ScSEED is happy to announce that the Colorado Resource Center has chosen the Town of Saguache to host Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) in September 2011. RPD will bring over 200 people to Saguache for a three-day period. Lodging, restaurants, galleries, shops and other businesses will benefit from the visitors! If you are interested in getting involved with RPD planning, please contact ScSEED at development@scseed.org or call 719-655-2775. To learn more about the Colorado Resource Center and RPD, visit www.crcamerica.org/rpd.

Since 1991, the Rural Philanthropy Days program has connected rural nonprofits with Front Range foundations, and the event provides an opportunity for networking, building relationships and educating each other about needs and services in rural regions. Rural Philanthropy Days gives communities access to newly identified resources, opportunities for collaboration, and capacity-building services in order to more effectively meet the needs of rural Colorado communities. The event is designed, organized, funded and planned by community leaders from the host region.

Grant seekers, grant makers, representatives of public agencies, and elected officials explore new partnerships that lead to mutual understanding, successful grant proposals, and more financial resources for rural Colorado. The funders who support and attend Rural Philanthropy Days have invested millions of dollars in rural Colorado, through thousands of grants made to rural nonprofits.

In addition to facilitating investment in rural communities, this event also allows grant makers to expand their visibility across the state, familiarize themselves with rural communities, and target their philanthropic giving to organizations and programs that make the greatest community impact.