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Archive for April, 2015

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Worksessions Available for Nonprofits

Thank you to those of you that were able to take the time to attend one of our workshops March 30 and 31 on Impact and Evaluation.  We appreciate your interest and willingness to learn more about the power of effective evaluation and collective impact.

We are pleased to let you know that Debbie Wilde has agreed to provide additional assistance to those who are interested in further developing their initial outcome framework.

Particularly as we ran out of time during Monday’s workshop to work through some frameworks for evaluation and measuring outcomes, and Tuesday morning, the group effectively moved through the way in which evaluative tools can be utilized, we wanted to offer additional worksessions.

Debbie will work with you on the specfic framework for your organization. This assistance will be in the form of small group discussion/participation and will be held in two-hour increments on Monday April 13 and Tuesday April 14.  Please RSVP to The Summit Foundation for the time you will attend and come prepared to discuss your outcomes.  The times are as follows:

April 13: 1 to 3 pm and 3 to 5 pm (Discovery Room)

April 14: 9 to 11 am, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm (bring your own lunch!) & 2 pm to 4 pm  (TipTop Room)

Each of these worksessions will take place at the

Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center

103 S. Harris Street, Breckenridge

As we mentioned, this workshop was the first of a four-part series. We plan on offering the second workshop at the beginning of May and will confirm the details soon. Thanks again for your interest.


Missed the first workshop?  

We encourage our nonprofits to get caught up on this series and are offering another session on Wednesday April 15th from 8:30 to 11:30 am.

See below for more details.


You are encouraged to join The Summit Foundation in the first of a series of workshops to learn more about nonprofit evaluation and impact and how you can apply these tools to benefit your organization.

Jeanne Bistranin, Executive Director of The Summit Foundation, will discuss The Foundation’s recently announced Areas Of Impact.

(For more details on these new Impact Areas, please visit the Grant Application section of our website.)

We are also pleased to welcome Debbie Wilde, a well-known consultant on nonprofit outcomes and the author of The Sustainable Nonprofit: 10 Strategies to Grow a Successful and Exceptional Organization.  Debbie was the Executive Director of YouthZone, a nonprofit organization based in the Roaring Fork Valley.  She successfully led the organization through an unexpected funding crisis and will share her first-hand knowledge and practical applications that will help you create outcomes to improve your programming and increase funding opportunities.  We anticipate these strategies will also apply to your grant application with The Summit Foundation.

 Wednesday April 15 (8:30 to 11:30 am)

Buffalo Mountain Room

County Commons, Frisco


Due to limited space, nonprofits may be limited to one or two participants at these worksessions and workshop.  We may be able to accommodate additional representatives as space allows.

Please RSVP your interest in attending (and which worksession or workshop) to The Summit Foundation via email or phone, 970-453-5970 as soon as possible.

Attendance will be on a first come, first serve basis.

We look forward to seeing you.

Measuring Impact Workshops offered May 5 and 7

The Summit Foundation is pleased to announce dates for the second workshop on nonprofit evaluation and impact:

“Measuring Impact”  

This free workshop is a follow-up to the first workshop offered in March and is the second in a series of four.

Debbie Wilde will once again provide an interactive, hands-on experience that will build on the skills of the first workshop, focusing this time on how to measure the impact you are building within your programs and organization.  Nonprofit representatives are encouraged to bring the book provided (The Sustainable Nonprofit) and complete the homework prior to attending.

Two sessions of this Measuring Impact workshop will be offered:

Tuesday May 5 (1 to 4 pm) oThursday May 7 (8:30 to 11:30 am)

Both sessions will be held in the

Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center
103 S. Harris Street, Breckenridge
Community Room (located on the lower level)

We strongly encourage nonprofit representatives to continue attending all of these workshops to learn more about impact and evaluation and how it can improve programming and increase funding opportunities.  We anticipate these strategies will also apply to future grant applications with The Summit Foundation.

Please RSVP to attend one of the workshops (you need not attend both days).  Due to limited space, nonprofits may be limited to one or two participants.  We may be able to accommodate additional representatives as space allows.  Please RSVP your interest in attending (and which workshop) to Wanda Creen via email or phone, 970-453-5970.

Homework assignment reminder: read chapters 3 and 7 in The Sustainable Nonprofit and complete the handout provided in March.  Lost the handout or missed the first workshop and interested in attending the next three?  Click here for a copy of the handout and contact The Summit Foundation to obtain a copy of the book.

Mark your calendars for the third and fourth workshops…  The third workshop, Selling Impact, has been scheduled for Wednesday June 10 (1 to 4 pm) and Thursday June 11 (9 am to 12 pm) and the fourth workshop, Leading Impact, will be offered on Wednesday July 15 (1 to 4 pm) and Thursday July 16 (9 am to 12 pm).  Held in the community room at BGVCC, these workshops will again be offered twice and nonprofits need only attend one session of each.  You may RSVP to these workshops as well now.



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