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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. 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]

Primus Philanthropy Program

The online application for Primus Restaurant’s corporate giving program can be found below. The application will close on January 17.

Nonprofit organizations have the opportunity to apply for a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant and/or a monthly giving partnership (worth approximately $500).

The gift certificate must be used to support the mission of the organization. The monthly giving partnerships require a 4-week commitment to promote Primus, by showing gratitude through the nonprofit’s marketing channels (social media/press releases/email marketing).

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 must serve La Plata County.

 

The application is now closed. Check back in May for a new application opportunity.

Southwest Colorado Gives hits the air waves with AGM

Thanks to our new media sponsor this year, American General Media! Listen to us Dec. 9 & 10 on 92.9 The Point in the mornings and 99X in the afternoons, and learn all about Southwest Colorado Gives Day. Support more than 80 local nonprofits on a safe and secure online platform.

Give Where You Live at www.swcogives.org

Click below to listen to an interview with Tracy Pope, Community Foundation, and Mary Monroe Brown, Trails 2000:

Vision Partners for 2020

Special thanks to Four Corners Eye Clinic and Southwest Retina Consultants for your $1,000 donations to our 20/20/20 Campaign, seeding a La Plata County Fund to support local nonprofits.

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.

 

RFP for Video Project

 

Community Foundation serving SW CO Request for Proposal (RFP)

For two promotional videos, one for the 19th Hole Concerts and one for the Archuleta Committee of the Community Foundation

BACKGROUND

The Community Foundation is launching the 4th year of the 19th Hole Concerts in June. The Archuleta Committee of the Community Foundation selects six nonprofits to benefit from the concert series and coordinates local marketing to increase attendance at the concerts, creating a learning experience in event planning for future capacity building for the nonprofits selected. The Archuleta Committee also raises money to build the Archuleta Fund, participates in the Archuleta Nonprofit Coalition, and presents a planned giving workshop annually. The Community Foundation is the backbone of the Committee and provides support for all Committee endeavors.

The 19th Hole Concerts will take place Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 PM, June 13 – July 25, 2019 in Pagosa Springs, CO (skipping July 4).

To request a copy of the full RFP, including purpose of the contract, video description, budget, proposal requirements and submission guidelines, email [email protected]

TIMELINE The following timeline will apply to the process and is open to change.

  1. RFP issued: May 15, 2019
  2. Deadline for proposals: May 28, 2019
  3. Interview finalist(s): May 30, 2019
  4. Selection and negotiation of project specifics: May 31, 2019
  5. Project: A completed 45-second video by Monday, June 10. A completed 2-minute video by Thursday, August 1.

QUESTIONS: Please contact the following individual with any questions:

Tracy Pope at 970.375.5807 or [email protected] or

Community Foundation serving SW CO

P.O. Box 1673, Durango, CO 81302

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.

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