Consider supporting one of these local charities by visiting our GIVE page.

We are fortunate to call Summit County home and believe that is imperative that we support our community by giving back. We would like to highlight some of the local organizations that do an amazing job of making our area the very best place to live. 

Advocates for Victims of Assault

Founded in 1979, Advocates for Victims of Assault has grown to support victims of domestic violence as well as victims of sexual assault, accidents, death, and other trauma. The vision of Advocates for Victims of Assault is to help create a violence-free community in Summit County through safety, support, education, and accountability with the ultimate goal of eliminating violence in all forms and promoting peace throughout Summit County.



Breckenridge Music Festival

The Breckenridge Music Festival’s educational outreach program, Music In the Schools, offers students in Summit, Lake and Park counties classical and traditional performing arts experiences to expand and enrich the arts curriculum in the schools.

Music In the Schools works to support arts education as a critical component of educational excellence for children pre-K through 12. Musical participation has been proven to nourish the creative process in learning and add to many creative problem-solving skills that transfer into all areas of learning and living. Arts enrichment familiarizes students with our cultural heritage in our various arts disciplines.

Breck Music Festival


Domus Pacis

Domus Pacis is Latin for House of Peace

Domus Pacis Family Respite encourages cancer patients, their families and friends to escape to the beauty of the mountains and experience the peace that comes from creating joyful memories for the people they most cherish.

The Domus Pacis Family Respite, a Breckenridge, Colorado based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has the potential to make a difference in the lives of numerous families every year. Our goal is to conquer the logistical hurdles necessary to bring a family, including the member experiencing a traumatic illness, together.

The Domus Pacis Family Respite program relies on the use of donated resort homes, as well as the giving nature of volunteers. The Board of Directors designated Summit County in Colorado as the initial respite community; the hosting of families began in June, 2008.

Domus Pacis


Father Dyer Food Pantry

The goal of the Father Dyer Food Pantry is to provide a resource for the homeless, the unemployed, the disabled, the low-income employed, itinerant workers, individuals and families without regard to race, religion or financial status. The objective is to reduce the stress of daily living for these individuals and families. It has enabled many minimally employed individuals to survive the frequent fluctuations of their paychecks.  In 2014, over 36,000 lbs. of food was distributed through the Food Pantry and the average number of people served is 529 per month. The program is run entirely by volunteers.

Father Dyer


Friends of the Dillon Ranger District

The stunning beauty of the high-mountain environment, along with an amazing variety of hiking and other outdoor recreational opportunities, is the reason why many locals call Summit County home. Our diverse outdoor activities also draw in about 4.5 million visitors from throughout Colorado, the United States and around the globe.

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District leverages the power of volunteers to make sure the National Forest lands enjoyed by millions of people each year are not negatively impacted by their popularity.

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District


High Country Conservation

Our mission is to promote practical solutions for waste reduction and resource conservation in our mountain community.

In 2006, the Summit County Government institutionalized the nonprofit’s recycling operations into a stable government department. To formalize this change, SRP changed its name to the High Country Conservation Center (HC3) in January 2006. After careful thought, the organization’s board and staff realized that even with this significant shift in recycling operations, our work is not done and our mission is not complete. In fact, this change gave us the perfect opportunity to do more work on waste reduction education and more formally address other resource conservation issues.

Our current focus areas include waste reduction, energy efficiency and clean energy, and sustainable food production. Just a few of our programs include Composting in the Schools, home energy audits and ratings, community gardens and sustainable business programs.

High Country Conservation


Keystone Neighbourhood Company 

Our mission is to make the Neighbourhoods at Keystone a premiere mountain community by maintaining a high-quality environment and investing in amenities, facilities, events and services that will attract residents and visitors to create a vibrant resort community.

Keystone Neighbourhood Company

Keystone Science School 

Keystone Science School educates youth and adults to broaden perspectives and foster appreciation for engaged citizenship.  We accomplish this through meaningful and collaborative learning experiences in the natural mountain environment that incorporate nonbiased scientific inquiry, leadership development, civic engagement and academic rigor.

Keystone Science School


Lake Dillon Theatre Company 

The Lake Dillon Theatre Company strives for high quality entertainment and educational opportunities for their guests and residents, as well as giving back to the community in a multitude of ways. Through donations of time, entertainment packages, and merchandise, the theatre also provides tuition scholarships to at least one graduating senior planning to major in the performing arts. The L.D.T.C. believes the performing arts are an important part of any community and can serve as a tool for enhancing the community through awareness and education.

Lake Dillon Theatre Company

League for Animals and People of Summit County (LAPS)

Proudly serving Summit County, Colorado since 1990, the League for Animals and People of the Summit (L.A.P.S.) is a registered 501 C-3 non-profit #84-1157625. LAPS raises funds to support a variety of assistance programs for companion animals of low income families living or working in Summit County, Colorado. While not directly associated with the Summit County Animal Shelter, L.A.P.S. does support their spay/neuter program with a generous grant from The Summit Foundation. LAPS also sponsors a discount voucher for spay/neutering that can be picked up at the County Animal Shelter in Frisco.



