Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Schedule Your Donations on #GivingTuesday

By Angela Bevacqua, Senior Communications Specialist, Community First Foundation

#GivingTuesday is a campaign to create a global day of service and charitable giving at the beginning of the holiday season. It’s a response to consumer-driven days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

This year #GivingTuesday takes place on December 2—one week before Colorado Gives Day. And although #GivingTuesday encourages acts of service, it does not accept or distribute donations. What a perfect time to plan your Colorado Gives Day donations or schedule them in advance!

If you’re a nonprofit on ColoradoGives.org, here are some suggested social media posts to share on Dec. 2:

Facebook

  • #GivingTuesday, a movement to create a global day of service & giving, is Dec. 2. This is a perfect time to schedule your donations for #CoGivesDay on @ColoradoGives.org.
  • So many great local nonprofits! Get ready for #COGivesDay by delving deep on #GivingTuesday. Learn about the programs, goals, and needs of your favorite nonprofits. Then schedule your donations! @ColoradoGives.org
  • Unsure who to donate to on #CoGivesDay? Set aside some time on #GivingTuesday to explore! Search by city, zip, keyword or cause on @ColoradoGives.org


Twitter

  • Schedule your #COGivesDay donations today, #GivingTuesday!
  • Explore local nonprofits on #GivingTuesday at @ColoradoGives.org


Monday, December 1, 2014

Rally at the Capitol – Six Tips for Success

By Kayla Arnesen, Director of Strategic Communications, Community First Foundation

2013 Colorado Gives Day Rally
In less than a week, hundreds of individuals representing Colorado’s nonprofits will descend on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver and rally in support of Colorado Gives Day.

The Colorado Gives Day Rally happens Monday, December 8 at 11 a.m. (rain, snow or shine) on the Capitol’s West steps. The Rally celebrates Colorado’s nonprofits and the great work they do in our communities. It is also the “last hurrah” before Colorado Gives Day.

If you are a participating ColoradoGives nonprofit and can get to the Capitol building on the second Monday in December, read on! Here are six things to know to make the most of the event:


  1. Date: Monday, December 8 on the West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol (Lincoln and Colfax). Parking is challenging so arrive early.
  2. Time: Try to be there by 10:30 a.m. We begin with remarks promptly at 11 and finish by 11:30. Governor Hickenlooper is joining us in person this year to read his proclamation proclaiming December 9 as Colorado Gives Day!
  3. What to Bring: Generally, two to four people to represent your organization is best. We welcome signs and banners of all shapes and sizes. Also we ask you to bring your phone so you can take “selfies” during the event and post to social media with the #COGivesDay tag.
  4. The media is invited: This is a visual event designed for picture-taking and news coverage. There are not any opportunities to hand out information or to perform.
  5. Bundle up: The entire event is outside so please dress for the cold.
  6. Prizes: FirstBank will be conducting five live drawings for $1,000 cash prizes. Four prizes will go to nonprofits in attendance. One prize will go to a nonprofit located outside of metro Denver. If you are a ColoradoGives nonprofit outside of the Denver area, please register to participate in the fifth drawing. One registration per nonprofit.