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TELLURIDE, Colorado - From December 12 -14, 2012, The Telluride Foundation and other local nonprofit organizations united together for a three day online giving campaign, Telluride Gives, to benefit local charities. Donors were able to search for and chose a nonprofit to which to give, making an unexpected, end of the year gift to local organizations. The online giving campaign, which engaged 421 donors, exceeded expectations, by raising over $43,000.

"The Foundation thanks everyone who donated to Telluride Gives and appreciates all the support that made it successful," said CEO and President of the Telluride Foundation, Paul Major. "KOTO Radio's all day coverage on 12.12.12 kept listeners interested and made Telluride Gives a fun community event to follow all day."

Telluride Rentals sweetened the pot by donating $2,400 in prize money, which will be shared among four winning organizations: Second Chance Animal Humane Society won first prize (receiving an additional $800) for the most money raised with $5,725; the Telluride Historical Museum won second place with $2,825 (winning an additional $400); San Miguel Resource Center won first place for the most donors with 43 donors (winning $800); Telluride Preschool won second place with 30 donors (winning $400).

The Telluride Foundation partnered with the online fundraising company, Kimbia, to develop Telluride Gives, enabling the nonprofits to post their story, raise awareness, and receive donations to support their missions. This is the second year of the Telluride Foundation has funded and hosted Telluride Gives, and this year more than doubled the amount raised in 2011.

"Tis the season of giving and we know that donors are trending toward online giving," said Major, "We created Telluride Gives to make an easy vehicle for people to support the Telluride Community and to create awareness of these organizations. We are happy with the success of Telluride Gives and glad the nonprofits get a little extra money in their stockings this year."

This fundraising effort was presented by the Telluride Foundation, a community foundation and the largest funder of nonprofit organizations on the Western Slope of Colorado. The Telluride Foundation exists to create a stronger Telluride community through the promotion and support of philanthropy. It is a nonprofit, apolitical community foundation that provides year-round support for local organizations involved in arts, education, athletics, charitable causes, land conservation and other community-based efforts through technical assistance, education and grant making. As a grant maker, the Foundation awards grants to qualified applicants that serve the people living and working in the Telluride area for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life within the region. For more information on the Telluride Foundation, visit