History of the Award
The Colorado Collaboration Award originated in the fall of 2009 when program officers from several foundations came together with an idea about how to further collaboration among Colorado’s nonprofits, based on a national collaboration prize created by Lodestar Foundation. What started out as a few people meeting over coffee turned into an effort backed by significant energy, enthusiasm, and momentum around raising the profile of successful collaborative efforts across Colorado and providing a financial award for one collaborative effort that is doing especially good work. This effort is intended to not only provide an award, but to also increase awareness within the nonprofit community about successful collaborative models, highlight and share proven effective practices, and demonstrate that Colorado’s foundation community is invested in recognizing the best of such effort.
Purpose of the Award
The purposes of the Award are first to recognize an outstanding collaboration, and to gather information about effective collaborations that nonprofit groups across the state can use as a model to establish and strengthen their own collaborations.