Dec. 4, 2018 marks the eighth annual Colorado Gives Day. This annual statewide movement is meant to "celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving," according to the Colorado Gives website.
Numerous Delta County nonprofits are participating this year, including HopeWest, Surface Creek Animal Shelter, Senior CommUnity Meals, Friends of Paradise Theatre and Colorado West Land Trust. Friends of Paradise has participated for five years, and this marks the animal shelter's third year.
Every nonprofit must meet a list of eligibility requirements before participating in Colorado Gives Day (CGD). A full list of participating Delta County nonprofits can be found on ColoradoGives.org.
How CGD works:
Between Nov. 1 and Dec. 3 people are encouraged to go online to the CGD website and schedule a donation. All donations marked for CGD are processed on Dec. 4. Or, givers can mark their calendars to do it on Dec. 4.
While giving can occur year round, CGD is marked by a $1 million incentive fund for participation. Community First Foundation and FirstBank each contributed $500,000 this year to CGD. Essentially this increases the amount of money an organization receives.
At the completion of CGD, each nonprofit will receive a proportionate share of the incentive based on how much they received through donations. For example, if Surface Creek Animal Shelter receives $10,000 in donations with CGD raising a total of $10 million then SCAS would receive an additional $1,000 from the incentive fund.
CGD is the largest one-day online giving event in Colorado, with more than $182 million raised since 2010. This helps many nonprofits, like SCAS, continue their operations with an additional fundraising opportunity.