Spotlight: Illuminate Colorado

Welcome to the third installment of our Spotlight series! This week we talked with Ginger Harris, the Communications and Development Coordinator at Illuminate Colorado to gain some insight as to how new non-profit organizations plan successful fundraising events.

            Though Illuminate Colorado has only been around since January 1st, its collaborative partners are well-established in communities around Colorado. This year, the Colorado Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, Prevent Child Abuse Colorado, the Colorado Chapter of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and Sexual Abuse Forever Ending merged to form Illuminate Colorado. Through education, advocacy, and family support, Illuminate Colorado strives to prevent the maltreatment of children.

            Currently, Illuminate Colorado is working on developing a set of annual events with their first annual gala taking place in late September, 2017. Playing off of their name (“Illuminate” Colorado), the “Light the Way” gala is a chance for the nonprofit organization to form a stronger connection with the community. Moreover, “Light the Way” reinforces their mission to brighten childhoods and help Colorado kids. Ginger and her team recently began marketing for the event, using social media, and emailing out a newsletter to those involved with the nonprofit, alongside putting together a committee of volunteers to spread the word.

            Although their board members are not on the planning committee, they have been involved in the decision-making process for the gala from the beginning. To keep the board engaged throughout the planning process, Illuminate Colorado works with the fundraising subdivision of the board. The goal of these events is to raise money for the organization, so frequently checking in with the board’s fundraising committee is one way to utilize the strengths of the board members. Because the board members are not directly involved in the event, managing the team will be a challenge. However, Illuminate Colorado says that volunteers are a huge asset to executing a great event. It also is beneficial for understaffed nonprofits to keep the event small, and to scale. Making team decisions early on allows tasks to be carried out at the event more efficiently.

            Ginger’s advice for other Communications and Development Coordinators? “Leverage your resources. Often times reaching out to people, who have been planning events longer than you have, are the best people to get advice from.”

            Illuminate Colorado’s “Light the Way” Gala will take place on September 30th from 7 - 10 pm at the Richards-Hart Estate in Wheat Ridge.

 

Spotlight: Community Resource Center

Welcome back to our Spotlight series on fundraising for non-profit organizations! Our next featured organization is Community Resource Center (CRC): a nonprofit organization based in the Denver Metro area that helps nonprofits, both in Denver and rural areas, to develop successful strategies.

For 36 years, Community Resource Center has provided Colorado nonprofits with leadership development, education training, and resources. Every year, CRC puts on over 100 events, with the goal of helping both well-established and new nonprofit organizations with their business models. Three of the major events they host are a state-wide training program, a 9-month leadership program, and Rural Philanthropy Days.

The state-wide training program is education focused, where nonprofits can learn about board governance and strategic planning. At Rural Philanthropy Days, CRC pulls together local community members to design a professional three-day conference. This year, Rural Philanthropy Days took place in Montrose (San Juan Region) in June, and the second event is scheduled to take place in September in Craig, CO. On the last day of Rural Philanthropy Days, CRC brings out Front Range foundation staff, giving nonprofits the opportunity to meet with them, and make a pitch for funding. Meanwhile, the 9-month leadership development program is cohort based, and targets emerging leadership directors.

Similar to most nonprofits, CRC utilizes social media to build attendance at these events, alongside sending out monthly newsletters to those in the network. In rural areas, however, they try to tap into different types of media such as local newspapers, and partners in the area to market events. Another tool CRC uses is “Flow”, a calendar sharing platform through which they can create and share events with other organizations and individuals. To get board members engaged and excited about the events, they hold monthly and bimonthly meetings that include both staff and board members to discuss what the events do for the organization as a whole. Furthermore, the board has different subcommittees that create targeted tasks for efficient use of time.

While CRC helps other nonprofits, they are still a nonprofit themselves, and thus face some of the same challenges when putting on large events. At Rural Philanthropy Days, they usually have local groups helping, in which case the CRC team is more of a guiding hand. Meanwhile, at the C3 Forum, they find the best way to accomplish everything is to divvy up roles. Emily, the Development Program Coordinator at CRC, said, “we always have someone who has ownership of the event, but really it’s all-hands-on-deck”. For CRC, they love that their board members are often ready and willing to support and attend events, even in rural areas.

