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Given to giving

Southwest region a standout in generosity, but some areas overlooked
Courtesy of Don May
Fort Lewis College student Shannon O’Gara, center, shows Hmong children from Ban Pakhom, Laos, how to wash their hands this summer while translator Soyang looks on. O’Gara traveled to Laos with the FLC Chapter of Engineers Without Borders to help provide villagers with clean water and better health care.
Courtesy of Karen Preston
From left, La Plata County residents Gary Russell and Karen Preston hold an eye chart up behind tables of school supplies, bedding and medical supplies they took to Haiti as part of a United Methodist Committee on Relief trip in May. They took nine suitcases filled with supplies from our area for an orphanage, and the group of 10 took 23 suitcases total, with an estimated value of $750,000.

Given to giving

Courtesy of Don May
Fort Lewis College student Shannon O’Gara, center, shows Hmong children from Ban Pakhom, Laos, how to wash their hands this summer while translator Soyang looks on. O’Gara traveled to Laos with the FLC Chapter of Engineers Without Borders to help provide villagers with clean water and better health care.
Courtesy of Karen Preston
From left, La Plata County residents Gary Russell and Karen Preston hold an eye chart up behind tables of school supplies, bedding and medical supplies they took to Haiti as part of a United Methodist Committee on Relief trip in May. They took nine suitcases filled with supplies from our area for an orphanage, and the group of 10 took 23 suitcases total, with an estimated value of $750,000.
By the numbers

In 2008, there were 239 active 501(c)3 nonprofits in the five counties of Southwest Colorado (La Plata, Montezuma, Archuleta, San Juan and Dolores). This is a breakdown of budgets:
b $25,000-$99,999: 73
b $100,000-$499,999: 82
b $1 million plus: 24

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