Douglas County Community Foundation expands board

Organization preparing for Colorado Gives Day, encourages local philanthropy

Posted 11/12/18

The season of giving is just around the corner, and the Douglas County Community Foundation hopes people are prepared, not only to give, but to address needs specific to their community. That's why …

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Douglas County Community Foundation expands board

Organization preparing for Colorado Gives Day, encourages local philanthropy

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The season of giving is just around the corner, and the Douglas County Community Foundation hopes people are prepared, not only to give, but to address needs specific to their community.

That's why the foundation recently added three new board members ahead of Colorado Gives Day, the foundation said. The 11-member board plans to heighten its focus on encouraging people to “give where you live,” said the foundation's chairperson, Donna Scott, in a news release.

Colorado Gives Day is on Dec. 4. The event happens each December and encourages Coloradoans to support nonprofits through online donations at coloradogives.org.

The Douglas County Community Foundation is a county-wide organization that supports local nonprofits and connects them with donors.

The newest board members of the foundation are Jody Soper, executive vice president of marketing and product management for Guaranty Bank; Wes King, retired from FirstBank; and Justin Vaughn, a partner with Lathrop Gage LLP.

"Many people think that because it's Douglas County and because the county as a whole generally does well, that there are no needs," Vaughn said. "That's just simply untrue. There's still needs for homelessness, needs for children and the elderly, to provide through food banks. Basically any charitable cause that we see in other parts of the state and other parts of the country, we have some element of that in Douglas County as well."

Carrie Buchan, a spokeswoman for the Douglas County Community Foundation, said last year 5,458 Douglas County donors made nearly 14,400 donations on Colorado Gives Day. They receive a customized report on Colorado Gives Day from the Community First Foundation once the event ends, Buchan said.

Douglas County's contributions totaled more than $4 million.

Of that, $1,588,232 was given to Douglas County nonprofits, but $2,424,801 from more than 11,000 donations went to nonprofits outside the county.

Soper was not immediately available for comment, but King said there are a few issues top of mind for him as they urge people to give locally — from affordable housing to suicide prevention to supporting the aging population.

People 60 and older are expected to make up nearly a quarter of the county's population by 2030, according to the Colorado State Demography Office. Nationwide, suicide rates have been on the rise in recent years. The median price of all homes sold in Douglas County during the third quarter of 2017 was $456,013.

King said local residents can find places to donate by going to douglascountygives.net. The Colorado Gives Day website, coloradogives.org, also allows visitors to search nonprofits by location, including county.

“It's an organization with a really great mission,” King said of the foundation. “To keep dollars in Douglas County and to be able to support local nonprofits. It's a way to focus dollars where they're truly needed.”

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