Nonprofit Training

In 2006, The Western Colorado Community Foundation launched its NSTAR program (Nonprofit Support, Training and Resources). Funded by the Bacon Family Foundation, this program is designed to help local nonprofit organizations increase their organizational capacity to raise funds and fulfill their missions.

NSTAR provides free brown bag seminars on management and governance topics, and occasional half-day and full-day workshops. Webinars and other on-line training tools are also made available on a regular basis. WCCF maintains a lending library of materials on topics of interest. Staff are available to meet with a board member or executive director regarding special needs a non-profit organization might have, such as starting a new 501(c)(3), resolving a funding crisis, navigating a leadership transition, or developing complex collaborations.

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Colorado Nonprofit Association is proud to bring you the third edition of Principles    & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Colorado (P&P).

This guidebook was developed by Colorado nonprofits for Colorado nonprofits. It        provides resources to help you keep up-to-date on legal compliance, prepare to    complete the Form 990, build capacity, and demonstrate transparency and    accountability.

Download the guidebook here.

Upcoming Trainings

Our NSTAR training schedule includes Community Impact Council, Mesa County Fundraisers Network Meetings, Mesa County Public Library District/Foundation Center Series, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Webinars, Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days Great Governance Series, and other training and networking opportunities.

Events listed are at no cost to participants unless otherwise noted. To be added to an email distribution list of trainings, or to add a training event, please email

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Grants for Arts and the Environment

The Rural Arts Program and the Environmental Initiative Program of The Laura Jane Musser Fund will soon be accepting grant applications. Please take advantage of these grant opportunities and share them with other organizations that would benefit from them. Complete...