Online platform accepting donations to support local charities

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By Tracy Pope
Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado

The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado spearheads a regional effort to promote local participation in Colorado Gives Day, which is Dec. 7. Donors may schedule their donations in advance in support of causes they care about through swcogives.org. 

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, swcogives.org, features more than 100 nonprofits from Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties. This year, the local giving goal is to exceed $525,000. 

Thirteen nonprofits on the site are located in Archuleta County: Aspen House and Aspen Services, Aspire, Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, Geothermal Partnership, Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County, Humane Society of Pagosa Springs, Loaves and Fishes, Rise Above Violence, Ruby Sisson Library Foundation, Seeds of Learning, Sonlight Adventures, Thingamajig Theatre Company and Vets 4 Vets.

“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,” said Briggen Wrinkle, executive director of the Community Foundation. “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, swcogives.org, 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.

For more information, visit www.swcogives.org or call (970) 375-5807.