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Crissy Supples
Rural Philanthropy Days Program Manager

T: 719-530-2651

Leah Rausch
Program Assistant
T: 303-623-1540 x 170

What is RPD?

The Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) conference is a three-day event that will bring Colorado's most powerful foundations to Ouray to meet with rural grantseekers. Join us June 17 - 19, 2013 in Ouray, CO. This unique event only happens once every four years! Register here.

The conference offers grantmakers and grantseekers an exclusive opportunity to discuss common interests and strengthen partnerships to better meet the needs of Western Slope communities in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel Counties.

Grantseekers gain access to new resources, opportunities for collaboration and capacity-building services. Grantmakers are able to expand their visibility, familiarize themselves with the Western Slope and target their philanthropic giving to organizations and programs that have the greatest community impact. RPD opportunities lead to successful grant proposals and millions of dollars of increased funding where you need it most.

The goals of the Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days are to:

  • Increase the number of grants and the total dollar amount of grants that are awarded to the Western Slope region by helping nonprofits improve their fundraising skills.
  • Educate grantmakers about Western Slope community needs with the purpose of providing them with a context from which to expand regional giving for maximum impact.
  • Demonstarte the positive impact of local nonprofits on Western Slope communities.
  • Improve collaboration between nonprofits, local government, and businesses, as well as across county lines and among sectors.
  • Improve the capacity for local nonprofits to achieve mission success by providing training and technical assistance opportunities throughout the conference.

A regional Steering Committee designs, plans and executes the conference. it includes community leaders from Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties, as well as staff from the Community Resource Center, Anschutz Family Foundation, the Boettcher Foundation and the Colorado Trust.

History of RPD

In 1991, the Community Resource Center (CRC) discovered that only 3% of the funds granted by Colorado's private foundations were awarded outside the Front Range. In partnership with the Anschutz Family Foundation, the Rural Philanthropy Days program was launched to address that disparity. The inaugural event was hosted by the City of Grand Junction in 1991. Many other foundations have jointed to assist in making RPD a great success in the eight regions across the state. RPD is now considered the bridge that connects Colorado foundations with rural nonprofits to better educate each other on the needs and services of rural Colorado.

Who should attend?

Grantmakers, grantseekers, business leaders and government representatives will all benefit from the relationship building and educational opportunities of the Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days.


  • One-on-one discussion of potential projects between community leaders and funders.
  • Peer-to-peer learning about new methods and opportunities to improve communities.
  • Create new relationships across the nonprofit, private and government sectors.
  • Network, network, network!


Rural Philanthropy Days is the state's premiere opportunity for funders to connect with hundreds of rural constituents and each other. Program Officers, Agency Directors and staff, Foundation CEOs and Trustees can all benefit from attending the conference.

Discover new community partners in rural Colorado. Explore new opportunities to leverage your resources with other institutions. Learn about the region through the eyes of local leaders. Explore the challenges, opportunities, problems and solutions that make the Western Slope unique. Build direct relationships with local nonprofits that help you advance your grantmaking mission.


"In 2004, I attended the Heart of Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days in Canon City. During the conference, I met with over a dozen potential funding agencies, but non more important than USDA Rural Development. Because the agenda encourages funders and nonprofits to exchange information, I was able to identify USDA as a perfect match for our financing needs. The result of that $10 million conversation? A brand-new, state-of-the-art, multi-million dollar hospital in Woodland Park that is credited with saving lives of over 60 ER patients in just six months." -Bob Harvey, Vice President/Development, Mid-States Senior Living

Business and Government Leaders

Rural Philanthropy Days is a must-attend event for elected and appointed officials at both the municipal and county levels. Public agencies and nonprofit organizations share a remarkable similarity in their goals for community development, environmental protection and service delivery.