Administrative Partnership Program


At Trailhead Institute, we opted to head in a different direction with our Administrative Partnership Program. As your strategic partner, we deviate from the traditional route most fiscal sponsorship programs take because we invest time, energy and passion into our administrative partners from the very beginning. Offering direction and guidance before funding is even secured allows Trailhead partners to fully leverage our back office services while maintaining full control over their projects. We also strive to build skills that expand administrative capacity for the long term. This translates to the capacity and expertise they need to move their mission forward.

Trailhead was founded in 1993 as the Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment to meet a need for fiscal management of funds coming from the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment and out into communities. Though it would not be until 2017 that the fiscal sponsorship arm within Trailhead would be officially coined as the Administrative Partnership Program, administrative partnership has served as Trailhead’s flagship offering since the organization’s inception, going above and beyond traditional fiscal sponsorship by investing time and resources into start-ups and projects with incredible promise for transforming community health, whether or not they have existing funding, in order to provide them with an opportunity to grow and flourish.

Through the Administrative Partnership Program, Trailhead serves as a flexible and strategic administrative partner, providing fiscal sponsorship and operations support to individuals, organizations, and collaboratives. Partners may be unincorporated entities, a 501(c)(3), or an LLC in need of an administrative partner, with or without funding in hand, on a specific grant or project. Trailhead’s approach allows Administrative Partners to leverage the organization’s back office services while maintaining full control over their projects.

Managing the fiscal and administrative responsibilities of a public health initiative can be a complex and time-consuming burden that diverts precious staff and resources away from an organization’s core efforts and objectives. By investing time, energy and passion into these partnerships and organizations from the early stages, Trailhead helps build their capabilities to think strategically and expand their administrative capacity for the long term. 

Trailhead is currently focused on addressing the stark disparity between communities, community-based organizations (CBOs) and larger academically and professionally seasoned organizations, particularly in their ability to independently secure, manage, and administer large grant funds. This inequity results in a decreased capacity for communities and CBOs to implement innovative, community-informed programs designed specifically to address each communities’ unique needs.

As we continue to build our capacities, it is our goal that we are able to build yours in turn! Through our online portal, we can provide partners with resources & opportunities (such as funding, coalition building, and training) as well as personal, financial and contractual information.

An Introductory Guide to Administrative Equity

Trailhead’s approach to administrative partnership is focused on reducing and eliminating barriers to accessing information and financial resources for community-based partners. In 2024 Trailhead released a framework on Administrative Equity that introduces practices, procedures, and considerations for public health organizations to implement equitable administrative operations. The framework focuses on recommendations for infusing equity within finance, contracts and procurement, and human resources functions to make administrative systems more just and responsive to employees and communities, and ensure that organizational structures promote belonging and inclusion in the workplace.

Download the Introductory Guide to Administrative Equity

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**Please note that we regularly experience a high demand for fiscal sponsorship. Upon receiving your application we may place application reviews on a waitlist. Thank you for understanding.**

Our Current Administrative Partnership Projects

Active Living

ARISE Beyond Barriers stimulates a holistic, healthier and happier community of people with disabilities by utilizing and providing recreation, social events, life coaching and peer counseling.

FIT & NU® is a dedicated online health and wellness club that focuses on helping women of color overcome limiting beliefs and unhealthy habits unique to our community and escape the cycle of dieting. Our culturally responsive FITness, NUtrition, and disease prevention programs, challenges, and resources are designed to create sustainable change for a lifetime.


Arts & Culture

Behavioral Health, Mental Health & Wellbeing

Affinity Consulting works to enhance the content for curriculum designed to promote relational, financial, mental, and personal well-being.

iSafe improves the physical and mental health of immigrant and refugee survivors through trauma-informed programming.

LinkAGES was founded in 2018 with a vision of preventing or reducing social isolation in Colorado through meaningful connections across ages. Through a collaborative of members and strategic partners, LinkAGES strives to make intergenerational programming the norm by building capacity, facilitating collaboration and raising awareness of the power of intergenerational connections.

Economic/Workforce Development

The Colorado Equitable Economic Mobility Initiative (CEEMI) is an independent nonprofit, working with public and private partners to create a more equitable economic ecosystem, by:

  • Enrolling Coloradans facing poverty in employment pathways at scale
  • Selecting programs based on rigorous evidence (sustained earnings, etc.)
  • Connecting our siloed workforce development system
  • Blending public, private, and philanthropic funds (with a central focus on public funds) to connect learners with the supports they need to thrive.

