Letter to the editor: Give here at home

Posted 11/27/18

Give here at home Do you know where your Colorado Gives Day, Dec. 4, donation is going? Not “where” as to which nonprofit, but “where” as to whether it’s staying local in Douglas County. …

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Letter to the editor: Give here at home

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Give here at home

Do you know where your Colorado Gives Day, Dec. 4, donation is going? Not “where” as to which nonprofit, but “where” as to whether it’s staying local in Douglas County. Don’t donate out of ignorance.

As reported in the recent article “Douglas County Community Foundation expands board” by Jessica Gibbs, the Douglas County Community Foundation (DCCF), founded in 2000, is here to help by providing an opportunity to choose among 45 Douglas County nonprofits. Although the Denver Foundation does not participate in Colorado Gives Day, too many of our Douglas County friends and neighbors mistakenly give to the Denver Foundation instead of donating through DCCF. Don’t do that; donating through the DCCF instead keeps your contribution at work locally.

Local is important, not only for spending, but also for local governments. In 2016, myself and others rallied our Douglas County commissioners to decline federal HUD grants to nonprofits, which they did, because of a new 2015 HUD rule (insultingly misnamed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing with nothing “fair” about it) that with many strings attached would have usurped local government authority to also include the towns and cities of Parker, Castle Rock, Lone Tree, and Castle Pines.

Now as payback, a number of us known as volunteer ambassadors for the county government are working to support DCCF with long-term plans for increasing local nonprofit donations above what federal HUD grants would have provided. We are encouraging local employers, other nonprofits and private citizens to join DCCF for this worthy cause.

To learn more about DCCF and Douglas County nonprofits and to make donations, please go to DouglasCountyGives.net.

Smith Young

Parker

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