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Yampa Valley Gives rallying donations for Colorado Gives Day

— Organizers with Yampa Valley Gives said they are excited to generate more local involvement in the statewide Colorado Gives Day initiative, an annual day of giving taking place Tuesday.

Yampa Valley Gives was formed out of a 2013-14 Leadership Steamboat class during the past several months, and so far, the group has helped increase the number of Yampa Valley nonprofits registered with Colorado Gives Day from 12 last year to 40 as of this week.

“Our goal was to double the amount participating from 12 to 24, so to get 40 was beyond our expectations,” said Glen Traylor, Yampa Valley Gives president and a Leadership Steamboat alumnus.

Traylor said the group has received donations to help with marketing campaigns to create more awareness in the community about Colorado Gives Day.

Created through support from the Community First Foundation in 2007, http://www.coloradogives.org is a year-round website that encourages charitable giving by providing information about Colorado nonprofits. The organizations featured on the site must go through a registration process and verify their authenticity.

Incentives are given to donate exclusively on Colorado Gives Day, increasing the dollar value that organizations receive.

This year, the state organization has collected $1.15 million in incentive funding to disperse to nonprofits that receive donations.

Yampa Valley Gives works alongside the state program, offering additional incentives to local nonprofits to increase the donations they receive, according to Traylor.

“The biggest thing is that dollars are boosted, so you can give $10 and you’re actually giving more,” Traylor said.

A local incentive fund consisting of $20,000 donated by the Boettcher and El Pomar foundations will be dispersed among regional nonprofits, based on some hourly awards Tuesday and awards for the highest number of donors and largest sum generated.

Traylor said he’s hopeful that in the first year, about $80,000 to $120,000, including the incentive funds, will be generated for nonprofits in Routt and Moffat counties.

Within a decade, he hopes annual funds generated will top $1 million.

Unsure of what to expect from donors this year, the group hasn’t set an official target for donations, according to Yampa Valley Gives marketing chair Rebecca Bessey.

Bessey said she hopes in its first year, Yampa Valley Gives can boost community support for the nonprofits participating.

“I’m hoping we build excitement in the community and get people to rally behind this,” Bessey said. “We have a lot of really great nonprofits in the community that make a difference. I hope that this increases everyone’s awareness about those organizations.”

Traylor said the public can watch an online tracker throughout the day to see donations coming in.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for the community,” Traylor said.

Donations can be made to the regional nonprofits by visiting http://www.yampavalleygives.org. A list of the 40 participating local nonprofits can be found on those pages, as well.

Colorado Gives Day runs from 12:01 a.m. to midnight Tuesday.

To celebrate the day of giving, a Colorado Gives Day Party will be held from 5 p.m. to midnight Tuesday at McKnight’s Irish Pub & Loft. The community event will include drink specials, live music and games with $3,500 in prizes awarded to nonprofits.

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