The Carousel of Happiness is both a carousel and a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (Federal ID #: 20-3584335). Your donations to keep the carousel turning are 100 percent 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

One way to support the Carousel of Happiness is to make a donation on Colorado Gives Day.  Each year in early December, Coloradans come together to raise millions of dollars for nonprofits like ours, boosted by incentive funds from Colorado Gives. Be sure to watch for the next Colorado Gives campaign to make your donation go even further.


Adopt an Animal: ($1000 new adoption, $900 to re-adopt after 3 years)
You can adopt a Carousel animal for 3 years. This is a great way to become a part of the Carousel Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 11.21.34 AMfamily.  Animal adoption 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 on which animals are currently available for adoption, visit our animal adoption 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 , please visit the Adopt a Rounding Board page.

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 the Fairy page.

Donate Any Dollar Amount
Donating cash is easy and always appreciated. We appreciate ALL of our donors, who help us to keep the carousel turning.  You can send checks to the Carousel of Happiness at P.O. Box 1811, Nederland, CO 80466, or donate in person at the Carousel. You can also donate online through  Use the “Donate Now” button below (or at the bottom of every page on our website).

Call 303-258-3457 or email with your questions on any of the contribution categories above. We’d be happy to discuss your donation with you.