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It’s Time to Support River Access in Colorado!

Posted: 11/09/2023
By: Kestrel Kunz

Colorado Gives Day is happening now through December 5! Donate today to have your dollars go even further in supporting American Whitewater’s river access work in Colorado. 


What is Colorado Gives? 


Community First Foundation and FirstBank partnered to make this time every year more rewarding for givers, nonprofits and communities across Colorado. Colorado Gives Day is the state's largest online giving event, raising more than $415 million for Colorado non-profits since 2010. 


Community First Foundation and FirstBank created a $1 Million Incentive Fund to proportionally increase the value of every donation made to nonprofits through the Colorado Gives Day program. For example, if American Whitewater receives 10% of the total amount donated on CO Gives Day (from folks like you) then we will receive an additional 10% of the $1 Million Incentive Fund ($100,000). There could not be a better time to support American Whitewater’s work! 


Why donate to American Whitewater on Colorado Gives Day?


All donations made to American Whitewater between now and December 5 will be put towards our River Access Program in Colorado. American Whitewater works with landowners and managers, paddlers, law enforcement, and lawmakers to improve Colorado's river access laws and the ongoing threats to public safety. Colorado is the only state in the west that has yet to determine the extent of the public's rights to float and recreate on streams running through private property. American Whitewater is committed to finding long-term solutions for river access in Colorado and this program will support that work. 


This program also supports on the ground river access improvements in Colorado. In 2024, American Whitewater will be partnering with the Gunnison National Forest to design and construct much-needed river access improvements on the Upper Taylor River. We hope this will be the first of many river access projects in the area. 


Donating to American Whitewater on Colorado Gives Day will ensure that your donation is increased by the $1 Million Incentive Fund, making the most of your donation to our work in Colorado.


Please consider donating today to help protect and improve river access throughout Colorado. You can make your donation here now and make sure you do it before the December 5 deadline. 


The more you donate through Colorado Gives Day, the greater the match American Whitewater receives from the Incentive Fund. 


Thank you for supporting our River Access Program in Colorado!


Kestrel Kunz

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