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Donors & Giving
Our donors are the heart of the Telluride Foundation - and as such, the heart of our regional community. Their generosity and commitment allow the Foundation to do its work, to support and nurture, to champion and advocate for the Telluride regional community. For this we are sincerely appreciative.


Your philanthropy partner
The Telluride Foundation is a true partner in philanthropy for our region. We help donors maximize the impact of their giving. We ensure solid financial management and offer professional assistance. Whether you need help clarifying how or where to make an impact, information on specific organizations, or technical help structuring your giving, we are here to help you achieve your charitable goals. Thank you for taking an active role in creating and sustaining a vibrant and healthy Telluride community!

It's an investment in our community
Accomplishing your charitable goals by giving through the Telluride Foundation.

How does it work?
Each individual, family, or organization we work with has unique charitable interests...and unique financial circumstances. We help you make the most of both, so you receive the greatest return on your community investment.

Giving through the Telluride Foundation is a simple way for you to make a difference in our community now or leave a lasting legacy for the Telluride region in perpetuity. The Telluride Foundation is your professional source for local philanthropy.

Assets that you donate to the Foundation create one of several types of funds to support your charitable goals. We offer you a full menu of planned giving options to establish your restricted fund or your unrestricted gift.

You can create a fund in honor of your family, someone you love or to celebrate a special event. You can direct your gift broadly or narrowly to issues you care about. Or, you can donate unrestricted funds to be directed by our board of directors to wherever the needs are the greatest.

Ten reasons people choose to give through community foundations:
  1. We are a local organization with deep roots in the community
  2. Our professional staff and Board has broad expertise regarding community issues and needs
  3. We provide highly personalized service tailored to each individual's charitable and financial interests
  4. Our Donor Advised Funds help people invest in the causes they care about most
  5. We accept a wide variety of assets, and can facilitate even the most complex forms of giving
  6. We partner with professional advisors to create highly effective approaches to charitable giving
  7. We offer maximum tax advantage under state and federal law
  8. We multiply the impact of gift dollars by pooling them with other gifts and grants
  9. We build endowment funds that benefit the community forever and help create personal legacies
  10. We are a community leader, convening agencies and coordinating resources to create positive change