Guide to 2021 Giving

Holiday Giving

We love to shop to find the just-right gift. Now is also the perfect time to share what we have and give to organizations helping those in need, especially with the opportunity of Colorado Gives Day 2021 on Dec 7.


This has been a crazy couple of years! Certainly, leaders and event planners of nonprofit organizations are feeling it. They have spent a lot of time since the pandemic trying to figure out how to stage fundraisers. For this reason, many are left wondering if it was a good idea to proceed with in-person gatherings or whether virtual or hybrid versions should be substituted. As 2021 winds down and attention shifts to 2022, the mood is both optimistic and cautious. We spoke with representatives from a couple nonprofits in the surrounding area, to get an idea of what’s to come. Some have event dates and venues locked in. However, others are more cautious, advising supporters to check their respective websites for updates.


 Here are a few of Corken + Company’s top picks for holiday giving this year!


A Precious Child


Founded by Carina Martin, A Precious Child provides “cradle to career support” to Colorado children to empower them to achieve their full potential. From its Broomfield headquarters to satellite offices throughout the eight-county Denver metro area, it provides low-income families food, clothing and other services. In addition, it provides goods necessary to give their children the best possible start in life. Additionally, the annual fundraiser includes a gala.


Amp The Cause


A Denver-based nonprofit founded 17 years ago by Christie and Walter Isenberg, AMP the Cause serves the metro area’s most vulnerable children and families annually through a variety of community-driven programming. Also, it’s Fill the Void program, launched in 2020, helps alleviate hunger by providing reliable access to food by distributing grocery gift cards to stores like Walmart, King Soopers and Safeway. Fundraisers planned for 2022 include the Denver Day of Rock and a Celebrity Waiters Dinner.


Central City Opera


Julie Penrose and Anne Evans founded the Central City Opera, the nation’s fifth and oldest, in 1932. In addition, its annual Summer Festival involves world-class productions performed in the 550-seat Central City Opera House, constructed in 1878. The company celebrates its 90th season in 2022. Money to support the opera and its educational and outreach programs will be raised at a gala held in the spring. Furthermore, the presentation of the Central City Flower Girls and the Yellow Rose Ball are held in late June.


Clayton Early Learning


Clayton Early Learning is an “innovation hub” that fosters thriving, equitable communities by partnering with families to nurture a whole child/whole family approach to the early years, discovering what works and advancing systems of change. In addition, money to support Clayton Early Learning initiatives will be raised at A Taste of Clayton in the main auditorium, 3801 Martin Luther King Drive, Denver, on April 21.



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