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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Colorado


This week we're heading east from California to stop in Colorado and feature some of the highly-rated charities serving the people and communities of the Centennial State. The organizations in this state are as diverse as its breathtaking landscape of mountains, valleys, plains, rivers, and canyons.



Walking Mountains Science Center (Avon, CO)
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Raising environmental awareness and inspiring stewardship and sustainability

Walking Mountains Science Center works to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education. As a science learning center, we offer hands-on, innovative field science programs for over 3,500 students each school year, summer youth science camps, adult seminars, guided half and full day hikes, and year-round interpretive programs for people of all ages. Residents and visitors can participate in our programs at our main campus in Avon, the Vail Nature Center, and the Nature Discovery Center at the top of Vail Mountain. Previously called the Gore Range Natural Science School when it was founded in 1998, Walking Mountains began as a grassroots effort that has grown year-by-year, bolstered by tremendous support from the community. At Walking Mountains Science Center, we believe that nature is for everyone.

The Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation (Denver, CO)
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Helping Denver’s at-risk youth

The Colorado I Have a Dream® Foundation (CIHADF) helps Denver's most at-risk youth achieve their dreams through an award-winning, 12-year program of mentoring, academic assistance, life-skills development, cultural enrichment and partial scholarships for higher education. The seeds of failure take root on our inner city streets: poverty, drugs, violence, hunger, crime, underperforming schools, language barriers, whole neighborhoods disenfranchised. Through it all, or perhaps in spite of it, our children dream.

Creede Repertory Theatre (Creede, CO)
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Producing the best of contemporary and classic theatre

Founded in 1969, Creede Repertory Theatre (CRT) is a professional theatre company located in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. CRT's award-winning company produces the best of contemporary and classic theatre from the end of May through September. Each year, CRT produces 7-10 plays in rotation, hosts numerous musical events and concerts, exhibits the best regional artists in its two lobby galleries, and offers exciting educational programming. Creede Repertory Theatre's mission is to provide the residents and visitors of southern Colorado with high quality theatrical entertainment, cultural enrichment, and a broad arts service. The Theatre is dedicated to making Creede a better home, culturally and economically.

Adaptive Sports Center (Crested Butte, CO)
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Where the possibilities are endless

The Adaptive Sports Center (ASC) was founded in 1987 when President and Mrs. Carter joined a group of local residents to form the Physically Challenged Ski Program of Crested Butte. Since then, the program has evolved into the year-round, nationally recognized Adaptive Sports Center. Thanks to the support of volunteers, dedicated instructors and staff, as well as the local community, the ASC has thrived and grown from providing 33 alpine ski lessons during its first winter to becoming one of the premiere outdoor adaptive recreation programs in the world, offering more than 5,000 activities annually.

Aspen Music Festival and School (Aspen, CO)
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A celebration of arts, ideas, and the human spirit
Set in the awe-inspiring majesty of the Colorado Rockies, the Aspen Music Festival and School's (AMFS) vision of creativity and education started with the 1949 Goethe Bicentennial Convocation. Uniting the intersecting worlds of ideas, art, and natural beauty, this event started something special: fostering the growth of the human spirit through the melding of art and nature. Today, nearly sixty years later, the AMFS continues pursuing that ideal. The nine-week summer festival of more than 350 events includes orchestral concerts, chamber music, opera, contemporary music, master classes, lectures, and kids' programs. Many events are free, and lawn seating is always free. AMFS continues to bring the brightest young musicians together with the classical music world's foremost instructors.
Use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool to find even more highly-rated charities working for the people and communities of Colorado.

You can use Charity Navigator's Advanced Search Tool to find even more highly-rated charities serving the people and communities of Colorado.

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