Colorado Gives Day (Dec. 6th this year) has become a popular annual tradition, when it comes to supporting Colorado’s non-profit community. The day is sponsored by a year-round website, www.ColoradoGives.org, which was created in 2007 by the Community First Foundation, with support from Colorado-based FirstBank. Over 2,000 Colorado charities with 501(c)(3) status (making donations to them tax-deductible) have registered with the organization and are listed on that website. Looking through the site, here are some of the organizations that speak to me and/or my broker associates at Golden Real Estate. Maybe they speak to you too, and you’ll consider donating to them on Dec. 6 — or anytime, since the website is a year-round mechanism for charitable giving.
Housing & Homelessness:
Habitat for Humanity
Denver Rescue Mission
Colorado Realtor Foundation
Brothers Redevelopment, Inc.
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Family Promise of Greater Denver
Clean Energy & Sustainability:
Energy Resource Center
Energy Outreach Colorado
Colo. Renewable Energy Society
Clean Energy Action
Autism Society of Colorado
Goodwill Industries of Denver
Christian Action Guild, Inc.
The Action Center
Golden Backpack Program
Safehouse Denver, Inc.
Urban Peak Denver
Senior Support Services
The Gathering Place
Family Tree, Inc.
Golden Civic Foundation
Denver Dumb Friends League
Foothills Animal Shelter
Golden Schools Foundation
The website makes it easy to give online and only charges participating organizations 2% of each donation to cover credit card and other fees and to keep the website sustainable.
Golden Real Estate wants to assist you in supporting these or any of the 2,000-plus other organizations listed on www.ColoradoGives.org.
Here’s how we propose to do that:
If you agree to use Golden Real Estate in the sale or purchase of real estate anytime in the next 13 months — not just now — we will donate 10% of our earned commission to the charity you name. The only requirement is that you contact us before Dec. 31, 2016, and that you mention this offer and indicate which charity you’d like to receive our donation. The donation will be made in your honor.
The real estate doesn’t have to be in the metro area, or even in Colorado. If we earn a referral fee by hooking you up with a Realtor to buy or sell elsewhere, we’ll donate 10% of that fee.
Registering for this offer does not obligate you to actually buy or sell any real estate. It simply assures us that you will use Golden Real Estate when and if you buy or sell real estate under the agreement, and it assures you that we will give 10% of our commission to the charity you have selected. Our commitment to do so will be in writing under “Additional Provisions” in the registration agreement you sign. That agreement will expire on Dec. 31, 2017.
Giving 10% of earned commissions to charity is not new for me. For my first five years as a Realtor, I pledged 10% of all my earned commissions to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, which generated about $100,000 for that organization. I still support Habitat for Humanity, although not at that level. However, Habitat is included in this offer, so I will do so again if Habitat is the charity you choose. (Applies to any affiliate of Habitat, not just Denver.)
What’s different now is that I’m opening this offer to any non-profit listed on www.ColoradoGives.org.
I already have a 10% commission donation arrangement in place with two non-profits. Both Family Promise of Greater Denver and the Golden View Classical Academy have informed their supporters that if they hire Golden Real Estate and mention them when they call me, that I will donate 10% of my earned commission. Family Promise already received $565 this way. I encourage other non-profits to contact me about a similar agreement.
Giving back to the community is important to us at Golden Real Estate. Three of us are graduates of Leadership Golden (which, by the way, is also participating in Colorado Gives Day) and several of us volunteer for various organizations. Rita and I are both member of the Golden Rotary Club, and Rita has taken on several commitments with the club. I’m also a member of the Golden Lions Club and on the board of directors of the Golden Chamber of Commerce. I’m an honorary member of the Golden Optimists for hosting their Bicycle Recycle Program (also listed on www.ColoradoGives.org) in our parking lot.
Broker Associate Kristi Brunel actively volunteers at the Christian Action Guild, where she is also a board member. Speaking of that organization, our office at 17695 S. Golden Road is once again a drop-off site for unwrapped toys. Help us fill our toy box by Dec. 16th. All toys go to the Christian Action Guild for their Dec. 17th “Santa Shop.”
Published Dec. 1, 2016, in the YourHub section of the Denver Post and in four Jefferson County weekly newspapers.