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Yampa Valley Gives Formed to Promote Online Giving on Colorado Gives Day

Steamboat Springs, CO. May 1, 2014 – A team of local community leaders is promoting online charitable giving through a newly established Yampa Valley Gives program, which was created to promote donor support for nonprofit organizations in the Northwest Colorado region. The new program will work in conjunction with Colorado Gives Day, an effort started by Community First Foundation that has successfully raised more than $81 million for nonprofit organizations across the state through its ColoradoGives.org website.

The 2013/14 Leadership Steamboat class formed Yampa Valley Gives for its graduating project in partnership with the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. The purpose of Yampa Valley Gives is to widen the reach of the ColoradoGives program to include more Routt and Moffat county nonprofit organizations and increase online giving during Colorado Gives Day, which will be held this year on Dec. 9.

“The Leadership Steamboat class is a group of exceptional professionals. We are thrilled that they have chosen to support the local nonprofit sector in partnership with an already very successful statewide initiative. The Community Foundation is excited to participate and provide governance to the Yampa Valley Gives program as it grows into the future” said Tarsha Ebbern, Communications Director for Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

In honor of their 75th anniversaries, the Boettcher Foundation, based in Denver, and El Pomar Foundation, based in Colorado Springs, joined forces to celebrate giving and encourage others to give through a $150,000 grant to Community First Foundation. The grant’s purpose is to help expand Colorado Gives Day throughout the state and make it easier for nonprofits outside Denver to use ColoradoGives.org to accept donations online. Yampa Valley Gives will use its portion of the grant to create special Colorado Gives Day prizes.

To introduce its new initiative to the community, Yampa Valley Gives will host a Kick-Off Party beginning at 5 p.m. May 22 at the Chief Theater. Local nonprofit groups have been invited to the event, which will offer information about how nonprofits can qualify for the ColoradoGives.org program and boost their online giving potential. The evening’s agenda includes presentations by Yampa Valley Gives and ColoradoGives, a question and answer time and networking with YV Gives team members and other local nonprofits.

“We are excited to introduce Yampa Valley Gives to the nonprofits within our community,” Yampa Valley Gives Board president Glen Traylor said. “Yampa Valley Gives Day will create a fun and interactive avenue for individuals and businesses to give back to the community we love so much.

“The Yampa Valley Gives team is passionate about our efforts and determined to build a successful annual campaign that will make an everlasting impression on where we live and play,” Traylor added. “Because we have seen programs like this work in other communities around the state and country, we are confident that it will be a success within ours.”

For more information about Yampa Valley Gives or the upcoming kick-off event, contact Glen Traylor at info@yvgives.org. For media inquiries contact Tarsha Ebbern at tarsha@yvcf.org.

About Colorado Gives Day

Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. The effort is supported by ColoradoGives.org — a year-round, online giving website featuring nearly 1,500 Colorado charities and encouraging charitable giving by providing comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information about Colorado nonprofits and an easy way to donate to them online. For more information, visit www.coloradogives.org.

About Yampa Valley Community Foundation

For more than 30 years, Yampa Valley Community Foundation has been connecting people who care with causes that matter, by helping establish charitable funds and provide grants to the organizations that donors wish to support. The Foundation has worked with thousands of donors to facilitate over $10 million of charitable giving and also serves the nonprofit community in both Routt and Moffat counties though granting, education and endowments. For more information, visit www.yvcf.org.

About Leadership Steamboat

Since 1992, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Colorado Mountain College have facilitated the Leadership Steamboat class, which is a leadership program organized to develop leaders in business and community service. Each session, 20 students are selected from a myriad of local businesses to meet once a month for a year to learn more about the community through field trips and forums designed around the basic elements of economy and politics as well as the issues, infrastructure and local business. Each class is also required to complete a class project that benefits the community. For more information, visithttp://www.steamboat-chamber.com/live-work/chamber-membership/programs-events/leadership-steamboat.