Friday, November 18, 2016

Pride, Eggplants, and a Case for Spreading the Word

By Lisa Lujan, Online Giving Coordinator

I’m not going to lie, I’m proud.

I’m proud to be a part of the ColoradoGives program at Community First Foundation because I love helping other people. I’m always a little thrown back when people ask where I work, then look at me like I have eggplants growing out of my ears when I enthusiastically reply, “I’m part of the ColoradoGives program at Community First Foundation!” 

Even though I’m thrown back, it’s okay. It’s okay because it’s a great opportunity to tell them what I do, how important our nonprofits are to the community, and why we should support them.

We know that for many of you, this season – especially Colorado Gives Day on December 6 – is one of the most important fundraising periods of the year. That’s why I’m encouraging you to share the ways people can get involved with on Colorado Gives Day. Shout it from the rooftops! Tell friends and family to do the same. If we all tell one new person, think what the impact could be.

Here are the less obvious ways you and your friends and family can get involved in the excitement of the day:
  • Join the ColoradoGives Day Corporate Challenge presented by the Denver Business Journal or encourage other businesses to do so. In its third year, the Corporate Challenge pits companies against themselves in a fun and friendly competition to raise money for the more than 2,000 Colorado nonprofits participating in Colorado Gives Day.
  • Buy a GivingeCard for your favorite kiddo to use on our newest site,, to get the whole family involved in the day.
  • Makea fundraising page for your favorite nonprofit, email it out, put it on social media and  encourage friends and family to give.
  • Schedule your donation! Especially on November 29, which is #GivingTuesday nationally, remember that in Colorado, the way we participate in #GivingTuesday is by scheduling our #COGivesDay donations. Of course, you can schedule a donation anytime between now and Colorado Gives Day.
  • Join us November 29 (#GivingTuesday) on the Capitol’s West Steps for our annual Colorado Gives Day Rally!

No matter how you choose to participate in the day, be proud, Colorado, and proud to give where you live!

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