Feb 3, 2010

Contact: Jennifer Johnson, JVA Consulting, LLC

February 3, 2010

JVA Consulting announces $200,000 in awards for capacity building initiative that will engage boomers and help elders in need

JVA Consulting (JVA), a Colorado-based research and consulting firm that works with nonprofit organizations and social innovators, has announced the grant award winners for the Colorado Compassion Initiative (CCI). JVA was awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Compassion Capital Fund (CCF) to build the capacity of agencies serving and engaging baby boomers and older adults to help address community problems.

Community and faith-based organizations in the metro areas of Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins/Loveland, Greeley and Pueblo—as well as rural areas in Delta, Fremont and Mesa counties—were eligible to apply for the competitive grants process. Grantees will receive financial grants, group trainings and one-on-one technical assistance to strengthen their capacity to do their work.

“We are so excited to be working with another fantastic group of grantees engaging and serving boomers across the state,” said Jennifer Johnson, JVA’s director of CCI. “Personally, I have been impressed by the passion of all the applicants, many who work countless hours unpaid. I applaud their work and everyone at JVA is looking forward to building the capacity of all these wonderful organizations.”

On the Western Slope, six organizations were selected to receive grant awards along with free capacity building training and technical assistance. In total, JVA will award $200,000 in grants to 34 organizations across the state.

“The nice thing to me is that the grant process is quick, meaning that

[JVA] informed us quickly if we would be receiving an award,” said Chuck Hurst executive director of Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss. “Our organization is an important part of the process. We are not just a number. We are actually building a relationship and that has been rewarding.”

The Western Slope area grantees and award amounts for Year 3 of CCI are listed below.

  • Creamery Arts Center $7,500
  • Center for Independence $3,000
  • Delta County Senior Resource Council $4,259
  • Mesa County RSVP $7,616
  • Western Colorado Botanical Gardens $1,500
  • Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation $1,500

Since 2002, JVA has managed three CCI capacity building initiatives—providing more than 6,000 hours of technical support and distributing almost $1.5 million to more than 500 Colorado organizations.

JVA Consulting is the leading research and consulting firm in the intermountain West focused solely on community and social change. Its services include community assessments, strategic and business planning, social enterprise,
fundraising consulting, grantwriting, board and staff development, and research and program evaluation.

For more information about CCI, contact Jennifer Johnson at Jennifer@jvaconsulting.com or 800.292.9551. To see the full list of organizations selected for CCI funding, visit www.jvaconsutling.com.

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