December 8th was Colorado Gives Day, where people all over Colorado are reminded to give back to our communities. This year Colorado Gives helped raise over $50 million collectively between all nonprofits in only 24 hours! WORKSHOP8 decided to join in on the giving. Check out the organizations each of us chose:


ORGANIZATION – Suffer Better
ORGANIZATION MISSION STATEMENT – To tap the inexhaustible power, focus, dedication, and commitment of the endurance athlete community to preserve and protect our wild, natural environment, work with and support local nonprofits, and improve local communities.

“I’ve gotten to know the founders of Suffer Better pretty well ever since moving to Colorado almost 5 years ago. As an endurance “athlete”, they’ve taught me that life is about giving it your all, plus a little more (not to mention having fun while you’re doing it). Life is pretty good, and it’s important to give back when we can.


ORGANIZATIONS – Colorado Public Radio, The Catamounts, Dance To Be Free, The Community Foundation, Lyons Community Foundation, Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Luvin Arms, Attention Homes, Thistle Communities, There With Care, The Street Dog Coalition, The Nature Conservancy, Sister Carmen Community Center, Senior Housing Options, Rocky Mountain French Bulldog Rescue, Resource Central, Pandas International, Out Boulder County, Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley, Front Range Community College Foundation, Flatirons Habitat for Humanity, Emergency Family Assistance Association, eGo CarShare, Denver Zoological Foundation, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Art Museum, Dental Aid, Davis Phinney Foundation, Community Cycles, Colorado Nurses Foundation, Boulder International Fringe Festival, Boulder Housing Partners Foundation, Boulder Food Rescue, Boulder County Arts Alliance, Boulder Community Housing Corporation, Bicycles for Humanity, Bicycle Colorado, The Sun Valley Youth Center, YWCA Boulder County, Children’s House Preschool.

This year we decided to spread the love – we’re giving back to our hometowns, our Clients, places we’ve adopted our rescue dogs, nonprofits we are members of, and others that really pull our heart strings.


ORGANIZATION – Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence
ORGANIZATION MISSION STATEMENT – A human rights organization committed to ending violence against adults, youth and children through advocacy, support, education and community organizing.

I donated to SPAN to support them in their mission to provide respectful and inclusive assistance to victims of interpersonal violence and create positive social change. The work they do is important and inspiring and I am thankful that our community has a resource with this focus.

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS I DONATED TOBridge House, Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Community Food Share, Planned Parenthood, Alzheimer’s Association.


ORGANIZATIONNational Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)
ORGANIZATION MISSION STATEMENT – To empower our local chapters and membership to foster justice and equity in communities of color through outreach, community advocacy, professional development and design excellence.

“I love our profession, but it saddens me when I see that there are not many people that look like me and sound like me in our field. I donated to this organization, and I am volunteering my time to help make the Architecture profession more inclusive and diverse.”


ORGANIZATIONRezdawg rescue
ORGANIZATION MISSION STATEMENT – To address the needs of stray companion animals in the Four Corners region of the US by providing Rescue ➜ Relocation ➜ Spaying/Neutering ➜ Fostering ➜ Adoption.

These animals are mostly on their own and it takes donations like these to get them out of a bad situation.


ORGANIZATION MISSION STATEMENT – Creating a world of opportunity for all abilities.

From working with my University’s C.A.R.E program for 4 years, I want to continue to support children and adult’s with developmental, cognitive, and physical challenges so that they have access to gainful education and supported employment opportunities.


ORGANIZATION MISSION STATEMENT – To create stable, vibrant, and healthy communities by developing, financing, and operating affordable, program-enriched housing for families, seniors, and people with special needs who lack the economic resources to access quality, safe housing opportunities.

I believe that safe and accessible housing is one of the main pillars of a stable, healthy, and vibrant society. I firmly believe that housing is a huge issue that needs to be addressed in both our country as a whole, as well as on the level of our individual neighborhoods.


OTHER ORGANIZATIONS I DONATED TO – Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence.


ORGANIZATION“I have a Dream Foundation” Boulder
ORGANIZATION MISSION STATEMENT – To empower children from low-income communities to succeed in school, college, and career by providing academic, social, and emotional support from elementary school through college, along with a post-secondary tuition assistance scholarship.

I felt it was important for me to contribute to low-income families as schools/students transition to remote learning.


ORGANIZATION MISSION STATEMENT – elevateHER fosters self-worth and grit in young women through mentoring, outdoor adventure, and holistic wellness programs.

I donated to elevateHER because I think that investing time to empowering young girls helps them grow into strong, smart women.


Thanks for reading!

Maris DuBois | Studio Manager
18 DECEMBER 2020