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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!

Making a Difference: David Brooks Event Postponed until Oct. 6

To protect the health and safety of our community, the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis has suspended all public performances at this time.

Our Making a Difference Speaker Series presentation of David Brooks is now scheduled for Tuesday, October 6.

If you’ve already purchased tickets, they will be applied to the new date. You don’t need to do anything except change your calendar item.

If you are unable to attend on the new date, you have options!

  • Donate your tickets
  • Exchange your tickets for another performance of your choice
  • Request a refund by contacting the Ticket Office at 970-247-7657 or [email protected]

Evaluation Training – Rescheduled for September 10

This training, coordinated by the Regional Leadership Committe of SWRPD, gives an overview of evaluation best practices to help your organization to grow with purpose. Rebecca Larson with OMNI Institute will present this valuable, affordable day-long workshop.

Click here to register.


Summer Concerts 2020

We are unsure yet what effect the current public health crisis will have on our summer concerts in Durango and Pagosa Springs. We will post details as soon as more information is available.

We look forward to a time when we can gather in community once again!

Colorado Gives Day is Dec. 10

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 Arvada, CO,  Colorado Gives features more than 2,500 Colorado nonprofit profiles.

Colorado Gives Day, scheduled for December 10, 2019, is an annual giving initiative that celebrates philanthropy statewide and inspires donors to “give where they live” through online donations. In 2018 $35.1 million was donated statewide in just one day, making Colorado Gives Day the state’s largest one-day giving event.

As a Regional Champion, the Community Foundation leads the local effort to strengthen online giving in Southwest Colorado. The Community Foundation spearheaded a regional online platform (swcogives.org) specifically for Southwest Colorado, making it easier for donors to find nonprofits in our region and give locally.

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



Community Taste Fundraising Dinner – 9.18.19

In our 20th year as a Community Foundation, we are celebrating our 10th anniversary Community Taste, set for September 18, 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 are on sale now, Click here!

Colorado Nonprofit Association Fundraising Training

Every nonprofit wants to raise more money; however, most nonprofits need help with their approach to fundraising. The Colorado Nonprofit Association’s workshop will focus on success strategies at each step of the development process, unique fundraising considerations for rural communities, and how to develop a realistic fundraising plan. Denise Clark is the presenter.

Cortez | Tuesday, September 10  | 1 – 4 PM

Durango | Wednesday, September 11 | 9 AM – 12 PM


Click here to learn more and register.



2019 Board Training – October/November

Take your nonprofit board to the next level with our popular board trainings offered by Illene Roggensack and Stacy Beaugh of Third Sector Innovations and Strategic By Nature. We are offering separate trainings for staff and board.

For Board Members:  register 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 and will cover topics such as board expectations and rigor, board evaluation, board relationships, productive meetings, and quality decision-making. The entire series will be offered in three locations:  Cortez, Durango and Pagosa Springs in October and November. Cost for the full series is $60. 

Click here to register for board member trainings in CORTEZ

Click here to register for board member trainings in DURANGO

Click here to register for board member trainings in PAGOSA


Week 1:  It’s a Great Job & Somebody’s Gotta Do It

The roles, responsibilities & rigors of serving on nonprofit boards:  board performance and outcomes; expectations & governance; board & staff relations

Week 2:  Bold Boards, Big Bang

Building a nonprofit board with the right people & the right relationships:  identifying, recruiting & on-boarding; successful board retention

Week 3: The Devil is in the Details

Ensuring the nonprofit board is on point:  board self-assessment & organizational audit; running a productive meeting with good decision-making


For Nonprofit Staff:  register for a three-hour workshop, Board Not Bored, addressing board recruitment and retention, on-boarding and orientation, retreats and evaluation. All staff who register will have a second “bonus” opportunity, at no cost, to meet for an informal Q&A session with the trainers. Ask those burning questions and learn from your peers who are tackling similar challenges. Cost for staff training is $30.

Click here to register for staff trainings in CORTEZ

Click here to register for staff trainings in DURANGO

Click here to register for staff trainings in PAGOSA


Our presenters

Illene Roggensack is a principal in both Third Sector Innovations and Strategic By Nature, based in Grand Junction, Durango and Littleton, CO, offering assistance with and guidance in planning, organizational development, board and staff leadership, fundraising and marketing to meet the outsourcing and training needs of a breadth of nonprofit and governmental entities and collaborations. The heart of the firms’ efforts is in assisting small- and mid-sized organizations. Illene’s expertise comes from more than three decades as an executive director, fundraising director, board member, volunteer and consultant. This experience is coupled with an MBA and recognition as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). As an active volunteer, Illene served two years as President for the Colorado Nonprofit Association, one year as President for the Grand Junction Lions Club, and in recent years has founded four Giving Club and Guys’ Giving Club organizations in both Grand Junction and Montrose. More information:  www.thirdsectoronline.com.

Stacy Beaugh, president of Strategic By Nature, has been a leader in nonprofits, natural resource and outdoor recreation initiatives for 15 years, most recently as Executive Director of RiversEdge West (formerly Tamarisk Coalition). Stacy’s educational portfolio includes a Master’s in Public Administration from University of Colorado Denver and a Bachelors of Art in art and environmental studies from Illinois Wesleyan University. She is also an alum of the Center for Creative Leadership Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program. Her volunteer experience includes a leadership role on the Colorado Riverfront Commission and Treasurer of Many Rivers Brewing Public Benefit Corporation. She is currently based in Durango, CO. Strategic by Nature provides expertise and support to organizations striving for impact and effective outcomes around land and water resources, and outdoor recreation endeavors. Strategic by Nature is a venture of Third Sector Innovations, drawing on more than 33 years’ experience working with nonprofits and stakeholder groups on the West Slope, throughout Colorado and beyond. Services available include those in the arenas of strategic planning, meeting/process facilitation, executive coaching, board/leadership development, marketing and fundraising, and special project implementation. 

These trainings are sponsored in part by the Regional Leadership Committee of Southwest Rural Philanthropy Days.


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