Online platform accepting donations to support local charities 

SW Community Foundation

The serving Southwest Colorado spearheads a regional effort to promote local participation in Colorado Gives Day, which is Dec. 7, 2021. Beginning next week on November 1, donors may schedule their donations in advance in support of causes they care about through  

Southwest Colorado Gives is a safe, secure, and easy platform for donors to contribute online to local nonprofits. Last year on Colorado Gives Day $50 million was donated statewide, with almost $500,000 going to nonprofits in our five-county region. The regional platform,, features more than 100 nonprofits. This year the local giving goal is to exceed $525,000.   

“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.”  

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,, offers donors a well-vetted array of nonprofits to choose from. Scheduled donations will run from Nov. 1 for about six weeks until Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 7. 

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

For more information visit 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 
  • 4CORE 
  • 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 
  • Compañeros 
  • 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 
  • KSUT 
  • La Plata County Humane Society 
  • La Plata Family Centers Coalition 
  • La Plata Open Space Conservancy 
  • La Plata Youth Services 
  • Manna 
  • 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 

Any of these nonprofits would be happy to be contacted to discuss their efforts to increase local participation in Colorado Gives Day. 

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