Colorado Gives Day looks for donations

By Jakob Rodgers Updated: December 10, 2013 at 3:44 pm • Published: December 9, 2013 | 7:55 am 0

First came Black Friday. Then, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

Now, a Colorado foundation wants to add another event to that list - one based less on consumerism and more on philanthropy.

On Tuesday, the Community First Foundation plans to host Colorado Gives Day, a campaign encouraging donations to about 1,400 nonprofit organizations across the state.

The campaign started in 2010 and distributed $8.7 million to nonprofits across the state. Since then, that total has grown - reaching $15.7 million last year.

There aren't major events planned in conjunction with this give-a-thon. Rather, Tuesday's campaign asks people to log onto the foundation's website coloradogives.org, choose a nonprofit to help and then enter the credit card information needed for a donation.

The Arvada-based foundation's goal is simple: Bolster cities and towns across the state by ensuring that nonprofits have enough money to make a difference.

"We feel like strong nonprofits help our community stay strong and healthy," said Kayla Arnesen, the foundation's spokeswoman. "They're critical to a vibrant community."

Last year, 60 nonprofits across El Paso County benefited from the one-day event. Nearly 1,400 donations in El Paso County were made during the 2012 campaign, totaling $242,056, according to Arnesen. The haul was a 33-percent increase from donations in 2011, she said.

More than 60 organizations in the Pikes Peak region are participating this year.

"It's quite an exciting event," she said.

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COLORADO GIVES DAY

To participate in the event, visit www.coloradogives.org

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