1000 Points of Light

It takes all of us working together.

Between now and the end of the year, our goal is to gather 1,000 Points of Light for children and families in Colorado. Each Point of Light represents someone who financially supports our mission to strengthen families, communities and organizations to prevent child maltreatment. One hundred percent of funds raised will support effective programs that keep Colorado kids safe and strengthen families throughout the year.

Your generosity will help strengthen children and families and create a brighter future for all Coloradans.

Step 1

Donate $10 or more to become a Point of Light.

Step 2

Grow your impact by inviting others to become a Point of Light.

Building Brighter Childhoods

Illuminate Colorado’s mission is to strengthen families, organizations and communities to prevent child maltreatment.

Preventing child maltreatment is work that’s both broad and complex. Illuminate tackles this by approaching the issue in different ways and at multiple levels of society. Only in this way can we truly create lasting impact.

With a research-based approach that emphasizes building promotive and protective factors, we address systemic and multi-sector issues by collaborating with families and partners at the community, state and national level to develop and implement powerful programs, policies and initiatives that keep kids safe in Colorado.

Step 1: Become a Point of Light

Donate $10 or more!

Our goal is to gather 1000 points of light!

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Step 2: Grow Your Impact

Once you’ve donated, you can grow your impact by inviting others to become a Point of Light.

Below, you can find tools that will help you share this campaign with friends, family, and neighbors. This toolkit has what you need to get involved in a way that makes sense for you, whether that’s something simple, like sending a personal email or creating a fundraising page, or something more time-intensive, like hosting a holiday party.

We need your help to reach our goal of activating 1,000 Points of Light. It takes all of us working together to build brighter childhoods in Colorado.

 

Ways to Share This Campaign with Family, Friends, and Neighbors

Here are a few ideas to get you started, but embrace your own interests and creativity! You can plan your own get-together or ask folks to give during an event that you’re attending. Just make sure you let the host or event organizer know beforehand.

  • Host a Soup Off: It’s getting cold outside, which means there’s nothing better than a good soup recipe to heat up your kitchen and your body. Invite friends over and ask everyone to bring a soup (and the recipe)! Instead of prizes for the top soups, make a donation to the winner’s favorite nonprofit and ask your other attendees to consider making a $10 donation to Illuminate Colorado. 
  • Hot Cocoa Station at a Holiday Party: Set up a hot cocoa station at a holiday party. Instead of charging for the hot cocoa, ask guests to make a $10 donation to Illuminate Colorado. Protip: use the campaign flyer (download below) so that folks can easily scan a QR code that will take them straight to our donation page.
  • Movie Night: It’s almost awards season, which means that there are plenty of amazing movies to watch! Host a movie night or grab a group of friends and head out to a theater. Be sure to let them know that we’re looking for 1,000 Points of Light for children and families in Colorado. Bonus points if the movie highlights children and families!
  • Deliver Luminaries to Your Neighbors: Make and deliver paper bag luminaries with LED candles to your neighbors to light up the dark winter nights! Drop the luminary off on their doorstep with a campaign flyer (download below).
  • Have a Cookie Decorating Party: A staple of the holiday season! Bake cookies and prepare the icing and decorations. Invite friends over to decorate cookies. Tell them that you’re one of our 1,000 Points of Light and ask them to join you by giving $10 to Illuminate Colorado.
  • Ask for Donations Instead of Presents: If you’re having a hard time coming up with a gift list for yourself, ask friends and family to donate $10 instead of buying you a present.

Sample Email

Hi [First Name],

Colorado prospers when our children thrive. No matter where they live, children need high-quality experiences and loving relationships to support healthy development, and each one of us has a responsibility to be a point of light in the lives of the children in our communities.

Between now and the end of the year, Illuminate Colorado is looking for 1,000 Points of Light for children and families in Colorado. Each Point of Light represents someone who financially supports their mission to strengthen families, communities and organizations to prevent child maltreatment. 

One hundred percent of funds raised will support effective programs that keep Colorado kids safe and strengthen families throughout the year. If 1,000 people give $10, we’ll raise $10,000 to build brighter childhoods in 2023.

This holiday season, I am looking for 10 Points of Light–that’s 10 people giving $10. We all need to get involved to prevent child maltreatment, and giving $10 is a tangible way to give back to our communities and strengthen children and families in Colorado for years to come. 

[Include a personal message about why you support our mission.]

I hope that you’ll join me today in giving $10 to Illuminate Colorado and become a Point of Light for children and families in Colorado. [Include link to personal fundraising page or https://www.illuminatecolorado.org/1000pointsoflight/

Create Your Own Colorado Gives Page

Creating a fundraiser for Illuminate Colorado on ColoradoGives.org is easy! 

      1. Visit our ColoradoGives.org page, click the “Fundraise” button, and follow the prompts. Make sure that the “Use template provided by organization” box is checked to make things even easier. 
      2. Customize or edit as much or as little as you’d like, but make sure you set an end date for the fundraiser. You won’t be able to publish your fundraising page until you do! Just click on the “Set Duration” button under the goal and set December 31, 2022 as the end date. Customize the “Story” section to make it personal–we have some prompts for you to think about if you’re stuck. If you don’t want to add anything, make sure to delete the highlighted text before publishing!
      3. Hit publish and share your fundraiser!

We want this to be as easy as possible! If you have any trouble, contact jvonarb@illuminatecolorado.org and we’ll help you get your fundraising page set up.

Campaign Flyer

Illuminate One Pager

What Does Illuminate Do?

Social Media Posts

Sample Post: Illuminate Colorado is looking for #1000PointsOfLight for children and families in CO. It’s easy to become a Point of Light! Make a $10 donation at https://bit.ly/1000PointsOfLight. Your generosity will help strengthen children and families and build a brighter future for all Coloradans.

Sample Post: Colorado prospers when our children thrive. No matter where they live, children need high-quality experiences and loving relationships to support healthy development. You can become a Point of Light for children and families in Colorado by giving $10 at https://bit.ly/1000PointsOfLight.

Sample Post: It takes all of us working together to build brighter childhoods in Colorado. If 1,000 people give $10, we’ll raise $10,000 to build brighter childhoods in 2023. Become a Point of Light at https://bit.ly/1000PointsOfLight. #1000PointsOfLight

FAQs

How do I become a Point of Light?

Donate $10 or more on Iluuminate Colorado’s website or on our Colorado Gives page.

Do I have to give exactly $10?

Absolutely not! Any donation of $10 OR MORE will count as a point of light.

Can I give through the Colorado Gives website after Colorado Gives Day?

Yes, Colorado Gives now accepts donations after Colorado Gives Day.

Does being a Luminary count as being a point of light?

Yes! By making a recurring gift that we can count on to strengthen our programs and advocacy year-round, Luminaries provide the stable and consistent support we need to grow and strengthen families, organizations and communities to prevent child maltreatment.

If your recurring gift occurs before the end of the year, then it counts as a point of light!

Does my donation qualify for a Child Care Contribution Tax Credit?

Yes! Your charitable donation today can qualify for a 50% tax credit. This means that if you give $10, you get $5 back on your Colorado state taxes through the Child Care Contribution Tax Credit.

To claim the credit, simply submit your copy of the completed Child Care Contribution Tax Credit Certification (Form DR 1317) with your tax return. We’ll provide you with the completed form once we process your donation.

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