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Longmont Community Foundation Hopes to Beat $20,000 in Donations for Nonprofits

September 11, 2018

Hydie May starts up her car after getting off work in Longmont on Friday. May recently received a car from A Woman's Work that helps her get between work and home. A Woman's Work is one of the nonprofits that will benefit from Live and Give Longmont Day on Wednesday.

Live and Give Longmont Day

When: Wednesday

To donate and read about projects: longmontfoundation.org/live-give

For the second year, the Longmont Community Foundation is encouraging Longmont-area residents to commemorate the anniversary of the 2013 flood by giving to nonprofit organizations.

The Longmont Community Foundation — which serves as an umbrella organization to facilitate local giving circles and nonprofit fundraising — began commemorating the flood in 2016 by asking residents to perform an act of kindness on Sept. 11, one of the days the 2013 flood ravaged Boulder County communities.

Last year, the Foundation created Live & Give Longmont Day and asked people to give to 23 community projects for the month of September and especially on Sept. 26 . The effort raised $20,000 for local nonprofit organizations.

This year, Live & Give Longmont Day is Wednesday and the Foundation has expanded the number of local projects to which people can donate and has a goal of surpassing last year’s total.

Eric Hozempa, executive director of the Foundation, said the tradition started to remember the outpouring of love and charity in the Longmont area after the flood ravaged areas of Boulder County.

“It’s a good celebration and commemoration of the giving that went on during the flood and we hope it will carry on through future years ... in happier times,” he said.

This year, the Foundation has listed 42 local projects in need of $3,000 or less. The list includes everything from an Ocean First Institute campaign to teach ocean science programs to students in Longmont schools to the A Woman’s Work program that provides vehicles to women in need of transportation for work or school.

Diane McKinney — who runs the teen self-esteem-building nonprofit ABLE to Sail — said the fundraising the Longmont Community Foundation does for small, local charitable organizations is crucial.

“In the region and in the state, there are so many huge organizations that are able to grant to other organizations. You know, here’s $50,000 for your $20 million budget to build an orphanage in Uganda,” she said. “I like that the Longmont community has such a focus locally. For example, the Left Hand Giving Circle gave us a grant for focusing on child development and self-esteem and belonging. I appreciate that we are focusing on not just the external things but the internal things. Longmont is really focused on human care in the community and the little nonprofits.”

Fred Hobbs — director of public relations for Imagine! — said the chance for the organization that provides enrichment to people with intellectual disabilities to post a project on the Foundation’s Live and Give Longmont Day site will likely mean Imagine! clients experience rock climbing for the first time.

“We get most of our funding through Medicaid but that is pretty restricted and there are specific things you can use it for — mainly health and safety,” Hobbs said. “No one wants to just be healthy and safe throughout their lives. We want to explore and be creative and go outside. Having extra funds through Live and Give allows us to give them that opportunity to go rock climbing.”

There also is an option on the Foundation website that allows donors to give to the permanent Live and Give Longmont fund, which grows over time to assist nonprofit organizations if they fall on hard times.

Hozempa said Foundation staff this year tried to dispel misconceptions and questions donors had last year and posted a frequently asked questions document on the website.

The day after Live and Give Longmont Day, Foundation staff tally donations and cuts checks to nonprofits for 100 percent of the donations, no strings attached. Additionally, Hozempa said, the Foundation doesn’t sell lists of names of donors or share information about donors with outside companies.

Hozempa said that even if someone doesn’t want to give to one of the projects listed on the Foundation’s website, the idea behind Live and Give Longmont Day is to do something kind and charitable.

“I would tell people if you don’t see something you want to support, go out and find that thing. Make it something you’re passionate about and help,” he said.

Karen Antonacci: 303-684-5226, antonaccik@times-call.com or twitter.com/ktonacci

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