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Yampa Valley Gives generates nearly $500,000

Yampa Valley Gives Day supporters wave signs encouraging people to donate to local nonprofits Tuesday.
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— Yampa Valley residents dug deep into their pockets Tuesday, giving $463,879 to local nonprofits during the second annual Yampa Valley Gives Day.

That amount is expected to reach nearly $500,000 after local and state incentive funding is added.

Last year, the regional event, which coincides with the state’s Colorado Gives Day, generated $371,000 in donations and surpassed more than $400,000 for local nonprofits after local and state incentive funding was added.

“With the incentive funds, we’re going to be a little shy of a half-million dollars,” said Glen Traylor, Yampa Valley Gives board chair. “To see around $80,000 in growth over last year is fantastic. I think the community knows how to step up and get involved and give where they live.”

Statewide, Colorado Gives Day donations totaled $28.4 million. A $1 million incentive fund will be proportionately distributed among donation recipients across the state, and an additional $20,000 in incentive funds is being disbursed specifically to local groups.

Traylor said Wednesday he had yet to receive a list of how much was raised by all the participating nonprofits from the sponsoring Community First Foundation, but he expects to receive the information by the end of the week.

Many of the 52 participating nonprofits and eight fundraising organizations registered with the event were eager to share totals raised Tuesday with their supporters.

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council generated more than $20,000 during the 24-hour giving period Tuesday, more than doubling the $9,830 given to the council in 2014.

“We had a goal of $10,000 and made a little over $20,000, so that was really exciting,” said LA Bourgeois, administrative assistant for the arts council. “We did very well; we were very pleased. And some of that goes to the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, which is great.”

Large jumps in both the number of donors and the amount raised seemed to be the case for some organizations, including Yampatika, which generated $9,295 this year from 98 donors, up from $3,125 given by 48 donors last year.

“We are thrilled,” said Anne Mudgett, Yampatika development director.

Mudgett said Yampatika staff and board members crafted personalized video messages they sent out to supporters to drum up interest for the day of giving.

“That was the key to our success, those personal appeals,” Mudgett said.

Another nonprofit that earned big was Steamboat’s Family Development Center, which took in $76,285 from 23 individual donors Tuesday.

“Their support will impact more than 400 families with young children in Routt County, who we are privileged to serve,” said director Tami Havener.

The day of giving culminated with an evening event at Sake2U, at which representatives from nonprofits mingled with donors and other community members.

“It was tons of fun, the band was awesome and there were tons of people,” Traylor said. “It was lots of nonprofits and donors alike that were hanging out together.”

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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