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Colorado Nonprofit Development Center

Original Business Start Date: 12/07/1998

This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Name: Colorado Nonprofit Development Center
Phone: (720) 855-0501
Fax: (720) 855-8273
Address: 789 N Sherman St STE 250
Denver, CO 80203-3539
Report Creation Date: February 4, 2015
Report Expiration Date: February 4, 2017
Original Business Start Date: December 1998
Principal: Melinda Higgs, President/CEO
Customer Contact: Melinda Higgs, President/CEO
Email Address:
Incorporated: January 1998, CO
Type of Business: Charity - Local, Charity - Community Development & Civic Organizations

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Smart Colorado
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Stated Purpose

To foster the development of a healthy and vibrant nonprofit sector in Colorado by enhancing the effective and efficient use of community resources, and by supporting the development of charitable projects and nonprofits.

Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated according to the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. Donors must decide for themselves the relative importance of the Standards in question.

Colorado Nonprofit Development Center does not meet the following 1 Standards for Charity Accountability.

16:Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

Colorado Nonprofit Development Center does not meet this standard because it's 2014 Annual Report does not include financial information.

Colorado Nonprofit Development Center meets the remaining 19 Standards for Charity Accountability.


CNDC provides qualified emerging and transitioning nonprofits with comprehensive fiscal sponsorship, which includes operating under CNDC's 501(c)(3) umbrella, an existing back-office infrastructure, and the support of a team of nonprofit management professionals.

Benefits to CNDC projects in its fiscal sponsor program include financial management and audit, board development,
human resources and benefits administration, grants management, leadership development, fundraising counsel, and liability insurance.

Projects must apply to be accepted into the fiscal sponsor program. CNDC looks for projects that demonstrate a community need, a charitable purpose, strong leadership, clear objectives, a realistic budget, and an ability to attract donors.

For a complete and updated list of active projects, please visit

Total Program Expenses:$13,222,402


Chief Executive Officer:Melinda Higgs
Chair of the Board:Laurie Anderson
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:Kundinger, Corder & Engle, P.C., Director
Board Size:11
Paid Staff Size:104 Full Time. 74 Part Time.

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


According to Colorado Nonprofit Development Center's Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2013:

 Total Income:$15,544,651
Expenses  % of total
% of total
 Programs:$13,222,402 90.32%85.06%
 Fund Raising:$375,886 2.57%2.42%
 Administrative:$1,041,806 7.12%6.70%
 Other:$0 0.00%0.00%
 Total Expenses:$14,640,094
Excess of Income over Expenses$904,557
Ending Net Assets:$8,273,964

* Excess for the year indicates the portion of income remaining after expenses.

Charity Licensing

All charitable organizations soliciting contributions in Colorado -- with a few specific exceptions listed in the Charitable Solicitations Act at 6-16-104(6)(a)-(c), C.R.S. -- must submit an initial registration statement with the Secretary of State and receive a registration number. After the initial registration, annual registration statements must be renewed each year by the 5th day of the fifth month after the close of the organization‪s fiscal year. In addition, all solicitation campaigns utilizing paid solicitors as defined at 6-16-103(7), C.R.S. must be listed on separate Solicitation Notices, which should be filed online by the paid solicitor.

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More information:
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Arlington, VA 22203-1838
(703) 276-0100

American Institute of Philanthropy
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(301) 913-5200

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