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.

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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.

NEWS

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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR THE 2019 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

March 4, 2019

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GIGABIT BROADBAND SERVICE ARRIVES IN TELLURIDE

March 29, 2019

New Ah Haa School mock up

NEW AH HAA SCHOOL LATEST RECIPIENT OF FOUNDATION FUNDING

January 25, 2019

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SKILLFUL WEST-END LAUNCHES ON THE WEST END

January 25, 2019

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At exactly 9:19a.m on 09/09/19 the power went out in the West End of Montrose County. This was not the usual outage we expect in rural Colorado; instead, this 15 minutes of darkness represented the end of the Nucla coal fired power station’s 60-year history. This past Monday, the Tri-State Transmission & Generation, coal-fired power plant, burned its last piece of coal and officially went off line.

The Telluride Foundation has been working with local governments, Region 10, the West End Economic Development Corporation and Skillfull West End to help prepare for this day, including implementing community-driven economic diversity strategies and helping the 70+ displaced workers find new skills and employment.
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At exactly 9:19a.m on 09/09/19 the power went out in the West End of Montrose County. This was not the usual outage we expect in rural Colorado; instead, this 15 minutes of darkness represented the end of the Nucla coal fired power station’s 60-year history. This past Monday, the Tri-State Transmission & Generation, coal-fired power plant,  burned its last piece of coal and officially went off line.

The Telluride Foundation has been working with local governments, Region 10, the West End Economic Development Corporation and Skillfull West End to help prepare for this day, including implementing community-driven economic diversity strategies and helping the 70+ displaced workers find new skills and employment.

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This is really sad for our little community. We are really lucky that the Telluride Foundation has been diligently working with us for the past several years to make our own plan to transition our economy.

😭 so heartbroken for the employees and families that depended on this industry to make a living.. sending prayers ..

I loved working there and I can't imagine the hardship this will cause. Prayers for everyone.

Very sad for generations of local workers. Hope they can re-vitelize

So sad for those who worked there and an end of a era of the plant

This is sad and very heart breaking! Each of the businesses here along with the schools will suffer from losing the power plant. The effect of this will be a blow to our towns and our businesses. It will now become a trickle effect....

So happy that this dirty place was shutdown... Wait, no. This was one of the cleanest coal burning plants around. You know what I would LOVE to see? Multimillionaires held accountable for living in mansions and wasting valuable resources. How many millionaires live in our region, versus your’s, Telluride? Hmm🤔 #JustBecauseYouHaveTheMoneyDoestMakeItRight #PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize

Not only is it a sad day for those families, and the town, but it's a sad day for the environment, all the "clean alternatives" are actually worse for the environment.

Very sad day for the west end

It is so sad!

Change is always a difficult thing to accept, especially when it affects the livelihoods of so many and definitely has an impact on our economy and area. We have known this was coming, and though that doesn't make it easier, we can't waste our time pointing fingers and pushing blame when we have no time to waste in coming together with plans to make our communities viable and prosperous. There is so much going on to do those two things... if you aren't aware of what has been taking place in these planning efforts then perhaps being involved a little more is a good start. Wheels will rust if they sit in the tear-filled puddles and don't turn.

had the opportunity to work there for a few weeks.. very clean place.. and the people were fantastic... sorry to see it go.. now its time to build a nuclear plant in the area..

Sad to hear this. It was always the coolest place to drive by as a kid growing up in Nucla

Very sad !

So sad.

So sad 💔

A brave and resilient community. Looking forward to watching the next chapter unfold!

They probably won't figure it out until they are setting in the dark on a cold night that the coal plants are a safe reliable source of energy. And at that point there maybe no cheap way to return. The carbon footprint of solar and wind has been proven to be as much if not more than coal. Chicago Illinois found out lats winter that the wind power doesn't work in cold weather conditions and had to fire up the old coal plant

And all of this to improve Denver’s air! What a crock!

Sad day for all. Coal is so clean and great energy source. One day these changes will prove to be a costly mistake, mostly for those who have to pay the utility bills

Worst news ever. So sad. 😞

This is very sad

Very disappointing and sad

This so bad on so many levels

So does Nucla/Naturita have any power??? Sherry Sage

6 days ago

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The Telluride Foundation started a Regional Broadband Expansion in 2016.  It is currently being installed and connecting to the Town of Telluride.