Colorado Nonprofit Association

Grant Agreements & Lobbying

Have you read your grant agreement or grant award letter recently? Don’t just scan it to make sure the reporting dates have been updated. Read every paragraph or clause to make sure the agreement says what you think it says…and what you want it to say.


Influencing Public Policy in the Digital Age

Online communications and social media offer nonprofit organizations new, inexpensive, and easy-to-use tools for connecting with members and the public in a more personal way. These tools help small nonprofits wield a powerful megaphone previously available only to the largest organizations. At the same time, they enable members of large organizations to connect with peers across the country on the issues closest to their hearts. Social media allows for fun innovation while being a vital part of community organizers and communication professional’s jobs.


From Assessment to Action: Advocacy Capacity Assessment


For years, certain kinds of nonprofit activities have received relatively little attention in the evaluation arena. Learn how to take advocacy out that “hard to measure” bucket.


KEEPING TRACK A Guide to Record keeping for Advocacy Charities

This guide is designed to help staff, officers, and board members of 501(c)(3) public charities who engage in lobbying prepare and maintain the records that are required to comply with federal tax law.


Lobbying & Political Rules for Nonprofits


Learn what is considered lobbying and the rules your nonprofit must follow. Senior Director of Public Policy Mark Turner covers what you can and can’t do, as well as additional helpful resources. 


7 minutes

About the Presenter

Mark Turner joined the Association as membership services manager in March 2003. He became public policy coordinator in January 2005 and was promoted to manager in 2006. Since then, he has coordinated the Association’s public policy programs, including actions on state and federal bills and the Nonprofit Voice Project in support of Referenda C&D.  In fall 2007 he was elected vice president of the Colorado Social Legislation Committee and is a member of the Secretary of State’s Business Advisory Committee. He worked several years in the nonprofit sector prior to joining the Association, most recently as a research assistant for LARASA (Latin American Research and Service Agency) in Denver. 

Building Strong Community Partnerships


Solving community issues and creating social change often requires nonprofits, government and business to work together. Collective action and collaboration can achieve greater outcomes, but it also takes work.This lesson uses case studies to examine strategies, advantages and disadvantages of collaboration.


Learn quick tips and best practices by watching the five short clips from the presentation. You may also watch the complete presentation if you’d like more information. 

Cooperation, Coordination & Collaboration

Strategic Considerations to Collaborate

Finding Nonprofit Partners

Finding Government Agency Partners

Finding Business Partners

Getting Started in Collaboration

Creating the Collaborative

Worksheets & Assessments

Complete our related worksheets and assessments to take start implementing what you’ve learned. 

Case Studies

Discover impactful collaborations that are working together to solve a common issue. 

Additional Resources

About the Presenter

Renny Fagan is the President and CEO of Colorado Nonprofit Association. Renny served as state legislator, Colorado Department of Revenue director, deputy attorney general, and U.S. Senator Ken Salazar’s state director. His board service includes National Council of Nonprofits, Mile High United Way, Colorado Channel Authority and Metro Denver Leadership Foundation.

Full Presentation

Building Relationships with Public Officials


This video covers tips and suggestions for building a relationship with elected officials. Learn what questions you should be prepared to answer, how to meet legislators, how to become a trusted source, and what to include in your message.

Watch.Learn. Practice.

Associated Worksheets & Resources

Meet the Presenter

Mark Turner, Senior Director of Public Policy, Colorado Nonprofit Association

Mark Turner is the Director of Public Policy for Colorado Nonprofit Association. Since 2005, he has directed the organization’s actions on state and federal policies, trained nonprofits on advocacy and lobbying strategies, and communicated with Colorado’s nonprofits about pertinent laws and regulations. Previously, he was the Membership Services Manager for the Association and worked as a Research Assistant for the Latin American Research and Service Agency in Denver. He earned a B.A. in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College in 2000 and completed the Denver Community Leadership Forum in 2004 through the University of Colorado at Denver. In his spare time, he plays the drums, writes poetry, and plays Ultimate Frisbee.

Working with Government Agencies


This video covers the role of agencies and how your organization may build a relationship with a government agency.

Watch. Learn. Practice.

Associated Worksheets & Resources

Meet the Presenter

Renny Fagan, President & CEO, Colorado Nonprofit Association

Renny Fagan is the President and CEO of Colorado Nonprofit Association.  With 1,300 member nonprofit organizations statewide, the Association provides knowledge resources and advocates for the entire nonprofit sector.  Renny is a former state legislator, director Colorado Department of Revenue, deputy attorney general, and state director for U.S. Senator Ken Salazar. He serves on Colorado Commission on Higher Education (Vice-Chair), and the boards of National Council of Nonprofits (chair), Mile High United Way, Colorado Channel Authority, Metro Denver Leadership Foundation and Colorado CPA Society.   A Colorado native, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Northwestern University.