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About Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado

Mission

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. The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado inspires hope, leadership, and generosity in the community by bringing economic stability, professional development, and collaboration to the nonprofit sector. 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. In 2015, the Community Foundation infused nearly $1 million into the community. We can expand the culture of giving to meet the needs of our community 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 typically comes from a single donor, family or company), the Community Foundation garners its support from the public. It grows because individuals, corporations, other nonprofits and even government entities believe in it. The Community Foundation is unlike other nonprofits that focus on specific area of interest, such as health care, 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.

History

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 assure that community assets are managed according to donor wishes and invested to maximize their 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 manages $4 million.

Board of Directors

Executive Officers

Molly Martin

President

Kathleen Adams

Vice President

Elizabeth Bussian

Secretary

Allison Aichele

Treasurer

General Membership

Bobby Duthie

Suzanne Harrison

Jan Johnson

Todd Starr

Debbie Wright

Anne Finney

Michael French

Jack Morrison

Non-Board Committee Members

  • Bryan Dear
  • Jonathon Donnaway
  • Chuck Fredrick
  • Dick Griffith
  • Mike Hudson
  • Shirley Isgar
  • Laura Lewis Marchino
  • Joseph Gregory Stilwell
  • Lynn Urban

Staff

  • Briggen Wrinkle, Executive Director
  • Erin Jameson, Finance Manager
  • Paige Elliott, Marketing & Grants Manager

News

Harvard Business Review: Why Major Philanthropists Are Giving More Money to Just One Cause

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Building Fundraising Capacity Means Changing Organizational Culture

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Wall Street Journal: Donor-Advised Funds See Surge in Contributions, Value, Grants

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Events

I am a ‘horizontal’ as opposed to a ‘vertical’ person, meaning I have a wide variety of interests and passions as opposed to depth in one or two areas of need. Because of my broad base of interest, philanthropy was becoming a complicated, tedious, and solo effort. Setting up my Donor Advised Fund with the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado simplified the process. I am able to deliberately establish a giving pattern that will continue on after I am no longer able to make philanthropic decisions.

- Kathleen Adams, Board Member

I am extremely proud to be a Fund Holder, as well as President of the Board of Directors for this outstanding organization. It has elevated philanthropy in our community by pairing the needs of the nonprofits with those who have a passion to fund their mission. The Foundation is an important engine to our community’s health.

- Molly Martin, Board President

Blue Lake Ranch - A Country Inn
Fredrick Zink Associates
The Payroll Department
Skywalker Construction
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