Five Colorado arts nonprofits to donate to on Colorado Gives Day
Update: Due to technical difficulties at the Giving First website, Colorado Gives Day has been extended until noon tomorrow. Go ahead. Knock yourself out giving! Read on:
It's Colorado Gives Day, and since the stroke of midnight, nearly 1,000 Colorado nonprofits have been collecting donations in just about any charitable category you might think of. After a rousing kickoff last year, the fundraising marathon is not only back, but notably bigger: Pick and choose from your favorite causes at the Colorado Gives Day or Giving First websites. There are no processing fees to donate online, and for each dollar you give, an incentive fund from FirstBank kicks in a percentage.
Not sure where to send your dollars? Here's just a few of our favorites, picked from an arts-and-culture perspective.
TACtile Textile Arts Center, 720-524-8886.
TACtile stands out as one in a thousand just by its very existence: A combined fiber-arts gallery, workspace and meeting space, its goal is to further the cause of stitchery, weaving, knitting, tatting and every artful fiber-related craft in between by offering classes, informal sewing circles and exhibition opportunities under one roof. And today, director Dianne Denholm and her staff are going out of their way to make giving worth your while. In conjunction with Colorado Gives Day and the season in general, they've launched a free Ugly Sweater Repurposing Contest and will accept entries of ugly sweaters -- reimagined as slippers, tapestries, scarves, even sweaters, but reconstructed ones -- through December 16.
Winners will be announced on December 17, when TACtile will also offer an Elf Gift-Making Class from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for any folks who kindly donate today. And speaking of today, you can do so at TACtile by on-site computer during a Colorado Gives Day party, where Denholm will give free pin-weaving demos from 1 to 5 p.m. and shoppers can take advantage of one-day-only discounts on items in the center's current holiday show.
Finally, here's the full-circle denouement of all these machinations: If their Colorado Gives donation goal is reached, the entire TACtile board of directors will don Ugly Sweater creations on Christmas Day and at work in the week thereafter. Can't make it in during that busy in-between time? They'll post pictures on the website for all to see.