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Community Concerts in the Secret Garden

Community Concerts in the Secret Garden will benefit the nonprofit community and promote Durango’s talented music scene by featuring a different nonprofit and music talent on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. This is a great opportunity to invite your volunteers and other friends of the organization to enjoy an outdoor concert in the heart of downtown Durango, educate new people about your organization, and make a little money.

The cover charge is a $10 donation to support nonprofits selected for the 2017 concert series. We anticipate more than 100 people at each concert, however, since we cannot control the weather, the $10 donation fee will be pooled and split evenly between the nonprofits at the end of the summer. If the series raises more than $12,000, The Rochester Hotel and the Community Foundation reserve the right to use those funds to reimburse hard costs associated with the project (advertising, printing, posting, etc.).

In order to apply, organizations must be a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization; or be a project or organization under the fiscal agency of a 501(c)(3) organization. Organizations are eligible to apply once every three years (e.g. 2015 recipients will be eligible to apply again in 2018).


The Rochester will:

  • Provide an already established concert series and teak it to promote the nonprofit community.
  • Staff a cash bar for patrons, as well as set up and clean up.
  • Pay for graphic design and printing of a postcard that will be sent to the Chamber list as well as 100 postcards to each nonprofit. A PDF version will be provided for online promotion.
  • Serve as final approval of music booked.

The Community Foundation will:

  • Create an online grant application and assist selection committee.
  • Provide a bank for each event.
  • Handle back office accounting, including paying for bands, graphic design, and printing.
  • Assist with booking music.
  • Submit PSAs and limited paid advertising in the Durango Herald and Durango Telegraph.
  • Coordinate nonprofits.
  • Coordinate food vendors.

The Nonprofits will:

  • Provide publicity for the concert series and for your specific event via print, PSAs, social media, and word of mouth.
  • Have 2-4 staff or board members to collect a cover charge at the front and back gates.
  • Have 1-2 people to be at an information table to talk about your organization with a tip jar (tips from the evening are donations for the featured nonprofit).
  • Attend an organization meeting for project coordination on Wednesday, May 31st at the Rochester.


  • Application Will Open: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
  • Application Will Close: Friday, March 24, 2017
  • Final Organizations Will Be Announced: Monday, April 17, 2017
  • All Participant Planning Meeting: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
  • All Participant Wrap-Up Meeting: Wednesday, September 13, 2017


2017 Concerts Schedule & Recipients

June 28

Durango Nature Studies

Jeff Solon Jazz Trio


July 5

La Plata Open Space Conservancy

Better Knot


July 12

Know Your Dough

The Badly Bent


July 19

The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado

Dustin Burley


July 26

Stillwater Music

The Assortment


August 2

Durango High School Troupe 1096

Lawn Chair Kings


August 9

San Juan Symphony

Hello Dollface


August 16

Durango Adult Education Center

Black Velvet


August 23

Lisa Parker’s Puppies

The Pete Giuliani Band


August 30

Compañeros: Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center

Six Dollar String Band


April Nonprofit Resources


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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

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