What Gives With Colorado Gives Day?

December 5, 2017

From holiday light displays, to around-the-clock holiday music and shop-‘til-you-drop deals, the holiday season is definitely upon us. Looking to do more this year than frantically try to save a few bucks on the iPhone X? Just open up a new browser window, and get ready to make a difference right in your own backyard.

Today marks the seventh annual Colorado Gives Day, the state’s largest single-day giving event. Created in 2010 by the Community First Foundation with financial support from FirstBank, the annual event raises awareness of, and encourages donations to, nearly 2,300 Colorado nonprofit organizations.

The platform provided by ColoradoGives.org educates donors about participating organizations and enables hassle-free online contributions. Its year-round online giving website has raised more than $200 million for Colorado nonprofits since 2007. Organizations must be classified as 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, and either headquartered in Colorado, or providing service through a physical office in the state.

If you're not quite sure how to get started with making a donation, Colorado Gives has you covered. Watch this YouTube tutorial, and in just five minutes, you’ll be well on your way to making a difference.

Why should you donate through ColoradoGives.org on Colorado Gives Day? Simple. Community First Foundation and FirstBank have created a $1 Million Incentive Fund that boosts your donation dollars, benefiting the nonprofits you select even more. 

Night owl? Procrastinator? Don’t worry, Colorado Gives Day is a 24-hour event that starts at 12 a.m. on December 5. Let’s be real: if you’re up late, you’re probably just binging on Stranger Things or scrolling through Instagram, so why not go ahead and put that insomnia to good use?

We know the holidays can be stressful, and that you're being whacked over the head with deal after oh-so-tempting deal. But this year, maybe you can start a new tradition. And we'll bet you ever have some moolah left over for that NES Classic Edition you’ve been eyeing on eBay...

Do you or your employer participate in Colorado Gives Day? Tell us about it!