September 3, 2020 – Durango, CO – The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado announces Tech Gives Back, a fundraising effort spearheaded by philanthropist John Witchel, raising more than $300,000 for the foundation’s Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF).
The funds support food security in our region, engaging youth employment and general operating support for the nonprofit sector.
“Those of us working in the tech sector appreciate being in Durango, where we can work hard, play hard and raise our families,” said John Witchel, former GitPrime President. “We are honored to give back to a community that has been so supportive of our business endeavors. Partnering with the Community Foundation makes this a strategic gift, since they have the relationships and knowledge of the nonprofits in SW Colorado.”
“This donation will enable us to support the nonprofit community in new and creative ways,” said Briggen Wrinkle, Executive Director of the Community Foundation serving SW Colorado. “We are using some of these funds to coordinate with local nonprofits in all five counties to distribute perishables, including milk, bread and locally-sourced ground beef and vegetables through December. This effort supports our local agriculture businesses and nonprofits and increases food security for our region. It’s a win-win-win.”
Earlier this summer the Community Foundation granted Tech Gives Back funds to 11 nonprofits that have AmeriCorps members. In addition, Tech Gives Back supported grants to Southwest Conservation Corp and Sonlight’s youth employment program.
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.
In response to the COVID-19 Crisis
NEW: Something to Chew On – Nonprofit Capacity Building
LOCAL FUNDING OPTIONS & RESOURCES
Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF):
CERF has infused almost $700,000 into the community since the end of March, including three rounds of emergency granting to regional nonprofits, as well as additional support for SW CO food pantries to purchase food. CERF funds have also supported other projects, such as Southwest Colorado Disaster Assistance (swcoda.org), Save the Food, Feed the People, and the distribution of protective equipment to nonprofits.
CERF is raising funds and serving nonprofits in all five counties in Southwest Colorado. The CERF grant committee is working with other state and local funders to ensure its investment is strategic and supporting the nonprofit sector effectively.
To donate to the Community Emergency Relief Fund visit www.coloradogives.org/cerf or send a check payable to the Community Foundation with CERF in the memo line to P.O. Box 1673, Durango, CO 81302.
Southwest Colorado Disaster Assistance (SWCODA.org): SWCODA is a repository of resources and information that shares the many ways people can get assistance during this time and how individuals and businesses can get involved and help. To find appropriate resources, click on the county where you live (found at the top of the website) and then click on the type of resource you are requiring — whether that is public health questions, employment-related issues (including unemployment benefits) and/or local services (including food, housing, utility, transportation and government-related needs).
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available locally through SWCODA and the La Plata County Economic Recovery Task Force. Bulk purchasing allows for better pricing on hand sanitizer and face masks. Click here to purchase.
The Community Foundation’s LAUNCH fund provides low-interest loans to area nonprofits through First Southwest Bank’s Community Fund. Click here for more information.
Region 9 Economic Development of SW Colorado has a list of resources and funding opportunities: click here. Region 9 is also soliciting donations as an Enterprise Zone Project, which will support businesses in SW CO through grants and low-interest loans. Click here to donate.
La Plata County Economic Development Alliance is collecting resources for local businesses, much of which applies to nonprofits, as well. Click here to learn more from the Business Resource Playbook.
Need a resource for your Human Resources? Our partners at the Payroll Department recommend this online site to help you navigate HR questions, including work-from-home policies, options for paid time off due to the COVID-19 crisis, sick leave, and more.
STATEWIDE FUNDING OPTIONS & RESOURCES
For general information about the COVID-19 crisis in Colorado, click here to access the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the State Emergency Operations Center.
Energize Colorado is a group of diverse, skilled volunteers who are connecting businesses and nonprofits with resources to address current challenges and spur transformative growth. Webinars and training opportunities are available, as well as PPE bulk purchases.
Check out HelpColoradoNow.org for more helpful resources.
Philanthropy Colorado has an extensive list of funding opportunities, click here.
