Telluride Institute’s Mushroom Fest Gives Big Time

Telluride Institute’s Mushroom Fest Gives Big Time

The Telluride Institute’s Telluride Mushroom Festival gives BIG TIME: Scholarships, free community programs, and mycoremediation. Visit the Telluride Institute’s Colorado Gives page to learn more about the programs seeking support through this fundraising initiative, as well as the Telluride Mushroom Festival’s community programs, research, and scholarships and/or donate here today.

Every year, the Telluride Mushroom Festival brings in hundreds of mycophiles and enthusiasts to the Telluride valley in celebration of all things fungi. The Telluride Institute, the nonprofit organization that hosts the Telluride Mushroom Festival, for years has dedicated a significant portion of the Festival’s resources to FREE community programs, mycoremediation studies, and student scholarships.

“The value of of these philanthropic efforts is immeasurable and something we hope to continue for years to come,” says Dan Collins, Telluride Institute Board President.

Over the years, the Festival’s free community programs and research initiatives have brought more and more attendance, awareness, and interest to the world of mushrooms and to the Festival.

“The Telluride Institute relies heavily on the sponsorships, grants, and donations of its dedicated Mushroom Festival Community to afford the amount of free educational opportunities we are able to provide. As the Festival’s operations manager, I find it to be one of the most fulfilling and compelling pieces of the Festival,” states Ashley Smith, TMF Operations Manager. “During the 2019 Festival, with the support of our grantors and donors, we were able to provide over $20,000 (value) in free educational lectures and workshops, a student scholarship, and for the Valley Floor Remediation project, which allowed the Festival to utilize the expertise of the speakers, as well as make a significant positive impact on the environment and the health of the watershed. In 2020, we hope to be able to continue the legacy we have upheld for so many years. It is our goal to positively affect as many people as possible. We hope to provide the same (if not more) amount of community benefits for our 40th Annual Telluride Mushroom Festival in 2020. Therefore we are not only busy writing grants, but we are also striving to increase our private donations and sponsorships by expanding our reach.”

This December, Telluride Institute will be participating in Colorado Gives Day (12.10.2019), an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.

Made possible by Community First Foundation since 2007, encourages charitable giving by providing comprehensive, objective, and up-to-date information about Colorado nonprofits and an easy way to support them online. More than $296 million has been raised for Colorado nonprofits through since 2007.


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