SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — Summit County nonprofit organizations received an explosion of financial support on Colorado Gives Day, with fundraising spiking 66% compared with 2019 and setting an all-time record.
In total, $623,167 was raised Tuesday, Dec. 8, up from $373,092 last year. The Summit Foundation Marketing and Events Manager Brian Balok said the money raised came from 2,751 donations to 49 local nonprofits, resulting in the largest total ever raised on Colorado Gives Day.
Balok said The Summit Foundation did not expect to see that big of a jump in giving amid the pandemic.
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“Not only are the nonprofits suffering, but a lot of the locals are, as well,” Balok said. “To see that significant jump during the pandemic time, it is just overwhelming that people would come together and donate what they could to support the nonprofits. They know the community is suffering. I think the community, in their philanthropic spirit, really saw the needs during the pandemic, and nonprofits have raised that flag in regard to the need and impact the pandemic has had on everyone.”