Apply to join our Board of Directors!

Think you’ve got what it takes to help steer this funny little ship? Passionate about our mission? Understand what it takes to make a difference?

Then you should apply to join our Board of Directors! Click here to download the application. Applications must be in by Monday, March 3.

Ideal candidates are:

  • Good-humored, fun(ny), reliable and genuinely dedicated to New Era’s mission and values.
  • Excited and unafraid to flex their fundraising muscles to help support the organization.
  • Well-networked members of the community.
  • Not afraid to take risks and are willing to stand alongside New Era when the organization takes on pressing issues that impact our generation.
  • Knowledgeable about Colorado’s political landscape & key players.
  • Well-rounded, with a diverse background and unique skill sets.
  • Ready and willing to provide a considerable amount of time to growing and strengthening New Era’s impact and role in the state.

Get your hands on an application here, and be sure to submit it along with your resume to boardapplications@neweracolorado.org by March 3rd. If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Ramos at daniel.ramos@colorado.edu.

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Big news!

Big news–on Saturday, New Organizing Institute announced that we won their “Most Valuable Campaign of 2013″ award!

To say that we’re excited and grateful would be an enormous understatement.

We just wanted to say THANK YOU to all of you. Thank you for believing in us–in local power–enough to invest whatever you could in this campaign–be it your time, your support, or a donation.

You saw right away that this campaign was bigger than Boulder, and you stepped up. You gave us hope and renewed our faith in the power of communities to build the world we dream of.

This award belongs to all of you. We can’t thank you enough.

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Are you our next intern?

Are you one of our future interns? We sure hope so.

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Click here to scope out the program and get your hands on an application!

We’re now accepting applications for our 2014 spring internship programs in Denver & Boulder! You, yes you, should apply.

Here’s the scoop – quick & dirty version:

WHAT: New Era’s spring 2014 internship program, focused on building grassroots campaigns to impact policy makin’ during Colorado’s legislative session. Fine-tune your leadership skills, get your hands dirty, & learn to advocate for the issues you care about like the boss you are & the leader you were born to become.

WHO: We are looking for a solid crew of energized of folks who are pumped (excessively so) to learn the ropes. No experience necessary! Seriously.

WHEN: The program starts in early February, ends in late April. We’re accepting apps on a rolling basis, so get yours in!

WHY: Because you want some hands-on experience. Because this looks like fun. Because you need some new friends. Because this video/campaign inspired you. Because, democracy.

Sold? Ok great – here’s where you can download an application. Get that sucker in ASAP, got it?

Still not sold? Check us out on Facebook to get a feel for what we’re all about, creep on former interns, or email us (info(at)neweracolorado(dot)org) to grill us about the program. Or just read more here.

Email info(at)neweracolorado(dot)org with questions, concerns, or gift ideas for fathers because we’re having a hard time with it.

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Support us on Colorado Gives Day!

Tomorrow is Colorado Gives Day, a statewide, 24-hour blitz to support Colorado nonprofits.

We are writing today to ask for your support, because you of all people know what we can do if we head full-force into 2014.

Click here to schedule your tax-deductible donation to support New Era Colorado Foundation on Colorado Gives Day!

2013 has been an incredible year for us, to say the least–and we’re ready for an even bigger 2014, because it’s critical that young people have a strong say in shaping the future of our state.

This year, we ran the biggest campaign in our organization’s history–and we need to be bigger next year. We helped pass game-changing elections access legislation–and we need to make sure young voters take advantage of it next fall.

After a year like this one, it is clear that what we are doing is working. And there’s more where that came from.

We want to increase the youth vote share in Colorado, train dozens more leaders, and engage hundreds more volunteers. And we’re ready for it: this year alone, we made over 100,000 voter contacts. In the last two years, we have registered over 40,000 voters.

On Colorado Gives Day, invest in New Era to mobilize young voters in 2014. Click here to schedule your donation.

If you believe Colorado deserves a more hands-on democracy, if you know young voters will shape our state in 2014 and beyond, and if you think we’re the right organization for the job: please support our work today to have a lasting impact on Colorado tomorrow.

Thank you for your support–past, present, and future. It means the world to us.

-Steve, Carrie, Alexis, Nina, Lizzy, and Molly

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Make 310 our lucky number.

Last week’s victory in Boulder was the result of a transformative grassroots campaign made possible by literally thousands of individual people.

We wanted to share a video recap of it all with you—and to ask that you commit to sticking with us moving forward.

