Everything You Need to Know About Colorado Gives Day

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Today, December 6, is the seventh annual Colorado Gives Day, when folks are encouraged to donate to nonprofits in the state — and there are at least a million reasons to dig deep.

Community First Foundation and FirstBank have each donated $500,000 to create a $1 million incentive fund. This pie will be sliced based on the total amount each charity raises divided by the total amount of donations to all participating nonprofits.

As such, your donation dollars will go even further.

Here are the basics about Colorado Gives Day.

Its popularity is growing

ColoradoGives.org was created in May 2007, with the first Colorado Gives Day taking place in 2010. Through 2015, $155,787,343 has been donated — and each year, the amount collected has risen, with last year's haul topping $38 million.

This graph shows the steady increase.

Some counties are more generous than others

For 2015, ColoradoGives.org broke down donations by county. As you can see in the graphic below, nine counties wound up in the red — which, in this case, is a good thing, since it designates the most generous areas.

No surprise that the largest pool of money was donated in Denver County, the state's population king — and in general, the counties with the most people gifted the most cash. But as judged by the average amount by donor, the folks in Routt County opened their pocketbooks the widest, followed by Eagle County and Summit County. Adams County residents gave the least per donor, on average, among the red counties.

These are the top nine.

1. Denver County
# Donors: 15,389
# Donations: 45,867
$ Donated: $10,313,632.85
Average $ Donated per Donor: $670.20
Average # Donations per Donor: 3

2. Larimer County
# Donors: 3,957
# Donations: 10,342
$ Donated: $1,742,589.47
Average $ Donated per Donor: $440.38
Average # Donations per Donor: 2.6

3. Adams County
# Donors: 2,299
# Donations: 5,727
$ Donated: $798,780.15
Average $ Donated per Donor: $347.45
Average # Donations per Donor: 2.5

4. Eagle County
# Donors: 1,082
# Donations: 3,165
$ Donated: $772,634.46
Average $ Donated per Donor: $714.08
Average # Donations per Donor: 2.9

5. El Paso County
# Donors: 2,064
# Donations: 4,182
$ Donated: $752,364.35
Average $ Donated per Donor: $364.52
Average # Donations per Donor: 2

6. Weld County
# Donors: 1,646
# Donations: 4,146
$ Donated: $598,671.61
Average $ Donated per Donor: $363.71
Average # Donations per Donor: 2.5

7. Routt County
# Donors: 715
# Donations: 2,163
$ Donated: $531,180.00
Average $ Donated per Donor: $742.91
Average # Donations per Donor: 3

8. Summit County
# Donors: 532
# Donations: 1,664
$ Donated: $377,142.08
Average $ Donated per Donor: $708.91
Average # Donations per Donor: 3.1

9. Mesa County
# Donors: 631
# Donations: 1,645
$ Donated: $259,638.00
Average $ Donated per Donor: $411.47
Average # Donations per Donor: 2.6

Continue for more of what you need to know about Colorado Gives Day.



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