Lecture series sheds light on area nonprofits | AspenTimes.com

Lecture series sheds light on area nonprofits

Catherine Lutz

With about 200 nonprofits in the Roaring Fork Valley, competition for visibility, recognition and donations is fierce. Plus, it isn’t easy for the average resident to keep them all straight.This winter, the Aspen Community Foundation is hosting a series of presentations to increase understanding of valley nonprofits. The fourth installment of the Community Assets Winter Discussion Series is from 3-4:30 p.m. today and features Amy Margerum of the Aspen Institute, Chris Wheatley of the Aspen School District and Donna Di Ianni of Students Need Active Parents.”[The discussions] started as a way to connect donors and nonprofits, but then we wanted to open it up to anybody who wants to learn about nonprofits, learn about giving,” said Nikki Beinstein Strait, development officer for the Aspen Community Foundation. “The more you open up the lines of communication, the more effective you can be.”The series will continue each summer and winter. It also sheds light on some of the smaller nonprofits, which “don’t have the time or resources to focus on outreach,” Strait said. “We want to help people bring their stories to the forefront.”For this winter’s six-part series, the Aspen Community Foundation chose organizations it has worked closely with, and in particular those with strong, collaborative programs. Programs for the rest of the series include: COMPASS and Carbondale Community School on Feb. 9; and Cancer Caring House at Shaw Regional Cancer Center (a program of Vail Valley Medical Center) on Feb. 23.Discussions are in the Aspen Community Foundation conference room.”The venue is easy, and anybody who wants to come is more than welcome,” said Sharyn Goodson, program officer for the Aspen Community Foundation. “There’s no pressure to donate. We all live here, and it’s great to know what’s going on.”

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