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Douglas County Community Foundation

Gives, and gives and gives

By Elean Gersack; photos courtesy of Douglas County Community Foundation

Three Douglas County nonprofit organizations received a nice year-end surprise when the Douglas County Community Foundation (DCCF) awarded them more than $55,000 in grants in December. All three organizations (pictured above) work with mental health and awareness. Robin’s Nest Foundation performs equine-assisted therapy for all ages, Happy Crew destigmatizes teen mental health issues, and The Foundation for Douglas County Schools Sources of Strength program harnesses the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture to prevent suicide, bullying and substance abuse. Thank you DCCF!

Douglas County is often ranked among the healthiest and wealthiest counties in Colorado, and with the annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving, it also proved to be one of the most generous. Thank you, Douglas County, for a record-breaking Colorado Gives Day on December 7, 2021.

Increasing giving by approximately 60% over last year, Douglas County raised $1,655,845 during the 24-hour online giving event. Ninety-six Douglas County-based nonprofits benefited from the 4,810 donations.

“Douglas County residents have clearly demonstrated the importance of supporting local nonprofits and the ‘give where you live’ philosophy,” said Mike Waid, Executive Director of the Douglas County Community Foundation (DCCF).

DCCF is the regional champion for Colorado Gives Day and Douglas County Gives. In addition to inspiring generosity and providing support to local nonprofit organizations for the 24-hour online giving campaign every December, DCCF maintains agile funds for county emergencies and responsibly manages philanthropic contributions throughout the year.

Working directly with individuals, families, financial advisors and corporate donor partners, DCCF guides your giving journey, ensuring that 100% of contributions go toward making the maximum impact. Access to matching grants and other vetted resources allows DCCF to make your giving easy, effective and enduring, year-round.

“While Colorado Gives Day is an amazing 24-hours of focused giving and philanthropic awareness, DCCF can help continue to fill the gap for those in Douglas County who need it most, when they need it most,” said Waid. “The funds entrusted to our organization helped facilitate the grants we awarded to Robin’s Nest, Happy Crew and Sources of Strength, and they are just the beginning.”

To learn more about DCCF and to make the most of your charitable contributions, visit dccf.org, call 720-733-2656 or email foundation@dccf.org.

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