We Bet You Didn’t Know These Were Boulder Nonprofits


The year’s winding down. You’ve got some extra cash or extra time to share, and are wondering where to donate in Boulder.

You could choose (and absolutely should consider) some of the more expected nonprofits: the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Eco-Cycle, the Center for People with Disabilities, Imagine. These are all hugely important in the community and have proven their value over time.

But many of the businesses and buildings you regularly interact with may also have nonprofit roots. By supporting these groups, you are also supporting a bigger cause. And if you’re looking for somewhere new to donate your time or money this holiday season, these groups are worth a glance, too — even if their social spirit doesn’t immediately come to mind.

For example, many people don’t realize the Boulder County Farmers Market is a nonprofit. Every Saturday and Wednesday throughout the agricultural season, this market in downtown Boulder gives space for farmers, local crafters and artisans to share their crops and creations. Today, the market includes more than 150 different vendors and boasts the longest farmers market season in the state.

Boulder County Farmers Market. Photo by Tyler Percy

Lesser known: The market also partners with the city of Boulder and county to allow qualifying residents to use SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) at double their value when shopping for produce. This makes locally grown, healthy produce more accessible for people in need.

If beer-drinking is your passion, look a little deeper at the Boulder-based Brewers Association, which is also a nonprofit. This trade group is committed to supporting small, independent brewers and brew-lovers. It boasts more than 4,465 U.S. brewery members and even supports more than 46,000 homebrewers, so the wide is reach.

If you’re looking to entertain and educate your kids over winter break, while supporting a nonprofit organization, head to Lafayette, where you can go to the World of Wonder Children’s Museum. This interactive and exploratory museum of kiddos has fun activities from music-making to theater to science experiments, plus an oversized pirate ship in the front room to run around on.

If you are visiting Boulder for the holidays, see if you can rent a cabin at the Colorado Chautauqua. Not only are these historic cabins ideally located at the base of the Flatirons and boast some of the best views in Boulder, but the Chautauqua is also a nonprofit organization.

While shopping for holiday gifts, contribute to a worthy cause and browse the fashionable racks at Ramble on Pearl. This shop, on the Pearl Street Mall, sells designer clothes at a discounted rate, saving you money, while also employing people with developmental disabilities and preparing them for more opportunities in the workforce. Yes, this is a designer-driven fashion boutique with a nonprofit soul.

And if the holiday season has you inspired to help a spiritual-centric organization, the Boulder Jewish Community Center and the City Church Boulder are both nonprofits.

Arts and Entertainment

You might be surprised to learn how many of your favorite arts and entertainment groups are actually nonprofits. It seems most of them are. The new Museum of Boulder on Broadway and the longstanding Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art are both impressive and exciting museums, as well as nonprofits that need support.

Museum of Boulder. Courtesy photo

In addition, the KGNU Independent Community Radio and eTown, with its weekly radio show broadcast on NPR, are both nonprofits where you can donate time or money.

Here are just some other local arts and entertainment nonprofits:

Other Surprising Nonprofits

Active, fitness-driven Boulderites, these nonprofits are for you. Bike-lovers will be happy to know Community Cycles shares their values. This Boulder-based, nonprofit bike shop sells inexpensive, quality bikes, does bike repairs and offers cycling workshops, in an attempt to spread the joy and value of biking across the community, even to people with financial limitations.

Take that passion to the hills, when you support the International Mountain Bicycling Association. This nonprofit is all about supporting mountain biking trails and promoting the activity, while protecting the environment.

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