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Onward! contributes to 12 nonprofits in Four Corners

Boating Advocates, Cowboy Gathering receive funds

Onward! A Legacy foundation has awarded 12 grants to regional nonprofits in 2017.

In its 16th year, Onward! said it has created a foundation where investors can easily and safely make philanthropic donations to investment funds that grow and provide income for nonprofit efforts, according to a news release.

A Cortez-based foundation, Onward! was founded in 2002 and has disbursed more than $1.1 million in the form of grants, scholarships and institutional support.

Their grant cycle runs from Sept. 1 to Oct. 15.

“This year, we had two new grant funders approach us to help with our grant cycle,” director Chuck Forth said in a news release. “With their help, we were able to put nearly $60,000 into our community nonprofits. This has been the most generous grant cycle yet. ... Onward! is always ready to discuss other ways to utilize our unique position in the region to further philanthropic investment and support for our five-county region.”

Five different grant funders supported these nonprofits: Onward! Endowment Fund, Golden Dreams Fund, Searle Community Endowment Fund, Heartwood Fund and the Yellow Jacket Charitable Fund.

According to a news release, at Onward!’s Celebration Luncheon on Nov. 9, the following 12 nonprofits were honored as recipients of grant money.

City of Dove Creek Recreation: Funds used to purchase cheer mats for youth programDolores River Boating Advocates: Funds used to cover costs for youth rafting tripDurango Cowboy Gathering: Funds used to involve more youth and teens in the Cowboy GatheringFour Corners Community Band: Funds used for director honorariumHospice of Montezuma: Funds used to alleviate costs of community bereavement servicesMancos FoodShare: Funds used to purchase food for the Mancos pantryMancos Public Library: Funds used for general operationsMontezuma County Public Health Department: Funds used to purchase gift cards to reward children/adolescents for receiving vaccines and families graduating from the Young Parents Plus classSan Juan Mountains Association: Funds used to provide two-day teacher workshop about the importance and interconnection of healthy watersheds to area water suppliesSchool Community Youth Collaborative: Funds used to run Teen Maze health fairUnited Search & Rescue of Montezuma County: Funds used to purchase GPS units and VHF radios for six trained search and rescue volunteersWillowtail Nature Preserve & Education Center: Funds used to scholarship an artist to work for one week at the preserveCommunity Radio Project: Funds used for news desk at KSJDSunflower Theatre: Funds used for general operations of the theatreRenew: Funds used for general operations of the domestic violence shelterBridge Emergency Shelter: Funds used for general operations of the shelter and the Day Labor programCortez Public Library: Funds used for the library’s children’s programs

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