The emphasis on charitable giving this holiday season will gain further momentum with Colorado Gives Day, which celebrates its sixth year on December 8. The 24-hour online fundraising movement applauds philanthropy and encourages donations in support of over 1,800 non-profit organizations in Colorado. Last year, the campaign received donations from 45,000 people, generating an impressive $26.3 million. To gear up for this marathon day of giving, nonprofits will gather at the State Capitol on December 7 for a special rally to collectively celebrate the year’s achievements.
The Moore Charitable Foundation and founder Louis Bacon proudly supports the distinguished work of its Trinchera Blanca Foundation partners in Colorado. Their dedication to preserving open spaces and upholding policy to protect conservation easements is particularly admirable. Each year, Colorado Gives Day serves to commemorate all that they have accomplished. Below, we highlight the work of five of our partners as they form an integral part of this regional community.
- Colorado Open Lands acts to carry out its long-term conservation plan for Colorado, concentrating on land, water, and heritage. Through strategic partners, leadership, and innovative conservation techniques, they help to ensure that Colorado retains its natural beauty. Their work, primarily with private landowners has facilitated the protection of more than 400,000 acres to date. Currently, COL is focused on using conservation easements and other tools to protect acequia water rights, a system that treats water as a critical community resource.
- Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts (CCLT) also promotes land conservation, focusing particularly on public policy and education. Their protection covers almost 2 million acres of habitat, farms, ranches, and other landscapes, and they work to foster positive relations and cooperation between land trusts and governmental organizations.
- Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) conserves working rural landscapes, heritage, and local families, thereby encouraging the intergenerational transfer of ranches and farms. Its broad focus on family allows it to take on many roles, with programs to help farmers perform estate planning, pay debt, save for retirement, and pay for education, among other activities.
- Conservation Colorado, a grassroots organization with a strong culture of collaboration, envisions a sustainable future for its home state. Focusing on the people side of operations, it works to mobilize the community and elect environmentally-conscious policy makers. Some of their successes include protection of more than 3 million acres of wilderness, passing 130 distinct conservation bills at the state legislature, and increasing the statewide renewable energy standard by 30%.
- Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust (RiGHT) advocates sustainability in agriculture throughout the entire San Luis Valley. Their conservation techniques serve to sustain the vitality of Colorado’s agricultural heritage and economy. They hope to inspire a culture of conservation in the area, and they do so by supporting ranches and farms, water sources, and wildlife habitat and have succeeded in protecting more than 21,000 of these acres.
This Colorado Gives Day, the amplified attention surrounding our partners’ work will raise awareness about the importance of sustainability in Colorado and bring new supporters to the community. Visit https://www.coloradogives.org/COGIVESDAY to learn how you can contribute to preserving open spaces and wildlife habitat in Colorado, and use #COGivesDay on social media to spread the word.