Recently, the Central Peaks Council hosted a Town Hall event which used live polling and breakout sessions to ask key community leaders for assistance in determining and prioritizing regional challenges and identify opportunities for philanthropic dollars to assist in addressing those issues.
The event attracted almost 60 attendees from Chaffee, Custer, Fremont and Park counties including: funders from Anschutz Family Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, and the Buell Foundation; representatives from the offices of Senator Bennet, Senator Gardner and U.S. Rep. Tipton as well as the mayor of Fairplay; and leaders from the nonprofit and private sectors.
In addition to granting over $300,000 to Early Childhood Councils, the Central Peaks Council has invested more than $650,000 to support Boys and Girls Clubs in the region since 2006. The Council was interested to learn that affordable housing, economic development and physical/mental health were identified as the three top regional challenges.
After the live polling was complete, attendees joined breakout sessions to further discuss the subjects mentioned above. Each provided insight on organizations working to address needs and how to better collaborate and create measurable change through philanthropic investments. One valuable piece of advice for the Council came from a group discussing physical and mental health. It was said, “Be sure to identify what not to fund. Work with community leaders and organizations to understand exactly what is needed and how to create effective partnerships. It is helpful to find programs that are already generating success and invest in those areas.”