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From virtual galas to drive-in movies, Longmont, Boulder nonprofits devise new ways to raise funds – Longmont Times

The in-person fundraisers may have stopped, but for nonprofit groups across Boulder County, the bills haven’t.

A 450-pound pig named Leo rests in an enclosure at Good Life Refuge near Longmont on July 31, 2020. Nonprofits are finding alternatives for fundraising that has been difficult because of the pandemic. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

For Nicole Brecht, figuring out new ways to connect people with her Longmont animal refuge in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic has been an evolving challenge that requires both creativity and perseverance.

Brecht runs the Good Life Refuge, where farm animals that are abandoned or surrendered because their owners couldn’t provide them care get a second chance at a happy life.

“The medical care doesn’t stop, and feeding the animals does’t stop, and buying hay doesn’t stop, just because there’s a pandemic,” Brecht said.

Brecht is among many nonprofit leaders navigating a new world, where traditional fundraisers involving hundreds of people can’t take place due to precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

For those looking for summer activities that will also benefit nonprofits, many charity organization leaders have devised new and innovative ways to garner funds and connect with more people, from drive-in movies to online auctions and virtual tours.

Showing support from the couch

People won’t have to leave home to help Attention Homes in Boulder support youth facing homelessness.

The nonprofit’s 13th annual fundraising gala has gone virtual. The event, aptly called Sit Back Take a Stand, will take place from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Saturday. Those who purchase a $70 ticket get a gourmet take-and-bake meal prepared by GB Culinary for them to pick up. After their meal has cooked, they can sit back and tune in virtually as Hazel Miller The Collective,

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