1309 E 3rd Ave., Smiley Building, Suite 20 A tiny pinwheel Durango, CO 81301
PO Box 1673 tiny pinwheel Durango, CO 81302


October Nonprofit Resources

Upcoming grant deadlines, professional development and other opportunities for nonprofits in  Southwest Colorado.


Nicholas Kristof sold out; Jenna Bush Hager tickets on sale 10/5

Nicholas Kristof to speak to sold-out crowd

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Nicholas will speak to a sold out audience at the Fort Lewis College Concert Hall on Wednesday, October 4 as part of the Community Foundation’s Making a Difference Speaker Series.  Take a listen to his interview with Tami Graham on KSUT!

The Making a Difference Speaker Series  is a new annual event that will bring nationally known speakers to Southwest Colorado to speak about philanthropy and how to make a difference.  Kristof, the event’s inaugural speaker, will tell first-hand stories of his experience promoting human welfare and social justice around the world in order to inform and inspire the audience.  His talk will focus on the highlights of his book, “A Path Appears,” available at Maria’s Bookshop.  A book signing will immediately follow the program.

Jenna Bush Hager to speak on April 25, 2018

Our next Making a Difference Speaker will be Jenna Bush Hager, who will speak at the Community Concert Hall on April 25. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, October 5.

Jenna Bush Hager is a contributing correspondent on NBC’s Today Show and an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine.  She is also the author of the New York Times best seller Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope, which she wrote after traveling to Latin America in 2006 as an intern with UNICEF. Ana’s Story is based on the life of a 17 year old single mother with HIV, who struggles to shield her child from the life she had of abuse and neglect.  Hager remains involved with UNICEF and is currently the chair of its Next Generation initiative, which is dedicated to reducing childhood deaths around the world.

September Nonprofit Resources

Upcoming grant deadlines, professional development and other opportunities for nonprofits in  Southwest Colorado.


Registration for 3-Part Board Training Series Open

Registration has opened for an intensive three-part training series on nonprofit board best practices. This series is designed for board members of nonprofit organizations in Southwest Colorado. The trainings are scheduled for October 10, October 24 and November 7 from 4-6pm.
Registration for the full series is $60. Information about each training is detailed below. Register here.

The three trainings will be facilitated by Illene Roggensack, President of Third Sector Innovations in Grand Junction. Roggensack has been involved in organization development as a business owner, nonprofit executive director, board member, volunteer and consultant for 25 years. She provided a board training series in Durango during the autumn of 2016 and presented as the keynote at Essentials for Thriving Nonprofits, a workshop for regional nonprofit professionals, in April 2016.

The Board Training series has been planned by the Southwest Rural Philanthropy Days (SW RPD) Interim Committee, a joint effort of local nonprofit leadership focused on continuing professional development to build a stronger nonprofit community.

Session 1:

It’s a Great Job and Somebody’s Gotta Do It: The Role, Responsibilities and Rigors of Serving on Nonprofit Boards

Tuesday, October 10 – 4-6pm | First National Bank of Durango, Community Room

Subjects to be covered:
• Why serve on a nonprofit board?
• Individual and collective board member roles and responsibilities
• Committee work
• Outreach work
• Expectations and accountability

Session 2:

Bold Boards, Big Impact: Building a Nonprofit Board with the Right People and Right Relationships

Tuesday, October 24 – 4-6pm | First National Bank of Durango, Community Room

Subjects to be covered:
• Board make-up
• Potential member identification and recruitment
• Onboarding and orientation
• Ongoing training and retention; retreats
• Relationships (internal to board, board with staff, board with community)

Session 3:

Paying Attention to the Right Things: Assurance that the Nonprofit Board is On Point

Tuesday, November 7 – 4-6pm | First National Bank of Durango, Community Room

Subjects to be covered:
• Board self-evaluation
• Organizational success metrics and indicators
• Productive meetings and quality decision making
• Meaningful data (and its analysis) for use by the board
• Organization and succession planning
• Board needs at various stages of organization life cycle



August Nonprofit Resources

ColoradoGives Lunch & Learns, Southwest Rural Philanthropy Days Steering Committee Meeting Schedule, and Upcoming Community Events

Community Foundation signs on as Regional Champion for Colorado Gives

The Community Foundation is excited to announce that we have become a Regional Champion for ColoradoGives!

What is ColoradoGives…and what is Colorado Gives Day?

ColoradoGives is a year-round online giving platform that makes it easy for donors to search for nonprofits and donate online.  Hosted by the Community First Foundation in Denver, Colorado Gives features over 2,000 Colorado nonprofit profiles.

Colorado Gives Day, scheduled for December 5, 2017, is an annual giving initiative that celebrates philanthropy statewide and inspires donors to “give where they live” through online donations.