We won this round because of you—and we need you to commit to helping us win the next one by becoming a monthly member. A small monthly donation of any amount ensures that we can keep fighting, but on a larger scale—and it ensures that we stay innovative, independent, and nimble.

In honor of our campaign this year we’re hoping you can help make 310 (Xcel’s ballot measure) our lucky number and get us to 310 monthly members by the end of the year. Our efforts this year shouldn’t just go down in history as defeating a bad ballot measure–they should represent something so much bigger than that, which requires long-term work.

Monthly members allow us to grow this movement and engage young people in our democracy on a larger scale than we would have imagined before all of this. It’ll also allow us to keep tabs on Xcel in Boulder to ensure what we fought for becomes reality.

So take a look at what we have accomplished together, and commit today to growing and sustaining the grassroots efforts that are changing the face of Colorado:

Campaign Recap Video

Thank you again for getting us this far. Here’s to moving forward together and reclaiming our democracy for all our communities.

-New Era

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Now hiring: Operations Manager

We’re hiring an Operations Manager!

Summary
New Era Colorado & New Era Colorado Foundation seek an Operations Manager to lead our financial and operations systems. The ideal candidate will have some accounting and bookkeeping experience, an interest in working with a fast-paced and growing nonprofit organization, and strong affinity for being organized and creating efficient systems. The position will be based out of New Era’s Denver and/or Boulder Offices. The position is full-time, but experienced applicants interested in a half-time, part-time, or contract position may apply as well. Although experience is a plus, we may consider applicants who don’t have significant experience and are eager to be trained.

Job Activities
Financial Systems

  • Transition New Era Colorado and New Era Colorado Foundation to a more robust accounting and bookkeeping system
  • Manage multiple accounts for different programs, campaigns, etc.
  • Manage a classes and accounts system for effectively tracking revenue and expenses by program, including staff time, overhead, and other expenditures

Compliance & Other Operations

  • Track systems for managing the operating relationship between New Era Colorado and New Era Colorado Foundation
  • Manage systems for effectively tracking lobbying expenses
  • Manage and assist a CPA with filing annual tax returns
  • Manage invoices, contracts, and other agreements the organizations have with outside entities
  • Ensure grant reports get done in a timely manner by tracking due dates and delegating responsibility for them
  • Improve and manage timesheet systems
  • Manage reimbursements for staff and others
  • Work with Development Associate and Executive Director to help manage donor systems, monthly donor management, etc
  • Work with Development Associate and Executive Director to assist with donor recognition, receipts for contributions, etc.
  • Manage some general office operations such as equipment, leases, etc.
  • Assist and support New Era’s general programs at times

Knowledge/Skills

  • Some experience with accounting and bookkeeping
  • Some familiarity with accounting tools and software such as Quickbooks, etc
  • Some experience and knowledge of nonprofit legal structures
  • Strong ability to problem solve and create forward-thinking and efficient systems
  • Strong track record of setting and meeting goals
  • A high energy and contagiously fun(ny) personality
  • A self-starter that shows strong initiative
  • A strong interest in numbers, efficiency, and orderliness
  • Committed to the organizational mission in order to effectively promote and advance the goals of New Era Colorado & New Era Colorado Foundation

About New Era Colorado & New Era Colorado Foundation
New Era Colorado Foundation is a multi-issue organization committed to engaging, educating, and training a new generation of active citizens and young leaders in Colorado. NECF is a full-spectrum civic engagement organization; we provide the resources and tools for young people to gain collective power in all levels of the democratic process, including issue organizing, electoral mobilization, and the legislative process.
New Era Colorado is a 501(c)4 organization that reinvents politics for a new generation through innovative social and political action.

To Apply
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to the attention of Steve Fenberg to OperationsJob@NewEraColorado.org. New Era Colorado Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

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We won.

We won.

Tonight, we stood up. We stood up and said NO to corporate control of our energy future. But more importantly, we said yes to something so much bigger: people.

Yes, this was a campaign about energy. About our planet. About a corporation that just refuses to change. But all along what it was really about was people. People made this victory possible.

People like you: The one who lives in Alabama and mailed us your laptop for our phone-banks. The one we phone-banked to talk about the issue and then came by our office an hour later to drop off drinks for our volunteers who were working late. You sent us the only money you had in your pocket, you brought us food, you spent every Saturday volunteering, and you sent us the kindest notes from around the world that kept our team going. You have moved us to tears, energized us to reach beyond our capacity, and sustained us through each day. You renewed our belief that our communities are strong enough to bring about the changes we need–and you made us certain that we would prevail.

