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Heart of Broomfield Nominations Are Open

January 16, 2019 GMT

If you go

What: 2019 Heart of Broomfield Awards

When: April 8. Reception starts at 5 p.m., program starts at 6 p.m.

Where: Denver Marriott Westminster, 7000 Church Ranch Blvd., Westminster

Cost: $50 for general admission, $45 for youth (18 and under) and seniors 60 and older. Tables are $1,000. Tickets will go on sale soon.

More info: Call 303-469-7208. Nominations can be sent to heart@broomfieldfoundation.org , via mail or drop off at 26 Garden Center, Suite 2.

Award categories

Arts — Recognizing a community artist or a supporter of the arts.

Education — Recognizing an educator (teacher, principal, counselor, volunteer or activist).


Community Service — Recognizing a community volunteer or non-profit staff member who has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Senior — Recognizing an outstanding community member, age 65 or older.

Youth — Recognizing an outstanding community member, age 18 or younger.

Philanthropic — Recognizing an individual who opens their heart and wallet to support a Broomfield non-profit organization or program.

Gene Frank — Recognizing a businessperson who has been a major community donor. In memory of Gene Frank, a man who virtually defined the term corporate citizenship in Broomfield and was a vice president of Rocky Mountain Energy.

Angel — Recognizing an individual who has shown extreme passion and dedication for a Broomfield non-profit organization/program.

Heart and Soul — Recognizing an individual who quietly gives of themselves to their neighbors, local groups and even strangers, and whose actions are the epitome of a community with heart.

Walter P. Spader Leadership — Proven community leader whose energy, passion, sense of humor and wisdom has made Broomfield a better place.

The Broomfield Community Foundation is seeking applications for the Heart of Broomfield Awards.

Nomination forms can be found online and are due Feb. 15. Forms and letters of support can be filled out online and sent to heart@broomfieldfoundation.org or can be dropped off at 26 Garden Center, Suite 2.

“We just want to encourage people to have an opportunity to recognize people in their lives who have gone above and beyond and have done an outstanding job in serving their community in those categories,” foundation Executive Director Marianna Williamson said. “It’s really a nice way to recognize people who are often unrecognized or don’t get the praise they deserve.”


Additionally, the community foundation will kick off the first bi-monthly “Taste of Success Knowledge Series” next month.

The goal is to provide additional education and an addition resource to area nonprofit agencies, Williamson said.

“The first topic is tax law reform and charitable giving. Essentially it’ll be tailored for nonprofits to be able to talk to donors and clients,” she said.

It will be co-presented by the Foundation and Barbara Jaynes, owner of Positively Funded, a Superior-based organization that provides business development services that create “authentic community ally partnerships between the for-profit and nonprofit sector strengthening the mission of our nonprofit clients and broadening their reach.”

Next year, the foundation hopes to make the series monthly and open every other event up to the public.

For this first year, the topics will range from grant writing, board governance, and matching financial reports and a nonprofit’s mission.

A future topic could be gift-planning since smaller nonprofits on a shoestring budget — or those that have limited resources — often don’t have a designated staff member focusing on gift-planning strategies. Another could focus on how to recruit, engage and manage volunteers.

Tax law reform is something that could be a recurring theme since the law often changes in ways that might alter the way people consider giving.

“I think the real role of a community foundation is to serve as an educational resource to the nonprofits we serve,” Williamson said. “I think this will help elevate the level of knowledge among our collective Broomfield nonprofits, strengthen the foundation as a hub, and improve partner agencies’ quality and effectiveness.”

The series is open to the Broomfield Community Foundation’s 55 grantees, which is made up of groups either based in Broomfield or ones that serve Broomfield residents.

The program is somewhat of an expansion of the Broomfield Community Service Network, which meets once a month. It’s a group made up of representatives from the faith community, nonprofits, and public and private groups.

“There’s only so much we can get done an hour a month,” Williamson said. “It was a jumping off point.”

The upcoming meeting is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road.

Brandon Kane, who is on the foundation’s board of directors, is chair of the investment committee and will lead the first discussion.

“As we go on, we’re going to survey the attendees and ask what topics they’re interested in learning about,” Williamson said.

The “lunch and learn” events are free, but the first likely will be capped at about 30 people. Each nonprofit is asked to send only one or two representatives so the foundation can reach as many organizations as possible.

The deadline to RSVP for the first session is Jan. 18. Email Janell Daly at Janelld@broomfieldfoundation.org .

Jennifer Rios: 303-473-1361, riosj@broomfieldenterprise.com or Twitter.com/Jennifer_Rios