Nonprofits in our community
  • Mountain Studies Institute
    Mountain Studies Institute is a dynamic initiative to care for the San Juan Mountains, one of Colorado's most special places. Through applied research, education and stewardship programs, we strive to go beyond scientific inquiry to the meaningful application of knowledge and information. We make a difference for the quality of life for mountain communities and for the environment in southwest Colorado.
  • Dancing Spirit, Inc.
    Support the healing power of the arts. Help our youth and families overcome poverty and historic trauma. Dancing Spirit in Ignacio, a rural tri-ethnic community in SW Colorado offers powerful art programs to help families transform their lives. Honor Claire May's love of beauty by contributing to a scholarship fund in her memory. Join us in empowering youth and families through creative expression!
  • Riverhouse Children's Center Inc.
    Early Childhood Education is one of the best investments we can make! Benefits of early childhood education reaches far beyond the preschool years. It has been shown that a high quality early childhood education significantly improves a person's success as an adult. On average a person who attended a quality early childhood preschool will earn approximately $2000/month than those who did not. Young people who attended preschool are more likely to graduate high school, own homes, and refrain from getting in trouble with the law. Monetary donations to Riverhouse Children's Center also qualifies the donor to receive a Child Care Contribution Credit which may qualify for up to a 50% tax credit! Investing in Early Childhood Care and Education, just makes great sense!
  • Durango Nature Studies
    Durango Nature Studies has been providing hands-on nature education since 1994. We teach students, adults, and families from Bayfield to Cortez, CO, and from Silverton, CO, to Farmington, NM! With a small core staff, dedicated volunteers, and interns, DNS serves more than 9,000 people annually.

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As a community facilitator, the Community Foundation works to increase efficiency, sustainability, and success for nonprofits and maximize effective grant making for philanthropists to make Southwest Colorado a better place to live. We can expand the culture of giving to meet the needs of our community together.

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