Kids for ColoradoGives
By Carin R. Kirkegaard with information from ColoradoGives
Kids for ColoradoGives, a family-friendly online giving program that falls under the Community First Foundation umbrella is now in its fifth year. The organization offers opportunities for kids along with their families to become the next generation of givers through teaching philanthropy and helping the more than 3,000 Colorado nonprofit organizations affiliated with the program.
This kid-inspired program begins with a Giving Activity Kit that kids and their parents can access online in the comfort of their own home. There are five downloadable activities like “Kindness Bingo” that help a child describe their own experience with acts of kindness or “Words to Give By.” This helps them learn words to use when talking about helping others. Phrases like “Save. Spend. Give.” help teach kids the abstract concept of the importance of money and how to turn it into something they can see and understand. Each activity has an online quiz to determine what kind of giver a child is, thus helping participants discover and support which causes they care about.
Once a cause is chosen, kids can make donations using a virtual Giving eCard. The tax deductible charitable contribution is purchased by an adult. Any amount can be loaded onto the card, and since it can be emailed or printed and hand delivered, it makes for great birthday and holiday gifts that the recipient can then pay forward to a cause that touches his/her heart.
Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, December 7 and features a $1 Million+ Incentive Fund. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the fund, increasing impact and the value of every dollar donated. Colorado Gives Day has grown to be Colorado’s largest one-day online giving event, raising more than $307 million since it began in 2010.
To learn more about Kids for ColoradoGives, visit https://www.coloradogives.org/kidsfor.