970-375-5807
1309 E 3rd Ave., Smiley Building, Suite 20 A tiny pinwheel Durango, CO 81301
PO Box 1673 tiny pinwheel Durango, CO 81302

Monthly Archives: March 2019

Community Foundation facilitates $3.17 million in 2018

In 2018, the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado infused $3.17 million into Southwest Colorado’s nonprofit community.

  • $1,743,451 in grants to nonprofits from Community Foundation Fund Holders
  • $996,532 in grants from Friends of the Foundation to our fiscal sponsorships and other projects
  • $303,775 in grants facilitated by the Community Foundation for the Ballantine Family Fund
  • $64,880 in grants funded by the Community Foundation
  • $61,000 in scholarships for educational opportunities

The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado is home to nearly 60 donor advised funds, organizational funds, designated funds, scholarship funds, fiscal sponsorship funds and field of interest funds. The Foundation manages more than $5 million in investments for philanthropists in our community, offering invaluable resources to ensure that donors can be impactful with their giving, making a difference in the lives of others.

“We serve our community by facilitating effective grantmaking and expanding the culture of giving in Southwest Colorado,” says Briggen Wrinkle, Executive Director of the Community Foundation. “Last year we saw significant growth in giving due to overwhelming generosity after the 416 Fire. Combined donations to and from the Community Emergency Relief Fund account for more than $700,000 of this infusion, more than 20 percent of total giving. But even without the generosity of CERF, we still saw a 20 percent increase in overall giving compared to 2017.”

The largest percentage of Community Foundation giving, 55 percent, comes from grants to nonprofits from fund holders.

“People with a philanthropic heart use the Community Foundation to make their giving impactful,” says fund holder Molly Martin, who is a founder and former board member of the Community Foundation. “I have witnessed the Foundation’s giving grow steadily over the last 20 years, and I really value the local insight the staff offers to my family when we consider our giving options.”

In addition to facilitating grants to and from our funds, the Community Foundation acts as an independent grant manager for other entities in our region, such as the Ballantine Family Fund. In 2018, the Ballantine Family Fund trustees awarded $248,775 to 125 nonprofits in Southwest Colorado, with an average grant size of $1,990.

By sector, the Ballantine Family Fund awarded:

  • $6,000 to Animal Protection
  • $64,275 to Arts and Culture
  • $41,000 to Education
  • $30,000 to Environment
  • $62,000 to Human Services
  • $27,000 to Youth
  • $18,500 to Other

By county, the Ballantine Family Fund awarded:

  • $13,500 to Archuleta
  • $6,500 to Dolores
  • $133,800 to La Plata
  • $70,975 to Montezuma
  • $6,500 to San Juan
  • $17,500 to other counties that support Southwest Colorado, but are not physically located in our geographic region

The Ballantine trustees awarded an additional unsolicited $55,000 in Core Value Grants to four nonprofits in La Plata County:  Bayfield Friends of the Library, Be FRANK Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County and KSUT.

“The Ballantine Family has been a huge asset to our region for decades,” says Tracy Pope, Grants Manager for the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado. “Between my work on behalf of the Ballantine Family Fund and the Community Foundation, I have the privilege of collaborating with hundreds of amazing organizations making a difference in Southwest Colorado.”

In addition to grants, the Community Foundation supports nonprofit organizations with professional development opportunities. Registration is still available for Financial Focus: Mission and Money, April 4-5 in Durango. Cost for the two-day training is discounted to $150 from an estimated $500 value. Visit swcommunityfoundation.org or call 970.375.5807 for more information.

 

Community Concerts grant application now open

Community Concerts grant application now open!

Attention La Plata County nonprofits: the grant application for the Community Concerts in the Secret Garden is now open. Click here to learn more and to apply.

Application closes on April 10.

19th Hole Concerts

The 19th Hole Concerts benefit the Archuleta County nonprofit community and promote Southwest Colorado’s talented music scene by featuring a different nonprofit and music talent every Thursday evening June 13 through July 25 at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club.  A cash bar and food from the grill will be available for purchase.

The cover charge for each concert is a $10 donation to support the six nonprofits selected. Proceeds from the cover charges will be pooled and distributed equally to the six featured organizations. In 2018, $1,400 each was awarded to the six selected nonprofits.

2019 Concert Schedule

Community Concerts in the Secret Garden

Our popular summer concert series at the Rochester Hotel is now in its fifth year.

The Community Concerts benefit 10 La Plata County nonprofits and promote Southwest Colorado’s local music scene by featuring a different nonprofit and music talent on Wednesday evenings June 26 through August 28, 5 – 7 PM in the Rochester’s Secret Garden.

The cover charge is a $10 donation to support the 10 nonprofits selected. At the end of the series, all proceeds will be pooled and distributed equally to the 10 featured organizations. In 2018, each participating nonprofit earned $1,750 from the concert series. The Community Concerts are sponsored by the Rochester Hotel, Four Corners Community Bank and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Community Taste Fundraising Dinner – 9.12.19

In our 20th year as a Community Foundation, we are celebrating our 10th anniversary Community Taste, set for September 12, 2019 at the Ridgewood Event Center at Blue Lake Ranch.

Chefs from across Durango prepare favorite dishes to create a memorable evening with dinner, drinks and dancing, all in support of the great work of the Community Foundation. We can’t thank our guests enough for supporting the Foundation throughout the years. Don’t miss out this year — tickets will go on sale in July!

Nonprofit Financial Training April 4-5

Nonprofit Financial Training Scheduled for April 4-5

Registration has opened for a comprehensive two-day training on nonprofit financial operations and best practices, April 4-5 in Durango. Financial Focus: Mission and Money will be facilitated by the Nonprofit Financial Fund, a nationwide consulting group for nonprofits. The seminar will help nonprofit leaders understand their organization’s business model, operating performance and financial health. Participants will leave feeling equipped to make strategic decisions informed by their own financial story.

This training is designed for executive directors, finance directors and board treasurers.

Registration for the two-day training costs $150 and includes lunch both days. This is a bargain and would cost $500 anywhere else! Click here to register for the workshop.

Nonprofit organizations most likely to benefit will have an ability and willingness to think strategically over the long term and will have basic financial systems in place, with the ability to produce reasonably clear, reliable financial data.

Sponsored by the Ballantine Family Fund and LPEA, whose generosity allows us to keep the registration fees as low as possible.

News

RFP for Video Project

  Community Foundation serving SW CO Request for Proposal (RFP) For two pr Read More...


Community Foundation facilitates $3.17 million in 2018

In 2018, the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado infused $3.17 Read More...


Community Concerts grant application now open

Community Concerts grant application now open! Attention La Plata County no Read More...


Events

Blue Lake Ranch - A Country Inn
Fredrick Zink Associates
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 [email protected]