Blacktie Bulletin: How Nonprofits Can Turn Videos Into Dollars

November 14, 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.


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

NONPROFIT CUTS OFF BOY SCOUTS: The UPS Foundation says it will no longer give grants to the Boy Scouts of America as long as the group excludes gays and lesbians from being scouts or scout leaders. The philanthropic arm of the Atlanta-based shipping giant made the change Thursday after an online petition protesting the foundation’s annual grants to the Boy Scouts attracted more than 80,000 signatures.

* November 10, 2012 – Craig Ferguson tickles Colorado’s funny bone at annual event

TURKEYS NEEDED: The Denver Rescue Mission has more than 18,000 requests for Thanksgiving turkeys from local organizations serving the homeless, yet so far has had only 385 turkey donations.
The Denver Post’s Ryan Parker reports that at this point last year in advance of Thanksgiving, the nonprofit had gathered 1,500 turkeys.

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:

WOMEN FARE BETTER IN GOVERNMENT POSTS: It will take until 2085 for women to reach the same levels of leadership as men in the work force, the Denver Business Journal reports. A study by the University of Denver and The White House looked at four sectors: politics and government, nonprofit, business, and entrepreneurship. Women held 26 percent of government leadership roles, 20 percent of top entrepreneur roles, and 21 percent of nonprofit leadership roles, the report says.

SPRINGS-BASED FOUNDATION GIVES $150K: Fourteen local nonprofits will receive $150,000 in grants from the Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation. The nonprofits will provide access to health care, food, transportation, counseling, therapy and health education.

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.

GOOD FOR YOU: Four longtime volunteers recently completed leadership training in Florida through NeighborWorks of Pueblo, a nonprofit that works to revitalize neighborhoods and help families with home ownership. NeighborWorks America recognized Joe and Pam Kocman for their efforts in the Eiler Heights neighborhood, and Torrence (T.C.) Neal and Al Neal were chosen for the training because of their years of service to the annual Juneteenth celebration in Bessemer.

NONPROFIT PARTNERSHIP: Petplan pet insurance will celebrate its two-year partnership with Morris Animal Foundation by participating with the nonprofit for Giving Tuesday. This charitable social movement was founded by nonprofit and corporate communities to make a difference and embrace the spirit of the holidays.

PITKIN DOLES OUT MONEY: Pitkin County will allocate $1.8 million in grants to a host of health and human-service agencies, senior services and nonprofit organizations next year, including $3,000 to the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation near Silt, which rehabilitates bears brought to it from Aspen and elsewhere.

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.

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!

11/15/2012 – 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 – The Prairie Dog Coalition of the Humane Society of the United States: Living on Burrowed Time Fundraising Gala
11/17/2012 – KATA Foundation’s Bravehearts Hoot ‘N’ Holler
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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