COALITIONS AND COLLABORATIVES INC

People working together, for people and the planet.

aka COCO Inc.   |   Lake George, CO   |  www.co-co-org

Mission

Our mission is to foster on-the-ground conservation and efforts to protect and restore natural resources and local communities by supporting coalition and collaborative groups that produce collective impacts through stakeholder driven efforts.

Ruling year info

2015

Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan Bruno

Main address

PO Box 746

Lake George, CO 80827 USA

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EIN

47-2144690

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We believe that groups of people working together have the best chance of addressing complex problems, and leverage the greatest number of resources and assets. No single individual, business, organization, or government can fix the difficulties facing our planet and its people. By working together, a robust mixture of stakeholders can actually drive positive change, mitigate challenges, and build resiliency for society.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

AIM - Action, Implementation, Mitigation Partnership

Developed in partnership with our Federal, State and regional partners, The Action, Implementation, and Mitigation Program (AIM) seeks to increase wildfire risk reduction activities in high risk communities. Selected participants in AIM will receive technical and financial support and become affiliate members of Coalitions and Collaboratives, Inc. (COCO).

AIM is:

An action based group of wildfire mitigation practitioners who have received funding and/or support to complete risk reduction activities.
Made up of wildfire risk reduction practitioners.
A program aimed at increasing the diversity of funding available to allow organizations the ability to increase the scale and pace of mitigation activities.
A complementary program to existing resources and programs currently underway.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Experts warn that year-round fire season is the new normal. Wildfire is no longer “if” it will occur, but rather “when.” Wildfires burned 9,781,062 acres in 2017. The aftermath leads to flooding, emotional distress, and the need for leaders to support the recovery process. Coming together with industry experts will allow us to utilize lessons learned from others and have better planning for each recovery process.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Community Mitigation Assistance Team (CMAT) program grew from a desire to change the status quo and make a difference in places affected by fire. The team, for which Jonathan Bruno acts as team lead, perfectly complemented his desire to make a larger impact. All of the experiences that Jonathan has gained through the creation of the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) forestry program are embedded within the CMAT concept. CMAT harnessed the breadth of knowledge within a multidisciplinary team of mitigation professionals to embed themselves within a community, listen, learn, and guide positive action.

CMAT assesses the local conditions, reviews the barriers, and dives in feet first. We review what works and what does not. The team helps the local community make the necessary connections it needs to succeed and leaves it with the tools it needs to move forward. Like Coalitions and Collaboratives, Inc. (COCO), CMAT does not do the work for a community; instead, we facilitate

Population(s) Served

This national level training from Coalitions & Collaboratives, Inc. and the USDA Forest Service is designed for current or future mitigation specialists, wildfire program leads, and others who work with residents and their communities to reduce wildfire risk. The Mitigation Best Practices training concentrates on science, methods and tools that will help you engage communities/residents while also helping you to eliminate ineffective practices.

Participants should come with a basic understanding of wildfire, how homes burn, and vegetation management practices. The course assumes you know how to mitigate, but that you could use support engaging your community. In this workshop, you will work through some of the greatest challenges facing our wildland urban interface communities. The course will help you break down ineffective practices to make space for the more effective ones with a focus on the on-the-ground mitigation activities.

Population(s) Served

Wildfire risk reduction activities are not easy and require passion and skill. When we first started developing the wildfire risk reduction programs at the Coalition for the Upper South we faced a steep learning curve. We made mistakes and learned hard lessons. If only we had someone to guide us through the work and steer us away from pitfalls. Someone that could have shared what works and what does not, someone who shared Mitigation Best Practices. The Mitigation Mentors Program is based on this simple idea; share mitigation best practices and provide critical support as you embark on your risk reduction journeys.

Population(s) Served
Work status and occupations
Work status and occupations

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of individuals applying skills learned through the organization's training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Work status and occupations

Related Program

AIM - Action, Implementation, Mitigation Partnership

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

54 individuals completed the Management Best Practices Training

Total number of controlled burns in the area(s)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Family relationships

Related Program

AIM - Action, Implementation, Mitigation Partnership

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Acres of controlled burns completed.

Acres of land managed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Beetle kill trees removed in Arkansas River Basin at Monarch Acres treated by property owners and awardees of grants

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At COCO we foster collaborative conservation initiatives across the United States.

We bring expertise, resources, and funding to support the growth of newly forming groups that follow transparent and collaborative processes to protect our environment, communities, and economic interests.

We mentor placed based collaborative organizations and provide financial, technical, and staff support.

◊ We work to support organizations that address local conservation issues with an inclusive community-based approach.

◊ We engage and educate local, regional and national leaders on the most pressing issues of our time.

◊ We recognize passionate and engaging people are the source of action for restoration projects. We support these people and help to increase organizational capacity to make positive and sustainable changes.

◊ We aid organizations that complete on-the-ground projects to restore our lands.

COCO uses the expertise gained from the Coalition for the Upper South Platte, our original organization, programs to mentor, empower, and engage local conservation organizations across the state and nationally. Local collaborative organizations have a vested interest in local place: no one has more to lose than the locals. The success of COCO comes from our philosophy that to efficiently help a place, we know we must close our mouths and open our ears; we must strive to understand what drives people, what they care about, and what concerns them. We must “shut up and listen.” It takes the commitment of local people to strive for a better future. It is local citizens—from volunteer firefighters, to business owners, to students, to residents and local leaders—who are the most important assets in any conservation strategy.

In 2016–2017, COCO developed a Cohesive Strategy Program. The program provided resources to several organizations and helped them hire local specialists in high-risk areas of Colorado. Based on years of experience from CUSP, COCO acted as a conduit for Federal funding to facilitate the growth of mitigation programs in high-risk areas. For example, COCO helped the town of Leadville, CO, find funding and mentorship for hiring a wildfire mitigation specialist; similarly, funding allowed the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed to hire a forester; and funding enabled a newly formed statewide fire adaptation group, Fire Adapted Colorado, to hire a part-time coordinator.
COCO is hosting a post-fire conference in 2019. This is a one of a kind opportunity for communities and agencies impacted by fire to come together to develop resources and plans for post-fire recovery.
COCO is also hosting a grant program to provide technical services to fire impacted communities.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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COALITIONS AND COLLABORATIVES INC

Board of directors
as of 1/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mike Smith

RenewWest

Term: 2021 - 2022

Eric Howell

Colorado Springs Utilities/ Coalition for the Upper South Platte

Lisa McVicker

Metro State University at Denver Colorado/Center of Colorado Water Conservancy District

Jim Idema

South Platte Enhancement Board/ Coalition for the Upper South Platte

Mary Dawson

Aurora Water

Al Tucker

Arkansas River Water Collaborative

Jen Kovecses

Cache La Poudre River Watershed

Garald Barber

Hydro Southwest

Mike Smith

RenewWest

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/4/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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