Community Leaders Embrace Collaboration At Open Forum

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“What I love most about the collaborative approach is the opportunity to develop stronger and deeper relationships between organizations and people.”

Suzanne Crawford, President & CEO Sister Carmen Community Center; AAE Executive Committee President

On January 8th Foothills United Way’s Association of Agency Executives (AAE) held a successful forum on collaboration for Boulder County nonprofits at the Imagine! Conference Center. This unique  event was attended by over 50 nonprofit staff and board members. Nonprofit agencies were invited to learn strategies and best practices for building partnerships and collaborative processes.

The morning kicked off with several presentations over breakfast and concluded with a panel discussion facilitated by Dennis Lewis, President  & CEO Dental Aid.  The panelists included Frank Alexander, Boulder County Department of Housing & Human Services, Robin Bohannan, Boulder County Department of Community Services, Karen Rahn, City of Boulder Department of Human Services, Dr. Danielle Varda, University of Colorado-Denver, School of Public Affairs, Bobbi Watson, Early Childhood Council of Boulder County, Chris Wiant, Caring for Colorado and Doug Yeiser, Foothills United Way.

“I am excited for the challenge collaboration brings and the potential for better outcomes is the motivation. Through collaboration, and I believe only through collaboration, we have a chance to move the community toward improved well-being. Health, education, housing, food all combine to make one well and they all must combine to make a community better,” concluded Dennis Lewis, Dental Aid.

View photos from the event here!


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Collective Impact by By John Kania & Mark Kramer, Stanford Social Innovation Review

Dr. Danielle Varda
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Bobbi Watson
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Frank Alexander
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