Boulder, Colorado's Most Trusted Commercial Nonprofit Construction Firm
Boulder's dynamic nonprofit sector is filled with organizations that have earned national recognition in recent years. One local business website described the number of non-profit organizations in Boulder County as "staggering." As Boulder's nonprofit sector continues to grow and expand, the need for construction services has risen in tandem. But finding a trusted nonprofit construction company is not always easy. Very few commercial construction companies in Boulder are accustomed to responding to the unique needs of nonprofit organizations.
Fortunately, for over 20 years, Blue Spruce Construction has worked with Boulder's nonprofit organizations to provide high-quality, dependable construction services. We understand the unique challenges facing nonprofits and are accustomed to providing construction solutions that nonprofits can afford. Most importantly, the Blue Spruce team truly enjoys working with nonprofit organizations and is eager to give back to the Boulder community.
At the forefront of Boulder's evolving nonprofit landscape
With nearly 150 nonprofit organizations recognized by the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, Boulder's local nonprofit sector is a driving force in Colorado's gross state product. This figure continues to grow as you continue throughout Boulder County and the surrounding areas. According to the Colorado Nonprofit Association, Colorado's nonprofit sector accounts for a larger percentage of the state's gross product than the transportation, agriculture, and utilities industries combined.
As the eleventh largest city in Colorado, it is no surprise that Boulder is home to so many nonprofit organizations. While some nonprofit leaders are drawn to Boulder's picturesque beauty, others love the pleasant climate and abundance of outdoor activities. Boulder is also known for topping the list of happiest cities in the United States, making it an excellent choice for organizations seeking people who have a giving mindset.
We understand the unique challenges facing nonprofit organizations
At Blue Spruce Construction, we are proud to be Boulder, Colorado's most trusted nonprofit construction firm. We achieved this goal by making it our priority to understand some of the operational barriers that make it difficult for nonprofits to fulfill their mission. Some of the unique challenges facing nonprofit organizations are as follows:
1) Limited budgets
Tight budgets are an age-old issue for the nonprofit industry. According to Kerstin Frailey, Director of Data Science for GuideStar, "The majority of nonprofits (66.3%) have annual budgets of less than $1 million...For every 1 powerhouse nonprofit (annual expenses more than $5 billion), there are thousands of grassroots organizations." Given these budgetary limitations, funding a construction project - even a small one - can be difficult.
2) A shortage of human resources
Recruitment and retention are major barriers to success in the nonprofit industry, with 70 percent of nonprofits citing recruitment and retention as key challenges. Many nonprofits rely on volunteers and donated resources to conduct daily operations. Simply finding a dedicated staff member or volunteer to coordinate a construction process can be next to impossible.
3) Delays receiving funding
As if finding willing donors for a construction project were not challenging enough, nonprofits must often wait on their donors for funding to arrive. While some donors adhere to a predictable monthly giving schedule, other donors may pledge an amount and then delay their actual donation. And in rare cases, donors may try to back out of their pledge agreement entirely.
4) A complicated purchasing process
Finalizing approval and payment for a nonprofit construction process always seems to take longer than expected. Unlike a typical business that can issue a check in a matter of seconds, nonprofits typically require paperwork and multiple signatures. Dennis Walsh, CPA, a specialist in nonprofit operations, states that checks issued by nonprofits should require a minimum of two signatures and should never be signed in advance. Additionally, Walsh notes that "outgoing checks must be supported by an approved invoice, receipt, or a voucher."
We offer quality construction solutions for leading local nonprofits
Before you finalize your decision to proceed with construction at your nonprofit, it is wise to request references for recent construction projects that were completed for nonprofits. The Blue Spruce Construction team always enjoys seeing the many ways that our efforts positively impact nonprofit organizations. Here are just a few of the nonprofit construction projects that we have managed:
1) Bridge House
As one of Boulder's leading providers of programs and services for the homeless, Bridge House offers access to vital resources such as employment and housing. The Blue Spruce team built Bridge House's commercial kitchen, which served over 90,000 meals in 2018.
2) The Family Learning Center
For over 30 years, The Family Learning Center has provided Boulder County's low-income and culturally diverse residents with lifelong skills and tools for independence and success. When they needed a construction company to build a multi-purpose room for their facility, FLC reached out to Blue Spruce Construction. The Blue Spruce team is proud to play a key role in a nonprofit that has helped over 14,000 Boulder residents.
3) Acorn School
The Acorn School is known for its commitment to providing need-based financial assistance to families seeking high quality educational services for their children. So when Blue Spruce Construction received a request for construction services, they were thrilled to offer assistance.
4) Boulder Valley Women's Health Center
As a woman-owned business, Blue Spruce Construction was a perfect fit to provide services to Boulder Valley Women's Health Center. As an official "Movement Marcher" for the center, Blue Spruce Construction is proud to work with an nonprofit that is devoted to helping people make informed decisions about their sexual health.
5) Boulder Shelter for the Homeless
Blue Spruce Construction is known for working with nonprofits dedicated to reducing homelessness in the Boulder area. They recently renovated units for Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, thereby expanding the options for affordable housing for Boulder residents.
6) Path to Home
Path to Home is a program of the Bridge House that provides temporary housing and basic needs services that support adults experiencing homelessness. Blue Spruce Construction was thrilled to help Path to Home with turning an old record store into a facility that provides temporary housing for 20 people in need.
What should you do if your nonprofit organization needs construction services in Boulder, CO?
If you work for a nonprofit that is in need of renovations, additions, or a new facility, the best step you can take is to reach out to Blue Spruce Construction. As Boulder's most trusted resource for nonprofit construction we have successfully completed dozens of nonprofit construction projects. Since 1997, our dedicated team of professionals has made nonprofit construction in Boulder, CO a top priority. We invite you to contact us to discover how we can help your nonprofit organization achieve your construction goals while remaining within your budget. We look forward to working with you and your team!