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Voices of the Fellowship: Rural Philanthropy Days 2015

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Allie Romo

Since the early 1990’s, the Colorado Resource Center has selected a community in rural Colorado to host Rural Philanthropy Days events every four years.  In partnership with the Community Resource Center and the Anschutz Family Foundation, Rural Philanthropy Days provides a unique opportunity for statewide funders, government agencies, and local grant seekers to strengthen partnerships and discover ways to work together on rural projects that improve community life.

This year, Creede will host the 2015 San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days from September 23-25, 2015. The conference will also provide training and capacity-building opportunities focused on improving the success of regional nonprofits.

Geographically, Creede is on the western edge of the San Luis Valley, the largest, highest inter-mountain valley in the world.  Creede has a rich history ranging from Ute Indian hunting to a present day vibrant arts community. Long before the silver boom in the later 19th century, the Ute Tribe of Colorado used the surrounding land of the present-day town of Creede as a hunting ground. From the late 1890’s until 1985, silver mining was the main economic driver for Creede.  In 2010, Creede was voted Colorado’s Top Arts Town.  The town is also known for its many annual festivals, such as Taste of Creede, Creede Cabin Fever Daze, and the Creede Cruisin’ the Canyon Car Show, to name a few.  As a town with rich rural history, Creede is ready and excited to host Rural Philanthropy Days this September.

As the current San Luis Valley Regional Fellow, I am honored to serve on this year’s San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days Steering Committee. El Pomar Foundation’s Regional Partnerships Program acknowledges the key firsthand knowledge and insight local leaders provide into their communities, which only comes from living, working, and being involved at a local community level. Serving on the Steering Committee has allowed me to get to know the region and the members of the San Luis Valley Community in a deeper and distinct way.  The effort to put on the San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days illustrates the potential for significant impact when local community leaders leverage their own resources to better the nonprofit sector and the people it serves.

For more information on the San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days please visit