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About Us

We create powerful community partners

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 region by bringing economic stability, professional development, and collaboration to the nonprofit sector.

As a community facilitator, the Community Foundation works to increase efficiency, resiliency, and success for nonprofits, while maximizing effective grantmaking for philanthropists, to make Southwest Colorado a better place to live. In 2021, the Community Foundation infused $5.3 million into the region. We invite you to create, grow and give funds through our careful management.

What is a Community Foundation?

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 areas 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.

ANNUAL REPORTS, FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS & GOVERNANCE

2021 Annual Report

2020 Annual report

2019 Annual Report

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 ensure 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 more than $10 million.

Who We Serve

The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado serves five counties, each with their own needs and unique services to offer. Learn more about these counties by clicking on the images below.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President

JOHN ARMS

John is an experienced investor with more than 25 years of experience in capital investments in land, minerals and energy.

John Arms is an experienced investor with more than 25 years of experience in capital investments in land, minerals and energy. Having worked for several large public and private companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, John worked with acquisition analysis and mergers totaling over $7 billion in his career. He has a technical background in engineering and has managed budgets, personnel and human resources. He has volunteered for the local school district, Habitat for Humanities, and as a Board Member for his local Temple. His family recently moved to Durango after falling in love with southwest Colorado. The family has spent many years vacationing and working in the area. John joined the Community Foundation of Southwest Colorado to give back to his community and to support local nonprofits with direct impact for the residents of Southwest Colorado. He, his wife and four children enjoy the outdoors and the all the tangible benefits of Colorado living.
Treasurer

AMY MOODY

Amy is the finance manager at Hillcrest Golf Club. She is originally from Albuquerque and is a Fort Lewis alumna.

Amy Moody is the finance manager at Hillcrest Golf Club. She is originally from Albuquerque and is a Fort Lewis alumna. She left Durango after graduation and returned to Durango in 2000. After a long and rewarding career in accounting as a certified public accountant, financial analyst, and corporate controller, Amy temporarily retired in 2016, until she joined the team at Hillcrest in December 2019. She joined the finance committee of the Community Foundation in April 2018 and was happy to join the Board when asked. Amy is proud to help the Community Foundation, which provides so much help for the community she lives in. She enjoys many activities in the outdoors year-round, including golfing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, alpine and Nordic skiing, paddle boarding and scuba diving. Amy is a long-time photo hobbyist and an accredited Tai Chi Chih instructor.
Secretary

MARTHA MINOT

Martha has lived in Durango for almost forty years. She previously worked as an attorney in private practice for twelve years and then served as the La Plata County Court Judge for 22 years.

Martha has lived in Durango for almost forty years. She previously worked as an attorney in private practice for twelve years and then served as the La Plata County Court Judge for 22 years. She has volunteered for numerous organizations in Durango, helping to write the bylaws for the Family Center of Durango, serving as a board member and past president of Alternative Horizons. In addition, she has served as a board member for the Adult Education Center, a hospice volunteer, and numerous volunteer positions with the Southwest Colorado Bar Association and the County Court Judges Association, and the Judicial Department. She was a board member on the Judicial Discipline Commission for twelve years and the chair for three years. Martha believes strongly in the importance of community service the support of non-profit organizations and is excited to join The Community Foundation.
Past President

SHAWN CANDELARIA

Shawn is Market President for Four Corners Community Bank (FCCB) in Durango. Shawn is a native of the western slope of Colorado and has deep family roots in Southwest Colorado.

Shawn Candelaria is Market President for Four Corners Community Bank (FCCB) in Durango. Shawn is a native of the western slope of Colorado and has deep family roots in Southwest Colorado. He started his banking career in 1991 after graduating from Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance. For the majority of his career, he has specialized in commercial real estate lending and business financing. Since 2015, Shawn and the Durango staff have significantly grown FCCB’s presence in local loans, deposits and supporting many local nonprofits through donations and sponsorships. He is a current board member of The Hundred Club of Durango, HomesFund serving Southwest Colorado, Durango Wine Experience, and past board member of Trails 2000 and the United Way of Southwest Colorado. Shawn feels strongly that our community’s appeal to those who live and work here is a direct result of the many nonprofits that support us. Serving on the Community Foundation Board gives him the opportunity to help ensure that we also continue to support the amazing philanthropists in our region. He and his wife, Tamra, are blessed with one daughter and her four-legged brother. He enjoys entertaining family and friends, cycling of all sorts, skiing, golfing, hiking, traveling, and mostly hanging out with his family.
Board Member

WENDY BARNEY

Wendy is a real estate broker with Sotheby’s, and through her work, gets to highlight all the amazing people and places we are so blessed to live amongst every single day.

