Days of Thanks / Days of Giving: Week 3

December 3, 2019

Week three of our giving campaign commences with three new charity donations on #GivingTuesday 2019. Our $100 gifts this week go to Warren Village, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, and the Environmental Defense Fund.

Warren Village

Warren VillageFounding Partner Diane Czarkowski is pleased that her donation for Days of Thanks / Days of Giving 2019 is an investment in the lives of low-income, single-parent Denver families to help them make the journey from poverty to self-sufficiency.

Living in poverty and homelessness is not only stressful, but can result in feelings of fear, hopelessness, and prioritization of daily survival over long-term planning.

Utilizing a nationally acclaimed, Two-Generation (2Gen) approach, Warren Village empowers disadvantaged single parents to regain self-esteem, reconnect to the community, and ultimately reclaim a productive place in the community.

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado

Volunteers for Outdoor ColoradoBob Wagener, VP of Business Development, chose Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) as his charity of choice this year. Since 1984, VOC has been motivating and enabling people to become active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources and public lands through nearly 100 hands-on volunteer projects each year.

VOC engaged more than 115,000 people in over 1,000 volunteer projects for an estimated labor value of $23 million. The purpose of VOC is to inspire a lifelong commitment to outdoor stewardship by providing transformative volunteer experiences that are fun, educational, and that have a significant impact on the protection and preservation of Colorado’s environment.

VOC works with conservation and land agencies and relies on thousands of people annually to provide a volunteer workforce for outdoor stewardship projects. These projects take place across Colorado – from city parks and open spaces, to grasslands and foothills, to alpine meadows and peaks.

Environmental Defense Fund

Environmental Defense FundProject Manager Garrett Cropsey chose the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) for his 2019 donation.

This organization’s mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. What distinguishes EDF from other environmental organizations is the combination of what they protect and how they protect it. EDF works to solve the most critical environmental problems facing the planet, focusing on mitigating climate change, restoring the ocean’s bounty, and protecting wildlife and their habitats. Since these topics are intertwined, their solutions take a multidisciplinary approach. They work with other organizations — as well as with businesses, government agencies, and communities — to avoid duplicating work already being done effectively by others.

Garrett appreciates EDF’s work because of its holistic approach to effecting positive change in environmental policy. He also respects their demonstrated practices of putting the majority of funds donated towards specific projects and initiatives as opposed to administrative costs. EDF has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, a GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency, and puts 82% of their total budget towards the programs they operate.


Be sure to check our blog next week to see which charities our team members are passionate about!

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