Blacktie Bulletin: And The Money Comes Rolling In From Every Side

November 2, 2012

Welcome to Blacktie-Colorado’s new periodic column for nonprofit organizations! If you have questions about this email, please write to Brett McCann-Lehl at If you want to start getting Blacktie Bulletin emailed to you, sign up here.


A BOULDER-BASED STARTUP developed out of the University of Colorado received a $100,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CU officials announced Thursday. Mobile Assay Inc. — a company developing technology that integrates mobile devices, test strips, geo-tagging and cloud computing to assess effects from seed-borne pathogens — was the winner of the Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges Exploration Round 9 grants. More than 80 of the $100,000 grants were awarded Thursday.

SPRINT FOUNDATION’S 2012 grant recipients are Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, awarded $25,000, Denver Kids, Inc., $15,000, and Denver Museum of Nature & Science, $10,000.

THE ROLLING HILLS COUNTRY CLUB FOUNDATION is making a difference for troubled teens. The Foundation donated $80,000 to The Second Wind Fund, which aims to decrease the number of teen suicides by giving them access to counselors and treatments. According to Barb Lutz, the foundation’s secretary, the money is raised through an annual golf tournament and gala event that is held at the country club.

* October 29, 2012 – ArtReach Dine & D’art Kickoff
* October 24, 2012 – Young Artists Live Life to the Fullest with Aurora Mental Health Center
* October 27, 2012 – City Slicker Soiree 2012

BLACKTIE IS SPONSORING A FREE SEMINAR on how to use video to enhance your fundraising and events. It’s 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, 7800 E Tufts Ave. Register here.

THE PUKSTA FOUNDATION made grants totaling $160,000 as part of its Puksta Scholar program. The money funds 44 scholarships for the 2012-13 school year at the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Denver and Colorado State University.

ST. THOMAS MORE HEALTH FOUNDATION has given the Canon City Police Department two automatic external defibrillators, which are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest.

THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU OF DENVER/BOULDER said Thursday it has begun publishing the details of complaints against businesses and nonprofits in their entirety on its website.

GOOD NEWS: Colorado is experiencing a decline in economic insecurity as household resources begin to stabilize in many parts of the country, according to a report released Thursday by the Rockefeller Foundation and Yale University professor Jacob Hacker .

ADVERTISE YOUR EVENT on Blacktie-Colorado for just $150 a week. Email Brett McCann-Lehl at

THE DENVER CSU ALUMNI NETWORK is looking for projects in the first half of 2013 to participate in as a volunteer group. Email:

Saturday, December 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, 7:30 pm (Doors open at 6:15 pm)
Saint John’s Cathedral
1350 Washington Street
Denver, CO 80203

Whatever your spiritual tradition or path, we invite you to step away from the hectic preparations for Christmas. Come spend an evening in the soaring setting of the Cathedral, absorbed in the beloved music of Messiah.

Tickets are $24 (row 44 and lower), $21 (row 45 and higher, and the gallery), and $15 for students and seniors age 65 and over.

Please note that the first two rows of seats are reserved for patrons. For information on becoming a Patron, please contact Stephen Tappe at 303-577-7726. Please also note that your ticket guarantees you a seat within your chosen row only. The nursery is open for these performances.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH (ABOVE) IS USING EFFICIENT TICKETS. Consider Efficient Tickets, Blacktie’s sister company, for your next ticketed event. Online ticketing is inexpensive, consumer-friendly and provides your organization with valuable purchasing and entrance data. Contact Brett McCann-Lehl at 303-339-3819.

HAVING TROUBLE MANAGING DONATION REQUESTS? Blacktie can set up a website for your business or organization that makes it easy for you to be responsive to charity requests and carefully manage all aspects of the process. Here’s a request page we set up for a local company. For information about BT Donation Tracker, call Don Knox at 720-272-0961.

SPRINGS FUNDRAISING EFFORT LAUNCHES: Thursday at midnight, the 2012 Indy GiVE! campaign website went online. The project is coordinated by the Pikes Peak Community Foundation and the Colorado Springs Independent. Donors tripled their contributions in the previous three campaigns from $198,234 in 2009 to $699,823 in 2011.

MONEY FOR HOUSING: Fort Collins-based nonprofit Funding Partners will handle loan originations for all mortgages for Loveland Habitat for Humanity.

