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Dec 6, 2011 8:06 PM by Matt Stafford

24-hour push to help local charities

For the second year Coloradans are focusing their efforts to support local charities, and Colorado Springs non-profits are trying to get a bigger piece of the pie.

It's the Colorado Gives Day campaign on Tuesday, December 6th; last year it raised 8.7 million dollars.

Connie Brachtenbach, executive Director for TESSA of Colorado Springs - a group working to stop domestic violence and sexual abuse, says last year they were shocked to hear the campaign raised as much money as it did; they were only shooting for one million. Brachtenbbach says TESSA brought in $1,200; this year they doubled that by noon.

Most of the money generated from the first year's campaign went to Denver-area charities, so this year groups in El Paso County got together to find ways of giving more of a local push to the program. 19 El Paso County non-profits are involved, and they set up "giving stations" around town for Colorado Gives Day.

"We actually established a collaboration so everybody took a little bit of what ever it takes to really promote the event for our area non-profits," explains Dee Fowler, with the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation - one of the groups involved locally.

"When you start looking across the state the need is very big here, so hopefully some of that pie will shift in our direction," says Brachtenbach.

All donations are made online, so the giving stations just worked people through the process and helped generate interest. The campaign runs through midnight. To check it out, click here.

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