Monday, November 24, 2014

Colorado Public TV Prize Helps Small Nonprofits

By Angela Bevacqua, Senior Communications Specialist, Community First Foundation

If you’re a small nonprofit participating in Colorado Gives Day, you have a chance to win a wonderful media package from Colorado Gives Day sponsor Colorado Public Television (CPT12 – Channel 12).

“We understand that marketing a small organization is really challenging,” said Pam Parker of Colorado Public TV about the prize. “We’re excited to present a small Colorado nonprofit with the opportunity to tell their story to our engaged and well-educated audience of more than 600,000 people each week. Over the course of the entire prize, that’s a lot of visibility — and potential impact — for a nonprofit trying to make a difference.”

The prize consists of a 10-week media campaign through Colorado Public Television that includes production of a 30-second commercial, air time and more.

A winner will be randomly drawn among nonprofits that answer this fun question on Facebook between November 25 – December 8:

“If your organization had a theme song, what would it be?”

All eligible nonprofits were contacted by email with complete instructions. Follow along on facebook.com/coloradogives.org!

The winner of last year's prize said:
"Thank you to Channel 12 for allowing the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation to spread awareness about our Home, Health and Humane initiatives. The welfare of our four-legged friends is near and dear to our hearts and we are grateful for the support of Channel 12, as well as the Colorado community, in our mission to lend a paw.” – Heidi Ganahl, Founder and CEO of Camp Bow Wow and Founder of the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation




FirstBank Offers $100,000 in Cash Prizes

By Lisa Adams, Assistant Vice President, FirstBank

FirstBank has been a proud supporter of Colorado Gives Day, the 24-hour online fundraising movement created by Community First Foundation, since it was launched in 2010. Colorado Gives Day is a cause that each and every team member at FirstBank is extremely passionate about. It’s a true honor to give back to the communities that have helped us grow and succeed.

Each year, we look forward to giving back through a donation to Colorado Gives Day to help kick-start the season of giving – and this year is no different. In 2014, FirstBank is pitching in $600,000 to Colorado Gives Day. This year, $100,000 of our donation is headed straight to the pockets of individual nonprofits with the help of several fun prizes.

Live Drawings December 8 During Rally at the Capitol
Nonprofits will have a chance to win one of five $1,000 cash prizes at a live drawing at the Colorado Gives Day Rally, held at 11 a.m. on December 8 at the State Capitol. During the Rally, FirstBank will hold random drawings and award $1,000 prizes to four attending nonprofits and one regional nonprofit selected from groups that register online.

Trivia Contest Provides More Cash for Nonprofits
FirstBank is sponsoring a trivia contest on the FirstBank Facebook page December 1 - 5. As part of the trivia contest, 10 lucky Colorado Gives Day supporters will choose nonprofits to receive $1,000 cash prizes. FirstBank will randomly select two winners each day from correct answers posted on the Facebook page. Each winner will select a Colorado Gives Day nonprofit of their choice to receive the cash award.

Luck of the Draw Prizes Total $85,000
FirstBank is also sponsoring 17 Luck of the Draw prizes worth $5,000 each for nonprofits. To be eligible for the drawing, first-time participants must receive a minimum of 30 donations through coloradogives.org, and returning nonprofits must have an increase in dollars raised over last year. The Luck of the Draw winners are selected randomly after Colorado Gives Day.

For more information about the prizes and eligibility, check out: https://www.coloradogives.org/cogivesday/prizes.


The Power of Media Sponsors

By Kayla Arnesen, Director of Strategic Communications

Thanks to our wonderful Colorado Gives Day media sponsors, our statewide movement is receiving nearly $500,000 in donated print, online, on-air and billboard media support. These powerful partnerships help us reach Coloradans in nearly every part of the state and encourage them to donate to their favorite nonprofits on Colorado Gives Day.

This year, we are pleased to welcome Mile High Outdoor Advertising to our family of Colorado Gives Day media sponsors. The company operates eight digital billboards across the state.


Right now, the Colorado Gives Day message is shining bright for motorists to see in five locations throughout the Denver metro area, in one location in Monument and in two locations in Grand Junction.

On Colorado Gives Day, the billboards will run the donation ticker from Colorado Gives Day website to show how much has been raised. The billboards will update every six seconds!

If you have the opportunity to interact with any of our sponsors, please thank them for their outstanding support:
CO Gives Day To Be Featured on Billboards Like This

  • The Networks of 9NEWS
  • Mile High Outdoor Advertising
  • Comcast
  • iHeartMedia (Formerly Clear Channel)
  • Entravision
  • Rocky Mountain PBS
  • Colorado Public Television (CPT12- Channel 12)
  • 5280 Magazine


New App for Colorado Gives Day

By Dana Rinderknecht, Director of Online Giving

There’s an app for that! 

How many times have we heard that in this age of smart phones and tablets?  

Are you wondering how many days, hours, and seconds it is until Colorado Gives Day? Have you started an office pool to guess how much will be raised on December 9th?

I am excited to announce that we now have a Colorado Gives Day app! Our app is available in both the Google Play store and the iTunes store. You can download it now for free and start tracking how much time is left until Colorado Gives Day.

Once Colorado Gives Day is here, the free app tracks the number of money being raised statewide on Colorado Gives Day, along with the number of organizations receiving donations and the number of total donations. You can also track the totals for our Regional Champions spearheading Colorado Gives Day around the state. 

Check it out at iTunes store or Google Play store.