Colorado Nonprofit Association, established in 1986, exists to strengthen nonprofits because they are crucial to a better quality of life in Colorado. Every day we educate and inform Colorado nonprofits about new ideas, best practices, and pressing public policies because with that knowledge they can achieve greater impact on Colorado communities.
We are the collective voice of Colorado’s nonprofit sector and a statewide membership organization helping nonprofits fulfill their mission to make Colorado a better place to live. Members have access to resources, education and publications at reduced or no cost.
Colorado Nonprofit Association leads, serves and strengthens Colorado’s nonprofit community to improve the quality of life throughout our state.
Read the 2012–16 Strategic Plan.
How was Colorado Nonprofit Association formed?
We were created by a group of nonprofit leaders to serve as the voice of the nonprofit sector and to encourage information exchange among nonprofits. Our member services evolved as demand grew for administrative and insurance services. Colorado Nonprofit Association’s public policy role grew in the late 1990s when we became a major influence in the defeat of a property tax amendment that would have been harmful to nonprofits in Colorado. We continue to enhance and add to our programs and services as the nonprofit sector changes.
Read “A Quarter-Century Retrospective” (PDF) to read more about Colorado Nonprofit Association’s 25-year history.
Why is Colorado Nonprofit Association needed now?
Today our role has grown even more important as there are more than 19,000 charitable nonprofit organizations in our state that represent 6 percent of our state’s economy.
Nonprofits need a strong advocate, not only at the legislative level, but also at the grass roots support level. And, based on the average individual giving to nonprofits in Colorado, we are needed more than ever to help raise awareness of and support for all of our nonprofit organizations that are key to keeping Colorado economically strong and culturally robust.
Is every Colorado nonprofit a member?
Unfortunately, not yet. But they should be. Every new member adds strength to our influence, support to expand our member services, and economic resources to fund our communications with the people of Colorado. Every nonprofit, regardless of size or focus, can not only benefit from membership, but through membership can also help increase both public and private support of its services.