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.

IMPACT

Pinhead institute students

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

Two boys playing with blocks

“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.

Three school-aged girls smiling

“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.

NEWS

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REGIONAL NONPROFITS PARTICIPATE IN COLORADO GIVES DAY

December 3, 2019

Amy Levak giving talk at Telluride Foundation event

ALLIANCE FOR INCLUSION (AFI) SAN MIGUEL COUNTY UPDATE

August 7, 2019

A young man recieving a reward from a smiling women on a stage

TELLURIDE FOUNDATION AWARDS $135,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS

June 11, 2019

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CO PROFESSIONALS BUILD CAPACITY OF NONPROFIT IN BOTSWANA

June 6, 2019

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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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Blue Grouse Bread in Norwood, Colorado is now selling Mill House Bread. This delicious, 100% local loaf is made from a heritage “Turkey Red” wheat grown and milled in Norwood and baked at their own bakery. The Foundation has helped to fund the new community grain mill and support the growth of a grain economy through several grants. Look for Blue Grouse in Clarks Market and fine restaurants in the region. ... See MoreSee Less

Blue Grouse Bread in Norwood, Colorado is now selling Mill House Bread. This delicious, 100% local loaf is made from a heritage “Turkey Red” wheat grown and milled in Norwood and baked at their own bakery.  The Foundation has helped to fund the new community grain mill and support the growth of a grain economy through several grants. Look for Blue Grouse in Clarks Market and fine restaurants in the region.

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Thank you Telluride Foundation for helping make this happen!

I want some of that bread. I love their seeded bread.