Wendy Barney, originally from New York, made the move in 2015 to join family in Durango. She is a real estate broker with Sotheby’s, and through her work, gets to highlight all the amazing people and places we are so blessed to live amongst every single day. Wendy volunteers her time for many organizations, including the Durango Area Association of Realtors’ Community Service Committee, Trails 2000 Auction Committee, Know Your Dough, and Durango High School Booster Club. Wendy joined the Community Foundation to expand her ability to make a difference for the residents of Southwest Colorado. She and her husband, Tom, an avid volunteer, have six kids between them, which keeps them on their toes! They enjoy running, skiing, hiking and pretty much anything that gets them outside and into the mountains.
Board Member

NICOLE BONN

Nicole looks forward to the contributions The Community Foundation can provide to Southwest Colorado.

Nicole Bonn headed west after growing up the Chicago area to attend Northern Arizona University. While her devotion to the greater community began in Flagstaff, she carried that passion with her to Durango 13 years ago. Trained as a paralegal, she joined Osprey Packs in 2014 working to grow the company and support its leadership team in all aspects of the business. She volunteers in a variety of settings in Durango —from assisting children’s ski programs to coaching elementary and middle school soccer. Nicole and her significant other, Matt, along with four-legged friend Duke, enjoy skiing, rafting, mountain biking, camping and enjoying friends. They both are proud to call Southwest Colorado their home. Nicole looks forward to the contributions The Community Foundation can provide to Southwest Colorado.
Board Member

KIM EISNER

Kim is a designer with Elevation Custom Builders, working in the residential and commercial construction industry throughout the Southwest for over 30 years.

Kim is a designer with Elevation Custom Builders, working in the residential and commercial construction industry throughout the Southwest for over 30 years. Originally from the Chicagoland area, she moved to Colorado to attend college on the front range receiving both fine art and art education degrees. She has served on the local School Board while passionately supporting arts education. Kim feels fortunate to have raised her two sons, own a business, and live in this beautiful corner of Colorado. She looks forward to being part of the Community Foundation Board supporting the mission of so many nonprofits, believing our unique community is enhanced by the generous philanthropy the Foundation manages, administers, and infuses into Southwest Colorado.
Board Member

CHERYL NIXON

Cheryl serves as provost at Fort Lewis College, bringing a commitment to shared governance and transparency to her work with Academic Affairs leadership.

Cheryl Nixon serves as provost at Fort Lewis College, bringing a commitment to shared governance and transparency to her work with Academic Affairs leadership to implement student-centered strategies, launch new programs, and continue to build FLC’s academic reputation. Nixon earned her bachelor’s in English and political science from Tufts University and her master’s and doctorate in English from Harvard University. Prior to her role at FLC, she was an Associate Provost and Professor of English at UMass. She served as Chair of the Department of English for five years and English Graduate Program Director for three years. The author of books, articles, and textbooks, her research examines the invention of the novel in the eighteenth century, comparing literature to legal cases featuring family conflict.
Board Member

TRENT PORTER

Trent is a Certified Financial Planner, a CPA and the founder and president of Priority Financial Partners, a local wealth management firm.

Trent Porter was born and raised in Southwest Colorado and lives in Durango with his wife and two boys. His strong roots in the community and passion for giving back and helping others do the same, makes the Community Foundation a perfect fit. His other passions include spending time with his family, vinyl records, hiking 14'ers and playing the guitar.
Trent is a Certified Financial Planner, a CPA and the founder and president of Priority Financial Partners, a local wealth management firm. He is frequently sought out by the national media for his financial expertise, such as a column in the Wall Street Journal, co-hosting the Your Money show on Sirius XM radio, interviews on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

STAFF

Executive Director

BRIGGEN WRINKLE

Briggen focuses on increasing generosity in our community by matching philanthropists with nonprofits that meet their strategic giving goals.

Briggen Wrinkle is the Executive Director of the Community Foundation serving SW Colorado. She focuses on helping our funding partners maximize strategic lifetime investments, now and into the future. In addition, she concentrates on bringing professional development, capacity-building opportunities and new grant prospects to nonprofits.
Briggen moved to Durango in 2003 with 2 ½ year old twins. In 2005, she had another set of twins. She is very active in her children’s education and with the 9-R school district as a whole. She enjoys hiking, biking and watching her kids grow up in this amazing corner of the world.
Deputy Director

TRACY POPE

Tracy spearheads efforts in programmatic grant management, nonprofit support, and marketing.

