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Excellence in Nonprofit Principles & Practices

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Six nonprofit member organizations were recognized at the 25th Annual Fall Conference & Exhibition for completing the Race to Recognition. These organization were the first to complete trainings in the nine qualifying Principles & Practices topic areas. The first finishers are:

Building Bridges, Denver

Community Connections Inc., Durango

Evergreen Christian Outreach, Evergreen

Mountain Resource Center, Conifer

Nuvolution LTD, Denver

Pueblo Diversified Industries, Pueblo


Progress Report          Get Involved          Cancellation Policy

Colorado Nonprofit Association leads, serves and strengthens Colorado’s nonprofit community to improve the quality of life throughout our state. Pursuant to this mission is our goal of offer quality professional development opportunities to nonprofits across the state of Colorado.  

In January 2017, the Association began offering year-round professional development trainings free of charge to members. This includes regional in-person trainings and webinars broadcast live across the state. Any employee or board member of a member nonprofit will have access to this benefit, as well as business members, student and individual members.

"We are dedicated to strengthening the more than 20,000 public charities in Colorado because they are crucial to a better quality of life in our state,” said Renny Fagan, President and CEO of Colorado Nonprofit Association. “By offering free, high quality professional development to our members, we envision a stronger nonprofit community overall."

In what is believed to be an unprecedented effort of its kind in the U.S. for a state nonprofit association, this benefit represents a cost savings for members, as well as an increase in access to professional development for employees and board members at all career stages.

Principles & Practices Recognition Program

The Excellence in Principles & Practices recognition program was created to encourage continuous professional growth in nonprofits across Colorado. Recognition can be earned when a nonprofit sends its members to trainings on nine of the ten topics in Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Colorado. Once completed, the organization will be granted a badge of completion to display on their website, in grant applications and other key materials.

"The Excellence in Nonprofit Principles & Practices recognition will showcase that a nonprofit and its employees are well rounded in key areas of nonprofit management, and up to date on industry best practices,” said Gerry Rasel, Director of Membership Services for the Association.

All Colorado Nonprofit Association qualifying trainings will be marked as 'Qualifying for Excellence in Nonprofit Principles and Practices.' Participants who wish for any qualifying training to count toward their recognition must:

  1. Attend the training
  2. Complete the post-training evaluation within 30 of completing the training

Your organization’s recognition is good until the next edition of Principles & Practices is released (approximately 3 years). Once the new edition is released, you will have to refresh your trainings to receive the updated recognition and badge. The fourth edition of Principles & Practices is expected to be released in the Summer of 2018. You have until then to complete trainings for the third edition. 

For 2017, qualifying training topics include:

  1. Advocacy
  2. Information & Technology
  3. Governance
  4. Communications
  5. Human Resources
  6. Evaluation
  7. Financial Management
  8. Fund Development
  9. Planning

Track the Progress of your Organization

(Online tracker coming soon!)

View the Progress Report for a monthly update of your organization's progress. This document lists nonprofit members in alphabetical order. A green 'Complete' denotes the P&P topic areas for which members of your organization have attended and submitted an evaluation. 

Progress Report

Updated 11/22/2017

If you have any questions about your organization's progress, contact Akila Copeland

Our Cancellation Policy

Colorado Nonprofit Association is able to offer members these free trainings, in part, because most presenters volunteer their time and expertise. They want and deserve a full audience. They also prepare based on the number of registrants.

It is important to the success of this program that registrants who sign up, show up. Members, if you register and fail to attend more than one training in a calendar year, we will invoice you or your organization the nonmember fee for your second missed training. If you cannot make this training, please do one of the following:

  1. Cancel your registration at least 3 business days before the training
  2. Find another employee of your organization/business to take your place

Free trainings do not include our cooperative partnerships or major events including, but not limited to: Colorado Nonprofit Week Awards Luncheon, Tech Summit, Leadership Gatherings, Fall Conference & Exhibition, C(3) Forum, Collaborative Networking and other partner events. As always, members continue receiving preferred pricing on these events.

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