Impact Denver
Nonprofit Community Projects

The Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation and the Impact Denver Class of 2015 are inviting proposals from community organizations for ideas on specific, short term projects that could help your organization enhance its current work. Impact Denver is designed for Denver Metro area professionals who are interested in developing their leadership skills, learning about the region and beginning or expanding their civic involvement. For additional information on the Leadership Foundation and our programs, click here.

Click here to access the project proposal form.

Deadline to apply is Friday, December 19, 2014

Objectives of the Impact Denver class project are to:

  • Meet a need based on an organizational or community issue
  • Prepare participants for future leadership activities by creating a sense of collective efficacy, e.g.  “Together, we can make a difference.”
  • Provide participants with an opportunity to practice team leadership, project planning and group management skills
  • Enable participants to develop stronger relationships with class members

Class members will be divided into teams of approximately 10 people and these teams will evaluate the proposed projects to  determine which projects are best suited to the team members’ skillset and which will have the greatest impact on the community overall.  You may be contacted by the team directly for clarity on your proposed project’s goals or relevant background information.  If your project is selected by the team, you will be notified no later than January 30, 2015.  

Important reminders:

Define your project clearly. When class members evaluate projects to support, they are evaluating the scope of the project, if the project will result in added value, and if the project will require participants to use a variety of leadership skills. They are also expecting the organization to be a committed and dynamic partner, so be please ensure that the key contact staff who will be overseeing the class’ efforts have the time and knowledge to help the team achieve a successful outcome.

Expect to spend time with team members to orient them to your organization.  Be ready to share any appropriate research and background information you have to jump start their project work and avoid redundancy or wasted time.  The project team will assign a team member as primary contact person who will check in with you regularly during the 6-month time period. 

Projects must also be appropriate for implementation within the timeframe of January through June 2015. If you wish to submit a proposal, please return the “Community Partner Project Proposal” form and all requirements electronically by Friday, December 19, 2014 in order to be considered by the project teams. If you are aware of a different nonprofit that might be interested in submitting a proposal, feel free to forward this information on to them.

Project Proposal Guidelines:

  • Your organization must be a nonprofit with a 501(c)3 status
  • Projects can be from any field.  For example:  education, regional planning, human services, economic development, arts and culture, etc.
  • The project should be achievable or significant milestones met between January and June by a team of 10-12, resulting in a realistic end product or recommendation. 
  • Projects can range in scope from “shovel ready” projects to big picture issues. The projects that have been most successful in the past include a “hands on” component rather than just documenting a process.   Teams often feel a closer bond to the project when they are able to interact with the ultimate beneficiary of the agency and this bond will help not only the project outcome – but also potentially secure their help/volunteer time after the project is complete.
  • Projects may not be partisan or religious in nature and cannot have fundraising or advocacy as a primary purpose.
  • Proposed projects should have measurable and lasting community impact.
  • The nonprofit board of the agency/organization must be fully aware of and approve the plan for Impact Denver work on the project.
  • Projects must be located in the seven-county Denver metro region. 
  • Projects should not be limited to research or study on a project.
  • Projects that can be explained clearly and are fully understood by the team are more likely to be selected for implementation. Select a project that is important to your organization, and is challenging but realistic.
  • Be clear whether you are expecting the team to solve a problem, provide an action plan or implement a solution.
  • Projects aimed at planning an event for your organization will not be considered.
  • Results of each project will be presented during the final class day on June 20, 2013.  If your project is selected, you will be invited to attend this presentation.

Additional Information:

  • “Class Project Coaches” will serve as mentors for the Impact Denver participants as they are working on their projects.  The coaches will provide guidance and feedback specifically around leadership and team skills. 
  • The proposed projects will be presented to Impact Denver participants in January 2015. All applicants will be notified no later than January 30 if their proposal has been selected by the class teams.

The most successful projects have:

  • A clear objective
  • Designated contact person at the organization
  • Strong connection to the organization’s client or end user
  • Access to appropriate organizational information
  • Strong communication skills in managing volunteers 


If you have any questions about this project proposal, please contact Denise King at 303-620-8055 or