Denver Chapter of Trout Unlimited

The Denver Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s mission is restoring the Denver South Platte as a unique urban fishery, educating local organizations, outreach for disadvantaged youth, creating fish habitat.

The Denver Chapter of Trout Unlimited is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following project:

  • Information Dissemination: Rework an older website into something with a more modern, responsive design that better aligns with mobile use. The website should include integration with fundraising, events, and the organization’s other social media sites, which include Instagram and Facebook.


A Little Help

A Little Help‘s mission is to help older adults thrive by connecting neighbors across generations.

A Little Help (ALH) is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:

  • Research Design: What does it take to get younger volunteers (20 – 30 year olds) involved with ALH and sustain their participation? Currently we have a hard time retaining young volunteers. Many of them sign-up to volunteer, go through the required background check, but communication drops from there.
  • Information Dissemination: We need help reaching younger audiences (20 – 30 year olds) to recruit as volunteers. How can we use social media to market our organization and recruit volunteers? How can we reach and engage college students?
  • Information Dissemination: We would like someone to review our website and marketing materials and make recommendations to improve our messaging for a diversity of audiences. We have a wide demographic of potential volunteers but we are not sure what works and does not work for them when viewing and using our website/materials.
  • Program Evaluation: We would like to have students look at ALH’s process in how we intake applications, match folks etc. If possible, we would like someone to assess our Help Connect online system. Is the system and process working well for volunteers? Can we be doing something better?
  • Program Evaluation/Creative Work: We want help assessing our volunteer orientation process and training video. We want to collect feedback from our volunteers to learn what questions they need help answering and what methods of teaching/communication work best for them. How can we improve our orientation and training processes (e.g. have a weekly open house for volunteers to chat and ask questions)? What is the best way to get our training out there and encourage interaction among volunteers?

Colorado Black Health Collaborative

The Colorado Black Health Collaborative‘s (CBHC) mission is to achieve health equity in Colorado’s Black Community.  

CBHC is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:

  • Information Dissemination: We would like help turning our in-person trainings focused on health education and screenings into online/recorded training modules to increase our reach to community members.
  • Literature Review: We are interested in researching the unknown/buried history of Black/African Americans who have contributed to health and wellness of the Black community here in Colorado.
  • Creative Work (MATCHED): We would like a DU partner to create a miniature model floorplan and (if possible) a virtual tour of a barbershop/salon to showcase CBHC’s education and screening programs held in those locations.
  • Research Design: We are open to working with students who want to learn more about the Black community by respectfully engaging with our community and have self-directed research project ideas.

Women’s Bean Project

Women’s Bean Project is a non-profit organization that changes women’s lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise.

Women’s Bean Project (WBP) is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:

  • Information Dissemination: We would like help updating our strategic communications by creating personalized value propositions applicable to today’s hiring landscape for current and future community partners and potential employees. We’d like to update our collateral (e.g. flyers, website, social media, etc.) to reflect these identified value propositions for each audience.
  • Program Evaluation: We want help measuring the efficacy of programs offered at WBP. We have quantitative evaluation data that we need help synthesizing from some of our programs. Are the learning objectives being met? What is the value? How can we measure all program impacts from our diverse partners? What’s working and what needs to change?
  • Research Design / Data Collection: We would like someone to continue the work of a previous consultant who focused on answering the following research question: What is keeping women who hear the WBP presentation from applying, or who are asked to interview from showing up on the first day?
    • One recommendation includes hosting a design thinking-inspired workshop with WBP participants to gather information about word of mouth referrals, ideas for info sharing, potential incentives, and the competitive advantage (i.e. “magic”) of the organization in comparison to other comparable community organizations. More information provided upon request.
  • Internship: Help us create a new process flow as we redesign a more expedited program process for hiring at WBP. We would like help working with our partners to prepare and plan for this change as well. Our goal is to make sure our new hires are able to take full advantage of our partner’s available programs (Dress for Success, Financial Literacy, free Eye Exams) without having to wait months to a year for the next program session.

Tinsae Single Moms Organization

The main mission of Tinsae is to organize and support single moms living in the State of Colorado so that they can become self-sufficient. The organization provides counseling services and supports single moms to overcome crisis and become successful in their future life with their children.

