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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.