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CAUSE Nonprofit Grantees Announced

May 4, 2023 – Durango, CO – The Community Foundation serving SW Colorado has designed a comprehensive paid summer internship opportunity for 11 local high school students that will benefit 10 Durango nonprofits this June. Through the CAUSE (Community Action Utilizing Service Experience) Youth Internship Program, nonprofits will receive a complete marketing/social media campaign for their 2023 Southwest Colorado Gives Day outreach and an operational grant of $2,500 for marketing.

Nonprofits selected to participate this year are 4 The Children, Big Brothers Big Sisters of SW Colorado, Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County, Community Foundation serving SW Colorado, Durango Arts Center, Durango Food Bank, La Plata Family Centers Coalition, and Sexual Assault Services Organization. Additional grantees include the Business Improvement District and the Durango Chamber of Commerce. Each nonprofit business will provide an engaging and professional experience for the students to gain valuable workplace skills during the one-month internship.

The CAUSE youth internship program is funded by a philanthropic couple interested in creating a meaningful workplace experience for high school youth, while at the same time benefiting local nonprofits. This is the third year the Community Foundation has coordinated this impactful grant.

“We look forward to another beneficial partnership for the students and nonprofits,” says Briggen Wrinkle, Executive Director of the Community Foundation. “It has been rewarding to watch this grant opportunity evolve into a win-win for our community.”


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