DID YOU KNOW? You can advertise your nonprofit event easily and affordably to 300,000 readers in the 17 Colorado Community Media newspapers from Thornton to Castle Rock? Blacktie offers discounted rates to organizations that have not previously advertised in the CCM publications. These publications include Arvada Press, Castle Rock News-Press, Centennial Citizen, Douglas County News-Press, Englewood Herald, Golden Transcript, Highlands Ranch Herald, Lakewood Sentinel, Littleton Independent, Lone Tree Voice, Northglenn-Thornton Sentinel, Parker Chronicle, Westminster Window, Westsider and Wheat Ridge Transcript. Call Brett McCann-Lehl or Don Knox at 303-832-2903 for more details!


Tomorrow – Broomfield Early Childhood Summit – DIRECTOR’S BREAKFAST
Tomorrow – Broomfield Early Childhood Summit
11/5/2012 – Denver Business Forum: Latin America presented by the MSU Denver School of Business
11/7/2012 – Stout Street Foundation’s Annual Fall Luncheon and Silent Auction
11/7/2012 – AMTA-CO Chapter Community Service Massage Team Training
11/8/2012 – CASN 2012 Fall Conference
11/8/2012 – Aurora Mental Health Center Mental Health First Aid
11/8/2012 – Alliance of Professional Women November Networking Luncheon
11/8/2012 – 21st Annual Civil Rights Awards
11/8/2012 – A Taste for Life benefiting Project Angel Heart
11/8/2012 – Energy Africa Conference
11/9/2012 – 2012 Statewide Sustainability Roundtable
11/9/2012 – CASN 2012 Fall Conference
11/9/2012 – Aurora Mental Health Center Mental Health First Aid
11/9/2012 – Sport Sales Workshop
11/9/2012 – National Philanthropy Day in Colorado
11/9/2012 – Book Beat Luncheon with Joe McGowan
11/9/2012 – Energy Africa Conference
11/10/2012 – CASN 2012 Fall Conference
11/10/2012 – “Wine with Friends” Assumption 100 year Gala Event
11/10/2012 – CMF & RMCMA’s Feast for the Senses
11/13/2012 – Introduction to Program and Mission Related Investments
11/13/2012 – CJPW’s Focus on Formal Networking
11/13/2012 – University of Colorado Depression Center Fall Fundraising Luncheon
11/14/2012 – American Wine Society Explores the Wines of the French Southern Rhone Valley
11/15/2012 – Video Marketing can jump start your holiday giving campaign!
11/15/2012 – Cherry Creek Business Women’s Network November 2012 Luncheon
11/15/2012 – CPGR Luncheon Program
11/15/2012 – Benefits 101
11/15/2012 – CPGR Program in COS via Webinar
11/15/2012 – Bright Beginnings Goodnight Moon Gala
11/15/2012 – Rooting Down, Rising Up
11/17/2012 – KATA Foundation’s Bravehearts Hoot ‘N’ Holler
11/17/2012 – The Humane Society of the United States & Prairie Dog Coalition’s Annual Gala- Living on Burrowed Time
11/27/2012 – NCNRC November Monthly Nonprofit Networking Event
11/27/2012 – Let’s Talk – Conversations About Women’s Health
11/28/2012 – Capitol Rock
11/29/2012 – Glitter in the Galleries Wine Tasting Gala
11/30/2012 – Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award Yearend Celebration Luncheon
11/30/2012 – Practices in Arts Integration
12/1/2012 – Practices in Arts Integration
12/1/2012 – Raise the Arts with Peter Kudla & RedLine
12/4/2012 – iDE’s Second Annual Leaders in Their Fields Luncheon
12/4/2012 – Meet the Women With A Cause WE Scholars
12/5/2012 – Meet the Women With A Cause WE Scholars
12/5/2012 – Archway Housing & Services presents ‘The Sound of Music’
12/6/2012 – Denver Republican 1st Thursday Breakfast
12/6/2012 – Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre Foundation Benefit Holiday Party
12/8/2012 – Meet the Women With A Cause WE Scholars
12/13/2012 – Alliance of Professional Women Holiday Networking Luncheon
12/15/2012 – Aurora Symphony Orchestra – Holiday Masterworks
12/16/2012 – Aurora Symphony Orchestra, Holiday Masterworks Concert
12/20/2012 – Benefits 101
12/31/2012 – Denver’s Grandest New Year’s Eve Party


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