Blacktie Bulletin: Big Colorado Grant News Today From Bill And Melinda Gates

November 19, 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.


TODAY’S TOP HEADLINE: Colorado is getting some help from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia plan to announce an education funding grant from the foundation Monday at the state Capitol.

TALK ABOUT A PAYOFF: Elias Gutierrez arrived at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center feeling pretty special. His story was going to be featured in a video shown at the Denver Scholarship Foundation’s annual fundraising dinner; when it ended, he would step to the microphone to thank the 1,250 guests for supporting the DSF and the financial aid it gives to promising young people such as himself.

* November 15, 2012 – Bright Beginnings Goodnight Moon gala

GIVING GURU DEBOSKEY: “Giving 10 percent of your holiday spending to charities could make a world of difference.”

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:

PANHANDLING BAN SILENCES A BELL-RINGER: The new panhandling ban in downtown Colorado Springs has eliminated a bell-ringing site for the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign, but with about 60 other collection locations in the area, the nonprofit’s coordinator for El Paso County can live with that.

DANIELS DEADLINE APPROACHES: High school seniors in Colorado who demonstrate Character, Leadership, and Service are encouraged to apply for the Daniels Scholarship Program by the Nov. 29 deadline by visiting

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.

GREENWOOD FOUNDATION HELPS OUT: The Wyoming State Museum has put a rare Lakota horse mask back on display in Cheyenne following recent conservation and stabilization work. The museum received a grant from the Greenwood Fund at the Denver Foundation to restore the mask, one of 50 such horse masks known to exist.

PUEBLO’S 2012 SLEIGH BELL CELEBRATION to be held from Nov. 30 from Dec. 2 at the Historic Robison Mansion and Carriage House, 840 S. First St., will benefit the Canon City Pregnancy Center.

AURORA MONEY TO BE ALLOCATED: Families of those killed and some of the victims wounded in a shooting spree at a movie theater in Aurora in July, will soon receive payments from a charitable fund set up on their behalf, the Colorado governor’s office said Friday.

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!

11/20/2012 – Working Minds Train-the-Trainer Workshop
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
11/28/2012 – FGI-Spring/Summer 2013 Trends Overview
11/29/2012 – Glitter in the Galleries Wine Tasting Gala
11/30/2012 – Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award Yearend Celebration Luncheon
11/30/2012 – Members’ Holiday Party
11/30/2012 – Practices in Arts Integration
12/1/2012 – Practices in Arts Integration
12/1/2012 – Raise the Arts with Peter Kudla & RedLine
12/3/2012 – QPR Certified Gatekeeper Instructor’s Course
12/4/2012 – iDE’s Second Annual Leaders in Their Fields Luncheon
12/4/2012 – Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre Foundation Benefit Holiday Party
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 – Denver DOVIA presents a Database Options Panel
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 – Co-sponsored by MIX 100 FM



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