You’re Invited! B:CIVIC Academy: Arts + Culture


Supporting Arts + Culture: A Business Case for Community Investment

Your company’s budget is tight, and dedicating money to an organization committed to arts and culture might seem tricky. Join us to learn from local businesses and nonprofits that have forged alliances in the space, ultimately benefiting the companies AND improving the community.

Here are the details:

Date: May 14, 2015
Time: 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Location: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance: 119 Park Avenue West, Denver, CO 80205
Cost: $10 for B:CIVIC members; $15 for non-members (breakfast is included with the cost of admission)
RSVP: Click here!

About the Event:

Denver’s abundance of arts and culture inspires, entertains and connects community members to one another. Many companies might wonder: is there a business case for getting involved with the arts? More specifically, is it worthwhile for a company to invest time and money towards activities like partnering with a local museum, sponsoring community concerts or funding art scholarships?

According to many local business experts, the answer is YES.

Attend the inaugural B:CIVIC Academy on Thursday, May 14th to learn the ways in which working with nonprofits can strengthen a strategic business plan. 


Ginger White-Brunetti
Deputy Director, Denver Arts & Venues


Mark Berzins
Lead Dog, Little Pub Company
Nonprofit Partner: Art Students League of Denver             


Joe Verrengia
Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, ARROW Electronics


Christina Carlson
Vice President of Development, Colorado Symphony


Christopher Ebbs
Vice President, Investments, FirstBank


Dr. Caitlin Lindquist
Program Director, Think 360 Arts

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About the B:CIVIC Academy
The purpose of the B:CIVIC Academy series is to provide B:CIVIC members and other leaders from the business community with the business case for a community investment strategy around a specific issue area. Academies are organized and executed by the Academy Subcommittee of B:CIVIC’s Program Committee. The representatives who planned this Academy are: Christina Frantz – Great-West Financial, Brandy Radey – Suncor Energy, Douglas Smooke – Renaissance Wealth Management, Emily Holleran – dovetail solutions, Shanda Vangas – QEP Resources and Cori Streetman – Barefoot PR.

Business Committed to Investing and Volunteering in the Community (B:CIVIC) is a not-for-profit membership organization established in 2014 to promote and advance Colorado business philanthropy and community involvement. It enables businesses of all sizes to learn and share various ways to give back that are meaningful to employees, impactful to the community and positive for a company’s bottom line. Members participate in business development events, networking opportunities and educational resources and enjoy belonging to an organization that is dedicated to Colorado communities. Learn more at

Founding Board Members


Member Spotlight: Headwaters Realty Cleans House


Guest contributor: Jessica Thrasher of Headwaters Realty

Headwaters Realty joined forces with Odell Brewing Company last month to help the House of Neighborly Service in Loveland.
Headwaters Realty joined forces with Odell Brewing Company last month to help the House of Neighborly Service in Loveland.

On March 14, 2015 Headwaters Realty partnered with Odell Brewing Company and organized a volunteer project for the House of Neighborly Service in Loveland, CO.

The House of Neighborly Service connects low income and impoverished individuals and families to available resources in the community. They recently moved into a new space and invited all of the partner agencies that they work with on a regular basis to join them so that their clients could get all of the services they need in one location. Since the House of Neighborly Service recently moved and is still in the process of building out space for other nonprofits, they needed a lot of help cleaning.

For our project we had 31 volunteers contribute 93 hours cleaning the bathrooms, sweeping construction areas, scraping mud off the floors, mudding screw holes in the walls, mopping, cleaning the new conference room, cleaning all of the stairs, and painting! We were AMAZED by all of the work that was accomplished by these very dedicated volunteers. This project was also unique because it was our first partnership project with another company. We were very excited to be able to partner with Odell Brewing Company. By combining our resources, we were able to have a greater impact.

About Headwaters Realty’s commitment to community:

The Headwaters Realty volunteer program began in June 2014. We have two main focus areas: Education and the Environment. As a company, we organize one volunteer project per quarter that fits into one of our focus areas. We invite our past and present clients, family, friends, and community members to join us at our volunteer projects. We are committed to making our volunteering efforts an integral part of how we do business. A portion of all commissions goes toward our community engagement projects. We hire agents who also believe in this mission and each agent organizes one volunteer project per year with the local nonprofit of their choice. We believe that by volunteering and giving back to the community, we have the ability to affect change and improve where we live, work and play.

Member Spotlight: Hogan Lovells’ Commitment to Corporate Citizenship

With a steadfast commitment to good corporate citizenship that includes community investment, global diversity and inclusion, global giving, commitment to environment and pro bono services, Hogan Lovells sets an international example for law firms of every size.

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Highlights from the Hogan Lovells’ 2013 Citizen Report include:

  • 122,220 hours of pro bono work provided to nongovernmental organizations, individuals, nonprofits and social enterprises.
  • $518,200 raised for global and local charity partners
  • 1,590 children reached by the company’s community investment activities
  • 18% decrease in the cases of copy paper ordered in 2012.

Read more on the incredible impact Hogan Lovells has had on the world in its sustainability report and learn more about their ongoing efforts to give back here. The company’s website also features a blog that shares the good deeds its offices provide to the world, divided by region.

Hogan Lovells’ Denver office is a founding member of B:CIVIC, and we are so proud to have them as part of our growing organization! Learn more about the international law firm at

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