Our Purpose

The Community Foundation of the San Luis Valley is focused on enhancing the lives of the people who reside in the six counties of the San Luis Valley of Colorado.  The CFSLV uses the tools of philanthropy, leadership development, technical assistance, and sustainable economic development to help communities.



The Community Foundation of the San Luis Valley strengthens and enriches the region through engaged philanthropy, thoughtful grantmaking, strategic planning, and collaborative leadership.



The Community Foundation of the San Luis Valley envisions a dynamic culture of giving in which the full range of individual, community, and environmental needs is addressed.



The Community Foundation of the San Luis Valley embraces access, equity, and diversity as affirming the essential humanity of all people and as being basic to a healthy community and environment.

Our People

Mike Roque, Executive Director
Board Members:
Kairina Danforth, Board President
Devon Pena, Vice President
Flora Archuleta, Alamosa County
Dee Kessler, Conejos County
Wanda Sandoval, Conejos County

About the San Luis Valley

The San Luis Valley (SLV) is made up of six counties in Southern Colorado. The San Luis Valley is an extensive high-altitude basin that covers approximately 8,000 square miles (roughly the same span as Massachusetts!) at an average elevation of over 7,000 feet above sea level. Agriculture plays an important part to the SLV, where principal crops are potatoes, head lettuce, barley, and quinoa.


The Valley has been described as traditional, historic, multi-cultural, and culturally rich. Despite geographic isolation, the Valley is proudly home to an array of cultural entities including the Creede Repertory Theater, Fort Garland Museum, the Stations of the Cross Shrine, and many others. The San Luis Valley is known as one of the poorest rural areas of Colorado.


The economy is centered around agriculture, tourism, education, and health care. The arts are also becoming an increasing force in developing the economy. The Valley has a lot to offer including amazing views, culture, attractions, food, recreation, and most importantly: amazing people. 

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