Colorado Gives Day in December 2011 raised more than $12.4 million in donations.
In May, funds from the event had raised walls and a roof for a hardworking single mother of three. For her safety, sources at the Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver identified her only as Amanda. In May 2012, Amanda, her children, two cats and a dog moved into a new house with a yard. She became a homeowner for the first time.
Habitat described the family’s former residence as a shoddy trailer in an unsafe neighborhood.
Among the 475 homes built by Habitat over its 32-year history, this house is unique, said Ryan Smith, Habitat’s director of development and communications. It was the first to be funded solely by Colorado Gives Day. Donors designated $93,000 for Habitat alone.
Habitat was one of 928 nonprofit organizations to benefit. Colorado Gives Day ran an extra 12 hours past the 24-hour deadline.
“Colorado Gives Day had definitely increased giving at the end of the year,” Smith said. “It also created more online donors, which allows us to stay more engaged with people electronically.”
Traditionally, Habitat’s big fundraiser is a free breakfast, where supporters come and make gifts. The May 2012 event was close to capacity.
As key note speaker, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock was scheduled to talk about the need for affordable housing. One of the programs featured by his administration is Denver’s Road Home, a 10-year plan to end homelessness. He has expressed a commitment “to ensure that every man, woman and child has a safe and warm place to sleep at night.”
Despite the economy, “Habitat has a great donor base,” said Smith.
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver has an annual budget of $12 million. It builds duplexes and townhomes as well as single-family homes.
Worldwide, Habitat for Humanity International functions in 90 countries. It builds 26,000 homes per year globally.
In addition, Habitat Denver has another source of revenue. It operates three ReStore home improvement outlets, selling new and used building materials, furniture and appliances to the public.