9 Perfect for Colorado Gives Day

courtesy Community First Foundation

In this season of giving, Colorado Gives Day is the way to boost the power of your donation – literally.

Tap into the $1 million dollar incentive fund by giving to your favorite non-profit on Dec. 8 – or preschedule your donation anytime before then.

Created by Community First Foundation and First Bank of Colorado, this is the second year the incentive fund has reached $1 million – one of the largest in the nation.

It’s a “must do” way to join forces with like-minded Coloradans and help boost Boulder County’s “Culture of Giving.”

Generous with Our Time – but 44th with Our Wallets

Boulder County’s “generosity of wallet” has improved over the last couple of years, but apparently it still could use a lift. The financial giving ratio of Boulder County currently ranks 44th out of 64 Colorado counties, according to the 2015 Trends Report published by the Community Foundation of Boulder County.

The report also says Colorado’s giving ratio is the lowest among neighboring states.

But our financial generosity is on the rise. This year only 7 percent of survey respondents said they didn’t give to charity because “Boulder County doesn’t need it,” according to the Community Foundation’s annual survey, down from 11 and 17 percent in recent years.

And our donations for Colorado Gives Day grow every year.

Last year, contributions sailed passed previous records, totaling nearly $36 million statewide. For participating non-profits, an average of $20,044 was raised. The most common donation was $100 and the average donation was $207.

The Need in Boulder County Is Great

Recently we’ve written in the Boulder Source that a growing population in Boulder County does indeed need financial support. Rising rents are exacerbating an inability to provide consistently adequate food and shelter for many families with children.

Boulder County has hundreds of non-profit organizations worthy of your consideration.

Give to one of these listed below or give to your special favorite. But be sure to give and super-charge your gift by donating on Dec. 8.

Attention Homes Logo

Attention Homes

Attention Homes provides opportunities for at-risk youth to change their lives, offering shelter, community-based living and teaching of life skills necessary for an independent future. Demand for Attention Homes’ Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Program has more than tripled in the past few years. The organization served 747 youth in 2014, up from 195 in 2011.

Donate to Attention Homes

BFR LogoBoulder Food Rescue

Since its beginning just 4 years ago, Boulder Food Rescue has redistributed over 1 Million pounds of healthy fruits and vegetables to low-income people in need, by bicycle. And they’ve done it on a small budget. The goal of Boulder Food Rescue is to create a more just and less wasteful food system by facilitating the sustainable redistribution of food “waste” to agencies that feed hungry, homeless, and low-income populations while educating communities about food justice.

Chosen as the October Featured Friend at the Boulder Source, you can read more about Boulder Food Rescue in our four-part series.

Donate to Boulder Food Rescue

EFAA LogoEmergency Family Assistance Association

EFAA helps those in our community whose immediate needs for food, shelter and other basic necessities cannot adequately be met by other means, and supports their efforts toward financial stability or self-sufficiency.

Last year the Basic Needs Program conducted 16,983 face-to-face interviews with Boulder and Broomfield County families needing help with rent, utility bills, food and other basic needs. The organization served 2,685 households, which represents 8,055 individuals.

Read more about EFAA in our recent article, Feeding Boulder County.

Donate to Emergency Family Assistance Association

Dairy Center for the Arts logoDairy Center for the Arts

The Dairy Center provides diverse opportunities to create, learn, and engage in high-quality performing, cinematic and visual arts experiences. A rich component of Boulder’s cultural life, the Dairy also provides classroom space for art education including Parlando School for the Arts and Dance for Parkinson’s Disease Patients. You can read more about those here.

Donate to the Dairy Center for the Arts

Current_Logo_25th_red_web_latestI Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County

For 25 years, this organization has changed the lives of 760+ Dreamers. Dreamers are motivated to graduate from high school, attend college, and break the cycle of poverty. I Have a Dream Foundation provides long-term mentoring, tutoring, and college scholarships. You can help by sponsoring a child for $209 per month or $2500 per year for 10 years.

I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County was the November Featured Friend at the Boulder Source. You can find out more here.

Donate to I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County

There With Care LogoThere With Care

A diagnosis of critical illness changes the life of a family in an instant. The simplest daily tasks become overwhelming for parents caring for their sick child. There With Care works with hospitals and social workers to provide basic needs services to support the whole family, to give a family more time to care for their sick child and be with their other children.

Since 2005, There With Care has grown to provide support to more than 2,000 families.

There With Care was our June Featured Friend. You can read more about the organization here.

Donate to There With Care

Ramble On Pearl logoRamble on Pearl – Boulder Treasures

Boulder Treasures operates an apprenticeship program for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program provides on-the-job training in real world environments and job placement services to secure independent employment in an inclusive community.

Boulder Treasures just completed its first year of operations of both our apprenticeship program and our retail store – Ramble on Pearl. Six apprentices have been placed into permanent jobs. Ramble on Pearl continues to gather Brand Partners and sales continue to grow.

You can read more about Ramble on Pearl here.

Donate to Boulder Treasures

MotherHouseLogoMother House

Mother House provides a safe haven for pregnant women who are at risk. Mother House is committed to helping their clients by protecting their unborn children, providing a nurturing and loving home, and encouraging them to rebuild the confidence and skills necessary for a successful future.

In 2014, 14 women and 7 babies were served at Mother House. Residents range in age from 19 to 43 with ethnicity represented by African American, Bi-Racial, Caucasian, and Latino. Most residents are from Boulder County.

Donate to Mother House

AINC logoAudio Information Network of Colorado

AINC serves over 1,600 people across Colorado, but is a little-known secret around Boulder, unless you or someone close to you is blind or vision impaired. Through hundreds of volunteer readers, a small dedicated staff, and a studio located at 55th and Arapahoe, AINC provides blind, visually impaired, and print-disabled individuals with free, 24/7 access to live and recorded content from over 100 newspaper and magazine articles—even the weekly discount ads for grocery specials.

In 2015, AINC launched its Spanish website at www.redauditivacolorado.org and added a broadcast focused on publications for the Latino/Hispanic community.

AINC was recently featured in a story by the Fort Collins Coloradoan.

Donate to Audio Information Network of Colorado

Awesome, Boulder—Let’s Top Last Year

Remember, the more you give, the bigger the piece of incentive fund your non-profit will receive.

Schedule your donation now or jump online Dec. 8, but whatever you do, give your favorite Colorado non-profit a take-it-to-the-bank thumbs-up on 12/8/15 so they can benefit from your donation and participate in the added bonus.

It’s easy to do:

  • Pick your favorite non-proft(s)
  • Go to the CO Gives Day website anytime between now and 11:59 pm 12/8/15
  • Find your non-profit
  • Give as much as you can!

Who’s Your Favorite Non-Profit?

Let’s get this party started!

Add your favorite non-profit to the comments section below and we’ll tweet out to get support.

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