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Nonprofit Resources

Find the extra boost you need to make a difference.

In 2020, the Community Foundation infused $4 million into Southwest Colorado’s nonprofits. We’re proud to come alongside you as we strive to strengthen the impact of our region through this great work. Whether you’re seeking grants or professional development opportunities, let us help you secure the resources you need to succeed.

Professional Development

Grant Opportunities

Colorado Gives

Organization Fund

Fiscal Sponsorship

Local Research & Resources

COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits


The Community Foundation inspires hope, leadership, and generosity in our community by bringing economic stability, professional development, and collaboration to the nonprofit sector. As a community facilitator, we coordinate with nonprofit professionals throughout Colorado to provide opportunities that:

  • Increase efficiency and success for nonprofits in Southwest Colorado
  • Build relationships and facilitate networking between nonprofit professionals
  • Create opportunities for peer discussion around best practices
  • Enhance relationships across county and geographic boundaries


Planned Giving and Major Gifts

We’ve heard from many nonprofit leaders in SW CO who are interested in learning more about major gifts and planned giving techniques. These two virtual workshops might be a good place to start! $65 each or $100 for both. Register here.

Klein & Roth Consulting will provide two practical training sessions. These sessions will help you build the fundraising capacity of your nonprofit through hands-on learning and easy-to-implement strategies.

How PRIs Work: A Basic Primer for Nonprofits

PRI (Program-Related Investments), a low-interest loan, might be a good fit for your organization, especially if you have a project that requires large, up-front capital. Understanding how PRIs work can help your organization assess whether this tool is right for you.

We hosted a Zoom presentation with Cass Walker Harvey, executive director of the First Southwest Community Fund and Mike Roque, executive director of the Community Foundation of the San Luis Valley, to unpack the details and provide examples of successful PRIs.

Locally, the Community Foundation’s Impact Investing revolving loan fund, LAUNCH is available for certain projects. Contact Briggen Wrinkle for more details.

Watch a recording of our Zoom discussion here
Find Previous "Something to Chew On" Workshop Recordings Here


The Community Foundation is a proud Regional Champion for ColoradoGives! We spearhead local participation in the state’s largest online giving event, Colorado Gives Day. We provide the regional giving platform,, and facilitate the collaborative promotion of more than 85 local organizations across our five counties, as part of Southwest Colorado Gives.

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An Organization Fund is a long-term fund held and managed by the Community Foundation on behalf of a nonprofit organization. It provides consolidated investment management, convenience, and guidance for donors. Donors always receive assurance that money will be managed for the long term. After discussions with the organization about objectives for the fund, we would recommend a financial goal. For more information on organization funds, please see our Organization Fund Fact Sheet.


The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado supports the nonprofit community through various partnerships and initiatives, as well as provides an opportunity for certain organizations that want to provide charitable services to their community, but need additional support.

To learn more about Fiscal Sponsorship and the application process, please take a look at our Fiscal Sponsorship Packet.

Current Fiscal Sponsorships

  • All Forward Adventures
  • Bear Smart
  • Café au Play
  • Cancer Coalition of Southwest Colorado
  • Daybreak Solar Project
  • Durango Derailers
  • New Face Productions
  • Pine River Shares
  • The Community Treehouse


Southwest Colorado Index

The Southwest Colorado Index is intended to assist nonprofits and funding entities across the region by accurately gauging the overall economic, social and environmental health of the communities in Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan Counties (Region 9).

The separate reports of the Index, which are provided courtesy of community sponsors, can be found below.  Nonprofits may find this information and data helpful in their grant writing.

Previously called the Pathways to Healthier Communities Indicator Report, the Index was first published by Operation Healthy Communities Inc. (OHC) in 1996. After OHC produced five editions of the Indicator Report in 2006, the Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado took over publication.


  • Board Source inspires and supports excellence in nonprofit governance, as well as board and staff leadership.
  • Blue Avocado is the bimonthly newsletter of American Nonprofits, a membership organization that provides practical financial information and support to U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, staff, stakeholders, and volunteers.
  • The Colorado Nonprofit Association is the voice of Colorado’s nonprofit community, offering its members a variety of services and technical assistance on starting and managing nonprofit organizations. Click here to download CNA’s Principles & Practices.
  • The Colorado Grants Guide is a comprehensive directory of funding sources published by the Community Resource Center. For information, call (303) 623-1540 or visit CRC’s website.
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Colorado Chapter enables people and organizations to practice effective fundraising through ethical standards, education resources, and networking.
  • Auditors used by Southwest Colorado nonprofits
  • Thinking of starting a new nonprofit? Click here for some invaluable assessment tools from GrantSpace by Candid.


In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are gathering helpful resources for nonprofits. Check back regularly, as we update the information whenever we learn about something new.

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Helen Keller

News & Updates

January 11, 2024 in Uncategorized

Durango Wine Experience Nonprofit Grant Application Open January 15 – February 9

Mix, Mingle, and Make Meaningful Connections The Community Foundation serving SW Colorado is excited to offer a nonprofit grant component to our largest fundraiser, the Durango Wine Experience. The grant…
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April 21, 2023 in Uncategorized

2023 Events SOLD OUT!

We hope to see you next year! Thank you for your support of the 2023 Durango Wine Experience. This year's Weekend Passes, Grand Tasting Tickets, and Walkabout Tickets are now…
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March 30, 2023 in Uncategorized

Single-event tickets on sale now.

Let the Good Times Roll! We have limited single-event tickets on sale now for the 2023 Durango Wine Experience, while supplies last. You may purchase a Weekend Pass to both…
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