Colorado Gives Day Dec. 10 helps Grand Junction nonprofits |

Colorado Gives Day Dec. 10 helps Grand Junction nonprofits

One of Kannah Creek Brewing Company's brewers, Pete Jeffryes, taps the keg at the brewpub's monthly "Firkin Fundraiser." This month, Dec. 2, it raised money for Colorado Gives Day.
Kannah Creek |


Donate to participating statewide nonprofits by visiting Tuesday, Dec. 10. The fundraiser goes from midnight to midnight.

Local or locally-based nonprofits participating:

• Bethany Christian Services

• CASA of Mesa County

• Colorado Mesa University Foundation

• Counseling & Education Center

• Family Health West

• Grand Valley Zoological Quest

• Hilltop

• HopeWest

• Light Gives Heat

• March of Dimes Foundation

• Mesa Land Trust

• Mind Springs Health

• Multiple Sclerosis Society, Colo.-Wyo. Chapter

• Riverside Educational Center

• Rocky Mountain PBS

• Roice-Hurst Humane Society

• Tamarisk Coalition

• The Art Center

• United Way of Mesa County

• Western Colorado Congress

• Western Slope Center for Children

Colorado Gives Day — coming up this Tuesday, Dec. 10 — means a lot for local, as well as statewide, nonprofits.

“Last year, it raised $15.7 million in Colorado in 24 hours,” Counseling and Education Center Development Coordinator Mary Cornforth Cawood said. “It goes to nonprofits only in Colorado. You can choose the organization. No money is taken off the top (when you donate on Colorado Gives Day), and it all comes back locally.”

In Mesa County, the 2012 Colorado Gives Day brought in “$88,990 for 15 nonprofits through 386 donations, an increase of 258 percent from 2011,” Cornforth Cawood added.

Counseling and Education Center is one of nine local organizations that have joined together this year to help promote Colorado Gives Day — the others include Mesa Land Trust, CASA, Roice-Hurst Humane Society, HopeWest, Grand Valley Zoological Quest, Western Slope Center for Children, and the Tamarisk Coalition.

“It’s about promoting philanthropy in Colorado,” Cornforth Cawood said. “It’s an online giving campaign,” from midnight to midnight on Dec. 10, where 100 percent of donations go to the organization of your choice.

Kannah Creek Brewing Company made its monthly “Firkin Fundraiser” this past Monday, Dec. 2, a Colorado Gives Day event, too. Kannah Creek spokeswoman Katlin Lubely said “the firkin sold out and raised $356.20.”


Colorado Gives Day is a web-based philanthropy organized by the Community First Foundation and First Bank on the Front Range.

To find Mesa County nonprofits participating on Tuesday, Dec. 10, visit and search the database. Donations must be made online.

“If Tuesday is a really busy day for you, pre-schedule a donation,” Cornforth Cawood noted. “You can select any amount and can even pay with a credit card.”

Community First Foundation has “a $250,000 pot of money,” she said, noting that funds donated on Colorado Gives Day will receive a match.

“It’s not a 100-percent match,” Mesa Land Trust Development Officer Mary Hughes said. “It’s an enhancement, and it makes a donation more meaningful.”

According to Hughes, Mesa Land Trust received $11,701 in 2012, and $10,500 in 2011 through past Colorado Gives Days. Those funds go directly to operations expenses, and all donations are greatly appreciated.

“We have about 500 contributors, and a lot of those people chose to make their annual contribution through Colorado Gives Day,” she said. “It’s exciting to know we have Mesa Land Trust members we can count on each year.”

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