Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Family Uses Thanksgiving Break to Schedule Donations

By Angela Bevacqua, Senior Communications Specialist

After your family recovers from its “L-Tryptophan slump” this Thanksgiving, why not use your holiday break to spread thanks to the nonprofits that serve our communities?

Christine Moreland, Community First Foundation’s Controller, had the idea that Thanksgiving break—when her three daughters would be home together—would be a meaningful time to teach them about charitable giving.

By using Colorado Gives Day as the catalyst, Christine and her husband are giving each child $100 to make their own personal selections on the website ColoradoGives.org.

Tricia, Trina and Tristin Moreland

“My husband and I have always been charitable, but we have never involved the kids before,” said Christine. “We’re taking this opportunity to teach them how to use ColoradoGives.org and review local charities.”

A Passion for the Arts
Christine’s children are passionate about the arts (see the Arts, Culture & Humanities nonprofits featured on ColoradoGives.org), having been involved in theater and dance performance for much of their youth. So their giving will likely center around organizations that provide cultural experiences. “We advise them to make the experience personal by giving to the causes that move them,” adds Christine.

Scheduling Early
Christine’s family can even participate in Colorado Gives Day during their break by scheduling donations early. From November 1 – December 7, donors can schedule donations by going through the donation process on ColoradoGives.org and simply selecting “CO Gives Day” under Donation Type in the checkout Cart (pictured below).

In this way, donations are “held” and automatically run on December 8, when the value of every donation is increased by the $1 Million Incentive Fund.

The final step? Let your friends know on social media by sharing the "I Gave Early" badge (pictured below) and start a new tradition!

Choose "CO Gives Day" for the Donation to Processon Colorado Gives Day, Dec. 8

Share this Badge on Social Media

Monday, November 23, 2015

Schedule Colorado Gives Day Donations on GivingTuesday!

By Angela Bevacqua, Senior Communications Specialist

GivingTuesday is a campaign driven by social media 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, and aims to encourage giving world-wide.

This year 
#GivingTuesday takes place on December 1—one week before Colorado Gives Day. Although #GivingTuesday encourages acts of service, it does not accept or distribute donations. 

Luckily, ColoradoGives.org does, so December 1 is also 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. 1:

  • #GivingTuesday, a movement to create a global day of service & giving, is Dec. 1. Use this day 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 name, keyword, city,  zip or cause on @ColoradoGives.org
  • Schedule your #COGivesDay donations today, #GivingTuesday!
  • Explore local nonprofits on #GivingTuesday at @ColoradoGives.org

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 over $400,000 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.

If you have the opportunity to interact with any of our sponsors, please thank them for their outstanding support:

The Networks of 9NEWS
iHeartMedia (Formerly Clear Channel)
Denver Business Journal
Rocky Mountain PBS
Colorado Public Television (CPT12, PBS)
Mile High Outdoor Advertising
5280 Magazine

Colorado Public TV Prize Helps Small Nonprofits

By Kayla Arnesen, Director of Strategic Communications

Kayla Arnesen
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.

“We understand marketing a small organization is really challenging,” said Pam Parker of Colorado Public Television (CPT12, PBS). “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.”

The prize consists of a 10-week media campaign through Colorado Public Television that includes production of a 30-second commercial, airtime and more. Entries are accepted from November 15, 2015 through December 8, 2015.

Participation Instructions

  1. Upload a photo on the contest page.
  2. Either in the photo or in the caption (which has a 300 character limit), post a response to the following question: "How does Colorado Public Television (CPT12, PBS) build community?"
  3. Choose the nonprofit to which they would like the prize to be awarded and complete all the other required fields on the submission form.
  4. At the end of the contest, Community First Foundation will conduct a random drawing of the eligible photos. The winner will be selected and notified in late December 2015.

Nonprofit Eligibility
To be eligible, nonprofits must meet the following criteria.

  1. The nonprofit must have $100,000 or less in total annual revenue as reported on tax year 2014 financial documents uploaded to ColoradoGives.org
  2. The organization must have an active, publicly visible profile on ColoradoGives.org