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Tales from the Tread: Give together on Colorado Gives Day

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Colorado's largest one-day online giving event is coming up, and local nonprofits need your support. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, thousands of donors will #GiveTogether to support Colorado nonprofits, while making a difference in their communities and state. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.

Yampa Valley Gives serves as the local platform for donors to learn about participating Routt and Moffat county nonprofits. Yampavalleygives.org is a year-round webpage within the coloradogives.org website that links to profile pages of local nonprofits serving the Yampa Valley. This site provides comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information about each organization and gives donors an easy way to support their favorite charities online. It's the one-stop shop to give where you live.

Inspired by a successful online giving event in Park City, Utah, local Yampa Valley Gives leader Glen Traylor started the giving program locally with his Leadership Steamboat class in 2014. Traylor and a board of nine volunteers continue to lead the local Yampa Valley Gives effort to help coordinate and market the event for the more than 50 nonprofits in the northwest corner of Colorado. For Traylor's efforts, he received the 2015 Individual Philanthropist of the Year award from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and the 2015 Young Professional Navigator Award.

When asked about the motivation behind his continued leadership of the program, Traylor replied, "This was a promise that I made to my 2014 Leadership Steamboat class. If we were successful getting this thing off the ground, I promised them that I would help lead the effort for 10 years, if I had to."

To inspire donors to give on Colorado Gives Day, Community First Foundation and First Bank is providing a $1 million incentive fund — one of the largest giving day incentive funds in the country. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day will receive a proportionate share of the state and local incentive funds, which increases the value of every dollar donated.

Donations can be prescheduled now. As of Nov. 1, donations can be scheduled ahead of time to make sure the value of your gift is increased by the additional state and local incentive funds available on Colorado Gives Day. Visit the local platform, yampavalleygives.org, between Nov. 1 and Dec. 6 to support your favorite nonprofits.

Supporting the Tread of Pioneers Museum on Colorado Gives Day helps us continue to preserve and share the rich history and heritage of Routt County. As a bonus, along with many other local nonprofits, the Tread of Pioneers Museum is now a Colorado Enterprise Zone Contribution Project. That means a donor who makes a contribution to the museum of $250 or more may claim a Colorado income tax credit of up to 25 percent of the amount of his or her donation. This dollar-for-dollar credit against Colorado state income taxes can be claimed by the donor in addition to any federal or state income tax deductions.

For more information, call Candice Bannister at 970-879-2214, visit topmuseum@springsips.com or talk with your tax advisor.

Candice Bannister is executive director of the Tread of Pioneers Museum.