Mountain Top Children’s Museum 

The Mountain Top Children’s Museum, Inc. is an educational institution that promotes informal learning through interactive exhibits and programs, imaginative play and engagement in active experiences for children ages 10 and under and their families and caregivers.

Mountain Top Children’s Museum was founded in the fall of 2001. Starting in January 2004 through present day, the Museum is open with exhibits, offering a variety of activities and experiences.

The Museum is currently located in the Village at Breckenridge in a donated space provided by Breckenridge Ski Resort/Vail Resorts.

Mountain Top Children's Museum


Summit Community Care Clinic

Summit Community Care Clinic is the only safety-net health care provider in Summit County, Colorado. We offer high-quality primary care, oral health, behavioral health, and reproductive health services to the medically underserved at an affordable cost. We have been recognized locally, state-wide and nationally for our integrated care model, and for the high quality of care that we provide.

Care Clinic patients come from diverse backgrounds and income levels. Among the Care Clinic clientele are construction workers, teachers, realtors, retirees, chefs, ski instructors, lawyers, and college students.

Summit County Care Clinic


Summit FIRC  

The Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC), originally named the Summit County Family Resource Center (FRC), started serving Summit County, Colorado, in 1993 out of community necessity for more localized assistance. At the time, childcare and parent effectiveness were identified as major challenges facing Colorado residents. As a result, the State provided partial funding for “Family Centers” with missions to address these and related issues; the funds provided helped kick-start the FRC. In 1995, the FRC opened the Summit Thrift & Treasure store, the only nonprofit thrift store in the county. The thrift store opened in order to provide affordable clothing to Summit County residents and strengthen FRC’s financial stability.

FIRC works to strengthen families through education and financial resources. We believe strong sustainable families are the key to a strong and healthy community.



Summit Nordic Ski Club

The primary mission of the Summit Nordic Ski Club is to provide the youth of Summit County with a well-balanced ski racing program including fitness, self-esteem, and character building through training and competition within a nurturing environment.  The Club will educate our youth about values of sports, healthy competition, individual effort and team spirit. SNSC participates in the Rocky Mountain Nordic Club (RMN) and observes the rules sanctioned by RMN. SNSC values healthy competition, individual effort and team spirit.


Summit Rugby

Summit Rugby focuses on developing character and enhancing fundamental skills of girls rugby players throughout Summit County through the Middle School Rugby Program.

Summit Rugby


Swan Center Outreach

Founded in 1987 by Rose and John Longhill, Swan Center Outreach provides leadership and self-awareness programs, with rescued horses, that empower and support youth and adults in the achievement of their life goals, while demonstrating the educational, therapeutic and spiritual value, of a loving relationship with animals.

Swan Center Outreach

The Cycle Effect

The Cycle Effect’s mission is to enhance the lives of young women through mountain biking and to empower them through mentoring and education.

In November of 2010, Donelson Coaching set out to create an opportunity for local young women with the idea that committed and driven kids should be able to participate in a sport we are so passionate about, no matter what their background.  They rode bikes while building self-esteem, improving their fitness, and learning about nutritional opportunities. They received top of the line mountain bikes and equipment, were trained by professional coaches, and competed in race events throughout Eagle County and beyond.  Mountain biking provided the means of these girls to escape the stresses of high-school life and teach life-long skills.

The Cycle Effect

The National Repertory Orchestra

Our Mission is to Change Lives Through Music!

The National Repertory Orchestra is a preeminent intensive fellowship that equips young musicians for orchestral music careers while providing the highest-level of musical experience for all stakeholders.  We pride ourselves on Changing Lives Through Music!

Founded in 1960 as the Blue Jeans Symphony in Estes Park, CO, the orchestra moved to Evergreen, CO in 1966 and changed its name to the Colorado Philharmonic. In 1986, the orchestra relocated to Keystone Resort and changed its name to the National Repertory Orchestra in an effort to better recognize the national/international make-up of its musicians. In 1993, the Town of Breckenridge invited the orchestra to perform in the new Riverwalk Center, now NRO’s summer residence.


The Summit Foundation

Established in 1984, The Summit Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to improving quality of life in our mountain areas. The Foundation strives to inspire donors, build partnerships, and mobilize resources to support community organizations in Summit County (and the surrounding communities) that foster Health & Human Service, Education, Art & Culture, Sports & Recreation, and Environmental Stewardship. Over $2 million in grants are annually distributed to nearly 100 nonprofit organizations and over 100 college scholarships are awarded to local graduating seniors. In 2013, The Foundation created the Youth Giving Council, which teaches high school students about philanthropy and is allowing them to participate in a grant awards process.

The Summit Foundation



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