Tracy Pope is the Deputy Director of the Community Foundation. Tracy has lived in Durango for more than 25 years and has been actively involved in many nonprofits in our area. She holds bachelor’s degrees in journalism and economics, with a background in communications and management. Tracy enjoys the opportunity to serve the nonprofit sector of Southwest Colorado in this role, expanding the culture of giving to meet the needs of our community.
She and her husband, Matt, have raised three children in Durango and are grateful for the many blessings Southwest Colorado has offered their family.
Finance & Operations Director

BRIAN GINNA

Brian Ginna helps oversee the Community Foundation's financial, investment, operational, and administration needs

Brian Ginna helps oversee the Community Foundation's financial, investment, operational, and administration needs. He helps advise strategic direction, ensures fiscal accuracy, and works closely with donors and investors to facilitate the Community Foundation's goals and objectives. Brian brings to the table extensive experience raising and administering funds, investment banking, equipment leasing, and broker/dealer operations. He and his family have been long-time advocates and volunteers to ensure all have access to athletic and outdoor activities, regardless of need. Brian moved to Durango in 2021 with his wife, daughter, son, and two Golden Retrievers, while his eldest son attends Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Brian loves skiing, hiking, music, and working on the family's Durango property.

Community Outreach Manager

Joseph Kuzma

Joseph is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of the Community Foundation’s marketing strategies and public relations activities, both external and internal.

Joseph Kuzma is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of the Community Foundation’s marketing strategies and public relations activities, both external and internal. In addition to planning the Foundation’s events, which include Durango Wine Experience, Making a Difference Speaker Series, concert series, nonprofit professional development, and more. He reports to the Deputy
Director and other staff in charting the direction of the Foundation’s marketing/communications/public relations function and ensuring its effective operation.

Joseph grew up in Michigan before moving to Washington to begin his journey in the Business Management and Marketing sectors. During that time, he was introduced to the local Chamber of Commerce and Young Professional Groups and found a passion for volunteering. He further developed these interests when he moved to Florida by becoming a board member and president for several Young Professional groups and being active in the Leadership programs in the area. He created a videography company with his best friend that connected him extensively within his community.

Four years ago, Joseph relocated to Southwest Colorado, where he married and settled near Durango, CO, with his wife and multiple fur babies. He enjoys gardening, camping, reading, biking, videography and volunteering his time in a myriad of ways. He looks forward to championing the values and goals of the Community Foundation.

Check out the Community Foundation YouTube Page to see some of the new videos that have been created!

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Bookkeeper & Administrative Assistant

ALISON SMITH

Alison is the Bookkeeper & Administrative Assistant of the Community Foundation and works with The Community Foundation's Operations & its Fiscal Projects.

Alison is the bookkeeper and administrative assistant of the Community Foundation and works with the community foundation’s operations and fiscal projects. She is a graduate of Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, with bachelor degrees in Social Work (BSW) and minor in Spanish, and another bachelor's degree in Value Chain Management from VIA University, Horsens, Denmark. The combination of the two degrees creates a unique blend of being able to empathize and relate to people, alongside an understanding of how business practices are linked and methods to add value to meet their goals.

Alison was born in Durango and is a graduate of Durango High. She has also lived abroad, first as a foreign exchange student in Guaranda, Ecuador, during her junior high school year. Then Roatan, Honduras, as a scuba instructor, post college. And most recently, Fredericia, Denmark, for 10 years, in her husband’s native country.

She and her family, which now includes two very active young daughters, relocated from Denmark back to Durango a few years ago. They recently hosted a foreign exchange student from Thailand. They enjoy the recreational activities of this amazing southwest area. In addition, Alison is talented with knitting, floral arranging, carpentry and woodworking.

She is looking forward to learning from the professionals involved with Community Foundation, growing and contributing to the community through their work.

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.

Helen Keller

News & Updates

September 6, 2022 in News

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Professional Development Planned Giving 101 for Nonprofit Staff Learn the basics of gift vehicles, necessary partners, prospecting plans, gift acceptance policies, marketing made easy, and more. Brandy Bertram is the…
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August 1, 2022 in News

19th Hole Concerts Raise $9,690 for Archuleta County Nonprofits

August 1, 2022 – Pagosa Springs, CO – This summer’s 19th Hole Concerts at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club raised $9,690 for five Archuleta County nonprofits, with each nonprofit receiving…
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July 27, 2022 in News

We have a new office location!

The Community Foundation has gotten a new home! Our new address is 765 East College Drive #1 Durango CO When visiting us please make sure to check out our Parking…
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