ARVADA, Colo — Tuesday closed as a record-breaking Colorado Gives Day, a 24-hour period when Coloradans unite behind their favorite nonprofit in what is the state’s biggest day of giving all year.
Thousands of nonprofits are supported through gifts big and small by anyone looking to do something good for the community. For those of us at Denver7, it’s one of our favorite days of the year and we are proud to partner with Community First Foundation and First Bank which present Colorado Gives Day.
2020 was a record-breaking year for Colorado Gives Day raising just over $50 million for local nonprofit organizations.
And as Tuesday ended, over 215,000 donations have been made totaling up to a new record of $54.4 million impacting over 3,000 Colorado nonprofits. This year's number broke last year's record total of $50,050,610 million. In fact, 96-percent of participating nonprofits received a donation this Colorado Gives Day.
Since its inception in 2010, Colorado Gives Day has raised more than $307 million in donations benefiting nonprofits statewide. In 2020 alone, Coloradans gave 225,440 donations ranging from $5 to $200,000.
It’s because of the incredible generosity of everyday Coloradans that this day has become one of the most successful days of giving in the U.S., according to Community First Foundation.
So, how do you get involved? What’s great about giving at ColoradoGives.org is that you can select a nonprofit you already love or search for a new organization by a cause close to your heart. Just search by keyword like "animals" or "nature" to discover a Colorado nonprofit you’d like to support. You can also find organizations in your local area.
How does your financial gift on Colorado Gives Day make a difference? For Foothills Animal Shelter, it means more vaccinations and the opportunity to shelter thousands of animals.
“It really means second chances for pets in need,” said Joan Thielen, community engagement manager at Foothills Animal Shelter.