Archive for December, 2012

Elusive Young Donors and How to Catch Them

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Connie Jiang

Every few weeks, I receive a letter from my alma mater asking me to give back to the college that provided me four years of fun, friends, and academic adventure.

As much as I loved my college experience, I haven’t loved the tactics my alma mater uses to get recent graduates, like me, to give back to the college. Vanilla ‘ask’ letters, pestering phone calls, and memberships into selective (and very expensive) alumni organizations often turn young donors away.

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Fun in the Fellowship (30 Days to Apply!)

Friday, December 21st, 2012

It is hard to believe the application deadline for the El Pomar Fellowship is only a month away (January 21, 2013).  On the blog, we often highlight the fact that the Fellowship is an incredible opportunity for personal and professional growth. But the Fellowship also breeds a tight community of active, engaged, and passionate young people, not to mention friendships that last well beyond Fellows’ two years at the Foundation. (more…)

The Naturita Library: more than just books

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Too often, libraries are thought of only in basic, outdated terms.  In the digital age books and magazines are rapidly being replaced by Kindles and iPads. Some even say that by 2020, 90 percent of literature will be read electronically.  This leads many to wonder – are libraries becoming obsolete?

The reality is that libraries have always played an integral role in communities, educating, entertaining, and bringing people together. Libraries represent a community’s commitment not only to knowledge, but to making knowledge accessible.  Because of this, libraries may be transforming, but they certainly are not disappearing.  (more…)

Run, Cheer, and Skate This Weekend to Support the Empty Stocking Fund

Friday, December 7th, 2012

What do the Colorado College Stocking Shuffle, the University of Minnesota, and ice skating have in common? Besides chilly weather and holiday cheer, all three are fun ways for you to support the Empty Stocking Fund this weekend!

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Colorado Gives and Gives and Gives Day

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Colorado Gives Day doesn’t seem like enough anymore. In one 24-hour period, Coloradans raised approximately $15 million for 1,258 nonprofits statewide. Can we add a few more “gives” next year to accurately capture the effect this day has come to have on Coloradans?

Included in the mammoth total were 68,000 total donations. And 20 of those donations led directly to non-Metro Denver nonprofits receiving a boost from “Diamond Anniversary Dollars” provided by El Pomar Foundation and the Boettcher Foundation in honor of our 75th anniversaries. Recipient organizations were randomly selected from organizations receiving donations in the 7 o’clock hours and 5 o’clock hours during Colorado Gives Day.

Check out the morning winners here.

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And the winners are…

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

As promised, the early bird did catch the worm!

Ten organizations that received Colorado Gives Day donations during the 5AM and 7AM hours today were randomly selected to receive $1,000 each from El Pomar Foundation and Boettcher Foundation. These “Diamond Anniversary Dollars” are meant to encourage giving across the state in celebration of our 75th anniversaries.

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Putting the Phun in Philanthropy

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Today is Colorado Gives Day, an opportunity for the entire state to take part in the activity that drives El Pomar Foundation on a daily basis. In partnership with the Boettcher Foundation, El Pomar is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a grant to help expand Colorado Gives Day throughout the entire state.

How does an effort in its infancy mesh with two organizations that have been around for a combined 150 years? Read Josie Burke’s guest post on the GivingFirst.org blog to learn more.