The Douglas County Community Foundation hosted the first Douglas County Gives Rally on Nov. 29 at Schomp MINI, 1001 Plum Valley Lane, in Highlands Ranch. At the hour-long event, 37 nonprofit …
The Douglas County Community Foundation hosted the first Douglas County Gives Rally on Nov. 29 at Schomp MINI, 1001 Plum Valley Lane, in Highlands Ranch. At the hour-long event, 37 nonprofit organizations from Douglas County celebrated and anticipated Colorado Gives Day, an annual statewide movement to increase philanthropy in Colorado by donating online. This year, the day of giving falls on Dec. 5.
“Give where you live,” said Donna Scott, chair of Douglas County Community Foundation, which partners with people and organizations in the county to build funds that serve the public. “The big thing is trying to get people in Douglas County to know about the nonprofits so they can support where they live.”
During last year's Colorado Gives Day, Douglas County nonprofits received 2,018 donations totaling $813,527. This year, the goal is to increase the number of donations by 15 percent, said Scott.
Nonprofits in Douglas County bring a variety of services to the community. For example, Wellspring Community, based in Castle Rock, offers work, enrichment and educational opportunities for adults with special needs. The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation in Lone Tree serves individuals, families and communities affected by epilepsy. In Parker, HawkQuest educates the community on rescue eagles, owls, falcons and hawks. Other nonprofits include Crisis Center, Douglas County Libraries Foundation, Douglas County Search and Rescue, Promise Ranch Therapeutic Riding.
The list goes on. Run by mostly volunteers, the organizations benefit greatly from the annual day of giving.
“It's a chance for us to get the financial support that we so desperately need,” said Mary Lou Fenton, executive director of Wellspring Community.