HeidiTown Gives Back: Colorado Gives Day

Colorado Gives Day Logo

I’ve decided to dedicate December to “Colorado Gives Day.” This gives me the opportunity to highlight all the charities that have been recipients of HeidiTown Gives Back during this past year.

Colorado Gives Day is a 24 hour period of time that starts at 12 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. It’s a state wide marketing campaign to, according to the website, “support the nonprofits that protect and nurture quality of life in Colorado.”

Last year, Coloradans donated $15.4 million on Colorado Gives Day. Since 2010, Colorado Gives Day has been a presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank.

Colorado Gives Day WOLF

ColoradoGives is an online giving program that centers on a website called ColoradoGives.org. This online resource features 1,000 Colorado charities. The website encourages charitable giving by providing comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information about local nonprofits and an easy way to support them online.

National Mill Dog Rescue - puppy mill
National Mill Dog Rescue rescues dogs from terrible puppy mills and sheds light on these facilities. (Photo from National Mill Dogs on Facebook)

I would urge you to consider giving to one of the following Colorado nonprofits on Colorado Gives Day, December 10. Click the name to read my HeidiTown Gives Back blog post about each charity. If the charity is not listed at ColoradoGives.org, you can go to their website directly to make a donation, but most of these charities will be on the site.

Café 180

Colorado Animal Rescue Express (C.A.R.E.)

Disabled Resource Services (DRS)

Wolves Offered Life & Friendship (W.O.L.F.)

National Mill Dog Rescue

Lucky Dog Rescue

Zip Line for Taite Project

PetAid Colorado

Colorado Gives Day is a great way to flex your giving muscle, but why not make giving a habit? While many people who donate on Colorado Gives Day won’t think about philanthropy again until next December, you can choose to make giving part of your lifestyle.

Keeba's Info Lucky Dog Rescue
Keeba is a German Shepherd mix available now at Lucky Dog Rescue.

Several years ago I joined a giving circle, which makes it easy to give on a monthly basis. I donate $25 per month. That money is pooled with the other 14 members who also donate $25 per month, and then quarterly we nominate and vote on a deserving charity that will receive our funds. The best part of being a member of a giving circle is that I am able to give to a charity a much bigger sum of money than if I were giving alone.

My giving circle is People with Compassion for Pets, but you can find one that’s right for you. Check out ChangeGangs.org or google “giving circles.” If you have any questions, leave me a comment below.


  1. Great post, Heidi! Our donations are so important and really do make Colorado a better place! I hope people will give today and all year long.

    And thanks for sharing the word about our giving circles. It’s such an easy way to make small donations that make a big impact.


  2. I work at a Denver Non Profit called Tennyson Center for Children. WE benefit from this as well. Thank you for sharing this information! This is a really important day for local agencies!


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