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Nonprofit Community Leaders Honored

Mar 16, 2016

Today, Colorado Nonprofit Association hosted its annual awards luncheon in downtown Denver.

This special awards ceremony brought together community, nonprofit, and business leaders to recognize the contributions of six individuals and one organization that have all positively impacted the Colorado nonprofit sector.

More than 700 luncheon attendees attended today’s luncheon, honoring the award winners for making Colorado a better place to live.

The 2016 Colorado Nonprofit Week Award winners are:

William Funk Award for Building Stronger Communities

This award recognizes exceptional leaders who are capable of bringing together communities to define and solve problems.

  • Rick Doucet, Community Reach Center
  • Linda L. Weise, Colorado Springs Conservatory

Steve Graham Award for Building Nonprofit Capacity

The prestigious award is voted on by past award recipients and honors leaders who have demonstrated remarkable dedication and commitment to the quality of programs and services in the nonprofit sector as a whole.

  • David Miller, Institute for Philanthropy & Social Enterprise, University of Denver

Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes an individual that has dedicated their life to serving the public and who has supported nonprofits.

  • Bill Hanna, Bill Hanna & Associates

Legislator of the Year Award

This award recognizes legislators that have made a significant impact on the nonprofit sector.

  • Sen. John Kefalas, District 14, Larimer County
  • Sen. Kent Lambert, District 9, El Paso County

Excellence in Media Award

This award recognizes media that have supported the nonprofit sector.

  • 5280 Magazine, Daniel Brogan, President

“Nonprofits serve our communities in ways we don’t always recognize,” says Renny Fagan, president and CEO of Colorado Nonprofit Association. “From health and human services to arts and education, the work of nonprofits is integrated into the daily lives of Coloradans. These individuals and organizations have been vital in creating the wonderful quality of life we enjoy here in Colorado. We are honored to celebrate and honor their work.”

Colorado Nonprofit Association thanks the generous sponsors of the Colorado Nonprofit Week Awards Luncheon including:

  • Presenting Sponsor and William Funk and Steve Graham Award Sponsor - Boettcher Foundation
  • Gold Sponsor and Media Award Sponsor - Denver Foundation
  • Media Sponsor - The Denver Post 
  • Gold Sponsors - The Colorado Health Foundation, The Colorado Trust, Daniels Fund, Rose Community Foundation, Pinnacol Assurance
  • Silver Sponsors - BKD, Colorado State Bank & Trust 
  • Bronze Sponsors - ANI, AV Hunter Trust, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, CoBiz Financial, EKS&H, Kundinger, Corder & Engle, Suncor; Copper Sponsors, Bellco, El Pomar, Kaiser Permanente, SingerLewak, University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs.

Colorado Nonprofit Week continues with an educational advocacy day at the State Capitol on Thursday, March 17 where nonprofits can meet legislators and learn about legislation impacting charitable organizations. On Friday, March 18, Coloradans are encouraged to “Pay It Forward” in support of charitable organizations and spend a few hours volunteering with their favorite charity. 

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