This year is the 10th anniversary of Colorado Gives Day which falls on December 10, 2019. Colorado Gives is a statewide movement that encourages the support of local non-profits through donations by individual entities. Grand County has a multitude of non-profits that you can give to. We will highlight and share county non-profit information up until Colorado Gives Day. For a complete list, you can search on the Colorado Gives page and enter the zip code of your favorite non-profit.

Grand County Wildfire Council (GCWC) is a non-profit that promotes wildland fire prevention, survival, preparedness and mitigation throughout Grand County. It is primarily supported through grants, donations, and volunteer time. They have a strong community network of various Grand County organizations including the Lions Club, BLM, all GC fire departments, US Forest Service and more.

The Shining Stars Foundation provides over 70 social, outdoor, and recreational experiences and programs for children and families with pediatric cancer or other life-threatening illness at no cost. Through their awareness and educational services, they educate the public about the struggles of those impacted by cancer at public events and venues. SSF just recently started serving young adults 18 and over that grew up, battling cancer and other illnesses as a child. They also focus on children living with mental and physical disabilities as a result of their treatments and disease.

Culture wise, the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre is the crown jewel of Grand County. RMRT was initially founded in the 1960’s by a Grand Lake women’s club that hosted local and small-scale performances. Today RMRT is an impressive performing-arts venue that offers professional productions of Broadway musicals and acts. It also hosts youth workshops that allow youth and children the unique opportunity to rehearse and perform live musical theatre. RMRT operates on ticket sales, grants, and generous donations.

Winter Park Ski Education Foundation is run by a volunteer board of directors and supports the training of athletes and competitors in various programs such as Freeski, Freestyle, Snowboard All-Terrain, and Alpine programs. They also aid athletes of all ages from the very young to spry seniors and help them reach their full competitor potential. The vast majority of WPSEF funding comes through donations.

Tracy Navarrete