The Colorado Institute of Historical Geography is entirely self-funded. It seeks no outside funding, neither through donations nor through external grants. We employ the structure of the non-profit organization as an effective management model, and to emphasize the Service function spelled out in our Mission Statement.
Reliance on a self-funded basis allows us to maintain work/life balance, free of all commercial restraints. We easily recognize and embrace the limitations, and welcome the opportunity to be free of all need for "monetization." Our priorities are simple, though not always easy.
Within that context, there are two sources of financial support we are open to: honoraria for speaking/conference/presentations, to cover our out-of-pocket expenses; and proceeds of occasional publications and graphic arts projects. Over time, our strategic plan calls for increased usage of these media to share the findings of our community work.
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Within that context, projects and activities of COIHG are determined by the needs of the communities we serve. While overall perspectives, values, and methods remain constant, there is a necessary fluidity to where they are marshalled and employed. Our projects are responses to observed dynamics in our communities. There is always a local element to them.
Key to this all is the trust of the people in the communities we serve. We listen carefully to sense the heartbeat of the Place, and venture into offering support without preconceived notions of what the outcomes may be--those are always developed organically, over the course of time, as events unfold.
The chronicle of our work is in the blogs and social media sites we regularly use as our working journals. Communities are complex, living entities. Our learning never stops. Nor does our commitment to service.
The history and roots of the mountain west in America are still being explored, uncovered, and documented. We are a young culture; our story even now being told. You can recognize the importance of this work by following the stories as we discover them.
Do you have a book club, neighborhood group, coffee klatsch, study session you'd like us to share our work with? In our fifteen-year-plus years of serving communities, we've shared with hundreds of gatherings, large and small.
We regularly report and share our work on our blogs and social media. Links and crosslinks are identified on our websites and on each social media page, and we encourage conversations and sharing. Our hope is that by working together to tell our stories, we knit our bonds of commonality even stronger.
We work to remind us of our shared stories. With the many forces that keep us apart, our history binds us as one people.
For today and for our children and grandchildren, COIHG is making a record of our unique western culture, capturing what remains of our early settlement history before the stories disappear forever.
The stories are timeless, and carry the essence of universal places.
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Colorado Institute of Historical Geography
PO Box N
Fort Collins CO 80522 USA
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Michael O'Neill, PhD
WHO KNOWS ONLY HIS OWN GENERATION REMAINS ALWAYS A CHILD.
To encourage the continued growth of the community and all its members
by emphasizing our common interests
through nurturing a sense of time and a sense of place.
PO Box N
Fort Collins CO 80522 USA
501(c)(3) DLN 26053699001115
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