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Building Resilience by Building Access into Your Work

The organizations you want to be funding are already in your community. Learn how to effectively connect with them by “meeting them where they’re at” and creating the systems that allow you to do so.

For the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado (LCFC), meeting the community where it’s at has meant creating more accessible grants processes and offering programs that provide grantees with capacity-building assistance to ensure their longevity and success.

In this on-demand webinar, you’ll hear two LCFC representatives share specific examples of their organization’s relationship-first approach that emphasizes people and community trust over documentation requirements.

Alexis Whitham, Former Director of Communications and Grants Administration, and Lety Salinas, Former Program Manager, will talk about how LCFC:

  • Offers fully bilingual applications and reports for all grants, and how they address the associated complexities of this process.
  • Deemphasizes checkboxes and rigid grant requirements, and instead gets to know leaders and how their organizations fit into the communities they serve.
  • Creates spaces where grantees can connect with each other and supports leaders in their professional and organizational development.

You'll learn about these and other innovative grantmaking strategies, and to learn how your organization can increase access and build resilience in your community.

*After watching the webinar, check out our follow-up blog with answers to attendees' many questions. 


Alexis Whitham | Former Director, Communications and Grants Administration , Latino Community Foundation of Colorado
Alexis Whitham serves as LCFC’s Director of Communications and Grants Administration. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years in Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Denver. Prior to joining the LCFC team, Alexis served as the Director of Distribution and Educational Programming for San Francisco arts nonprofit Frameline, overseeing film sales and distribution and programs that disseminated free films centering those marginalized in mainstream media including people of color, transgender individuals, youth, and elders. Alexis graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Creative Writing and serves as secretary of the board for Think 360 Arts for Learning. She lives in the Whittier neighborhood of Denver with her fiance and perfect cats. Alexis’ pronouns are she/her/hers.

Lety Salinas | Former Program Manager, Latino Community Foundation of Colorado
Leticia has dedicated her career to increasing access in the arts and education fields to traditionally marginalized communities. Her work is rooted in community engagement, nonprofits, and K-12 education. Prior to joining the LCFC team, Leticia worked in museums and education nonprofits in Texas, California, and Colorado to build more equitable programs and spaces for communities of color and people with disabilities. She holds a BA in Spanish and Art History from Southern Methodist University and an MA in Art Education from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Denver with her husband and is an avid runner, loves taking ceramics classes, and probably has one too many plants. Leticia’s pronouns are she/her/hers.

About the Author

Elsie came to Foundant from the nonprofit sector, where she taught and ran outdoor youth programming throughout the Rocky Mountain West, from inner-city Denver to rural Wyoming. Before joining Foundant, she most recently served as the operations manager for The Traveling School, which runs international high school semesters. In this role, she designed and maintained systems and technology solutions to help keep this leanly staffed nonprofit running smoothly. Elsie is most interested in how technology can support an organization’s mission. She serves on Foundant’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) team and is especially focused on how Foundant can support new and more equitable styles of grantmaking. Areas of expertise: grant and scholarship best practices, non-traditional workflows, particularly as they relate to trust-based philanthropy, accessibility, participatory grantmaking, and increasing transparency, #FixtheForm and reducing the applicant burden throughout the grantmaking process.

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