DENVER - Nonprofit organizations throughout the state have been letting people know through targeted email campaigns about Colorado Gives Day, set for Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Colorado Gives Day is an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Donations are accepted through the website ColoradoGives.org.

Nonprofits have created profiles on the site that people can review and donate to if they care to. Community First Foundation, a community foundation serving the Denver metro area, created the initiative in 2010 with the financial support of Colorado-based First Bank.

The amount of money raised and the number of nonprofits participating have increased each year. Last year, $15.4 million was raised during the 24-hour period; $12.4 million was raised in 2011, and $8.4 million was raised in 2010. The number of nonprofits that participated reached 1,258 last year, compared with 932 in 2011 and 539 in 2010.

Click here for more information on past results.

The ColoradoGives website is a year-round online resource and donation tool. To reach donors, nonprofits need to join the site and create a ColoradoGives profile.