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Fiscal Funds

To further assist the non-profit community, Onward! supports numerous groups and initiatives by being their Fiscal Sponsor. This fiscal sponsorship is an agreement between Onward! and the group/initiative/project which is providing or meeting a community need and requires non-profit recognition.

Once the group is sponsored by Onward!, they are provided the benefits of a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and all their financial activity is recorded on the Onward! books. Onward! provides the necessary support so that these groups may pursue their programs or missions, with some of the groups eventually obtaining their own non-profit status.

Fiscal Fund Benefits

For more information about Fiscal Funds, please contact us.

School Community Youth Collaborative (SCYC)
Established December 2010

SCYC creates opportunities for youth to build healthy relationships and to engage in their communities through service-learning. Youth gain valuable leadership skills in programs like Teen Maze, Media Ready, and Youth Leadership Council. Visit SCYC's website for information on their activities.

Students Tackling Unhealthy Decisions
Established December 2010

STUD is made up of student leaders conversing within their communities in Montezuma and Dolores counties to prevent substance abuse. Visit their Facebook Page for information on their activities.

Cortez Panthers Youth Football Fund
Established June 2012
This fund was created to support and supplement the Cortez Panthers Football teams. Cortez Panthers offer youth football to 2nd through 6th-grade students in Cortez, Dolores, and Towaoc.

Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance
Established January 2013

SCCA is a grassroots organization dedicated to maintaining the Conservation Lands in their own "backyard" of Montezuma and Dolores counties in Colorado. The group finds alternative financial aid and volunteer support to care for the precious and delicate landscape of the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Visit Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance's website for more information.

Leadership Montezuma
Established June 2015

This group operates the Leadership Montezuma program. Their mission is to identify, enlighten, and encourage emerging leaders of diverse backgrounds, occupations, and cultures for the purpose of enhancing the quality of leadership in the community. Visit Leadership Montezuma's Facebook page for more information.

Dolores Playground Group
Established December 2017
This group will raise funds to supplement the Town of Dolores with needs to enhance the playgrounds and further encourage children's cognitive development while giving them a safe place to play. Visit their Facebook Page for more great information.

Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project
Established June 2018
Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project (MORP) is working to preserve Colorado’s fruit-growing heritage and restore an orchard culture and economy to the southwestern region. MORP envisions southwestern Colorado being renowned for an orchard culture and economy based on the legendary quality and diversity of Montezuma Valley Fruits. Visit MORP's website for more information.

Montezuma Food Coalition
Established April 2019
Montezuma Food Coalition is about connecting food, farming and community to build a strong local food system and increase food security. Follow the MFC on Facebook.

Good Food Collective
Established April 2019
The Good Food Collective exists to strengthen the regional food system in La Plata & Montezuma Counties by capturing excess fresh, local food from backyard gardens, area fruit trees, and farms and using it to create jobs, feed people, spark our economy, and build community! Learn more at their Facebook page.

Mountain Logic
Established August 2019
It is part of Mountain Logic's mission to create a diverse community of people sharing a common interest in the positive development of children that is accessible to those of all socio-economic backgrounds.

Four Corners Dance Society
Established August 2019
The Society is a group of dance enthusiasts who work to ensure the longevity of access to ballroom, Latin, swing, and other dance opportunities. Stay up to date with the FCDS by following their Facebook page.

Construyendo (formally Herb Hut Free Clinic)
Established September 2019 / November 2021
CPR/Construyendo Poder Retreats was founded in 2018 to meet a need for trauma support for families within the Immigrant community. The program began as a 100% grassroots effort. CPR combined efforts with Herb Hut Free Clinic, a mobile alternative clinic for underserved people in La Plata County. They have worked together and in November 2021 decided to join ideas into an organization that today they call Construyendo. For more information, visit their website or Facebook page.

San Juan Mountain SOLES
Established November 2019
San Juan Mountain SOLES inspires young women to lead healthy, fulfilling lives rooted in big mountains, confident leadership, and authentic community engagement.

