Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Ripple Effect of Colorado Gives Day

By Marla J. Williams, President and CEO of Community First Foundation

A child gives up his or her allowance to help a nonprofit charity. A community member discovers a new organization they’re passionate about just down the street. A nonprofit serving home bound seniors is able to deliver 20 percent more meals next year.

After seven years, I am still stunned by the ripple effect of Colorado Gives Day.

The numbers are always incredible. This year, donations totaled $33.8 million. Generous donors made more than 145,700 gifts to 2,111 nonprofits in just 24 hours. These numbers represent the extraordinary generosity of individuals all across the state. Thank you for your contributions yesterday and for being part of the Colorado Gives Day movement.

As we look at the far-reaching effects of Colorado Gives Day, the best indicator of what's to come may be our newest program, Kids for ColoradoGives. A portion of the $33.8 million raised yesterday came through KidsforColoradoGives.org, a new component of the ColoradoGives.org website designed specifically for young givers. We’re inspired to witness the next generation of Coloradans giving up their allowances and holiday presents to make their neighborhoods better places to live, work and play.

Colorado Gives Day is a 24-hour event, but strengthening our communities is a year-round effort. Nonprofits need your support on a continual basis. ColoradoGives.org makes it easy to set up recurring donations at intervals that work for you and your family.

We can’t thank you enough for your contributions yesterday. Our job is not over. If I can leave you with one message, it’s keep giving.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Real People Behind the Scenes

Meet the Online Giving Team


Ever wonder what’s happening behind the scenes on Colorado Gives Day? Answering questions, processing donations and communicating progress is an all-hands-on-deck affair at Community First Foundation, but there are three staff members who really keep the ColoradoGives.org wheels turning, today and every day. Meet the online giving team!

 Meet Dana Rinderknecht, director of online giving
Q. What’s your role on the team?
A. I raise awareness of the program and keep it moving forward with exciting new ideas like KidsforColoradoGives.org.

Q. What’s the coolest thing about ColoradoGives.org most people don’t know?
A. That you can set up ongoing, regular donations to your favorite nonprofit to support them year-round. This gives them funds they can rely on and helps you spread out your cost.

Q. What are your personal charitable passions?
A. For me, it’s about making the world a better place.

Q. What are you most looking forward to doing the day after ColoradoGives Day – December 7?
A. Sleeping. I also look forward to hearing amazing stories from nonprofits about what happened on Colorado Gives Day.

Q. If you could go on a “friend date” with any celebrity, who would it be and what would you do?
A. I would go for wine with Madeline Albright.


Meet Bryce Wilkinson, senior online giving specialist
Q. What’s your role on team?
A. I address donor questions and help resolve any donation issues. I also assist nonprofits with updating and completing their profiles and work with all the data associated with the website.  

Q. What’s the coolest thing about ColoradoGives.org most people don’t know?
A. It is a year-round program, so people can donate 24 hours a day, every day of the year – not only on Colorado Gives Day!

Q. What are your personal charitable passions?
A. Education and civil rights.

Q. What are you most looking forward to doing the day after ColoradoGives Day – December 7?
A. Picking up some game-worn Colorado Rapids gear at their supporters’ sale.    

Q. If you could go on a “friend date” with any celebrity, who would it be and what would you do?
A. I’d get a pizza with Lionel Messi.


Meet Lisa Lujan, online giving coordinator
Q. What’s your role on the team?
A. I help donors and nonprofits with questions they have about the ColoradoGives program, donations or nonprofit profiles. I also manage ColoradoGives communications, such as our newsletter and social media posts.

Q. What’s the coolest thing about ColoradoGives.org most people don’t know?       
A. We’re working to improve our process on an ongoing basis. I don’t think a lot of people know just how passionate we are about serving our community to the best of our ability and how hard we work to ensure nonprofits and donors get the best service we can provide.

Q. What are your personal charitable passions?
A. This is always changing for me. As I grow older and more involved in the community, I find more things I am passionate about. Right now some of my passions include education, the arts, helping people with disabilities and public media.

Q. What are you most looking forward to doing the day after ColoradoGives Day – December 7?
A. Celebrating the final results!

Q. If you could go on a “friend date” with any celebrity, who would it be and what would you do?

A. Tough question! Probably one of my favorite comedians. I’d love to just sit with one of them and shoot the breeze over a cup of something delicious so I could thank them for how much joy their jokes have brought to my life.