The Wezesha Dada Center (WDC) empowers women entrepreneurs, facilitates investment in communities, and closes wealth disparities for women, BIPOC and marginalized communities. WDC offers programs in four (4) strategic areas:

  • Business-related education and training;
  • Connecting clients to financial resources and capital;
  • Peer-to-peer referral, support, and connection; and
  • Self-empowerment education, training, and resources focused on health, well-being, safety, family, and work-life balance.

Environmental Health

Red Star International is an Indigenous-led nonprofit organization dedicated to building connections with Indigenous communities to expand mindsets, evolve practices and realize a collective vision of health and wellness.

Family Programs

Deshaciendo Nudos. Untangled (DNU) is a non for profit organization providing education and courses of action to achieve a fairer, more equitable, and healthier life. We work to improve people’s communication skills at all levels: intrapersonal, intergenerational, interpersonal, and intercultural. We work with individuals, families, educational entities, organizations, and governments to educate on simple, courageous and compassionate communication. Our programs include individual appointments, family sessions, workshops, support groups, and courses to meet each person’s needs and plant the seed of clear communication so we all can meet our needs, project our dreams, and achieve our goals.

La Piñata del Aprendizaje is a program built by community for community. Their unique approach has evolved from their lived experiences and is focused on addressing the real needs of families living in areas at risk of high needs. The curriculum they have developed addresses the parent as the child’s first teacher. La Piñata del Aprendizaje evaluates the children in these 5 key developmental areas: Communication, Fine Motor Skills, Gross Motor Skills, Socialization, and Problem Solving and Independence. They built a curriculum that empowers the entire family in helping their children, ages 0-5, in achieving proficiency in these areas while at the same time addressing their basic needs.

The Ancestry Research Training (ART) Project educates about the importance of genealogy research among communities of color to stay connected to one’s heritage and roots as well as supports youth and communities of color in learning entrepreneurship and life saving skills.

Food Access & Nutrition

Bondadosa was created in 2017 with an electric grocery-delivering tricycle and a goal to build an innovative, kind, and inclusive food system that serves everyone. Since then, they’ve created groundbreaking partnerships to put healthy food on more tables by teaming up with small businesses, food producers, nonprofits, government agencies, and organizations to fight hunger in Colorado communities.

The Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger is a multiyear plan to end hunger for all Coloradans. It was developed, with funding from the Colorado Health Foundation, by individuals and organizations from across the state who are working on or experiencing hunger in their own homes and communities.

Food Security Network (FSN) is a food bank fighting hunger in Boulder and Broomfield Counties by providing access to fresh, nutritious food through local partners and its onsite and mobile pantries.

The Jefferson County Food Policy Council (FPC) envisions Jefferson County as a food-secure community with food access for all residents; a robust, equitable farming infrastructure; and a thriving local food economy.

Mountain Roots Food Project’s mission is to cultivate a resilient food system in Gunnison Valley by enhancing healthy connections between earth, food, and community. They are partnering with Trailhead to place AmeriCorps members in rural counties of Southwestern Colorado who will address rural capacity issues with a focus on community food security through education and outreach.

The Safe and Abundant Nutrition Alliance (SANA) is working to expand the local farm-to-food pantry system that provides produce, meat and eggs to local food pantries.

Sharing Our Blessings Food Pantry are a blessed group of bilingual friends providing food and educational resources to those facing hunger and living below the poverty line. They are committed to fostering self-sufficiency within diverse communities in Colorado.

Health Navigation & Service Coordination

Arts & Wellness was formed in 2015 to bring awareness to a potential silent killer – cervical cancer. They are a grassroots, faith-based project. Arts & Wellness develops and implements plans to increase the rate of cervical cancer screenings, increase awareness and the importance of HPV vaccination, and increase vaccination rate for adolescence children. Through participation in 9 Health Fairs (9HF), they’ve helped screen over 450 women for cervical cancer.

