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Colorado Funders Take Wait-and-See Approach to Recreational Marijuana

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The 2014 Mid-year Meeting session focused on the legalization of marijuana is the topic of this Grantmakers in Health blog, authored by Philanthropy Southwest Consultant Christie McElhinney.

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The Green Rush: Conversations about the Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado

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Colorado voters overwhelmingly approved the legalization of marijuana in their state even though it is a federal crime and most state and local governments and foundations were against it. This presentation by the Colorado State Attorney General focused on state enforcement and decriminalization issues, as well as the perspective of a local funder on how they are responding to community needs going forward. Session Objectives: Gain an understanding on state versus federal enforcement of marijuana Learn from local funders their response to legalization Speakers: Attorney General John Suthers,...

The Real Battle for Returning Veterans

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These are handouts from the breakout session, The Real Battle for Returning Veterans. Session Description: The general public is unaware of the diverse challenges faced by military veterans returning to civilian life. These brave men and women face an array of obstacles including post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and physical disabilities. For them, the road to recovery is long and frustrating. Spouses, children and extended family face their own struggles with uncertainty about the recovery process, along with emotional and financial stress. A growing number of nonprofit agencies have...

On the Border: A New Vision for Community Building

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This is a handout from the breakout session, On the Border: A New Vision for Community Building. Session Description: It is impossible to separate the cross-cultural connections that bind the United States and Mexico. From economic development to quality of life, seemingly intractable problems will require cross-cultural solutions. Border communities are benefiting from multi-sector strategies that address every facet of life in border communities. This session will highlight collaborative programs which tap into the power of innovation, demonstrate the value of collaboration and illustrate...

A Foundation's Guide to Advocacy

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This valuable resource, produced by the Council on Foundations, guides foundations interested in becoming part of the national policy conversation and educating legislators about their impact in society. It offers advice on scheduling a meeting with a member of Congress; format options for those meetings; sample letter, fax, and e-mail formats; and more.

Know Your Sector

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Nonprofits in the U.S. generate $1.1 trillion every year, which is more than the entire economies of Saudi Arabia and Sweden combined. "Know Your Sector" is intended as a resource for nonprofit employees, volunteers, and donors to better know the impact of your sector.
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