In 2016, $33.8 million was donated statewide and $143,595 was donated to Southwest Colorado nonprofits.

What is the Community Foundation’s role as a Regional Champion?

As a Regional Champion, the Community Foundation will lead the local effort to strengthen online giving in Southwest Colorado. The Community Foundation will have an additional platform built specifically for Southwest Colorado, making it easier for donors to find nonprofits in our region and give locally.

Additionally, the Community Foundation will coordinate marketing efforts to promote ColoradoGives and Colorado Gives Day, as well as provide support and professional development as local nonprofits build and plan their campaigns.

In past years, other community foundations in Colorado who have served as Regional Champions have seen donations to nonprofits in their area skyrocket.

Why should my nonprofit participate in Colorado Gives?

Benefits of participating in ColoradoGives include:

  • Access to an inexpensive online giving platform
  • Inclusion in an additional Southwest Colorado platform, making it easier for donors to find your organization and donate online
  • Collaboration with other Southwest Colorado nonprofits
  • Local support and professional development opportunities
  • Added visibility to your campaign through the Community Foundation’s marketing efforts
  • Minimization of operational costs and staff time (Community First Foundation handles gift processing and receipts)

How do I get started with ColoradoGives?

1. Determine if your nonprofit is eligible by reviewing the ColoradoGives Eligibility Requirements

2. If eligible, enroll in the required ColoradoGives Intro Webinar.

  • There are no longer any Intro Webinars available

3. Complete and submit your ColoradoGives profile for review by August 31. (More info about the review process here)

4. If approved to participate, invest $100 for a ColoradoGives local participation fee. The fee guarantees your nonprofit’s inclusion in the Southwest Colorado platform and breaks down as follows:

  • $55 for local ad buy
  • $30 for coordination, resource development, graphic design, and PR
  • $8 for the Regional Champion fee
  • $7 for meeting costs

5. Attend as many Lunch & Learn meetings as possible.

Upcoming Lunch & Learns

Lunch & Learn meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month in the First National Bank Community Room.  Lunch & Learns focus on education and resources regarding how to execute an effective ColoradoGives campaign, as well as provide local nonprofits the opportunity to connect and discuss their experiences with the process.

July 11 | 11:30am – 1:30pm – ColoradoGives: Could My Nonprofit Benefit?

Cindy Arnold Hummiston will present on the enrollment requirements, process, and timeline for ColoradoGives and help enable nonprofits to make an informed decision about whether they should add ColoradoGives to their fundraising strategy.

August 8 | 11:45am – 1:00pm – Next Steps & Developing an Action Plan

This Lunch & Learn is intended for nonprofits that are approved for ColoradoGives or are in the process of completing a profile for approval.  We will be discussing:

  • the Community Foundation’s role as a regional champion
  • planning next steps and a marketing timeline to get the most out of ColoradoGives
  • deciding on a logo for the Southwest Colorado regional platform
  • pros and cons of a PR launch event.

September 12 | 11:45am – 1:00pm – Retention Fundraising: Strategies for Keeping Your Colorado Gives Day Donors

Ever wonder how your organization can stand out, acquire new donors and keep them?  In this ColoradoGives webinar, author and retention expert Roger Craver will help you turn your leaking bucket of donors into a watertight container of engaged lifetime donors. Join the Community Foundation in the First National Bank Community Room to view and discuss.

October 10 | 11:45am – 1:00pm – Creating a Buzz: Marketing for Southwest Colorado Gives

This Colorado Gives Lunch & Learn is for nonprofits that are approved (or nearly approved) for Colorado Gives and are participating in the Southwest Colorado Gives regional platform.  The Community Foundation will provide an update on the budget we have to work with to promote SW CO Gives, as well as a marketing plan. Please come with any ideas you would like to add.

If you would like to participate in the regional platform, please submit your $100 participant fee to the Community Foundation by Friday, October 13. 

November 14 

July Nonprofit Resources

ColoradoGives Key Dates, Southwest Rural Philanthropy Days Outreach Meetings, and Upcoming Community Events



November Nonprofit Resources

Upcoming grant deadline, SW CO Gives campaign & Making a Difference Spe Read More...

October Nonprofit Resources

Upcoming grant deadlines, professional development and other opportunities

Nicholas Kristof sold out; Jenna Bush Hager tickets on sale 10/5

Nicholas Kristof to speak to sold-out crowd Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning Read More...


Blue Lake Ranch - A Country Inn
Fredrick Zink Associates
The Payroll Department
Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado tiny pinwheel
1309 E 3rd Ave., Smiley Building, Suite 20 Atiny pinwheel Durango, CO 81301
tiny pinwheel 970-375-5807 tiny pinwheel director@swcommunityfoundation.org