OTHER CAPACITY-BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES
The COVID-19 crisis has impacted our region’s nonprofits in various ways. Some of you have front-line programs and are working overtime. Some of you are working from home, as well as overseeing your children’s remote learning. Some of you have been impacted by the cancelations and actually have lots of extra time on your hands. If you fall into the last category, or if you just need a break from the crazy and would like to take some self-growth time… there are lots of professional development webinars available. Below are a few links you might find helpful:
Colorado Nonprofit Association: offers trainings and virtual events
TechSoup: includes tools to support for safe and effective remote work
Bloomerang: blog with expert insights on fundraising and donor communication during the crisis
Network for Good: check out these COVID-19 Response Resources, including fundraising strategies, timely blog posts and fundraising coach Q&As.
Nonprofit Learning Lab: provides free nonprofit resources focused on fundraising, board development, volunteer management, diversity, equity, inclusion and more. Their resources are guidebooks, tip sheets, free webinars and activities.
The Community Foundation has activated the Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) in response to the COVID-19 protective measures that are now in place in Southwest Colorado. These measures, such as closures, cancellations, self-quarantines and social distancing, are necessary to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission, and particularly to preserve and protect the capacity of our local healthcare facilities.
Donations are now being accepted to deploy funds to community-based organizations directly responding to the most vulnerable members of our community. These resources will be disbursed as needed and as available.
Since March, CERF has infused almost $700,000 into the community. The first two rounds of CERF funding, totaling $201,000, were designated as rapid-response grants distributed in the first two months of the pandemic to 34 human service organizations responding directly to the immediate needs of our community. Another $175,000 was disbursed in July to address financial stability and recovery for 49 nonprofit organizations. $100,000 was utilized to purchase food for regional food pantries. Additionally, CERF funds have supported regional projects, such as Southwest Colorado Disaster Assistance (swcoda.org), Save the Food, Feed the People, and the distribution of protective equipment to nonprofits, such as no-touch thermometers.
Community stakeholders, including representatives from public health, local governments, school districts, businesses and nonprofits, will continue to prioritize available funds to meet immediate needs in our region, including public health needs and economic impacts.
To donate to the CERF fund, please click on the image below. Thank you for your generosity in supporting one another during this challenging time!
Due to the COVID-19 public health restrictions, we have transitioned our 19th Hole Concerts grant opportunity into an online fundraiser for local nonprofits. Purchase merchandise (t-shirts, hats, yard signs, stickers, window clings) with the locally-designed Rise & Recover Together logo.
Raise community spirit in during this challenging time, while supporting local nonprofits. Shop at basintees.com/rise, scroll down to Pagosa Springs to support Upper San Juan Search & Rescue, Vets 4 Vets, Aspire and the Archuleta County Fund. Special thanks to our sponsors:
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].
We are excited to announce a new partnership with 100+ Women Who Care La Plata. This is a collective giving group of caring women who will certainly make a powerful impact on local nonprofits by pooling their donations to support La Plata County organizations.
The Community Foundation holds the Field of Interest Fund for 100+ Women Who Care La Plata. You can support this initiative by donating online and elevating the impact even more . Click here to learn more.
The grant writing workshop for Archuleta County nonprofits will be rescheduled.
In an abundance of caution, all unessential meetings at the Pagosa Springs Medical Center have been postponed to protect patients and the public.
Therefore, PSMC cannot host the Grant Writing 101 class, which was scheduled for March 26.
We will reschedule the training for a later date, to be determined, when health and public safety conditions improve. If you have already registered for the workshop, you will receive an email with the new details soon.
$15, includes lunch. Class is limited to 25 people
March 26, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM | Pagosa Springs Medical Center Board Rm
This training gives an overview of grant writing, teaches participants how to match their needs to funder priorities, highlights what should be included in each grant component, and provides tips and tricks for success.
- Research and grants management
- The grant proposal, budget and attachments
- Getting a grip on goals, activities, objectives, and measurements of success
- Insider’s view: what happens after you submit your grant
- The reporting process
If you work for a nonprofit organization, city, county, or state government, a tribal organization, or a school or school district as a grant writer, you will benefit from this training!
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.