By Tracy Pope
Special to The SUN
Archuleta County nonprofits will kick off their Colorado Gives campaigns on National Gives Day, Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the Ruby Sisson Library conference room from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Local nonprofits who participate in Colorado Gives Day will host an open house showcase for patrons to learn more about their organizations. Their message will be to ask potential donors to schedule their Colorado Gives donations early, in the spirit of National Gives Day (#GivingTuesday). Coffee and light snacks will be served.
“We invite the public to come and learn more about the missions and funding needs of these vital nonprofits,” said Briggen Wrinkle, executive director of the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado.
The Community Foundation is spearheading a regional effort to increase local participation in Colorado Gives Day. Colorado Gives is an easy, online initiative for donors to contribute to nonprofits across Colorado.
Colorado Gives Day is scheduled this year for Dec. 4, but donors may donate early by scheduling their donation at www.swcogives.org.
Colorado Gives is organized by the Community First Foundation, which hosts a year-round, statewide electronic giving platform featuring almost 2,500 Colorado nonprofits. Last year on Colorado Gives Day, $36.6 million was donated statewide, with $209,665 going to nonprofits in Southwest Colorado.
This is the second year the Community Foundation has acted as a regional champion, seeing nonprofit and donor participation climb significantly. For more information, visit www.swcogives.org or call 375-5807.
The following nonprofits from Archuleta County are participating on the platform and able to receive online donations: Aspire, Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, Humane Society of Pagosa Springs, Justice Ministries of Pagosa, Rise Above Violence and Sonlight Adventures Inc.
Any of these nonprofits would be happy to be contacted to discuss their efforts to increase local participation in Colorado Gives Day.
By Tracy Pope