Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado

A nonprofit organization

Your giving is our mission. We are committed to maximizing the full potential of our region's nonprofits and bolstering the vibrancy of SW Colorado. Please consider supporting the Community Foundation with a gift toward our operational expenses, as we expand and grow the Foundation to better serve our region. The health of a community can be measured by the health of its nonprofits. We work as a connector and convener in SW Colorado, providing grant management, nonprofit support, a planned giving council, and donor education. 

You may also donate to any of the featured campaigns below to support one of our fiscal projects.


The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado facilitates the growth and effectiveness of philanthropic contributions and expands the culture of giving to meet the needs of our community.

Background Statement

During the mid-1990s, individuals involved with several nonprofit organizations in Southwest Colorado had become aware that the "traditional" forms of funding on which they relied to support their various causes were becoming strained. Federal and State governments had reduced or eliminated funding for many programs local community members needed and desired, and local businesses and citizens were growing weary of being asked to contribute to numerous community fundraisers. Many of these organizations were successfully generating some revenue through fundraisers, but their efforts to do so were requiring a larger amount of staff time than they could commit - and they were still struggling to pay the bills. Therefore, the concept of the Community Foundation was introduced to the local community. Nonprofit professionals were encouraged to learn that donors of large gifts are often more willing to contribute to a foundation that is developed primarily to ensure that community assets are managed according to donor wishes and invested to maximize earnings potential, than they are to donate directly to a nonprofit organization which could experience frequent changes in management and board governance.

In the fall of 1997, various avenues for creating or joining an existing community foundation were researched. After many long discussions and public meetings, the decision was made to create the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado as a Colorado 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Currently, the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado houses more than 75 charitable giving funds and manages $13+ million.

Organization Data


Organization name

Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations, Community Improvement & Capacity Building

Organization Size

Large Organization


765 E College Drive. #1
Durango, CO 81301


PO Box 1673
Durango, CO 81302

Service areas

La Plata County, CO, US



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