Welcome to the Telluride Foundation

Since 2000, the Foundation has been working hard to ensure our entire region has access to the resources it needs to improve the quality of life of all residents. We strive to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow with a focus on strengthening our robust community of nonprofits, serving our citizens and bolstering our region’s economic ecosystem; all to Make More Possible for everyone living and working in the Telluride region. If you share our passion for this place we all call home, you’re in good company. We’d love to talk.

Thinking Outside
The Box Canyon.

It takes the entire region to make Telluride the magnificent place that it is. Our community includes a diverse group of individuals, from ranchers in the west end town of Paradox, to die-hard ski enthusiasts in Telluride; from visitors and 2nd home owners in the Mountain Village to retired miners in Ouray, and everyone in-between. We think beyond our three canyon walls to help the entire region thrive. By coming together as a community, we can make more possible.


Pinhead institute students

Since our inception, we have invested over $50 Million in the Telluride region through grants and initiatives.

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“We would not be able to help our working families with tuition assistance if it weren’t for your support. Your gift to us is greatly appreciated!”

— Telluride Early Childhood Center

88% of every dollar spent is for program vs supporting expenses. This ratio is in the top tier of nonprofits in the country.

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“Thank you for funding our dental program. Your contribution will allow us to continue to provide dental care to people who cannot afford services.”

— Uncompahgre Medical Center

Student receiving scholarship

In 2018, we awarded $120k in scholarships to Telluride and regional high school graduates.

Candlelight vigil

“You are making a difference in the lives of those affected by violence. Your generous grant donation of $44,000, for the year 2015, will give hope to our community…Hope to survivors who simply want to live in a home without violence.”

— San Miguel Resource Center

Medical shuttle

Provided 2000 Free medical shuttles to low income community members and brought Lyft to the region, making access to critical healthcare services possible.

A group of high school graduted holding their diplomas with their teachers

Recognized nationally as the fourth most active grant maker in the country.


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January 17, 2020

Skiers ski touring up a mountain


January 15, 2020

Main Street in Telluride, Colorado in the winter


January 3, 2020

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January 3, 2020

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4 days ago

Telluride Foundation

COPMOBA is very excited to announce that we have been awarded a planning grant from Colorado Parks and Wildlife through the Colorado State Trails Program for our Ridgway chapter, RAT (Ridgway Area Trails), to complete the Ridgway Regional Area Trail Plan project. RAT also received a supplementary grant for this plan from Telluride Foundation to help further the success of this project. We are very appreciative of the support of both of these organizations and look forward to this exciting project!

The goal of this project is to prepare a regional trail plan that will focus on the assessment of potential non-motorized, singletrack, multiple-use trail opportunities to meet the growing demands in Ouray County and the surrounding area.

The first step in getting this project started is for COPMOBA to hire a Project Manager to manage the project and ultimately write the trail plan. The project manager will be responsible for helping facilitate communications between COPMOBA representatives and local land management agencies, leading multiple public and stakeholder meetings, conducting online and trailhead surveys to gain insight into public opinion, working with other contractors contributing to different aspects of the project such as GIS work and trail design, and other facets of the project to be covered in detail during the planning process.

This project is expected to take approximately 18 months to complete beginning in mid-March 2020 with an average of 10-20 hours per month of work.

Those interested in serving in this role are asked to submit a letter of interest via email to trails@copmoba.org no later than 12pm on February 26, 2020. Letters should include information on applicant’s professional background, as well as prior experience in any of the following areas: working on similar planning projects, managing long-term projects with multiple partners, working with other contractors to complete projects, working with land management agencies, facilitating public meetings, devising creative ways of capturing public feedback, and other areas applicable to this project. Interested parties may send questions or a request for the full grant application and supporting documentation by email to trails@copmoba.org.

The COPMOBA team is excited for this project, and we look forward to engaging our partners and the public on this process as we move forward.
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1 week ago

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Nonprofit Workshop: Mission-Based Earned Income Strategies
Join Telluride Foundation staff to watch a webinar produced by Stanford Social Innovation Review, followed by conversation about mission-based earned income strategies.

January 21, 2020, 2pm to 4pm at the Wilkinson Library in Telluride

Integrating earned-revenue into your funding can be game-changing for many nonprofits. But such efforts can be challenging to do well. This SSIR Live! program will explore answers to many of the crucial questions surrounding this process, including:
• What approaches can nonprofits use to integrate earned income into their operations?
• What new skills and expertise are needed internally to make this transition a success?
• How can leaders find the time to introduce these resources when many are already stretched beyond capacity?
• How an leaders adapt their organization's culture to accommodate commercial activities?
Following the webinar, Paul Major, CEO of the Foundation will facilitate a conversation with participants and answer questions about earned income strategies. Please RSVP to april@telluridefoundation.org if you plan to join.
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