Colorado Gives Day looks to surpass $26 million haul from last year | SummitDaily.com

Colorado Gives Day looks to surpass $26 million haul from last year

Greg Ellison
gellison@summitdaily.com

Cans of soup line the shelves at the FIRC Food Bank, just one of numerous nonprofits in the community, and across the state, accepting online donations on Colorado Gives Day.

Today is the day to give where you live and support Colorado Gives Day, a statewide movement to celebrate and escalate philanthropy. By visiting ColoradoGives.org, donors can make online contributions to their favorite nonprofits or discover new causes to support.

Community First Foundation established the website, which accepts donations year round, in 2007 and, since that time, has collected more than $117 million to help fund nearly 2,000 nonprofits.

Since 2010, CFF has partnered with First Bank to sponsor the Gives Day and, again this year, has created a $1 million incentive fund that will increase the value of individual donations proportionally. The dollar amount raised by each nonprofit is divided by the overall amount collected on Colorado Gives Day, which is then multiplied by the million dollars in the incentive fund to calculate the percentage for each charity.

The flood of donations on Colorado Gives Day helps account for the majority of yearly fundraising on the ColoradoGives.org website. In 2014, the site collected over $35 million, of which more than $26 million came in on Gives Day. Last year's figures grew by 25 percent from 2013 when more than $28 million was collected — with nearly $20 million being collected during the one-day drive.

In 2014, more than 43,000 donors made over 108,000 individual donations to raise $26,279,451 in a 24-hour period. Proving lots of little dents can make an impact, while the average donation was $242, the most common amount was $100. In fact 83 percent of donations were under $250. Out of 1,690 participating nonprofits, 92 percent attracted at least one new donor, with an average of $15,671 received by each.

Last year in Summit County more than $300,000 was collected from over 500 donors during Gives Day. The community's generosity helped support 21 nonprofits that received an average donation of $13,744.

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This year's list of local groups to support includes, but is by no means limited to: The Summit Foundation, the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, the Breckenridge Music Festival, Breckenridge Backstage Theater, League for Animals and People of the Summit, Keystone Science School, the Summit County Library Foundation and High Country Conservation Center, just to name a few. Also the Friends of Dillon Ranger District and SOS Outreach are both facilitating a number of campaigns sponsored by individuals who support their causes.