At this time of year, you probably do not need to be reminded of the adage “it’s better to give than to receive.” Chances are, you’ve already …
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At this time of year, you probably do not need to be reminded of the adage “it’s better to give than to receive.”
Chances are, you’ve already made some headway on your holiday shopping list, perhaps starting on Black Friday, or even on Thanksgiving night.
The spirit of giving is what propels these treks through malls and big-box stores. You’re buying gifts for loved ones and, as a bonus, helping to stimulate the economy.
But have you checked your list twice? For those of you in a financial position to do so, we encourage you to add another name (or two) to that list — specifically that of your favorite nonprofit organization. Conveniently, there is a day set aside for doing this. Thankfully, you won’t have to wait in any lines.
Colorado Gives Day is Dec. 4. Created in 2010 by Arvada-based Community First Foundation with the financial support of FirstBank, the aim is to “increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.” Touted as “24 hours to give where you live,” you can donate to your favorite nonprofits at givingfirst.org/cogivesday.
Last year, $12.8 million was distributed to 928 nonprofits, according to the Colorado Gives Day 2011 Giving Report, which can be found on the website.
That dollar amount was a 46 percent increase over the inaugural event in 2010. In Jefferson County alone, more than $2 million was donated.
The average donation last year was $237, but donations as small as $10 are accepted. A full 100 percent goes to the charities. And yes, your donation is tax-deductible.
The causes your money can help are numerous, with more than 1,000 organizations participating.
Eligible nonprofits on the list include those dedicated to helping children, animals and the environment; those looking to fight various illnesses; those looking to enrich our communities through promoting the arts; and many, many more causes. You can search through the list of nonprofits on the website.
We believe you’ll find Colorado Gives Day to be as easy and rewarding a way to give as you’ll find this holiday season.
For more information, go to givingfirst.org/cogivesday, call 720-898-5900 or email email@example.com.
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