When putting on a fundraising event, some advice for other Development Program Coordinators is to realistically think about a budget. While it seems simple, it is important for nonprofits to make sure that they are not spending more money than they are bringing in at a fundraising event. Emily suggests thinking about how much money the event is likely to raise, and then working backwards from there on the details and extras that make an event special!

 

Community Resource Center will be bringing together the Colorado Nonprofit Association and the Colorado Association of Funders at their upcoming C3 Forum: a collaborative, one-day conference for nonprofits and funders. This year’s event will focus on “equity”, and what that means in the realm of nonprofits. The C3 Forum will take place on August 22nd at the University of Denver from 8:30am - 5:30pm.

 

Spotlight: Museo de las Americas

Adrienne & Co. is starting a series featuring some of our favorite non-profits! We will be conducting interviews with a few  organizations to gain some insight into the world of fundraising. Make sure to check back in as we feature non-profits and the events they host to spread awareness and raise money for their causes!

Last week, we sat down with Museo de las Americas’ PR and Marketing Coordinator, Victoria, to discuss the organization’s exhibit “Penitents: World End Rituals of Faith”.

Museo de las Americas is a museum that focuses on ancient and contemporary Latin American art. This nonprofit has been around for 25 years, and strives to educate the community about Latin culture through workshops, exhibitions, and tours. Each year, they host three event exhibitions: one featuring ancient art, another with photography, and one with fine art.

In June, the exhibition, “Penitents: World End Rituals of Faith” presenting the photography of Guy Veloso, opened to the public. Guy Veloso has been documenting those peoples who practice penance as part of their faith, for almost ten years now. These different spiritual groups are starting to disappear, and Veloso has been able to record their historical moments, preserving cultures that could otherwise be lost, through the power of photos.

At these exhibitions, Museo de las Americas really targets those who are interested in learning more about Latin culture, but this event appeals to people of all ages, regardless of their previous artistic knowledge. To build attendance, the organization used some traditional methods of marketing – social media, publications – and some guerilla marketing. For this particular event, they collected rosaries made from bread and jewels, and distributed them to visitors at the museum. Moreover, to get the board engaged in the marketing and planning of events, Museo de las Americas uses Save the Date cards, and encourages board members to invite their friends to the event as well. Another way they keep board members engaged, is by giving one of them the honor of introducing the event.

As a nonprofit, sometimes a major challenge at these large events is being understaffed or underfunded, making it difficult to manage a team. Museo de las Americas holds weekly meetings for their team to make sure everyone has a clear understanding of why the event is important for both the community and for themselves. One major thing they tell their team members, is that to promote the event to the community, they need to be involved in the community.

Finally, Victoria gave some advice to other PR and Marketing Coordinators seeking to put together a successful fundraising event: “Do your research; I went to the library and checked out a lot of books… the more you know, the more engaged you can be in the details of an event”.

Join Museo de las Americas at their upcoming event Friday, July 21st, ConnectArte: Lucha Libre from 5pm - 8pm at the museum!

Visit their website here, learn more about the current exhibit, or join in the upcoming event. Did you know you can also host an event at the Museum?

 

Romantic Pines at Genesee Wedding

This gorgeous foggy day gave way to some beautiful family photos and a great indoor party at The Pines at Genesee!

Thank you to all the wonderful vendors who made the day special!

Venue & Catering: The Pines at Genesee
Day of Coordinator: Adrienne & Co. Luxury Events
Photography: AMK Photography
Hair Stylist: Sola Salon
Makeup Artist: Lisa Gottsegen
DJ: Complete DJ
Bakery: Cakes Amore
Florist: Kathy Richert
 

Colorado Sunflower Wedding

We were so thrilled to be a part of this special couple's special day at The Manor House in Littleton!

Thank you to all the wonderful vendors that made this day possible! 

Planner: Adrienne & Co. Luxury Events
Photography: Brinton Studios
Videographer: Bosha Video
Venue, Catering & Linens: The Manor House
Floral: Kimball Floral
Hair & Makeup: Soon-to-be sister-in-law
Cupcakes: Goldmine Cupcakes
 

Rustic Colorado Wedding

This beautiful couple could not have gotten a more beautiful Colorado day to host their rustic barn wedding at the Gardens at Chatfield! With both of them and a majority of their guests traveling in from Washington D.C., we wanted to showcase all Colorado has to offer through the venue, menu, decor, and party.

