Colorado Gives Day: Donating to local nonprofits has never been easier

You don't have to wait until Colorado Gives Day to donate to your favorite nonprofit -- but the December 4 event is a handy way to remember to do it before the end of the year, during what we like to think of as the season of giving. If you don't have a favorite charity in mind, this is also a chance to explore what's out there -- and there are hundreds of good causes participating that count on donations to make things happen right here in your own community.

And it does make a difference: Nearly all nonprofits on board for Colorado Gives Day see annual increases in donations.

See also: - Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre Holiday Benefit / Colorado Gives Day - Five Colorado arts nonprofits to donate to on Colorado Gives Day - Colorado Gives Day: Which nonprofits raised the most money?

To find out more about the causes, go to the Colorado Gives Day 2012 website and research the different nonprofits. You can schedule a pledge in advance, or go back after midnight when the drive is under way and do it live. The following video explains how to donate online.

Here's another option: Five local nonprofits -- Swallow Hill Music, Smart-Girl, Assistance League of Denver, the Greenway Foundation and the Bridge Project -- are joining forces tomorrow evening from 4 to 6 p.m. at Swallow Hill for a philanthropic, "give where you live" awareness-raising celebration with live music, noshing and door prizes. Visit the Facebook event page for details.

Find information on hundreds of other arts and entertainment events in our online Calendar.

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