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So, just how generous is Colorado?

Nine local nonprofits to find out
Peter Goldbergwater skis with Ron Hilton, who is parapalegic and blind, in 2010 at Navajo Reservoir. Durango Adaptive Sports Association, which sponsored the outing, is one of nine nonprofits participating in Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, which will be the fifth annual Colorado Gives Day, nine local nonprofits will discover just how generous our state is.

United Way of Southwest Colorado, Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Music in the Mountains, Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County, Durango Adaptive Sports Association, Planned Parenthood of Southwest Colorado, Mountain Studies Institute and the La Plata County Humane Society have been reviewed and accepted for inclusion in the statewide initiative.

“This is a good start, as there were only two last year,” said Kayla Arnesen, director of strategic communications for the Community First Foundation. Colorado Gives Day is a program of the foundation. “In 2013, all together they received 11 donations for a total amount of $1,635.”

Why should people donate through Colorado Gives Day rather than just sending a check to the nonprofit directly?

“Two reasons,” Arnesen said, “first, there’s a $1 million incentive fund attached to the day, so say the organization takes in 10 percent of the donations that day, then they get 10 percent of the incentive fund.”

The other reason regards state and community pride.

“This is an opportunity to give where you live, and support the great work Colorado nonprofits do,” she said.

Why should a nonprofit participate?

“The application process is quite comprehensive, and they do a lot of screening of organizations before they are accepted,” said Tim Kroes, executive director of Adaptive Sports. “Their goal is to become a clearing house for Colorado nonprofits and potential donors. They function a bit like Charity Navigator or Guidestar but on a state level.”

The application process generally takes place from March through May.

No one’s quite sure what to expect locally.

“We are excited to be a part of it this year and will be interested to see the financial impact,” Kroes said.

Music in the Mountains also is a first-time participant. The organization received two online donations on the national Giving Tuesday, which took place earlier this week.

“I’m very interested to see what it does for us,” said Angie Beach, the classical music festival’s executive director.


To donate

Visit www.coloradogives.org to learn more and donate on Colorado Gives Day, which will run for 24 hours midnight to midnight Tuesday. It’s also possible to set up the donation in advance by selecting CO Gives Day as a donation type during checkout.

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