A big thank you to all the wonderful vendors that made this day happen!

Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Photographer: From the Hip Photo
Catering & Dessert: Catering by Design
Florals: Diz Daisy's
DJ: A Music Plus
Rentals: Event Rents
Planning: Adrienne & Co. Luxury Events

A Mountain Castle Wedding

We all dream of the getting married at a castle in the beautiful Colorado mountains! We had the opportunity to provide full planning assistance to this special couple. The wedding incorporated a Twilight theme rather then the traditional rustic, mountain feel. From the ceremony over a pond, to dancing on a rooftop to the mariachi band, there was a whimsical feel throughout the day!

Thank you to these wonderful vendors:

Venue: Dunafon Castle
Photographer: Melissa Hirsch Photography
Catering: Footers Catering
Planning: Adrienne & Co. Luxury Events
Cake: Omonia Bakery
Hair & Makeup: Retro Salon
Florist: Moonlight Iris Floral
DJ: David Cruz
Officiant: Rev. Buz Boggage and Buddy Fricke
Ceremony music: Tracy LaGuardia
Transportation: Jay's Valet
Photobooth: Photo LoveBus

An Urban Chic Denver Wedding

We had the amazing opportunity to provide detail consultation and day of coordination to this super cool bride and groom! With the ceremony taking place on the front steps of the McNichol's building, we started the party on the 3rd floor with lots of lighting and music.

Many thanks to all the wonderful vendors that were involved:

Venue: McNichols Building
Photographer: Joe & Robin Harbison Photography
DJ & Lighting: Greg Garman
Florals: Douglas
Catering: Biscuits & Berries
Hair: Grand Salon
Makeup: Sarah Duffey
Bakery: Das Meyer Bakery

The Governor's Cup Croquet Tournament

Join us in measuring smiles per hour!
 
The Governor’s Cup benefiting Jiminy Wicket is setting out to raise $100,000 to reduce the isolation and loneliness of aging and Alzheimer’s in Denver and beyond. We play croquet with people who have dementia and we teach high school and college students how to do the same. Our award-winning Through Hoops to Hope programs create ongoing, inter-generational connection and smiles. Our goal is to put this program into 100 more schools and colleges across Colorado over the next 18 months and 1,000 schools coast to coast in the next 3 years.
 
The event will consist of 4 croquet courts at Union Station on the 2nd Fridays, July – September. The event will feature 32 players per tournament with 2 tournaments each week, playing instructions, an awards ceremony, many prizes, and spectator activities, Teams can be made of any age–young and old. Alzheimer’s isolates . . . croquet connects.
 
Get a sneak preview of the event from the photos below. To register for upcoming events or to find out more, please visit www.thegovernorscups.org
 
Sponsored by: Modern Gladiator Magazine
Drinks by: Epernay Lounge
Food donated from multiple restaurants including: Hopdoddy 

Chief Hosa Bohemian Wedding

A beautiful Colorado mountain day set the scene for this amazing wedding! Nestled in the foothills of the Colorado Mountains, Chief Hosa lodge is a historic site with allowing you to really showcase your theme.

Planner: Adrienne & Co. Luxury Events
Photographer: Tayler Carlisle Photographer
Ceremony & Reception Location: Chief Hosa Lodge
Rentals: AllWell Rents
DJ: Tony White
Catering: Rossi's Catering
Officiant: Amy Chavex

Evergreen Lake House Wedding

The trend of blush and marsala began with this beautiful Colorado inspired wedding in the foothills of the Rockies.

A big thank you to all the amazing vendors that made this day possible!

Ceremony & Reception venue: Evergreen Lake House
Day of Coordinator: Adrienne & Co. Luxury Events
Photographer: Michael McGill Photo
Catering: Elevated Catering
Florist: Fresh Flower Market
Linens: AllWell Rents
Dessert: Humble Pie Bakery
DJ: Mirage Entertainment