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! In early December of each year, Coloradans come together to raise millions of dollars for nonprofits like ours, assisted by matching grants from Colorado Gives.Be sure to watch for the next Colorado Gives campaign!.


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)
A carousel is more than a ride. It’s a work of folk art. Spinning atop the animals, on the outside of the carousel, are 18 lovingly restored rounding boards dating back to 1910. They are precious examples of period carousel paintings created by German immigrant August Wolfinger, known as the “Michelangelo of the Midway.” manateeAdopt a rounding board, and your name in brass will ride with it forever  Or, if you prefer, you can adopt one of the 18 contemporary, interior rounding boards each depicting an endangered animal.

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.