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Changes to the federal tax laws concerning charitable donations don’t seem to be having a big effect on contributions nationwide or in the Pikes Peak region. But that doesn’t mean some nonprofits aren’t feeling it. According to a report by the Association of Fundraising Professionals released Feb. 4, eight in 10 U.S. charities raised the […]
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Incarcerated veterans and other veterans at risk of homelessness are being recruited for a new safety net program — a partnership between Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, El Pomar Foundation, Pikes Peak Community College and the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. The Mt. Carmel-led program, Veterans Climb, aims to help participants become self-sufficient by giving them […]
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A dedicated, “boots-on-the-ground” one-year push to improve the lives of the city’s homeless population is already bearing fruit, with 370 low-barrier shelter beds added at Springs Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army. The city of Colorado Springs’ homelessness response action plan — now known as the 2019 Colorado Springs Homelessness Initiative — identified low-barrier shelter […]
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A local nonprofit is hoping a name change will help it appeal to a larger — but still specific — audience. “We want to appeal to a broader group, but we are not trying to attract just everybody,” said John Buckley, board president of Peak Executive Forum, formerly called Middle Market Entrepreneurs. “We are wanting […]
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An initial cohort of 14 business students at Pikes Peak Community College will spend the next two years learning how to make profits while making a difference in the community. The students will take a core curriculum of 30 credit hours plus three electives chosen from recommended courses in complementary fields. Then they will complete […]
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Hold that five dollars. Giving to panhandlers can do more harm than good, service providers say, and the new HelpCOS campaign is promoting a better way to give. Launched May 31 by the city of Colorado Springs in partnership with Pikes Peak United Way, HelpCOS recognizes increasing frustration at panhandlers on the streets, doubts over […]
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Pikes Peak Community Foundation and the Quad Innovation Partnership this week announced an initiative to research operating strategies for Venetucci Farm. “The Quad and PPCF will spend the next year examining the viability of various operating strategies to enhance Venetucci Farm as a long-term community asset,” a release issued by the foundation said. The Quad, […]
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In Colorado Springs’ first Truth Salon, nonprofit professionals talked over fundraising struggles, started tough conversations  — and shared some “aha” moments. The Truth Salon was a brand new roundtable-style breakout session at the Center for Nonprofit Excellence’s annual Nonprofit Day Conference, held at The Antlers hotel March 9. “As professionals in this space know, there […]
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The Olympic world stage is not only a proving ground for athletes, but for sophisticated malware, hacks and cyberattacks ready to become household names. While sport isn’t closely tied to cybersecurity in the popular imagination, international sporting events are highly attractive targets for cybercriminals chasing profit and malicious state actors looking to make a point, […]
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Giving back to the community is the right thing to do, but is it good for business? The answer for Mike Mazzola, founder of Mountain Equipment Recyclers and pioneering social entrepreneur, is a resounding yes. The store, which sells new and gently used outdoor equipment and clothing, began as a consignment shop that had a […]
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President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 federal budget includes cuts that would greatly affect Colorado Springs nonprofits — even those that do not receive federal funding. Leaders of local nonprofits are nervous about potential cuts to their budgets, and how that would affect not only the clients they serve but also their employees. According to the […]
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Amid turbulent times, board members of the nonprofit Seeds Community Café vow to carry on its mission of feeding all regardless of ability to pay, but without the help of founder and former executive director Lyn Harwell. The board decided to part ways with Harwell last week, members said, citing poor direction, management and business […]
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