In the holiday shopping rush, one Colorado organization is hoping Coloradans will pause to think about spending a little on an extra gift this year for Colorado Gives Day.
“Colorado Gives Day is a movement,” said Dana Rinderknecht, director …
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“Colorado Gives Day is a movement,” said Dana Rinderknecht, director of online giving for Community First Foundation, which founded the charitable day. “It’s really fun to see how excited people get and how personal their involvement is — that’s what it’s all about.”
Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 8 is an annual statewide effort to increase charitable giving. In 2014, it raised $26.2 million. Now in its sixth year, the 24-hour event encourages residents to donate to one or more of the 1,800 nonprofits listed on the site.
Although an annual event, Rinderknecht wants to remind the community this is a great way to be introduced to nonprofits that you can help year-round.
“It’s truly a give-where-you-live event,” she said. “You can put in your ZIP code and find a nonprofit in your backyard you didn’t know about. It’s bringing the nonprofit and the donor together.”
To participate, donors simply go online to www.coloradogives.org and find the nonprofit they’d like to donate to and select the amount they want to give. Along with the online service, the group also has a free app to schedule donations, use the donation calculator, track donations and see the leaders in the corporate challenge.
“The thing that’s really gratifying is every year we add hundreds of nonprofits to the site and every year we have record-breaking numbers,” said Kayla Arnesen, the foundation’s director of communications. “To me, that shows there’s still growth out there.”
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