Southwest Rural Philanthropy Days

The next Southwest RPD conference will take place in 2023. This is a unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with funders, participate in professional development opportunities and network with other community leaders in the region.

The Southwest region is comprised of Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties. To become involved in the Southwest’s Regional Leadership Committee to help plan interim programming please contact Nellie Stagg at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Upcoming Events

Building Equity in Southwest Colorado: Regional Voices Panel 

November 17, 2021 | 10:00AM – 11:30AM | Flexible Pricing

Join your peers from across the region in honest dialogue about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in Southwest Colorado. During this 90-minute virtual dialogue we’ll hear from a facilitated panel of regional leaders who will discuss their experiences with DEI work in the Southwest region, opportunities for partnership, how to put theory into practice, and their priorities heading into 2022. In this participatory event, we’ll explore participant questions and insights through live Q&A. Leave feeling inspired with new ideas for how to promote and ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion are a part of your organizations and communities.


  • Imo Succo, Southwest Colorado Area Health Education Center
  • Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, Ute Mountain Ute Tribal leadership
  • Matt Karkut, Compañeros: Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center
  • Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center

Facilitated by Sandhya Tillotson, Sagebrush Limited

Reserve your spot today! Registration closes Wednesday November 10th at 11:59 pm.

For more information, please contact Natalie Georgalas, email hidden; JavaScript is required

Southwest DEI Learning Group 

The Southwest Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Learning Group is welcoming new members who would like to join a monthly coffee chat working group centered around DEI work in the region. The goal of this peer learning group is to create a safe and supportive space for organizational and personal journeys towards equity and to hold each other accountable along the way. The group will work to connect organizations across the region to share resources, discuss challenges, celebrate successes, and focus heavily on ways to address institutional oppression in our communities.

The group will meet on the first Wednesday of every month from 10am-12pm on Zoom.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Katy Pepinksy at email hidden; JavaScript is required. All those committed to addressing inequities in their communities and workplaces are welcome!

El Grupo de Estudio de Diversidad, Equidad e Inclusión (DEI)

El Grupo de Estudio de Diversidad, Equidad e Inclusión (DEI) del Sudoeste busca nuevos miembros que quisieran unirse a un grupo de trabajo con charlas informales mensuales enfocadas en el trabajo de DEI en la región. La meta de este grupo de estudio entre pares es la de crear un espacio seguro y apoyador para los viajes de las organizaciones o de los individuos hacia la equidad, y mantenernos responsables mientras tanto. El grupo trabajará para conectar las organizaciones de toda la región para compartir recursos, hablar de sus desafíos, celebrar sus éxitos y enfocarse mucho en las maneras de abordar la opresión institucionalizada en nuestras comunidades.

El grupo se reunirá el primer miércoles de cada mes desde las 10 am a las 12 pm, con refrigerios ligeros incluidos. La ubicación de la reunión cambiará dentro de la región para facilitar el acceso a las reuniones, con reembolsos de combustible disponibles de ser solicitados. ¡También se anima que compartan los vehículos!

La primera reunión será el 1ero de septiembre desde las 10 am a las 12 pm por Zoom. Si tienes interés en unirte, por favor comunícate con Katy Pepinksy en email hidden; JavaScript is required. ¡Todos aquellos comprometidos a abordar las inequidades en sus comunidades y lugares de trabajo son bienvenidos!

Regional Steering Committee

RPD conference activities are collaboratively coordinated by a Regional Steering Committee comprised of rural nonprofit, government and business leaders, Community Resource Center, and local foundation staff.

Check out what we did during the Southwest 2018 RPD!

For more information, please contact:

Nellie Stagg, Senior Program Director
303.623.1540 X170 or email hidden; JavaScript is required