Tuesday, December 4th is Colorado Gives Day! Colorado Gives Day was started in 2010 by the Community First Foundation, a nonprofit that encourages charitable giving. The Community First Foundation created and maintains the GivingFirst.org website to facilitate online giving to hundreds of local Colorado nonprofits. See this earlier post for some pointers on searching the GivingFirst.org website.
One important reason to donate on Colorado Gives Day is that on that day 100% of every donation goes to the charities (there’s no processing fee from the financial institution). On other days of the year, a 2.9% processing fee will be applied to donations through GivingFirst.org, with one exception: the processing fees for the first $50,000 in donations (per organization each year) to nonprofits in the seven-county Denver metro area are paid by the Community First Foundation.
For those readers who haven’t yet decided the nonprofit they want to support, we thought we’d list a few of our favorites below. As we’ve mentioned before, you can search for organizations on the Giving First website by a number of criteria including name, keyword, city, zipcode, and cause (so don’t feel obligated to settle with our list of picks, search for a local nonprofit near you). Our picks in alphabetical order:
The mission of the Beanstalk Foundation is to create vibrant communities in Colorado and beyond. Our strategy is to identify dynamic local leaders and provide the tools they need to succeed. We do not impose our vision on a community. Rather, we support community leaders and enable them to fulfill their visions. Beanstalk connects community leaders with both individual and corporate donors. In our model, donors are free to choose the projects that best suit their vision of community development. This leads to greater engagement between donors and leaders and stronger, more vibrant communities. Ultimately, Beanstalk is founded on the belief that what’s right with America is right next door.
The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation is dedicated to connecting people to agriculture through authentic educational programs, community projects, and special events.
The Colorado Children’s Campaign works to create hope and opportunity in Colorado, more than one million kids at a time. The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed for over 25 years to creating hope and opportunity for all of Colorado’s more than 1.2 million kids. Using the most accurate, compelling data and research on child well-being and backed by an extensive, statewide network of dedicated child advocates, the Children’s Campaign champions policies and programs that improve child health, early childhood experiences, and K-12 education, help lift children out of poverty and provide all of Colorado’s children the opportunity to reach their full potential.
HFC is Colorado’s leading anti-hunger organization leveraging the power of collaboration, system change, policy change and social change to end hunger in Colorado.
JA’s mission is to prepare young people to thrive in the 21st century workplace and global economy by inspiring a passion in free enterprise and entrepreneurship, and instilling an understanding of personal
Open Media Foundation exists to put the power of media and technology in the hands of the people. Doing so empowers every person to actively engage their community and bring about the change they wish to see in the world.
Want to make sure your money is being put to good use? Make sure to review the ‘Management’, ‘Financials’, and ‘Documents’ tabs on each organization’s GivingFirst.org profile page. You might want to also see if the nonprofit you’re donating to is listed on CharityNavigator.org. Charity Navigator provides information on nonprofits including a breakdown of how much of their money is spent on administration and fundraising. In our searches on Charity Navigator we noticed that not all Colorado nonprofits were listed, especially the small ones–so keep that in mind. Being small doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t donate to them, in fact it might be good if you’re hoping to give to an organization focused on helping a smaller size community.
We hope you find this information useful and remember to give on Colorado Gives Day!
Do you have a favorite organization not on our list? Post a comment below!