For the second time, our grassroots campaign defeated a coal industry giant.

And for the second time, it is crystal clear: Xcel’s dirty money can’t buy community, trick voters, or inspire young voters to enter the political process. It can’t spark neighbor-to-neighbor outreach. It can’t mobilize a diehard army of volunteers.
Only people can do that. And boy–did we have people.

Over 1 million of you watched the story of our campaign. Over 6,000 of you gave to grow our reach. And because of that support, our volunteers and organizers were able to log over 100,000 voter contacts. In short, this has been the definition of a grassroots campaign because of you.

For those of you far away: This fight has always been as much about our community as it is about yours. Thank you for supporting us, for sticking with us till the end. Honestly, without you, we might have lost our democracy to the highest bidder this round.
But now, with this behind us, we are able to continue working to create a model for how communities around the country can take control of their energy future.

Our communities need an impactful strategy to combat climate change. We are proud to have fought for this one alongside each of you, and we look forward to the work ahead.

For now, though, we have this to say: Go home, Xcel. Your money is no good here.

Now get some sleep.

Forward,

Steve, Carrie, Becca, Molly, Lisa, Nina, Jenn, Alexis, Getzan, Gary, Lizzy, Nina, Brian, Chris, Elena, Kate, Jonah, Ellie, Kaitlin, Rhiannon, Jill, Susan, Arielle, William, Nathan, Becca, Jackson, Galen, Alayna, Gina, Toni, Sidney, Kathryn, Jourdan, Mitchell, Nora, Becca K, Daniela, Julia, and Lauren

P.S. Wanna support our work moving forward so we can do even bigger and better things? Yes, please.

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Update: Campaign for Local Power

Friends,

With less than 2 weeks left, we wanted to share an update about our local power campaign.

Voting has begun, and we are talking with thousands of Boulder voters each day to ensure they know that a NO vote on measure 310 is a vote for clean energy and local control.

Our volunteer army continues to grow, and our office can barely accommodate those who come in after work to call Boulder voters to ensure they’ve received their ballots.

If we can speak one-on-one with enough voters, we can win this fight. We could be reaching even more voters with more help–so we wanted to include how you can help from near and far.

How you can help:

  • If you live in Boulder and can volunteer, please sign up–we need you now more than ever.
  • If you know even 1 person who lives in Boulder, please reach out to gently remind them to vote (text, Facebook, email, call).
  • At this point in the game, a donation would still make a huge impact–helping us reach more voters each and every day.

Thank you again for your support thus far. We are in awe of how you have helped us grow this grassroots campaign. This is what it looks like when a community comes together to fight for all of our futures. We are sharing your encouraging messages with our team of volunteers and are proud to fight knowing that you have our back.

Onward,

New Era

Local power volunteers

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Yes on Amendment 66!

The election is in two weeks! So we wanna make sure you’ve heard about a little ballot measure called, “Make Sure Your Kids Turn Out Okay, Ok?”A66_apple_yes_bigger

Just kidding. That’s not what it’s called, but it could be. It’s Amendment 66, and it asks voters to make sure we have a great public education system in Colorado by funding a small income tax increase.

We’re voting yes, because we care about kids, duh. We were kids like a few minutes ago, and good schools are a BFD for everybody.

Let’s be clear: Colorado schools are already solid. But in the past few years, they’ve had to do a lot more with less–and it’s been getting worse. This investment will get our schools back to being great places to learn and succeed.

Passing Amendment 66 has something to help every kid be successful:

  • For the nerds: they can get more of the 1:1 attention they dream about because it allows local schools to reduce class sizes & hire teachers.
  • For the band geeks & artsy types: it can bring back music & art programs that have been cut.
  • For the jocks: it can restore P.E. so they can get their swell on and lead healthy lives.
  • For the popular kids: well…we don’t have any idea about their lives, but we assume it’ll help them too.

And BONUS, all the money raised goes into a protected State Education Achievement Fund, ensuring that it is only spent in the classroom.

Passing Amendment 66 will move our whole state forward, faster and make our tax structure more equitable. This is how we grow. It’s going to be an extremely close election, so we hope you will join us in voting yes and making sure Colorado voters know about this ballot measure!

Get updates from the Amendment 66 campaign between now & the election!

Sign up to help us make sure voters know about Amendment 66!

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Watch Our New Ad!

Watch our new ad! And then help us keep it on TV until ballots hit mailboxes by contributing here.


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