Thurs., Sept. 27: SteamPlant
Event Center Lobby, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Fri., Sept. 28: Chaffee County
Fairgrounds, 6:30 am – 10:00 am.
Weather: Don’t forget your raincoat, umbrella
and fleece. Highs will be in the mid-60s with a chance
of showers each day. The prevailing weather pattern in
fall is cold evenings and hot afternoons. Being
Colorado, this forecast is susceptible to change.
Please check the weather so you know how to pack.
Salida is located in high desert.
Transportation: There is limited parking in
downtown Salida. Please plan to arrive in advance, as
you may need to walk 4 or 5 blocks to the Event Center.
Here is a map of the SteamPlant Event Center and
downtown Salida: http://goo.gl/maps/kykXV .
Note: There is a 2-hour daytime parking limit in
downtown Salida on E, F, G and 1st, 2nd and Sackett
Streets. Please be mindful of these parking limitations,
as you may be ticketed on these blocks. Note: Parking is
available North of the SteamPlant on Sackett, the
surrounding residential neighborhoods, and municipal
parking lots adjacent to the SteamPlant Event Center and
the east end of First Street, across the Arkansas River.
You are officially encouraged to carpool and wear
comfortable walking shoes. Parking is not an issue at
the Chaffee County Fairgrounds.
Special Events: The Heart of Colorado Steering
Committee is working hard to plan several special events
that show off the region. Please join us for the
Wed. Sept 26th at 5:00 pm, there
is an opening reception at the SteamPlant Event
Center, followed by a walking tour/gallery open
house in downtown Salida’s newly designated
Thurs. Sept 27th at 4:15 pm, the
region’s youth will present in the SteamPlant Event
Center Theater. Enjoy a closer look at the Heart of
Colorado region through the eyes of local middle and
high school students. Join them in an upbeat and
creative discussion on how to make community change
– don’t miss it!
Thurs. Sept 27th at 6:00 pm, plan
to enjoy a social, delicious local dinner, the
keynote speaker and local entertainment at the
Chaffee County Fairgrounds.
Fri. Sept 28th at 12:00 pm, stay
for a drawing of some fantastic door prizes.
Complete your conference evaluation and pick up a
raffle ticket in advance to be entered in the
Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) brings together
grantseekers and grantmakers to meet the needs of rural
communities. The program, unique to Colorado, began in
the early 1990s with the first edition of the Colorado
Grants Guide. In researching the Guide, the Community
Resource Center discovered that only 3% of the funds
granted by Colorado's private foundations were awarded
outside the Front Range. RPD became the bridge to
connect the foundations with rural nonprofits, and
provide a marketplace for networking, building
relationships, and educating each other on needs and
service in the region.
In 1997, a partnership between the Anschutz Family
Foundation (AFF) and the Community Resource Center (CRC)
was forged to advance the RPD program. Many other
foundations from across Colorado have since joined to
assist in making RPD a great success in the eight
regions across the state.
The Heart of Colorado RPD region is comprised of five
counties: Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Park, and Teller.
The Heart of Colorado hosts its Rural Philanthropy Days
every four years. 2012 finds Salida in Chaffee County
hosting the event along the beautiful Arkansas River.
Between events, nonprofit organizations continue to work
together to interact with Colorado's funding community
-- learning from each other, and collaborating on
essential projects. Between events, these ongoing
activities are overseen by a Leadership Team comprised
of volunteer representatives from each of the five
The Heart of Colorado RPD is grateful to all of our sponsors,,
without whom the September 2012 event could not take
Make a weekend out of it! Enjoy all the wonderful
activities and fun of this region!
here to learn
more about things to do in the area.