COLORADO SPRINGS and ARVADA, Colo. (Nov. 28, 2012) – Colorado Gives Day, an initiative created in 2010 by Community First Foundation to increase philanthropy in the state through online giving, is back and new this year is $25,000 in cash prizes for participating nonprofits outside the seven-county Metro Denver area sponsored by Boettcher Foundation, based in Denver, and El Pomar Foundation, based in Colorado Springs. The prizes are part of a new grant that both foundations made to Community First Foundation to help expand Colorado Gives Day in honor of their 75th anniversaries. (more…)
Archive for November, 2012
What do I understand? My friends, I am talking about the one word I have always been told to appreciate, yet have never learned to appreciate.
Today, as most Americans gather to give thanks to family, friends, country, and heath, we at El Pomar Foundation would like to honor those we are thankful for: the dedicated organizations, leaders, donors, and volunteers who work to make Colorado a better place, day in and day out. From our family to yours, thank you.
It came without ribbons. It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
– Dr. Seuss from How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Parliament recently approved a bill that makes Canada the first nation to officially declare November 15 as National Philanthropy Day. While the United States has yet to set a permanent day to honor the work of charities, donors and volunteers, philanthropy is recognized through celebrations all across the country in the beginning of November.
Recently, El Pomar Foundation awarded more than $200,000 in grants to seven outstanding nonprofits from across the state through the Awards for Excellence program. Over the next few weeks, we would like to highlight the impact Awards for Excellence winners are having on the people of Colorado.
As the mining industry declined in Colorado, so did many of the state’s small mountain communities. Some once-thriving towns like St. Elmo, Crystal, and Animas Forks all but fell off the map. Others like Aspen, Telluride, and Breckenridge found new life as destination ski areas. Yet one Colorado town in Mineral County took a slightly different path.
Millennials are confident, open to change, and in search of meaning. In a recent article titled, “What Millennials Want Most: A Career That Actually Matters,” Forbes magazine suggests that millennials are not motivated by success in the same way previous generations were. Millennials want to know what an organization stands for and how they, individually, can spark positive change in the world. They are committed to changing the world, and believe they have the skills to make it happen. (more…)
How do you create the first self-funded city office in the country, save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars through sustainability initiatives, line Pikes Peak avenue with trees and hay bales for a day, and convince an entire community that what you’re doing makes sense? Embrace your creativity/innovation and open the hearts and minds of the people around you. (more…)