Tis’ the Season of Giving!

Colorado Gives Day | December 7th, 2021

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and gathering of loved-ones, comes the end-of-year reminder to give thanks to the local organizations that are at the very core of our community. Thanks to Colorado Gives Regional Champion, Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado, you can support the local causes you care about in one easy click by visiting SWCOGives.org. Increase your impact even further and schedule your donation for Colorado Gives Day, this December 7th, and boost your favorite local non-profits’ share of the $1.6 milllion incentive fund available through Colorado Gives.

“Over the past 20 months we have seen a tremendous amount of generosity in response to various pandemic impacts — from housing and food security to animal protection, arts and culture to youth support — all sectors are seeing increased demand,” says Briggen Wrinkle, Executive Director of the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado. “We anticipate a high level of need and a high level of giving to continue throughout 2021 in support of upcoming Giving Tuesday, Colorado Gives Day and year-end appeals.”

SWCOGives.org features more than 100 regional non-profits and is a simple, safe, and secure platform for donors to make contributions online. Last year on Colorado Gives Day $50 million was donated statewide, with almost $500,000 going to nonprofits in our five-county region! This year the local giving goal is to exceed $525,000 and we bet that our community can blow that goal out of the water!

The Community Foundation encourages charitable giving that keeps dollars local. Southwest Colorado Gives is an opportunity for donors in our region to support the nonprofits that are making a difference in local communities. The site, swcogives.org, offers donors a well-vetted array of nonprofits to choose from. Scheduled donations will run from November 1 for about six weeks until Colorado Gives Day on December 7.

SW Colorado Gives is sponsored locally by First Southwest Bank and the Ballantine Family Fund.

For more information visit www.swcogives.org or call 970.375.5807

The following La Plata County nonprofits are participating on the platform and able to receive online donations (additional nonprofits from our region are located in Archuleta, Montezuma and Dolores counties):

3rd Avenue Arts

4 The Children


Adaptive Sports Association

All Forward Adventures

Alternative Horizons

Animas Alano Club

Animas Museum

Be FRANK Foundation

Bear Smart

Big Brothers Big Sisters of SW Colorado

Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County

Café au Play

Cancer Coalition of Southwest Colorado

Cancer Support Community SW CO

Community Connections, Inc.

Community Foundation serving SW CO

Community Treehouse


Conservation Legacy

Durango Adult Education Center

Durango Arts Center

Durango Baseball & Softball

Durango Botanic Gardens

Durango Choral Society

Durango DEVO

Durango Early Learning Center

Durango Education Foundation

Durango Film

Durango Food Bank

Durango Montessori School

Durango Nordic Ski Club

Durango Pregnancy Center

Durango Trails

Durango Youth Area Hockey Association

Durango Youth Soccer Association

Friends of the Pine River Library

Great Old Broads for Wilderness

Juniper School


La Plata County Humane Society

La Plata Family Centers Coalition

La Plata Open Space Conservancy

La Plata Youth Services


Mercy Health Foundation

Mountain Studies Institute

Music in the Mountains

New Face Productions

Parker’s Animal Rescue

Pine River Shares

Powerhouse Science Center

Professional Womens Network

Riverhouse Children’s Center

San Juan Citizens Alliance

San Juan Mountains Association

San Juan Symphony

Sexual Assault Services Organization

Shanta Foundation

Sky’s the Limit Fund

Southern Colorado Community Action Agency

Southwest Center for Independence

Stillwater Music

Team River Runner, Inc.

The Arc of Southwest Colorado

The Grief Center of Southwest Colorado

United Way of SW CO

Western Leaders Network

Wildfire Adapted Partnership

Wolfwood Refuge

Women’s Resource Center