Rocky Mountain Philanthropy Institute 2021 brought together 154 nonprofit professionals from Colorado and beyond together virtually to grow, network, and rejuvenate.
Themed “Purpose & Possibility,” the conference opened with Farduus Ahmed, who shared how putting our purpose first helps us develop resilience in ourselves and our communities. Featured speaker Nadia Hallgren, director of Netflix’s award-winning documentary “Becoming” about Michelle Obama, shared how we can more effectively and conscientiously tell stories that unlock even greater possibilities. Keynote speaker Edgar Villanueva of the Decolonizing Wealth Project presented thought-provoking and enlightening insights on how we can continue to push our sector towards justice and equity by counteracting the dynamics of colonization in philanthropy.
Our twelve amazing RMPI sponsors helped to increase access and diversity for this year’s conference. Out of the 154 registrants, nearly 27% were from outside of the metro Denver area. Our speaker line-up was 38% BIPOC, and our Change Makers Auction featured 15 BIPIC-owned business. Thanks to our scholarship sponsors, Animal Assistance Foundation, Moniker Foundation, and In the Know, 36 individuals received a scholarship to attend the conference.
RMPI attendees were surveyed after the conference, and 95% rated the conference good or excellent (mostly excellent), with the average speaker earning a rating of 3.7 out of 4. Some of our scholarship recipients shared their experience attending RMPI:
“The conference was a fantastic immersive experience. The speakers, workshops and networking opportunities made it an event to remember. It was so refreshing to connect with other individuals in the non-profit world, share experiences, and bounce ideas off one another. I am so grateful for the opportunity and plan to attend again in 2022!” – Julia Hebart, Routt County Humane Society
“I cannot express how powerful the two-day experience was for me! Even though the conference was online due to the pandemic, I felt just as connected to everyone attending the conference as if we were in person. The guest speakers empowered and inspired me to have a deeper connection to the work I do and challenged me to think differently on how to be a part of deeper solutions for systematic change. The sessions I attended were well structured powerfully and interactively while also being led by inspiring people.” – Heather Schreck, SafeHouse Denver
“No matter how long you have been in the non-profit industry there are always new things to learn at RMPI. The plenary speakers were wonderful and there was a large variety of breakouts to choose from; it was hard to make a decision! RMPI was a great opportunity for my professional development, network, and continuing education.” – Marissa Briceño, The Salvation Army Intermountain Division
Thank you to all of our sponsors, attendees, and committee members who made RMPI possible!