Resources

Spring 2019 Featured Resources

- The Colorado Parks Foundation is launching their spring grant cycle with $22,500 in available funding. Apply for up to a $3000 grant today! The CPF is proud to provide support to Parks across Colorado and has attempted to craft the online application to be as uncomplicated as possible. The average time to fill out the grant application is less than 20 minutes!

- Trinity Youth Community Fund is interested in receiving proposals for program/project work that include education services for children and youth, environmental preservation, and clean water (among other issue areas), from organizations located in Boulder County and the Denver Metro Area. Deadline is coming up quickly, April 3rd …  Funding guidelines are here.

2019 Rendezvous at Partners in the Outdoors Conference

On May 24th, individual State Parks Friends will be gathering with the Friends of Colorado State Parks for our 5th Annual Rendezvous. Come to discuss how we can support one another, creating shared resources and services, and learning about how to create a cornerstone project. Read the summarized highlights from 2018!

How Leave No Trace Can Work in Your Park

With the announcement that the Colorado Tourism Office is partnering with Leave No Trace for some new statewide campaigns, we've also seen local state parks like Roxborough join the Leave No Trace initiative as well. This is an example of key stewardship ethic and educational outreach that a local Friends group could focus some projects on in 2019. 

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There is a wealth of information available out there on volunteer management and training, nonprofit organization development, support, and governance, and fund development and finance. We have concentrated on providing information about Colorado organizations that can support you, along with a few national groups. These resource pages aren't conclusive, but we hope they're a nice start!

Our downloadable PDF is a compilation of online resources we research and update that will likely have pertinent information for building your local Friends group. Select a topic in the resource guide that most fits your needs and link directly to that section.  If you still have a question, need more, or want to send along a resource, please email us.

Recently Featured Resources:

- Grant Writing Tips from NEEF and Community Centric-Fundraising from Gunnison Community Resource Center

- Communicate effectively … utilize The Language of Conservation! How you say it makes a difference … learn what resonates with the public!

- The Colorado Parks Foundation Spring Grant Cycle: read the welcome letter here and review the grant guidelines here ... and then apply for the grant (it's easy compared to many grants)!

- A Sample of a recent Annual Report from the Friends of Colorado State Parks

- "Strategic Planning" by the Community Resource Center.

Other Resource Topics You Can Find in the Downloadable Guide Include: 

  • Nonprofit and Organizational Development

  • Volunteer Recruitment, Training, and Management

  • Trails and Conservation Advocacy and Training

  • Marketing and Public Relations

  • Funding

  • Legal

  • Operations

  • Networking