The Carousel of Happiness is both a carousel and a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (Federal ID #: 20-3584335). Your donations are tax-deductible.

“Our organization has followed this unique carousel project as it progressed through the years. It is a perfect example of why antique carousels should be preserved and new ones created. The benefits will be seen on the faces of the visitors, whether they come to ride or learn, and whether they be young or old.” – Bette L. Largent President, National Carousel Organization

Colorado Gives Day

Support the Carousel of Happiness on Colorado Gives Day! On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, Coloradans came together again to raise millions of dollars for nonprofits like ours. Last year the CGD 2013_MasterCarousel exceeding our goal of $10,000 raising more than $11,000 that went to operations and helped keep us open on weekends through the winter. Be sure to watch for the next Colorado Gives campaign December 2015.


Adopt a Fairy!  ($200)
Even something as round as a carousel has its little nooks and crannies. In the Carousel of Happiness, tiny fairies hide. For a closer look at how you may adopt one (even make your own) go to our Fairy Page.


Sponsor a Rounding Board painting: ($500)
There are 18 restored, original paintings that surround the carousel above the animals at a manateeheight of eleven feet. Your name will be placed on a plaque next to the painting on the carousel for 3 years and then moved to a permanent place on the carousel wall.

For more information about the individual rounding boards including the image please visit the Adopt a Rounding Board page here.


Adopt an Animal ($1000 new adoption, $900 to re-adopt after 3 years)
You can adopt a Carousel animal for 3 years.  A great way to be a part of the Carousel Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 11.21.34 AMfamily.  It includes a plaque next to the animal with room for your name and a short message.  The adoptions are good for 3 years with an option to re-adopt.  For more information and which animals are currently available visitor our animal adoption page.


Donate any dollar amount.
As always donating cash is easy and appreciated. We appreciate ALL our donors which keep our doors open.  You can send checks to the Carousel of Happiness, PO Box 1811, Nederland, CO 80466, donate in person at the Carousel or online through  Use the button below.

Call 303-258-3457 or email with questions on any contribution categories above.
or on the “Donate” button at the bottom of every page.