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Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Colorado

Colorado Nonprofit Association is proud to bring you the fourth edition of Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Colorado, the comprehensive resource for all things nonprofit. This guidebook was developed by Colorado nonprofits for Colorado nonprofits and covers everything from completing the 990 form to fundraising to governance.

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Excellence in Principles & Practices

Progress Report          Get Involved          Cancellation Policy

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Congratulations to our newest finishers!

Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, Denver

Intermountain Quality Innovations, Lakewood

Youth Celebrate Diversity, Englewood

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.

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 the identified 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.

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 days 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.

For the 4th edition, qualifying training topics are:

  1. Advocacy
  2. Communications
  3. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  4. Evaluation
  5. Financial Management
  6. Fund Development
  7. Governance
  8. Human Capital Management
  9. Information Technology
  10. Strategic Planning

Track the Progress of your Organization

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 9/27/2018



The following organizations have received Excellence in Principles & Practices recognition:

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: Inspiring Brilliance Awards, Spark Series, Colorado Nonprofit Conference, C(3) Forum, Collaborative Networking and other partner events. As always, members continue receiving preferred pricing on these events.

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