Tinsae is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:

  • Grant Writing (MATCHED): We would like a student to assist us with grant writing to support our Educational Program. Through various classes, this program aims to teach and encourage the single moms to overcome crisis following the divorce/family loss and help them to become successful in their future life with their children. The intern will work directly with the Executive Director.
  • Internship: The intern will assist us with our fundraising efforts for our Educational Program. Through various classes, this program aims to teach and encourage the single moms to overcome crisis following the divorce/family loss and help them to become successful in their future life with their children. The intern will work directly with the Executive Director to develop a fundraising strategy for the organization, identify potential donors, plan fundraising events, etc. 
  • Information Dissemination: We are looking for a self-motivated communications intern to manage the organization’s internal and external communications. This includes updating and maintaining Tinsae’s social media presence, creating and managing an online blog, designing event flyers, updating the Tinsae website, etc.
  • Internship: The Nonprofit Management Intern will directly support the Executive Director (ED) with administrative and operational tasks in support of Tinsae’s mission. The intern will manage the ED’s schedule and appointments, plan and execute events, provide general support to visitors, collaborate with ED and Board Members on new ideas for the organization’s direction.

Realm of Caring

Realm of Caring Foundation empowers people to take control of their health and enhance their quality of life by providing cannabinoid research initiatives in addition to educational programs and services.

Realm of Caring is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:

  • Information Dissemination: The Creative Intern helps plan and complete projects to support fundraising, graphic design, marketing, social media, and website initiatives. Projects may involve any media (print, audio, web, video, etc). Under direction of various staff members, the Creative Intern must understand what is needed, produce quality deliverables, and accept comments to reach a final design. This position reports to the Outreach Director.
  • Grant Writing: The Grant Writing Intern seeks out and applies for grants pertaining to Realm of Caring’s mission. The intern will learn about key business operations, cannabis science, broad healthcare issues, and essential funding sources for non-profits. The Grant Writing Intern reports to the Operations Director.
  • Information Dissemination: The Social Media Intern crafts and executes engaging campaigns and posts to effectively communicate Realm of Caring’s mission with the world. The intern completes their responsibilities with direction and cooperation from other team members, while also monitoring relevant statistics: reach, followers, etc. This position reports to the Outreach Director.
  • Information Dissemination (MATCHED): The Realm of Caring is reorganizing and rethinking their current website. A Web Strategy Intern would contribute to website design and functionality. In collaboration with other team members, the intern defines and implements upgrades and modifications to the website front end, back-end, and underlying framework while prioritizing a friendly user experience. This position reports to the Technology and Data Director. 
  • Research Design (MATCHED): Data Analyst and/or Psychometrician Intern would work under the guidance of our Research Coordinator and Technology Director, contributing to one or more of the five ongoing collaborative initiatives with Johns Hopkins, Thomas Jefferson University, Colorado State University, Harvard University, UPENN, and Palo Alto Veterans Affairs. They would be assisting in our recruitment and potentially analyzing existing data sets. We currently use several validated measures in an active and ongoing Observational Research Registry, but there is an opportunity for a psychometrician intern to work with our research team on some current measurements, especially around cannabinoid therapy and health outcomes. 
  • Internship: The Business Intern position is an opportunity to gain real-world experience while being a productive member of a non-profit. Interns will learn about key operations with approved quality product companies that pass a rigorous quality checklist, cannabis science, and broad healthcare issues. They will gain understanding of the functions, goals, and workings of the nonprofit sector. The Business Intern reports to the Operations Director.

My Quiet Cave

My Quiet Cave works to create a space for mental health and faith by providing workshops for faith leaders and facilitating in-person and online groups for those affected by mental disorder. 

My Quiet Cave is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:

  • Program Evaluation: Would like to better assess the impacts of our 9-week Overcome facilitated group sessions on participants and facilitators (currently have a post-assessment and are interested in Qualitative evaluation methods).
  • Information Dissemination: Interested in learning how we can improve our outreach to faith-based leaders to engage in mental health education workshops and individuals with mental health issues to engage in Overcome groups.

Metro Denver Nature Alliance

Metro Denver Nature Alliance (Metro DNA) is a growing coalition of non-profit, government, research, and private sector partners seeking to align nature-based efforts toward more equitable access to nature and to promote healthy people, communities, and natural places.

Metro DNA is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:

Equity in Action = In March 2019, Metro DNA adopted a set of Equity Principles + Commitments to guide our collaborative conservation and environmental education network. The Equity in Action project will activate our plans for resource sharing, ongoing learning and training, and leadership development in equity + conservation.

