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ReSource Academy 2018
Wednesday, October 3rd & Thursday, October 4th
8:00am – 5:00pm
At The Iliff School of Theology Main Campus, Denver


Sorry, but this event has been cancelled. We look forward to inviting our scheduled instructors back for future ReSource learning events.

Theme: Organizational Sustainability

How do you create cooperative and effective organizations? How do you fund them? How do you provide for long-term financial sustainability? This two-day, two-track event is designed to help you think through effective leadership in these critical areas.

Track A (Both Days):
Image of Rev. Dr. Curtis Brown
Organizing Communities
with Rev. Dr. Curtis Brown

Church and non-profit leaders need a wider set of tools to engage and transform their churches, organizations and communities. In this workshop we’ll introduce the major principles and practices of community organizing, which provide a different approach to building and using power for community change.
Topics include:
– Analyzing and understanding power
– Building relationships for public change
– Focusing problems into actionable issues
– Creating actions for reactions
– Shaping organizations and movements
– Developing leaders for transformation
– Managing yourself, your time, and your interest

Track B, Day 1 (Wednesday, October 3):

Focus on Endowments
with Kristi Kinnison

Organizations that actively promote endowments see a 25-40% increase in operational giving. This is counterintuitive – but essential for you to understand if your want your church to thrive.
Questions we will address include:
– What inspires people to give money to your church?
– How can you overcome the tax law changes so that you don’t see a dip in giving?
– What is Impact Investing? And why should your church care about it?
– What is a healthy way to grow and manage an endowment program at your church?
– What key elements does a financially healthy church have? (Hint: It includes endowments.)

Track B, Day 2 (Thursday, October 4):

Focus on Grant & Foundation Funding
with Megan Conklin & Kelsey Cochrane

Non-profit organizations can often find outside sources to assist with funding new ventures, needed capital expenses, and more. In this workshop, we will discuss obtaining and managing grant funds.

Topics include:

– Identifying potential funders
– Ways to think about networking & relationship building
– The basics of grant writing – how to tell your story
– Building helpful budget projections
– Important concepts about grant fund management
– Basic records-keeping for annual reports


Registration Information

Iliff alums and current students please contact the ReSource office for discount codes.

Early Bird Pricing (ends 8/21/18)

Early bird registration for both days (Track A: Organizing Communities) $169
Early bird registration for both days (Track B: Funding) $169
Early bird registration for October 3 only (Track B, Day 1: Endowments) $89
Early bird registration for October 4 only (Track B, Day 2: Grant & Foundation Funding) $89

Regular Pricing (starts 8/22 – registration closes 10/2)

Registration for both days (Track A: Organizing Communities) $189
Registration for both days (Track B: Funding) $189
Registration for October 3 only (Track B, Day 1: Endowments) $99
Registration for October 4 only (Track B, Day 2: Grant & Foundation Funding) $99

Pricing at the Door, Day of the Event

$125 per day, either track.

Group Registration

A group rate of $500 is available. This allows 5 individuals from the same organization to attend both days, any track ($445 savings over the full two-day rate). Early bird, alumni, and student discounts do not apply. 

Location & Accessibility

This event is held at the Iliff School of Theology, 2323 East Iliff Avenue, Denver. The main entrance to the facility is at the south end of the building, and is accessed from East Iliff Avenue. Please note that we have a secure campus, so older entrances (the north doors of Iliff Hall, and the breezeway between Iliff Hall and the newer buildings) are now locked at all times. Iliff’s facilities are ADA-compliant.


Visitor parking is available in the B lot. Parking is $2.00 per hour, to a maximum of $10.00 per day. On-street paid parking is also available on Gaylord Street just north of East Iliff Avenue. The parking garage at the Newman Center (the P lot) is also available, and can be accessed off of East Wesley Avenue between South University and South York Street. For more parking information, including a map, click here.

Smoke-Free Campus

Both the Iliff and the University of Denver campuses are smoke-free. Smoking is not allowed in buildings or anywhere on campus.