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Colorado Gives Day supports Grand Valley philanthropy

Caitlin Row
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2014 COLORADO GIVES DAY

The following local organizations are participating:

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Mesa County

Center for Independence

Children’s Nature Center

The Counseling and Education Center

Family Health West

Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County

Hilltop Community Resources

HopeWest

KAFM 88.1 Public Radio

Kids Voting of Mesa County

Marillac Clinic

Math and Science Center

Mesa County Libraries

Mesa County RSVP

Mesa Land Trust

Riverfront Commission

Roice-Hurst Humane Society

Super Rad Art Jam

Tamarisk Coalition

Western CO Center for the Arts

Western Colorado Congress

Western CO Suicide Prevention

Western Slope Center for Children

Colorado Gives Day returns to the state, including the Grand Junction area, on Tuesday, Dec. 9.

“Colorado Gives Day puts emphasis back on giving where you live,” said Joy Thompson, who leads a Mesa County collaborative marketing push for 23 nonprofits involved in this year’s event.

Next week’s online event encourages Grand Valley residents to donate funds on Tuesday only by visiting http://www.ColoradoGivesDay.org.

“Participating charities will share in a $1,000,000 incentive fund from FirstBank that will enhance all donations received on Colorado Gives Day,” a news release said.

The inventive “helps to increase the amount of the donation,” said Thompson, who also works for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Mesa County. “In this economy for nonprofits, every little bit helps.”

This year’s fundraising goal for the collaborative group is $60,000, she added, which does not include the incentive boost.

Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra is also participating in this year’s event, though it’s not a part of the official collaboration.

“The donations we receive on Colorado Gives Day will help us do more to support the community and ensure we can continue to provide our exceptional educational programs and concerts,” said Kelly Anderson, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra’s executive director in a news release. “Our goal is to raise $10,000 this year, which is a big part of our annual operating budget.”

Grand Junction’s Museum of Western Colorado is another local organization participating in Colorado Gives Day.

“The museum has not done Colorado Gives Day before, but we are looking forward to participating this year,” said Peter Booth, executive director of Museum of Western Colorado. “Giving is of critical importance for museums.”

Kannah Creek Brewing Company additionally hosted a Colorado Gives Day firkin fundraiser for the 23 Grand Valley nonprofits on Monday, Dec. 1, prior to the official event.

“The firkin ran out in an hour and raised $420.77,” said Katlin Birdsall, Kannah Creek’s spokeswoman. “Since it ran out so fast the owners agreed to donate $1 from every Standing Wave Pale Ale sold, so an additional $40 was raised that way. And $15 was collected in donations which brings the total to $475.77.”

People who are interested in giving money to a participating nonprofit should search the website by zip code as there are far more than 23 local organizations participating in the fundraising push.

For more information, visit http://www.ColoradoGivesDay.org.


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