Nonprofit Spotlight


Today's guest on Senior Matter is Lift-Up Executive Director Angela Mills. Lift-Up is a local nonprofit creating a bridge to empowerment and self reliance.

Mt. Sopris Historical Society


Mt. Sopris Historical Society preserves and enriches the cultural heritage of Carbondale residents. For this morning’s Nonprofit Palooza, Raleigh Burleigh speaks with executive director Beth White.

Advocate Safehouse Project

For thirty years, Advocate Safehouse Project has provided resources for people to overcome abusive relationships. For today’s Nonprofit Palooza, Raleigh Burleigh speaks with community education advocate Sarah Buckley to learn more.

The Arts Campus at Willits

The Arts Campus at Willits intends to provide music, entertainment and culture to the Roaring Fork Valley. The organization recently opened a venue called The Temporary to begin programming shows. News Director Raleigh Burleigh speaks with managing director Ryan Honey and vice president of the board Marc Breslin.

Valley Settlement


For this morning’s Nonprofit Palooza, News Director Raleigh Burleigh learns about Valley Settlement, empowering families through education.


Asentamiento del Valle se enfoca en mejorar a nuestras comunidades atreves de la educación.


Spellbinders, headquartered in Carbondale, brings the art of storytelling to classrooms in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the United States of America. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh spoke with executive director Catherine Johnson to learn more about the organization.

English in Action

English in Action helps to bridge cultural divides by pairing an enthusiastic tutor with a student eager to learn English and participate in the community. News Director Raleigh Burleigh interviews Executive Director Lara Beaulieu.

Mountain Family Health Centers

As part of our fall membership drive KDNK is highlighting many of the organizations that make our communities great, today Raleigh Burleigh interviews Garry Schalla, Development Director for Mountain Family Health Centers.

Nonprofit Palooza: CIRC

Sep 15, 2017
Doug Tucker

As part of the fall membership drive, KDNK is happy to highlight many of the organizations that make our communities great. Today, News Director Raleigh Burleigh interviews Sofia Clark for Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition.

As part of our fall membership drive, KDNK is highlighting many of the organizations that make our communities great. Today, News Director Raleigh Burleigh is joined by Eden Vardy and Susan Brady to discuss 2 Forks Club, providing zero interest loans to food entrepreneurs in the North Fork and Roaring Fork Valleys.

Laura Seay


As part of our fall membership drive, KDNK is highlighting many of the non-profits that strengthen the communities we serve. News Director Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Recruitment Manager Laura Seay to learn more about The Buddy Program, fostering strong relationships for children of the Roaring Fork Valley that need them the most.

Colorado Mountain College

Dee Malone is the Wildlife Committee Chair for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club. She talks to KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about the organization's diversity and its quest to restore the Mexican Gray Wolf to the American Southwest.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers

As part of our fall membership drive, KDNK is highlighting many of the nonprofits that make our community unique. News Director Raleigh Burleigh spoke with David Hamilton, Executive Director for Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, to learn more about the organization that has built and maintained many trails in Western Colorado.


As part of the fall fund drive we feature interviews with local non-profit organizations. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Emily Hornback, interim director of Western Colorado Congress.

Photo by Emily Hightower


KNDK’s Fall Membership drive has officially begun. Support for KDNK keeps the community and its many organizations connected. News Director Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Heather Russell founder of Sacred Cycle.

Shawn McDonald

On Thursday evening's Nonprofit Spotlight, Gavin Dahl spoke to Ross Montessori head of school Sonya Hemmen and development and enrollment director Tricia Williams. They are individual members of KDNK and Ross supports the station, too. Hemmen says, "I love local radio, I think it's really important to have our local news. We're not listening to news from Denver. It's a real gem to have here in this community."

