The Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships (DOSP) was created in January 2004 to serve as a liaison between the City of Denver and its nonprofit sector. DOSP is committed to increasing the capacity and sustainability of the nonprofit sector and achieves those objectives by delivering training & workshops, targeted programming, improving internal contracting processes, and by assisting nonprofits with funding and becoming smarter about the facilities they operate out of.
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Virtual Fundraising and Planning for Scenarios: Best Practices for a Socially Distant Nonprofit
Wednesday, June 17th at 1:00pm ET/12:00pm CT/11:00am MT/10:00am PT
Many organizations have had to shift their plans, budget and fundraising as a result of the current pandemic. While some states are starting to open, the fragile economy, public health recommendations and cautious public promise a year of altered budgetary expectations for nonprofits. This Spitfire Strategies communication webinar will focus on how nonprofits can use scenario planning to adjust for our new reality (and other realities that might occur) as well as innovative ways to create deeper engagement with current funders and find new audiences to support your mission. We will share examples how some organizations are doing this work and their lessons learned.
Breaking Through the Noise and Engaging Media
Wednesday, June 24th at 1:00pm ET/12:00pm CT/11:00am MT/10:00am PT
With all of the attention on COVID-19, the economy and upcoming elections, many nonprofits’ standard messaging is not picked up or ignored by the local media. While you can share stories of impact, you need to balance getting attention with not being tone-deaf, stepping into a political argument or ethically sharing stories from your community. This Spitfire Strategies webinar will review some of the best ways to tell your story, break through the noise and engage the most impact media outlets in order to connection with your priority audiences.
We will review media engagement tips and ethical storytelling guidelines to help you rise above.
Wil Alston is the director of the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships (DOSP), an office in Denver’s Human Rights and Community Partnerships (HRCP) Agency.
Prior to DOSP, Wil served as a senior communication advisor for the Hancock Administration, as the executive director for the Five Points Business District, and was a key staffer for former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter. He is also the founder and principal of the Wil Alston Group, a versatile Denver-based boutique firm specializing in marketing & public relations, civic engagement, government relations, and supplier diversity.
Wil also has a rich and long history of working with area nonprofits that have included: the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver, the Five Points Business District, The Spirituals Project, The Porter-Billups Leadership Academy, Regis University, the East Denver YMCA, the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce, and the Stadium Baseball District.
He is a veteran communication strategists and executive and has close to thirty years of professional experience in entrepreneurship, networking, fundraising, marketing, and strategic planning; and he gained those experiences in a variety organizational structures including: all three branches of government including federal, state, and local; nonprofits, and in private business.
Wil shares two and a half decades of marriage to Rosalind “Roz” Alston and they are longtime Park Hill residents.
Kevin Dodge is the Project Coordinator for the Office of Strategic Partnerships, where he is focused on supporting the needs of nonprofits across the City and County of Denver. He earned his master’s degree in social work (MSW) from the University of Denver with a concentration in organizational development, leadership, and policy practice.
Kevin is a former community health development specialist with the United States Peace Corps, where he focused on assisting local nonprofit organizations, schools, and local government in designing strategies, programs, and systems to better serve youth and families in Mongolia (RPCV 2015-2017).
Kevin’s experience is varied and includes time spent working as a sales strategy contractor with the Kellogg Company, and providing case management and counseling services to youth in Chicago. He has received specialized training in non-violent intervention strategies and biopsychosocial interviewing.
He strongly believes in building robust and genuine partnerships, creating sustainable solutions, advancing equity, and doing business right. Kevin strives to become a better colleague, community member, and leader.
Lorelei Johnson is the Contract Compliance Coordinator with the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships. After spending more than a decade working with special trades service companies in contract development, Lorelei found a home with the City and County of Denver. Lorelei started her career with the City, at Denver International Airport (DEN) working with the Operations & Maintenance Contract Services group. She devoted 4 years to process improvement and contract management. She is a proud mother to her 15-year-old daughter. Together they spend time volunteering in a variety of community service projects, including work in homeless shelters.
Dr. Ken Seeley serves as a collaboration and evaluation specialist for the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships of the City of Denver and the Office of Financial Empowerment & Protection. Prior to his work with the City he served for 20 years as the President and CEO of the Colorado Foundation for Families and Children, a nonprofit partnership with five Colorado state agencies. He is a researcher and cross system leader with an extensive background with at-risk and vulnerable populations.
Ken was a tenured faculty member at the University of Denver, College of Education in the areas of Education Leadership and research design. He has broad social policy experience as a policy analyst and consultant for the Center for Study of Social Policy in Washington, and many foundations including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the Colorado Trust and the Piton Foundation. Additionally, he has served as senior evaluation consultant to Bloomberg Philanthropies, Mayors Challenge and as a senior evaluation consultant to the One Community Pueblo Colorado.
Wil Alston, Director
201 West Colfax Avenue,
Dept. 1102 - 2nd Floor
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (720) 913-8485