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A new volunteer program for the Colorado Springs police and fire department; a new bicycle shed for Urban Peak; a new name and image for a 100-year-old Colorado Springs nonprofit. These projects — plus many more — were special projects that Leadership Pikes Peak graduates undertook as a way to serve the community. This year,… Continue Reading Leadership Pikes Peak seeking nonprofit projects

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LPP looking for new nonprofit projects

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A new volunteer program for the Colorado Springs police and fire department; a new bicycle shed for Urban Peak; a new name and image for a 100-year-old Colorado Springs nonprofit. These projects – plus many more – were all part of the classes at Leadership Pikes Peak. And this year, they’re looking for more projects.… Continue Reading LPP looking for new nonprofit projects

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Cefus leaves Catamount, joins PPCF

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Eric Cefus has resigned as executive director of the Catamount Institute, to become the director of new business development for the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. The foundation, among other things owns Venetucci Farm and launched Pikes Peak Urban Gardens. It also has a music, arts and sustainability program at Aspen Valley Ranch in Woodland Park… Continue Reading Cefus leaves Catamount, joins PPCF

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Back in 2010, Leif was one of the more than 600 people camping on the banks of Monument Creek. The military veteran had no job and no place to live. He did, however, own a moped. In an effort to keep it from being stolen, he fought for his possession and lost an eye in… Continue Reading Outreach program nets more than 200 jobs for homeless

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The sports industry could teach the nonprofit sector something about succession planning. Professional sports teams are in continual recruiting mode, teambuilding up to 10 years in advance. Nonprofits, however, are often left scrambling to find new leadership when an executive director moves on. Few young people, it seems, even consider careers in the nonprofit sector.… Continue Reading Springs nonprofits looking for leaders of tomorrow

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The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is painting a vibrant economic picture. While other nonprofits have struggled during the financial downturn, for the third consecutive year the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center has surpassed its own revenue record, even while paying down major debt. FAC officials attribute the increase in revenue to vigorous grant writing… Continue Reading Fresh palette of events sustaining Fine Arts Center

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The El Pomar Foundation celebrated its 10,000th grant with a $150,000 gift to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center today. The grant will go toward general operating support. Julie Penrose, who established El Pomar with her husband Spencer Penrose, was one of  the founders of the Fine Arts Center. “It is fitting that the foundation’s… Continue Reading El Pomar awards 10,000th grant with FAC gift

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By Rebecca Tonn Thousands of some of Colorado’s smallest nonprofits could soon lose their tax-exempt status unless they file their annual 990 financial statement with the IRS. The first wave of 990s are due May 15. Many are expected to miss the deadline. That’s because smaller nonprofits aren’t accustomed to filing the forms, although the… Continue Reading Nonprofits face looming deadline to file financials

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Greccio Housing, a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing for low-income or at-risk families and individuals, received a $30,000 grant from the El Pomar Foundation this week. The grant will be paid over a two year period. Greccio owns or manages 351 apartment units on 17 properties. The nonprofit organization has doubled in size over… Continue Reading Greccio Housing receives El Pomar Foundation grant

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United Way: Giving lower in Springs

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El Paso and Teller county residents give at a lower rate to the local United Way than many other Coloradans do to their chapters of the charity. Per-capita giving in Colorado to United Way is $13.06, but the Pikes Peak United Way receives just $9.25 per-capita. Residents of the Denver and Fort Collins areas give… Continue Reading United Way: Giving lower in Springs

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