D'Voce Community Choir
Established November 2019
D'Voce Community Choir began in 2019 with the vision of bringing Christ-centered music to Montezuma County.

DARE to be You
Established January 2020
The DARE to be You program is an evidence-based model program to build strengths in youth by working with them through family, school, and community organizations to reduce problem behaviors such as substance abuse, school dropout, and other risky behaviors. Visit the DARE to be You website for more great information.

Dolores Youth Baseball
Established February 2020
The goal for Dolores Youth Baseball is to bring baseball back to the Dolores Community for the children who attend the Dolores School District in order to learn and grow while playing baseball together.

360 Arts Mosaic
Established March 2020
The mission for 360 Arts Mosaic is to bring together the community in celebration of the creative arts through performance, education, and mentoring. #everybodyteacheseveryonelearns, visit their website.

Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
Established May 2020
Ohana Kuleana Community Garden broke ground in 2013. It sits on a slice of land over an acre in size below the rim of Riverview Elementary School at the intersection of East 30th Street and 6th Avenue, Durango. Ohana Kuleana is a Hawaiian term that means Community Responsibility: we all own each other’s actions. OKCG has 45 garden parcels: six of them are cultivated by schoolchildren under the guidance of their science teacher; the rest are leased to community members for the season (May-October), who pay annual plot fees. Interested in joining the garden, click here.

Friends of the Band Shell
Established May 2020
The mission of the Friends of the Band Shell is to build a full-sized bandshell in Cortez's Centennial Park as a venue for summer concerts featuring local talent and open to the public.

Four Corners Slow Money
Established August 2020
Through micro and small loans, Four Corner's Slow Money's goal is to build a robust local food economy by giving community farmers, growers, and local food enterprises a leg up in the Four Corners region. Visit their website and Facebook page.

Dolores Watershed Resilient Forest Collaborative
Established September 2020
Dolores Watershed Resilient Forest Collaborative (DWRF) promotes forest, community, and watershed resilience through collaboration with a variety of local partners. Visit their website and Instagram page.

20MOONS Dance Theatre
Established December 2020
20MOONS is a collaborative of dancers and musicians, we create multi-media performing arts experiences that shake up perceptions of reality, leading to transformation on the cellular level of individual and collective beings. Visit their website and Facebook page.

A & S Stranded Motorist Fund
Established March 2021
A&S Stranded Motorist fund was set up to help people with their vehicle repair bills. This fund is currently supporting the Colorado Springs area. Visit their website and Facebook page.

LOR Foundation Fiscal Fund
Established June 2021
LOR Foundation provides individuals a source for grant funds to use towards charitable and educational pursuits within Cortez. Have an idea for improving quality of life in Cortez? Start the conversation with our Cortez Community Officer, Nicci Crowley. Visit their website and Facebook page to see what projects are happening.

Homegrown Talent Initiative-Ctz

Established March 2022
The work involves building structures, strategies, and programs within the school that allow students more opportunities to discover their true path to post-secondary success. In conjunction with in-school programming, a strong community partnership network is being built to offer WBL(Work-Based Learning) opportunities.
Cortez Farmers Market - June - October - 109 W. Main St. - Courthouse Parking Lot
Established March 2022
We are a group of independent producers who want to support the local community with locally grown produce, dry beans, eggs, local meats, fresh flowers, local honey, homemade goods, and specialty vendors selling prepared foods, and beverages. Our customers are friends and families in our area who wish to support their local producers to ensure the small producers continue to thrive.

Celebrating Healthy Communities

Established April 2022
Celebrating Healthy Communities is a prevention organization that partners with community members to address problem behaviors like suicide and substance misuse while building protective factors like youth-adult partnerships, connectedness, and the availability of creative activities. Our team strives to promote this vision to be resilient, connected neighbors, who support healthy, creative pursuits for people of all ages.