Thursday, November 3, 2016

Rally at the Capitol - Six Tips for Making the Most of the Event

By Samantha Barlow, Communications Coordinator at Community First Foundation

At the end of the month, hundreds of individuals will celebrate Colorado’s thriving nonprofit sector and rally in support of Colorado Gives Day.

The Colorado Gives Day Rally happens Tuesday, November 29 at 11 a.m. (rain, snow or shine) on the Capitol’s West Steps.

This year’s rally is taking place a full week before Colorado Gives Day. We want to capitalize on the charitable momentum of #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by social media, to encourage Coloradans to donate locally through ColoradoGives.org. In Colorado, the way we participate in #GivingTuesday is by scheduling our Colorado Gives Day donations.

The Rally is the last “big hurrah” before Colorado Gives Day (December 6). If you are a participating ColoradoGives nonprofit and can get to the Capitol building on November 29, read on! 

Here are six tips to help you make the most of the event: 
  1. Date: Tuesday, November 29 on the West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol (Lincoln and Colfax). Parking is challenging so arrive early. 
  2. Time: We begin with remarks promptly at 11:00 a.m. and finish by 11:20 a.m. Governor Hickenlooper will join us and proclaim December 6, 2016 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. We also encourage “selfies” and lots of social media posts using #COGivesDay
  4. The media is invited: This is a visual event designed for picture-taking and news coverage. There are no opportunities to hand out information or perform. 
  5. Bundle up: The entire event is outside so please dress for the weather. 
  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.* The first 60 individuals to arrive will also receive giving eCards with “Donations Dollars” to use on KidsforColoradoGives.org

*If you are a ColoradoGives nonprofit outside of the Denver area, please register to participate in the fifth drawing. One registration per nonprofit.


Nonprofits gather for the 2015 Colorado Gives Day Rally.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

It’s Time – Schedule Your Colorado Gives Day Donations!

By Samantha Barlow, Communications Coordinator at Community First Foundation

Q. Would you say you’re more of a planner or a procrastinator?

A. Planner.
You're going to be thrilled. Do we ever have the tool for you! Starting today, November 1, you can schedule all of your Colorado GivesDay donations. These donations will process on Colorado Gives Day, December 6, and still qualify for the giving day perks like the $1 Million Incentive Fund.

A. Procrastinator.
You're in good company. As a fellow procrastinator, ColoradoGives has just the tool to help us kick the habit. Starting today, November 1, we can schedule our Colorado Gives Day donations to make sure we don’t miss our chance to support nonprofits working to make our communities better. Scheduled donations will process on Colorado Gives Day, December 6, and will receive a boost from the $1 Million Incentive Fund.

How Scheduling Your Donations Works
Take your time, explore the variety of nonprofits serving your community and schedule donations at your leisure. When you’re ready, follow these five easy steps:
  • Go to ColoradoGives.org. Search for nonprofits or fundraising pages.
  •  Press the orange “Donate” button on the search result listing. Add your donation amount and press the “CO Gives Day” button to schedule it to process on December 6, 2016.
  • Complete the other fields and click “Add to Cart.”
  • Want to donate to more than one organization? Click on the “add more nonprofits to cart” button on the next page and keep going! Please note, if you want to add nonprofits to your cart over the course of several hours or days and checkout at a later time, you can save the items in your cart by logging into or creating a donor account.
  • Once all your scheduled donations are in your cart, finish checking out by clicking the “Checkout” button, logging into or creating a donor account, entering your payment information, and then pressing submit.
Be sure to click the "CO Gives Day" button to schedule a donation for December 6, 2016, and take advantage of the $1 Million Incentive Fund.
Please note you will receive an acknowledgement email indicating you have scheduled a donation. On Colorado Gives Day, you will receive a second email that confirms your donations have been processed. A copy of this email will also be stored on your donor account and can be accessed at any time. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Monday, October 31, 2016

FirstBank Prizes: Who Doesn’t Like a Little Extra?

By Angela Bevacqua, Senior Communications Specialist, Community First Foundation

FirstBank, corporate partner for Colorado Gives Day, is giving nonprofits participating in the 24 giving blitz a chance to add even more to their coffers. Like previous years, FirstBank is contributing $500,000 towards the $1 Million Incentive Fund plus $100,000 in cash prizes. The cash prizes are a fun way to bring in a little extra. 

$100,000 in Cash Prizes
Here’s the breakdown of this year’s prizes. Our tried and true prize categories have returned, along with one that is new and different:

  • Facebook Trivia Prizes – 15 prizes at $1,000 each
  • Rally Prizes – 10 prizes at $1,000 each
  • Luck-of-the-Draw Prizes – 13 prizes at $5,000 each
  • Kids for ColoradoGives Prizes – 1,000 prizes at $10 each

Something New for Kids
This year we’re allocating $10,000 for nonprofits receiving donations through KidsforColoradoGives.org, our new website for young givers. As a kid-friendly component of ColoradoGives.org, this site makes online giving fun and safe for children.

To promote Colorado nonprofits and the site, we are distributing what we call “Donation Dollars” to kids around the state. These virtual funds become real gifts when kids use them to make donations on KidsforColoradoGives.org through December 6.

For prize details, visit the ColoradoGives.org prize page and read the handy FAQs for Colorado Gives Day. Good luck!