foundation dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of the people of Colorado, made the grants after meeting with nonprofit organizations at Rural Philanthropy Days in Ouray, Colorado.

Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) connects funders with nonprofit organizations that serve rural Colorado. This three-day event, which takes place twice each year, was created in 1991 by the Community Resource Center (CRC) and the Anschuz Family Foundation to strengthen nonprofit-funder relations and to address critical needs in rural communities across Colorado.

“In our efforts to advance the health and well-being of all Coloradans, The Colorado Trust has provided grant funding to address needs all across the state,” said Ned Calonge, MD, MPH, President and CEO, The Colorado Trust. “As a native rural Coloradan myself, I particularly value the intensive learning and networking opportunities for nonprofit service organizations in outlying communities and Colorado funders provided by Rural Philanthropy Days.”

The Colorado Trust awarded grants of $5,000 each to the following five nonprofit organizations that participated in RPD:

  • All American Families – mentors, community support and training help children build a healthy future free from addiction, poverty, violence, under-education or emotional trauma (Delta County)
  • The Center for Mental Health – day treatment for children with behavioral health issues living in extreme poverty, a peer-based and suicide prevention program (Montrose)
  • Confidential Advocacy Center – confidential safety needs and direct advocacy services for individuals whose lives have been affected by domestic violence and/or sexual assault (Gunnison/Hinsdale Counties)
  • Grand Valley Catholic Outreach – assistance for low-income seniors, mothers and children with access to over-the-counter medications (Grand Junction/Mesa County)
  • Haven House – shelter, support services and enrichment programs for homeless families and individuals (Montrose/Delta Counties).

Since 2010, The Colorado Trust has provided $200,000 in grants to rural Colorado nonprofit organizations through RPD.

In addition to providing grant support to nonprofit organizations, The Colorado Trust also provides general operating support to CRC to help make RPD possible.

The Colorado Trust will participate in the next 2013 Rural Philanthropy Days in Winter Park, Colorado, Sept. 25-27.

For additional information about The Colorado Trust and its grantmaking, visit For additional information about RPD, please contact the Community Resource Center at

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Learn about the health equity issues affecting Coloradans at Collective Colorado, a publication of The Colorado Trust.