Our Mission: To promote community giving, raise awareness and develop resources for small local nonprofits within the greater Denver Metro community.
Denver Gives was founded in 2008 by young professionals that wanted to make a difference in their community. Denver Gives was created with the sole purpose of developing awareness and resources for small nonprofits in the Greater Denver Metropolitan area.
We hold events to promote volunteering and raise awareness for small and local charities (Under $500,000 annual budget and have no national affiliation). The revenue generated allows us to provide educational, consulting, and resource development services for FREE to the small and local nonprofit community.
The Denver Gives business model was developed by taking after hundreds of other charitable young professional groups throughout the country. Through membership, we generate the funds to keep our organization stable. Less and less companies/individuals donate to cover operating expenses of a charity. Charities are still businesses and still need people to meet their mission. Denver Gives uses the membership business model where membership pays operating costs of the organization, allowing 100% of event and other fundraising activities proceeds to go directly into programs and services. By using this model, we can continue to provide our programs and services for FREE to small and local charities!
An independent, privately operated, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Denver Gives receives no city, county, state or federal government funding and no financial support from any national organizations. Denver Gives relies entirely upon private donations, grants, bequests and fundraising events to provide nonprofits with the resources to perpetuate their purpose.
Developing Resources Through NO COST Programs and Services
Admittedly, most people do not understand what Denver Gives does, nor why we are needed in our community. In order to understand why we are here, you have to understand the nonprofit landscape here in Colorado and the differences between Denver and other major cities.
At Denver Gives, we feel there is an opportunity for us to bridge gaps in giving, provide needed services, and promote collaboration within the nonprofit sector in order to reduce the strain on our nonprofit resources here in Colorado. We offer all our programs and services FREE to local small nonprofits. The programs for 2013:
Why just small nonprofits?
Small nonprofits tend to be on the frontlines of community need. Most were developed out of a passion to give back in a specific way because of experience with the LACK of services within the community.
Small nonprofits generally have a difficult time accessing the information needed to grow and develop as a nonprofit because of a lack of resources, including but not limited to time, staff, and finance.
Small nonprofits need resources to help them develop and grow as well as meet community needs. Through Denver Gives, small nonprofits, for no cost and very little time, can gain access to resources they may not have been aware of, been unable to apply for in the past, or even been denied in the past.
Members receive advance notification of events and event discounts and provide Denver Gives with the means to further it’s mission as well as the mission of every nonprofit we assist.