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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 communities.
Who we are
The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado invests and manages contributions and awards impactful grants to meet the needs of our 5-county community.
In 2013, we managed $3.7 million and infused almost $1 million in grants and scholarships. The Community Foundation’s mission is to facilitate growth, ensure effectiveness of philanthropic contributions and expand the culture of giving to meet the needs of our communities.
Find out how you can become a part of the Community Foundation to ensure growth and effectiveness of philanthropic contributions. We can expand the culture of giving to meet the needs of our communities together.
What is a Community Foundation?
The concept of a Community Foundation is as ingenious as it is simple – it is a means to build, over time, substantial funds for the community through contributions.
The Community Foundation is a hybrid. Unlike our cousin, the private foundation (whose financial base most likely comes from a single donor, family or company), the Community Foundation garners its support from the public. It grows because individuals, corporations, and even government entities and other nonprofits believe in it and help its continual growth year after year.
The Community Foundation is unlike other nonprofits that focus on specific area of interest, such as healthcare, disaster relief and the arts or specific causes such as poverty, heart disease and classical music.
The Community Foundation looks to the well-being of the total community, not just a part of it.
What area do we serve?
The Community Foundation serves the five counties in SW Colorado -- LaPlata, Archuleta, Montezuma, Dolores and San Juan. Some donors have interests elsewhere that they fund through the Community Foundation.