The season of giving has arrived.
Dec. 6 was Colorado Gives Day. On the first Tuesday of December, since 2010, Colorado Gives Day has grown to be Colorado’s largest 24-hour giving event, raising more than $362 million for nonprofits across the state since it began, states ColoradoGives.org.
And the Tuesday before that, Nov. 29, was Giving Tuesday, “a global day of generosity,” to remind us to think of others during this time of year. Since 2012, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been set aside for “radical acts of generosity.” Since its inception, the movement not only raised billions of dollars for nonprofits across the spectrum, it has served as a catalyst for people all around the world to do good.
Notably, Giving Tuesday raised more than $115,000 for a local effort, the Empty Stocking Fund, this year.
And ESF would benefit from your generosity as well.
ESF is a program affiliated under Gazette Charities Foundation that was started in 1984. That year, following the publication of a news article detailing one local family’s need during the holidays, ESF raised over $40,000 in cash and goods, and was able to provide assistance to 27 families in the region.
“Ten years later, the campaign shifted to a community fundraiser for nonprofits in the Pikes Peak Region. Now, the Gazette Charities Foundation-El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund provides funding to 20 local health and human service agencies in El Paso and Teller Counties on the front lines of helping people in crisis and assisting others in attaining self-sufficiency,” states emptystockingfundco.org.
Now in its 39th year, the Empty Stocking Fund has grown to benefit 20 health and human service agencies in the Pikes Peak region that are on the front lines of helping people in crisis and assisting others in attaining self-sufficiency.
A single donation to ESF can have a wide-ranging impact in the region. In 2021, the fund raised more than $1.7 million from more than 2,380 individual donors — breaking all previous records — helping countless families in need. ESF has raised more than $26 million since its inception.
Your donation this will help 20 agencies in the Pikes Peak region. They are:
American Red Cross Southeastern Colorado
Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado
Catholic Charities of Central Colorado
CPCD...giving children a headstart
Griffith Centers for ChildrenChins Up
Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains
Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Partners in Housing
Peak Vista Community Health Partners
Pikes Peak Hospice &Palliative Care
Silver Key Senior Services
The Resource Exchange
The Salvation Army
100% of donations go directly to these 20 health and human service agencies, as all administrative and operating costs are covered by funding partners The Anschutz Foundation, Tribune sister paper The Gazette, Gazette Charities Foundation, El Pomar Foundation, Pikes Peak Community Foundation, and Add Staff.
Every dollar donated to Empty Stocking Fund grows up to 43.5% through matching grants. El Pomar Foundation matches $1 for every $3 raised up to $200,000 and The Bruni Foundation matches $1 for every $10 raised up to $70,000.
How can you make a tax-deductible donation?
Visit the website, EmptyStockingFundCO.org/donate, to make a credit card or PayPal donation.
Here’s another way to help: ESF is also part of King Soopers Community Rewards. You can link Gazette Charities Foundation to your King Soopers account, and they will receive a donation every time you shop.
Simply add Gazette Charities Foundation, Organization No. SH928 to your rewards account benefit Empty Stocking Fund. For instructions, visit www.KingSoopers.com/communityrewards.
Additionally, $1 from sales of sixpacks of FH Beerworks’ Blackberry Paws (at the Colorado Springs brewery or a local liquor store) is donated to Empty Stocking Fund.
So many ways to help!
Courier Editor Michelle Karas has called the Pikes Peak region home since 2015. Contact her at email@example.com.