$209,665 in Donations in Southwest Colorado, on Colorado Gives Day 2017

The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado spearheaded a regional effort to increase local participation in Colorado Gives Day — an easy, online initiative for donors to contribute to nonprofits across Colorado. In our region, we saw some incredible increases in 2017 over 2016 on Colorado Gives Day:

  • 82% increase in participating nonprofits (from 28 in 2016 to 51 in 2017)
  • 47% increase in # of donors to SW CO nonprofits (from 473 in 2016 to 696 in 2017)
  • 56% increase in # of donations to SW CO nonprofits (from 734 in 2016 to 1,145 in 2017)
  • 46% increase in amount donated in our region (from $143,595 in 2016 to $209,665 in 2017)

“This campaign highlights the remarkable outcomes that occur when the nonprofit sector collaborates. At the Community Foundation, we love John F. Kennedy’s quote, ‘A rising tide lifts all the boats.’  It is true.  When we all work together, amazing things can happen for everyone,” says Briggen Wrinkle, Executive Director of the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado.

Colorado Giving Day, December 5, 2017, was organized by the Community First Foundation in Arvada. Community First Foundation hosts a year-round, statewide electronic giving platform featuring more than 2,200 Colorado nonprofits (coloradogives.org). $36.6 million was donated statewide in just one day, making Colorado Gives Day the state’s largest one-day giving event.

This year the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado created a regional platform (swcogives.org) to host participating nonprofits from La Plata, Montezuma, Archuleta, Dolores and San Juan counties. The Community Foundation also organized shared marketing efforts, driving 696 donors to make 1,145 donations to Southwest Colorado nonprofits, raising $209,665 in just one day. The Community Foundation’s mission is to power philanthropy, encouraging people to give where they live.

The following nonprofits participate on the regional platform and would be happy to discuss the Southwest Colorado Gives campaign. Online donations may still be made at swcogives.org, as this is a year-round electronic giving platform to benefit local nonprofits.

La Plata County
Adaptive Sports Association
Animas High School
Be FRANK Foundation
Big Brothers Big Sisters of SW Colorado
Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County
Community Foundation serving SW CO
Dancing Spirit, Inc.
Durango Adult Education Center
Durango Arts Center
Durango Choral Society
Durango Education Foundation
Durango Nature Studies
Durango Nordic Ski Club
La Plata Family Centers Coalition
La Plata Open Space Conservancy
La Plata Youth Services
Manna-The Durango Soup Kitchen
Music in the Mountains
Powerhouse Science Center
Riverhouse Children’s Center, Inc.
San Juan Mountains Association
San Juan RC & D
San Juan Symphony
The Garden Project of SW Colorado
Trails 2000, Inc.
Wolfwood Refuge
Women’s Resource Center in Durango

Archuleta County
Humane Society of Pagosa Springs, Inc.
Rise Above Violence
Sonlight Adventures, Inc.


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