Guest post by Jason Oruch, Director of Jewish Life Philanthropy
Join one of the largest one-day giving movements in the country
Mark your calendars: Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, December 7, and for the tenth consecutive year, JEWISHcolorado will be a participating organization.
Now Colorado’s largest one-day, online giving event, CO Gives Day has raised more than $307 million since its inception in 2010. It’s more than just a day; it’s a movement that inspires and unites thousands of donors to give where they live. Last year, in the midst of a global pandemic, Coloradans rallied to raise more than $50 million in just 24 hours.
Why give to JEWISHcolorado?
We make a strong Jewish community stronger. JEWISHcolorado works hand-in-hand with 76 local, national, and international organizations, and each year, we put over $2 million in funding back into the community through our seven grant programs, in support of Jewish programming, services, operations, scholarships, human service needs, and crisis response.
Our Regional Safety & Security Initiative, a partnership with the ADL, Rose Community Foundation, and the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation, has helped Jewish organizations across the state apply for millions of dollars in Homeland Security grants and conducted trainings on situational awareness and disaster response for 107 Jewish organizations statewide.
During Colorado’s 2020 legislative session, JEWISHcolorado and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) spearheaded a coalition supporting the Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Public Schools Bill, which strengthened state standards for instruction in the subject in public schools. When the cost of such a program became a barrier to the bill’s passage, the JCRC secured the funding needed, and the bill passed with unanimous support in both chambers.
And neither snow nor rain nor heat nor pandemic, could stay JEWISHcolorado’s annual Joyce Zeff Israel Study Tour (IST), which this summer sent two groups totaling nearly ninety teenagers to Israel, becoming the very first teen trip—from anywhere—to visit the country since pandemic travel restrictions shut down the world.
If you ’re a supporter of the Jewish community here in Colorado, if you envision a thriving, diverse, and dependable Jewish future, one in which people feel connected to one another, to the people of Israel, and to Jews around the world, Colorado Gives Day is your day. There’s no better time to give.