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Monthly Archives: January 2020

LAUNCH funding opportunity

Nonprofit organizations looking for new revenue streams will be interested in the Community Foundation’s new LAUNCH Fund.

LAUNCH (Loan Assistance Unpacking Nonprofit Challenges) is a revolving loan fund, meaning that as loans are repaid, the dollars will be recirculated to fund additional nonprofit loan requests.

The LAUNCH fund is an impact investing fund designed to provide access to capital for nonprofit organizations through micro loans. Loans are in the range of $5,000-50,0000 with a below-market interest rate and favorable terms. Nonprofits across SW CO (La Plata, Archuleta, San Juan, Montezuma and Dolores) are eligible to apply. A LAUNCH loan can be blended with a traditional loan. Loans are designed for nonprofits to purchase equipment or real estate or remodel existing space to better serve the community.

“Essentially, the LAUNCH fund offers affordable financing options to nonprofits,” says Briggen Wrinkle, Executive Director of The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado. “And then for philanthropists, it provides a new avenue to donate money to the nonprofit sector that will continue to be reinvested in the community over the long haul.”

LAUNCH assists nonprofits in accommodating growth and keeping fiscal health a priority. The Community Foundation has partnered with First Southwest Bank, leveraging the bank’s CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) designation, to provide access to terms that appeal to nonprofit boards and staff.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado to offer this new resource to our local nonprofits,” said Cass Walker Harvey, Executive Director of First Southwest Community Fund. “We hope that offering this innovative model for access to capital, we will help nonprofits expand their impact in our community.

The LAUNCH fund was made possible by donations from local philanthropists who are excited to see their donation be reinvested in the community over and over. If you are interested in contributing to the LAUNCH fund, or you are a nonprofit leader interested in securing an affordable loan from LAUNCH fund, please contact Briggen Wrinkle [email protected]

Grant Application Opens for the Payroll Department

The online application for the Payroll Department’s $7,000 matching grants is now available. The deadline to apply is February 12, 2020.

The Payroll Department partners with the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado to manage this grant opportunity for La Plata County nonprofits. Three “Meet your Match” grants are available for La Plata County organizations that support efforts in youth, environment or human services. The grant requires a 100 percent match of $7,000 from new revenue sources, such as new donors, grants or corporate sponsors, creating a $14,000 infusion for each selected organization. The required match is strategically designed to motivate nonprofits to seek new funding sources in order to develop sustainable support.  

The application is available under the “Grant Seekers” tab above, or at https://www.swcommunityfoundation.org/payroll-department-grant/

The Payroll Department is especially interested in supporting programs or collaborations that further a nonprofit’s mission and may need a boost while the organization secures sustainable funding. This could be a new program or an expansion of services.

“For organizations to apply, they must be ready with a feasible, creative matching plan that can be executed over the next six months,” says Tracy Pope, Marketing and Grants Director for the Community Foundation. “The ultimate goal of the match is to prompt the grant recipients to reach out and develop new revenue streams for long-term funding.”

The Payroll Department provides payroll and timekeeping services for more than 800 businesses and organizations in La Plata County and beyond. You do not have to be a client of the Payroll Department to be considered for the grant.

As a community facilitator, the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado works to increase efficiency, sustainability and success for area nonprofits, while maximizing effective grantmaking for philanthropists in our region.

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Grant Application Opens for 19th Hole Concerts

January 20, 2020 – Pagosa Springs, CO – The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado announces a grant opportunity for Archuleta County nonprofits to participate in this summer’s 19th Hole Concerts at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club. The nonprofit grant application is now open. The deadline to apply is February 14.

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 11 through July 16 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 2019, $1,300 each was awarded to the six selected nonprofits.

The application for nonprofits to apply can be accessed under the “Grant Seekers” tab on the Community Foundation’s website (www.swcommunityfoundation.org).  The selected nonprofits will be announced in early March.

“As a new board member for the Community Foundation, I am looking forward to seeing the impact the 19th Hole Concerts have on the amazing nonprofits we have serving our community,” says Bethany Bieth, Archuleta Board Member of the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado. “Community events like the summer concerts are such a fun way to be philanthropic, with great music and delicious food, as an added bonus!”

As a community facilitator, the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado works to increase sustainability and success for nonprofits, while maximizing effective grantmaking for philanthropists in our region. The Community Foundation serves Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan Counties.

Something to Chew On: NPO Power Lunches – postponed

The March 31 and April 29 events are canceled.

The Community Foundation is offering a new resource to local nonprofit leaders (staff and board members) on the last Tuesday of each month, March – October. Join us for Something to Chew On, a monthly brown bag power lunch.

12 – 1 p.m. at TBK Bank’s Community Room in Durango (259 W. 9th Street). Bring a brown bag lunch and plan to dive into a compelling, relevant topic each month.

Durango Wine Experience – Canceled for 2020

The Community Foundation was to be the beneficiary of the 2020 Durango Wine Experience. Unfortunately, due to the current public health emergency, the event for this year has been canceled.

We look forward to a time when we can gather in person again. Until then — Cheers to our amazing community!

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