GRASP, or “Guiding Researchers and Advocates to Scientific Partnerships,” is a patient-led program that connects and empowers patients, clinicians, and researchers. GRASP’s mission is to facilitate bidirectional learning opportunities, acknowledging the unique expertise patients bring to research. Through initiatives such as Poster Walkthroughs at major cancer conferences, Huddles around important cancer research topics, and a registry for advocate-researcher connections, GRASP serves cancer scientists, clinicians, and patient advocates.

iNOW supports three important strategies for achieving a collective goal of immigrant integration: navigation, outreach, wealth-building. iNOW implements these strategies by bridging the interests and needs of grass tops and grass roots organizations and communities. iNOW focuses on the intersection of evidence-based pathways to integration for immigrant populations (in particular refugees) in Metro Denver. These integration pathways mirror social determinants of health and include: Employment and economic sufficiency; Education and training; Child’s education; Physical health & well-being; Housing; Social bonding; Social bridging; Language and cultural knowledge; Safety and stability; Civic engagement.

Morgan County Interagency Oversight Group Committee serves the needs of Morgan County youth and families by coordinating innovative services.

The NCR HCC facilitates the opportunity for health care partners to share best practices, develop networking relationships and enhance collaboration and communication for the purpose of increasing the ability of the health care delivery system to prepare for, prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from any and all emergencies.

Northeast Region Healthcare Coalition (NERHC) supports healthcare organizations, public health departments and coordinates with emergency management agencies to prepare for, respond to, mitigate, and recover from disasters by promoting integration, collaboration, information sharing, and resource support in the region.

The Patient Navigation and Community Health Worker Training Collaborative (PNCT) provides national leadership for the development, education, standardization and sustainability of the growing patient navigation workforce. Patient navigation is a form of intervention in which a patient navigator assists individuals in accessing health services during an episode of care by minimizing potential barriers. Patient navigators may focus on patients with particular health care conditions or during other phases of care ranging from prevention to end of life. They are widely used in hospitals, community health centers and, increasingly, in community-based agencies. The goals of the PNCT are to accomplish the following:

  • Create and deliver the coursework necessary for developing a competent patient navigator workforce.
  • Provide expertise in the effective dissemination of the patient navigator intervention.
  • Disseminate the evidence base of Patient Navigation to community, academia and public health professionals.

Prosperando is a project working to improve the care of Latinos and other racial and ethnic groups who have kidney disease through curriculum development and education among patient navigators.

The South Region Healthcare Coalition is a collaboration of health and medical partners working together to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies through planning, training, exercising, communicating, and relationship building.

The Light Collective supports a trusted health community-driven and health community-governed online collective for peer support groups sharing health journeys, curated content, and research, and connecting individuals, including patients, caregivers, and clinicians.

The West Region Healthcare Coalition (WRHCC) is a collaboration of health, medical, and other partners working together to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from medical surge emergencies through planning, training, exercising, communication, and relationship building.


Elevated Denver is a nonprofit devoted to humanizing the issue and implementing new solutions driven by diverse stakeholders and our homeless neighbors. The end goal is a more effective and responsive system that meets peoples’ needs so they can move into stable housing more efficiently.

Public Safety & Crisis Response

Denver Alliance for Street Health Response’s (DASHR) mission is to create and support community-based responses to crisis and conflict as a way to ensure public health and safety. DASHR was initially founded as a coalition to bring an alternative crisis response to Denver, Colorado, and expanded its work to align with a new narrative around what public health and safety can look like for our communities, which include meeting basic human needs such ending housing and food insecurity.

Youth & Young Adult Programs

Apprentice of Peace Youth Organization’s (AOPYO) mission is to reduce mental health stigmas with the incorporation of leadership, arts, wellness, and skilled trades throughout all programs. AOPYO teaches practices and principles that allow young people through adults to express their true nature by discovering their own unique path through embracing life’s journey.

CHARGE for Positive Youth Development (CHARGE PYD) works across the six counties of southeast Colorado. It started out using the County Health Rankings to determine major health issues in the region and then applied the Community Guide to determine what efforts would be most feasible and meaningful to the communities. Youth sexual health was identified as a key area of focus and additional funding has helped to support efforts to address this issue. Creating cultural change within these rural, tight-knit communities requires trust and understanding of the community. A youth empowerment model has allowed CHARGE to be successful in starting conversations around these issues in areas where they previously did not exist.

Our Graduated Administrative Partnership Projects