United Way of Southwest Colorado is doing its advance work on the 2011 fall and winter fundraising drive. Our main task currently is to determine which local nonprofit organizations will benefit from the drive, but we are also busy planning our events.
United Way wishes to thank the Durango Wine Experience, held May 5-7 in several locations in downtown Durango, for choosing United Way as its charity partner. By all accounts, this was the best year ever for the annual wine-tasting event. Thank you, Leah, Karen and Joe for putting on such a great event.
United Way and Durango High Noon Rotary are teaming up for the 16th year in a row for our charity golf tournament. Sponsors and golfers can support the works of both United Way and High Noon Rotary by supporting or playing in this joint fundraising event. Wells Fargo Bank is once again the title sponsor of the tournament, to be held July 15 at Dalton Ranch Golf Club. Call United Way at 247-9444 for more information about how to get involved.
Also on the horizon is the 13th annual San Juan Brewfest. Sponsored by Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, this annual beer-tasting event has become a huge local favorite. United Way is working with CookManFood.com to plan the event. More than 30 breweries are expected to attend. Brewfest will be held Aug. 27 in downtown Durango.
United Way is also seeking local businesses willing to allow their employees to donate to local charities through payroll deduction. This is an easy way with a proven track record of results for businesses to fulfill their corporate responsibility goals. United Way staff members and volunteers are ready to meet with any business to discuss how to get involved and what is required. Please call our Durango office to learn more at 247-9444.
United Way staff and more than 50 volunteers are also wrapping up the biannual funding process. This community-based process determines which local organizations will receive the donations made to the next two fundraising drives. A thorough review is being conducted of our local needs in education, self-reliance and health and of the human service nonprofits that are addressing those needs. The funding amounts our volunteers recommend for local nonprofit groups will form the core of the fundraising drive for the next two years. Community volunteers have put in a ton of time already on the process, and United Way cant thank them enough for their hard work.
In addition to fundraising, United Way seeks ways for nonprofit organizations to operate more efficiently and effectively. United Way is happy to report about a new service for Durango area nonprofits: Duran goTickets.com. This new site allows nonprofits to post their events, sell tickets to the events and collect donations. Many people prefer to purchase tickets for events online, and DurangoTickets.com offers an easy way for nonprofit organizations to offer this convenience. DurangoTick ets.com was created by a local business for local events that benefit our local community.
To learn more, visit the website or contact United Way. You can find information about all of United Ways events there.
Tim Walsworth is president and CEO for United Way and a member of the Durango High Noon Rotary Club.