  • Literature Review / Policy Review We are looking for a “deep dive” into Metro DNA’s Equity Principles + Commitments that explores the theories and experiences behind each statement and informs how we operationalize them as an organization (e.g., decision making processes, structure, representation in leadership) and craft training opportunities for partners.
    • Key partners – Butterfly Pavilion, EcoInclusive, cityWILD, National Parks Conservation Association, Denver Zoo

Nature Narratives = Nature Narratives is Metro DNA’s collective storytelling project, providing opportunities for partner organizations to elevate our work and the ways we are promoting healthier people, communities, and natural places in metro Denver. The project is also helping us define a shared story of our ongoing efforts to make the metro Denver region a thriving place for people and for nature. 

  • Information Dissemination Using the existing interview data (recordings and coded transcripts), produce a series of partner highlights and thematic stories to be used in blog posts, newsletters, and social media. Explore producing additional Nature Narratives podcast episodes, short videos, and other content.
    • Key partners – The Alliance Center, Continental Divide Trail Coalition, Next 100 Coalition, Colorado Parks & Wildlife
  • Data Collection/Data Analysis Continue in-person interviews with Metro DNA partners, using the framework created in 2019, as part of new partner onboarding and orientation, to expand our database of partner stories for content creation, and to further refine our shared vision.
    • Key partners – Visible Network Labs, Climate Courage

Regional Vision for People + Nature = Metro DNA began facilitating conversations toward a Regional Vision in 2016-17 with the Trust for Public Land. We are now working on a Regional Conservation Assessment, which will use existing information and planning documents to identify high quality, connected, and climate-resilient habitat across the metro area. This work supports the development of a more comprehensive and conservation-forward approach to land use planning that strengthens connectivity and equitable access to nature, protects important wildlife habitat, and maximizes the use of nature-based solutions like green infrastructure.

  • Literature Review / Policy Review We want to understand what conservation and management (land, habitat, species, natural areas, etc.) plans, priorities, and strategies are currently in effect across the seven metro Denver counties and larger municipalities. How can Metro DNA best connect and leverage existing work?
    • Key partners – The Nature Conservancy, Biohabitats, Denver Regional Council of Governments, Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute
  • Data Analysis (Geospatial Analysis)Using the existing Metro DNA Mapping Portal, produce maps and infographics that communicate the urgency of regional planning, significant opportunities and challenges with respect to equitable access to nature and habitat conservation, and the cultural and ecological diversity that define the region.
    • Key partners – Trust for Public Land

STEW-MAP = The Denver Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project (STEW-MAP) will answer the question: What are the social and spatial (geographic) interactions among groups that conserve, manage, monitor, advocate for, and educate the public about their local environments? This project adds a social layer of information to biophysical information on green infrastructure in the metro area. It will also uncover gaps in action, knowledge, and resources, which will inform continued collaboration, research, and project implementation.

  • Literature Review We are implementing STEW-MAP in Denver not only as a research project, but in order to develop and launch an effective partner discovery and engagement tool. We want to understand how STEW-MAP has been implemented, received, and used in other cities in order to maximize its utility in Denver and advance the science.
    • Key partners – US Forest Service (Rocky Mountain Research Station), CU Denver (College of Architecture & Planning, School of Public Affairs), Denver Parks & Recreation (Forestry)

SSKO-GO Day = Safe Summer Kick Off on Get Outdoors Day (SSKO-GO Day) is a free, family-friendly event hosted annually by the SouthWest Denver Coalition, Metro DNA, and Denver Parks & Recreation to promote access to healthy and safe outdoor spaces, support under-resourced communities, and celebrate nature exploration. Entering our second year of partnership, we are interested in deepening relationships in the community around Garfield Lake Park (Westwood), exploring opportunities to add value and connect with communities throughout Southwest Denver and the metro area, and inform state-wide investments in outdoor recreation and community well-being.

  • Literature Review / Policy Review We want to understand what mission-related events and programs are active across the seven metro Denver counties and larger municipalities, across Colorado, and in other metro areas (e.g., Salt Lake City, Portland, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles). What opportunities are there to grow SSKO-GO Day and empower our local partners to share their knowledge and experience for the benefit of the region and the state? 
    • Key partners – SouthWest Denver Coalition, Denver Parks & Recreation, CO Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry, Colorado Public Health and Parks & Recreation Collaborative, Colorado Department of Health & Environment, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, National Park Service (Intermountain Region), US Forest Service (Rocky Mountain Region)

*Additional information on Metro DNA projects provided upon request*