Golden Nonprofit Leadership Roundtable: Inspiring Community Engagement

2023 Meeting Schedule

(as of May 14, 2023 – Schedule may be subject to change)

January: Colorado Gives Day Recap

Wednesday, January 25 from 12-1:30pm at the American Mountaineering Center

How was your Colorado Gives Day? Were you able to meet your goal? Did you fall short? Why do some organizations bring in huge numbers of donations while others struggle? Usually, we start talking about how to get the most out of Colorado Gives Day a couple of months before the day. But this year, we tackled the subject while it was still fresh in our minds.

Jordan Brown of the The Community First Foundation, as well as Len Matheo of Miners Alley Playhouse, talked to the group about the 2022 Colorado Gives Day. What worked and what didn’t? How did the changes to the Colorado Gives platform affect us all? How can our organizations come up with a plan to maximize the day itself as well the Colorado Gives Day platform, not just on Colorado Gives Day, but throughout the year? If you missed the session and want to check out the presentation, click here to see the slide deck: GNLR Presentation Files Folder.

March: Digital Marketing

Wednesday, March 22 from 12-1:30pm at the American Mountaineering Center

Digital Marketing workshop was very well received by those who attended. It featured a panel with local marketing professionals Joy Meadows and Hannah Button from Meadows Public Relations (Joy and Hannah handle PR and social media for a variety of nonprofit clients, including Visit Golden and the Colorado Railroad Museum). Click here to see the slide deck: GNLR Presentation Files Folder.

April – GNLR Happy Hour!

Wednesday, April 12 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Golden City Brewery

Many of you have expressed a desire to have more time to socialize with other Golden nonprofit leaders—THIS IS YOUR CHANCE! Please plan on joining your nonprofit colleagues at Golden City Brewery for a drink and some nosh, and catch up on what’s happening around town.

May: Fundraising from Grantmakers

What are Funding Organizations Looking For: What Do They Really Want When Making Decisions about Where the Money Goes?

Wednesday, May 24 from 12-1:30pm at the American Mountaineering Center

Foundations, state and local governments, and private corporations all have different criteria (some stated and some not) that drive their funding decisions. For nonprofit organization that are constantly in search of funding, knowing how to best approach each funder is critical to success.

This month’s Funding Organizations workshop will feature a panel composed of Lisa Rucker, Senior Program Officer/Grants Manager with the Gates Family Foundation; Zach Clapper, Senior Engaged Philanthropy Officer with The Denver Foundation; and Heather Schneider, Executive Director of the Golden Civic Foundation. These funders and experts will do their best to help attendees understand these issues and questions, while also addressing the latest trends and the dos and don’ts of working with their organizations and other funders. Come join this important discussion and as always, bring your questions and ideas!

We hope you’ll join us Wednesday, May 24 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden for this timely topic on nonprofit funding. Please RSVP today by clicking on this Google form link:


Wednesday, July 26 from 12:00pm to 2pm

The annual summer picnic for the Golden Nonprofit Leadership Roundtable is heading our way on Wednesday, July 26. This time around, the relaxing opportunity to share a few bites—along with some time with your nonprofit colleagues—will take place at Dinosaur Ridge! More details will be forthcoming, but in the meantime, please feel free to RSVP for the Summer Picnic by clicking on this Google form link:

September: Topic TBD

Wednesday, September 27 from 12-1:30pm

More information coming soon.

November: Topic TBD

Wednesday, November 15 from 12-1:30pm

More information coming soon.

“I moved to the Golden area in mid-2019 to lead the Colorado Railroad Museum. Within just weeks, I was introduced to the Golden Executive Directors Roundtable and was pleased to participate in several meetings. Although the pandemic affected the organization unavoidably, it also has led to some helpful introspection and positive changes for this group. I’m excited to be accepting the torch from Kim Mangle, who has worked tirelessly to bring us all together for the good of our organizations and ultimately, our community. I look forward to working with all of you, some of Golden’s finest, as we continue to focus on networking and learning opportunities to help us all reach our full potential!”

Paul Hammond

Executive Director, Colorado Railroad Museum

About the Golden Nonprofit Leadership Roundtable


A visible, thriving and synergistic nonprofit community that inspires engagement and improves quality of life.


To create opportunities for collaboration and networking, foster connections between nonprofits and the larger community, and provide professional development for nonprofit leaders located in and/or serving Golden.


The Golden Nonprofit Leadership Roundtable (GNLR) was founded in February 2018 by Kim Mangle, a local resident and nonprofit consultant. She worked with Connects Workspace and the Golden Civic Foundation to conduct a needs assessment of Golden-area nonprofits in late 2017. The findings indicated that nonprofits desired more ways to connect with one another and to the larger community. The GNLR now includes numerous nonprofits and community partners, located in and/or serving the Golden community.

Since then, the focus has grown to include everything from program evaluation, financial management, advocacy, and meeting facilitation, to board governance, succession planning, and engaging the next generation.

The GNLR holds monthly meetings that provide networking, collaboration, and professional development opportunities.


The GNLR is led by a volunteer Steering Committee of local nonprofit leaders, with the financial support of the Golden Civic Foundation, that is committed to help create opportunities for collaboration and networking, foster connections between nonprofits and the larger community, and provide professional development for nonprofit leaders located in and/or serving Golden.

Want to Learn More about GNLR?

If you are interested in learning more about the GNLR upcoming meetings, please email our Membership Chair, Nicole Bickford, at

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