Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange Cohort

Posted on June 24, 2015 in Member News

Longmont, CO, June 22, 2015—Nonprofits have engaged in social enterprise for decades, yet they often do so by the seat of their pants without holistic programs and supports to explore, develop and launch social ventures. True to our entrepreneurial, startup roots, Colorado once again is leading the way for nonprofit social ventures with just such a program.

The Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange (The Exchange)—a project of interSector Partners, L3C and JVoyles Nonprofit Consulting—is accepting applications for Front Range nonprofits to be part of its third Social Enterprise Exchange Cohort. Within a peer networking and learning environment, nonprofits will develop social enterprises over the course of nine months starting in January 2016. Each month will focus on a different business development topic such as social enterprise readiness and ideation, engaging stakeholders in the process, feasibility studies and market research, and writing and pitching a business plan. The first year culminates with nonprofits pitching their new businesses for support and funding, and a second year of services includes launch and implementation support. Think Tech Stars or Unreasonable Institute, but designed specifically for nonprofits – the original social entrepreneurs!

In the inaugural cohort, eight nonprofits designed and developed new business focused on jobs for low-income and hard to employ community members (like Art Restart and Strong, Smart and Bold Beans), recycling, child safety (the Children’s Hospitals of Colorado Safety Store), and even a luxury camping business designed to introduce and educate people to the wonder and value of Colorado’s prairie. In 2015, nine nonprofits followed the inaugural cohort’s path by joining the second Social Enterprise Cohort, now at the halfway point of developing their new social ventures. Motivations for considering social enterprise include loss of government and other funding, a desire to build more sustainable nonprofits, the chance to direct more funding toward mission-focused activities and the opportunity to employ clients.

Through the support of generous funding from the Third Generation of Hunt Alternatives, The Denver Foundation, Rose Community Foundation, The Piton Foundation, The Jay and Rose Phillips Foundation of Colorado, Bright Mountain Foundation and local community sponsors such as Vectra Bank and Emily Davis Consulting, The Exchange is offered to nonprofits at a significantly subsidized rate of $8,000 per organization including the core curriculum and a year of launch and implementation support.

Applications will be accepted through August 14, 2015. To learn more about The Exchange, its funding, partners or to apply for the program, visit or contact us by phone. High resolution images from the inaugural and 2015 cohorts, as well as additional information about the businesses launched are available upon request.

For more information contact:
Caryn Capriccioso, MNM


GrantStation Launches the PathFinder

Posted on June 18, 2015 in Member News

Minneapolis, MN:, Inc. announces the release of the PathFinder, a free, interactive website designed to assist the grantseeker in discovering the right resources to achieve their professional development goals.

As you navigate the rough terrain of the grantseeking world, finding high quality, professional development opportunities can be a daunting task. GrantStation’s new PathFinder guides the grantseeker, whether they consider themselves to be a novice, experienced or advanced, on the journey to improve their grantsmanship skills.

The PathFinder offers three simple ways to discover new learning opportunities: via the Find Your Path tool, or you can Search or Browse the library of resources The Find Your Path tool generates a customized learning plan based on individual experience, organizational role, and interests, while the Library offers profiles on quality resources in grant research, writing, and management, as well as strategic planning.

GRANTSTATION offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as the resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process. GrantStation has searchable databases of private grantmakers that accept inquiries and proposals from a variety of organizations; profiles of Federal financial assistance programs; state-level financial and technical assistance provider resources; and a constantly growing database of international grantmakers. For more information, visit GrantStation at 


Patricia Summers

Director of Special Projects 877-784-7268 


DePaul Packaging Receives New Exporter Award

Posted on May 29, 2015 in Member News

Portland, Oregon (May 27, 2015) – The Oregon Consular Corps presented DePaul Packaging with the New Exporter Award at the Celebrate Trade Gala May 18 in Portland. The event, part of World Trade Week, was also hosted by Business Oregon, the City of Portland, Greater Portland Inc., Oregon Department of Agriculture, Pacific NW International Trade Association, Portland Business Alliance, Portland Development Commission, the Port of Portland, Travel Oregon and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The New Export Award recognizes a Portland-area company that has engaged in international trade for two years or less. DePaul Packaging exports nuts and dried fruits to China under its own brands, Juniper Naturals and Lost Coast Snacks, as well as private labels. Its revenue from exports is expected to reach $3 million for fiscal year 2015, and DePaul is working on expanding its export offerings to include infant formula, and exporting to other countries.

“We began exporting because we saw how this line of business could support our mission,” DePaul Industries President & CEO Travis Pearson said. “The more we export, the more jobs we can provide for people with disabilities at our packaging facility.”

According to the Oregon Consular Corps, judges considered entrepreneurial aptitude, commercial acumen, vision, ambition, and drive to build a successful international enterprise. The New Exporter recipient is able to find and develop new growth opportunities abroad that have resulted in increased sales, profit, market share, head count or geographical expansion.

The award comes on the heels of another major export-related event: Pearson met with President Barack Obama during a roundtable prior to the President’s speech at Nike on May 8. The roundtable was organized by Oregon Jobs Through Trade, a new coalition shining a spotlight on how trade directly leads to more jobs and more livable communities.

A video created for the Celebrate Trade Gala and filmed at DePaul Packaging’s Hayden Island facility can be viewed here.

About DePaul Industries:
Since 1971, DePaul Industries has focused on its vision of changing the landscape of employment of people with disabilities while growing into a comprehensive outsourcing specialist. DePaul helps people with disabilities to have the opportunity to work through a self- sustaining business model that generates more than 99% of revenue through the operation of three core businesses: food packaging & contract manufacturing, temporary staffing services, and security services. To date, DePaul has trained or employed in excess of 17,000 people with disabilities and paid wages and benefits of more than $210 million.

For more information, contact:
Laura Belzer, Marketing & Outreach Manager (503) 331-3806

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