Intermountain West Funder Network | 2019 Annual Convening

April 24, 2019 – April 26, 2019 all-day America/New York Timezone
Colorado Springs

This year’s event in Colorado Springs, Colo.,  marks the 10th year that funders from the region have been learning together about the unique issues facing the organizations, grantees, ecosystems, communities, and the people you serve.

The theme of this year’s convening is Navigating Change: How Philanthropy is Harnessing Opportunity in Disruptive Times.We will examine changes through the lens of climate resiliency, water resource planning, rural empowerment, community development, a growing outdoor industry and community-driven leadership, to name a few.

Plan for another great opening half-day site visit on Wednesday that makes the most of our location and gets you outside, examining wildfire and recovery, community response, and resiliency. Smaller concurrent sessions will take place on Thursday giving you the option to participate in either conservation/ecosystem-based conversations or community development-based conversations. Thursday’s opening keynote will lift up the power of Native American leadership in mobilizing and protecting communities and sacred resources across the American West, and Friday’s closing keynote will help us expand our notion of rural philanthropy and showcase how three foundations have changed their strategies in light of changing conditions and new information.


Agenda Overview

Wednesday, April 24
• 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Half-Day Site Visit
• 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Opening Night Reception & Dinner, The Cliff House

Thursday, April 25
• 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Full-Day Meeting, El Pomar Foundations Penrose House
• 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. El Pomar Foundations Penrose HouseReception

Friday, April 26
• 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Half-Day MeetingThe Cliff House


Who Should Attend

Registration is open to donors, staff, directors, and trustees of public and private foundations, corporate grantmakers, and government funders throughout the Intermountain West and the nation. We welcome funders, wherever they are in the continuum of learning about and engagement in this work. We are seeking to create a gathering of funders who are engaged in this field with the goal of facilitating a strategic conversation about where philanthropic resources can have the greatest impact.




The Funders’ Network has reserved a small block of rooms at the The Cliff House – a historic hotel in Manitou Springs, nestled at the foot of Pikes Peak, just 15 minutes outside of downtown Colorado Springs. There is a discounted room rate of $135.00 per night for convening attendees. This rate will also be offered to attendees 2 days prior to group arrival and 2 days after, based on availability. To book your hotel room, call the hotel toll free at 719-785-2408. When calling to book your reservation, reference the Funders’ Network in order to take advantage of the group rate. The group rate ends on Monday, March 25.

If your reservation does not reflect this rate, please contact Ashley Quintana at or at (305) 667-6350 ext. 201 and she will adjust your reservation accordingly.



This meeting is underwritten by the supporters of the Intermountain West Funder Network and local hosts. As a result, there is a modest registration fee of $250.00to participate in this convening. The registration fee is waived for members of the Funders’ Network and contributors to IMWFN. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Funders’ Network and an IMWFN supporter (registration fee included along with other benefits), please contact Kim Ogren.


Special Note to Community Foundations: Registration Fee

Community foundations may receive a discounted registration fee of $150.00. For questions or further information, please contact Kim Ogren at




The mission of the Intermountain West Funder Network (IMWFN) is to inspire, strengthen, and expand funding and philanthropic leadership in the Intermountain West that engages people in decisions that result in more environmentally sustainable, socially equitable, and economically prosperous regions and communities. IMWFN is part of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, a membership organization of more than 170 national, regional and place-based philanthropic foundations with a commitment to creating sustainable, prosperous and equitable places to live.