Regional Champions

Meet the Regional Champions

When we say, “Give Where You Live”, we mean it. Colorado spans more than 104 square miles. That’s a lot of ground to cover. Regional champions partner by connecting locally and expanding giving in Colorado. With firsthand knowledge of their hometowns, they play a vital role in making good happen by strengthening local nonprofits to increase charitable giving in all four corners, and lots of awesome places in between.

Often referred to as the “Heart of the Rockies,” Chaffee County contains 19 of Colorado’s 54 fourteeners and is home to national forests, the Arkansas River Headwaters, and some really cool towns like Buena Vista, Salida and Nathrop. Chaffee County Community Foundation and ChaffeeGives! work hard to elevate local nonprofits working tirelessly for their communities.  

Created in 1861 and halfway between Denver and Colorado Springs, Douglas County is now one of the most populous counties in the state. The Douglas County Community Foundation supports local giving with Douglas County Gives and is dedicated to promoting, growing, and finding synergies among local nonprofits.

Named for the Eagle River that runs through protected forests and wilderness, Eagle County is home to the towns of Vail, Edwards, and dozens of other Colorado communities. Eagle County Gives is a collaboration of local nonprofits working to strengthen fundraising and awareness of nonprofit impact in their community.

Grand county is known for its scenic valleys, lakes, and mountain peaks. The nonprofit collaboration of Grand County Gives is as treasured as the Upper Colorado River and Grand Lake that call this county home. Together, local nonprofits work as Grand County Gives to raise awareness and increase giving for the county’s nonprofit community.

Known for the Grand Mesa, the Colorado National Monument and as Colorado’s wine county, Grand Valley Gives serves one of Colorado’s largest counties, the city of Grand Junction, and neighboring towns. The collaboration of nonprofits that makes up Grand Valley Gives raises local awareness for donors to give where you live showcase the impact nonprofits in the area have every day.

With much of Lake County sitting at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet, the county is home to Colorado’s tallest mountain, Mt. Elbert (14,440 feet high). Residents and visitors alike benefit from Lake County Gives, a collaboration of local nonprofits working together to strengthen awareness and fundraising, and the work they’re doing to enhance quality of life in this rural mountain community.

Take a drive west on Interstate 70 and you’ll travel through much of the Mountain West Gives region. Serving Garfield (think Glenwood Springs), Pitkin (Town of Aspen) and western Eagle Counties, this nonprofit partnership helps community nonprofits fundraise successfully by promoting regional collaboration.

NoCo Gives serves the communities north of the Denver Metro area by creating community impact through inspired giving and engaged communities in Larimer County. Originally home to the Ute, Cheyenne and Arapaho Nations, Colorado State University in Fort Collins and Estes Park, which sits to the east of Rocky Mountain National Park, now bring recognition to the area that borders the Wyoming state line.

South of Denver lies Pueblo County, one of the largest steel-producing cities in the United States and recognized for its Arkansas River riverwalk. The area once was home to the small Fort Pueblo in 1842. Today, the city is booming, and offers more than 10,000 acres of recreational land for boating, fishing, and hiking at Lake Pueblo. Pueblo County Gives is a collaboration between the Pueblo County Department of Economic Development and local nonprofits and enriches its community through kindness, compassion, wellness, culture, and inclusivity.

The San Luis Valley is a region in south-central Colorado where the Rio Grande River begins its journey. San Luis Valley Gives inspires giving across six counties in the area – Saguache, Mineral, Rio Grande, Alamosa, Conejos, and Costilla. The valley boasts a rich history with communities dating back to 1540 that peppered the windswept plains from the great sand dunes to the majestic Sangre De Cristo mountains.

With inspiration, hope and leadership, Southwest Colorado Gives inspires giving across a five-county region. Spearheaded by the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado, Southwest Colorado Gives is a collaboration of nonprofits representing Dolores, San Juan, Montezuma, La Plata, and Archuleta counties. It is home to many Colorado treasures, including hundreds of Anasazi sites and Mesa Verde, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, and the highest county in the United States with San Juan sitting at 11,240 feet.

Home to four world-class ski resorts and one of Colorado’s original seventeen Colorado counties, Summit County has big mountains and big ideas for giving. Summit Gives is a collaboration spearheaded by The Summit Foundation to inspire generosity, strengthen local nonprofits, and increase giving.

Uncompahgre gets its name from the river, national forest, mountain and Ute community that shares its name. Uncompahgre Gives is a collaboration of the Montrose Community Foundation and nonprofits in Delta, Ouray and Montrose counties in southwestern Colorado. Ouray County is often called “the Switzerland of America” because of its impressive mountains. Delta County offers some of Colorado’s most fertile land, and Montrose is home to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

Located northeast of Denver up to the Wyoming state line, Weld County has rich agriculture and farming communities. Interestingly, it’s the state’s largest cattle producer and accounts for nearly half of Colorado’s total cattle inventory. Weld Gives serves the region through a collaboration of nonprofits that support local organizations throughout the year.

Head to the northwest corner of Colorado and you’ll find the beautiful Yampa Valley that spans Routt and Moffat Counties. You’ll also find Yampa Valley Gives, a collaboration of nonprofits led by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. With unsurpassed excitement, they work to increase giving where you live, work and play to make a difference in their community.