Arts, Leadership and Philanthropy Resources


Arts Incubator of the Rockies
Serves communities with creativity-focused community development/economic development workshops and programs. They provide crosssector collaboration – serving artists, business people, educators, and the community together. They teach design thinking, business planning, and entrepreneurial spirit using the latest business development strategies and tactics like fast prototyping and lean startup principles.

Colorado Association of Funders
As the only organization in Colorado focused exclusively on the full spectrum of funders in our state, the Colorado Association of Funders has been a key local resource for foundations and other funders looking to share ideas and expertise, collaborate on funding strategies and strategically expand their reach across the state and beyond.

Colorado Business Committee for the Arts
Colorado Business Committee for the Arts works to advance Colorado’s creative economy by connecting business and the arts. CBCA accomplishes its mission through year-round advocacy, research, training, and arts engagement efforts.

Colorado Creative Industries
A division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade, Colorado Creative Industries sees a future where Colorado is a premiere “Creative Economy.” CCI’s mission is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado’s economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life.

Colorado Grants Guide
The Colorado Grants Guide is available for purchase in print or online from the Community Resource Center and contains funder profiles and funding areas by interests, geographic location or type of grant.

Colorado Nonprofit Association
Colorado Nonprofit Association is a statewide membership organization dedicated to building a connected, collaborative sector; to being a reliable, comprehensive source of information and referral for nonprofits; and to providing leadership in advocacy on behalf of Colorado’s nonprofits.

Colorado Nonprofit Development Center
The Center’s mission is to foster the development of a healthy and vibrant nonprofit sector in Colorado by enhancing the effective and efficient use of community resources and by supporting the development of charitable projects and nonprofits. The Center was founded to connect innovative thinkers in the nonprofit sector who are having a positive impact; to fill gaps in the sector with well-managed programs; to insure financial accountability; and to develop leadership skills of social entrepreneurs.

Colorado Nonprofit Loan Fund
Administered by the Denver Foundation, The Colorado Nonprofit Loan Fund, formerly the Community Cash Flow Fund, has funds available for loans to nonprofit organizations to help bridge cash flow timing problems.

Community Resource Center
CRC helps Colorado nonprofits fulfill their missions by introducing tools, techniques and technology to increase organizational capacity. CRC offers a wide range of technical assistance and training services to nonprofits and community groups.

Denver Arts & Venues
Denver Arts & Venues’ mission is to amplify Denver’s quality of life and economic vitality through premier public venues, arts and entertainment opportunities.

Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation
From young professionals to senior executives, the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation shapes the leaders of today and tomorrow, giving leaders the tools, knowledge, experiences and connections to enhance your community impact.

Downtown Denver Partnership Leadership Program
The Downtown Denver Leadership Program provides an intense immersion in urban issues, policies and practices through an annual project that challenges the participants’ ability to research, analyze and collaborate. Throughout the work on the project, participants are also challenged to set goals and enhance their skills as leaders.

Equity and Diversity
Putnam Consulting Group’s study on “The Road to Achieving Equity.” Findings and lessons from a field scan of foundations that are embracing equity as a primary focus.

Institute for Leaders in Development
The Institute for Leaders in Development at University of Denver is a unique professional development program that identifies Colorado’s emerging nonprofit fundraising leaders and prepares them for the future.

Latino Leadership Institute at University of Denver
The Latino Leadership Institute (LLI) believes that Colorado is home to talented, successful and committed Latinas and Latinos who are poised for meaningful leadership roles in business, government and philanthropy. Participants collaborate on social impact projects with meaningful results and learn how to maximize their personal equity to influence public policy. The Latino Leadership Institute at the University of Denver connects its Fellows to extensive, power networks and provides mentors from among the most prominent and successful members of the Latino Community.

Metro Volunteers
Metro Volunteers strengthens our community by connecting people with volunteer opportunities and building the effectiveness of nonprofits. Metro Volunteers also provides training for staff and volunteers.

Scientific and Cultural Facilities District
Since 1989, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) has distributed funds from a 1/10 of 1% sales and use tax to cultural facilities throughout the seven-county Denver, Colorado metropolitan area. The funds support cultural facilities whose primary purpose is to enlighten and entertain the public through the production, presentation, exhibition, advancement and preservation of art, music, theatre, dance, zoology, botany, natural history and cultural history.

Western States Arts Federation
The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) is a regional nonprofit arts service organization whose mission is to strengthen the financial, organizational, and policy infrastructure of the arts in the West. This is accomplished by assisting state arts agencies, arts organizations, and artists in their quest to serve diverse audiences, enrich the lives of local communities, and provide access to the arts and arts education for all citizens.


Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With more than 50 years of service, Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.

ArtPlace America
ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration among a number of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions that works to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.

Artspace is America’s leader in artist-led community transformation.  With headquarters in Minneapolis and offices in Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington DC, Artspace runs a network of more than 35 affordable arts facilities in 13 states. Their facilities provide more than 1,300 affordable live/work units for artists and their families as well as a million square feet of non-residential space for artists, arts organizations and creative enterprises.

Center for Creative Leadership
CCL’s mission is to advance the understanding, practice and development of leadership for the benefit of society worldwide.

Council on Foundations
An active philanthropic network, the Council on Foundations, is a nonprofit leadership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. It provides the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good. The Council empowers professionals in philanthropy to meet today’s toughest challenges and advances a culture of charitable giving in the U.S. and globally.

Creative Capital
Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. Their pioneering approach—inspired by venture-capital principles—helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices.

Grantmakers in the Arts
A national network of private, public, and corporate arts funders, Grantmakers in the Arts provides leadership and service that advances the use of philanthropic and governmental resources to support the growth of arts and culture. GIA provides valuable professional development for arts grantmakers through conferences, workshops, and webinars; publications including the peer-reviewed GIA Reader; research and policy work across the field of philanthropy; and communication tools on the GIA website.

Independent Sector
To advance the common good by leading, strengthening, and mobilizing the nonprofit and philanthropic community.

National Arts Marketing
The National Arts Marketing Project produces an annual conference, hosts monthly webinars, organizes regional training programs, and provides on-site workshops on a range of arts marketing topics. The website provides information, tools, and practical ideas to design high-quality, cost-effective marketing programs and strengthen arts organizations. The National Arts Marketing Project is a program of Americans for the Arts.