"It's pertinent and it's relevant and it's who we are as a community," added Tricia Williams.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center deputy director Ashley Todey joined Gavin Dahl live in the studio today to talk about their ongoing 50th anniversary celebration. She is a regular listener to KDNK. "Every morning when I wake up I enjoy turning on the radio and listening to what's happening in the valley and nationally," Todey said. "It's a wonderful way to connect." 

On last night's Nonprofit Spotlight, Steve Skinner spoke to Patti Stranahan and Margie Throm of the Thrift Shop of Aspen, now 67 years old. The Thrift Shop of Aspen is a proud supporter of KDNK. It's run by an all-volunteer board and provides grants to dozens of organizations in the valley.

Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies was our Nonprofit Spotlight on Monday evening. The nonprofit distributed more than 5 million meals last year across 10 western Colorado counties. Their mobile pantry in Aspen will be distributing food in the parking lot of the U.S. Forest Service Ranger Station on Thursday September 15th starting at 11AM. Starlene Collins, manager of Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies says, "Public radio is so important, because people want to help. By connecting with public radio and the service that you provide, and the information that you provide, people find out where to not only give help, but they also find out ways to get help."

Mountain Valley Developmental Services is an institution in the Roaring Fork Valley, employing over 150 people and advocating independent living for folks with developmental disabilities. Executive Director Bruce Christensen and HR Manager Courtney Little spoke to Stacy Stein from the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program on this morning's Nonprofit Spotlight. Bruce says, "I'm a huge fan of public radio. It's important to support KDNK. You guys do a fabulous job of keeping the community informed. I don't think that's something we get as much of from commercial media. I like your context and your perspective. KDNK is a wonderful resource." 

Jodie Wilson, president of LiftUp's Board of Directors, talks to KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about the non-profit's successful 34 years of giving to the community.  

Roaring Fork Conservancy

On Friday morning's Nonprofit Spotlight, KDNK's Gavin Dahl spoke with Christina Medved, Watershed Education director at the Roaring Fork Conservancy. The Conservancy is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and has an exciting list of events throughout September.  Christina says, "we consider partnering with KDNK an integral part of what we do. It's great to be involved with such a community-based organization."

Thursday night's Nonprofit Spotlight shined on English in Action. Amy Hadden Marsh spoke to executive director Lara Beaulieu, who oversees the administrative and programmatic functions of the organization. Lara is bilingual in Spanish and English and brings more than 20 years of nonprofit sector experience. She says "KDNK makes our community a better place to live. It connects people. It allows different voices to be heard."

Sculpture by Laura G Thorne

Amy Kimberly from Carbondale Arts was our guest on this morning's Nonprofit Spotlight. She says: "We feel these airwaves are important, they connect us, they get information out there that's important, they allow creativity and freedom. There are so many kids that have grown up here on KDNK who are absolutely some of my most favorite adults.  They are the ones that are holding the spirit of the community for the future. I really think that KDNK is a huge part of that. We hope people keep this station thriving." 

Lauren Pierce, executive director of the Chris Klug Foundation, spoke with KDNK news director Gavin Dahl live in studio this morning about the nonprofit's work advocating for more valley residents to sign up as organ and tissue donors. Lauren previously worked for the Wheeler Opera House and is a longtime supporter of KDNK.

Wednesday evening's Nonprofit Spotlight featured Lori Mueller, executive director of YouthZone. With four decades of experience, YouthZone is focused on providing opportunities for youth to be responsible, contributing members of society and work with their families and community toward this end. She talked with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh.

Photo Courtesy of CORE

On this evening's Nonprofit Spotlight, Amy Hadden Marsh interviews Mona Newton, executive director of CORE, Community Office for Resource Efficiency. They are celebrating 20 years in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

On Tuesday's Nonprofit Spotlight, Stacy Stein (co-director of the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program) interviewed John Klonowski, program director of Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities. CAMO provides adaptive therapeutic recreation and wellness experiences. John told Stacy he recently started listening to KDNK and he is "thrilled with the discovery. Supporting a local radio station is a great thing."