Charities & Nonprofits
Don’t Be A Monster is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works alongside haunted houses throughout the U.S. to put on unique and entertaining universal anti-bullying assemblies in schools for students in 4th-10th grade. Our mission is simple: we work to educate and empower youth to be leaders in their school around diversity, inclusiveness, and show them how to stand up for their friends and peers. We focus on the choices a student can make when it comes to bullying, and how these choices will impact their lives as well as the lives of those around them. What makes Don’t Be A Monster unique is the way we deliver this message.
The mission of Aurora Rise is simple- we will try to help make the days ahead of those affected by Century 16 Aurora theater shooting on July 20, 2012 a little bit brighter. We will continue this effort so that no one will ever be forgotten and so that the public will never forget.
Aurora Rise is a Section 501(c)(3) non profit charitable organization founded in the wake of the Century 16 Aurora theater shooting on July 20, 2012. It has been created by victims to help other victims with small acts of assistance and kindness. Types of assistance that Aurora Rise might cover include but are not limited to:
Gift cards to provide gas for travel to appointments;
Assistance with groceries costs;
General financial aid for those still suffering the financial after-effects;
Major life changes and/or major medical assistance are something that is out of the scope of this type of charitable organization. Aurora Rise Board Members will review every assistance submission and will work directly with the victims to determine how we can best be of assistance.
Our goal is to do things to make someone’s day a little better and remind those affected by the Century Aurora Theater Shooting that there are people still out there who care. In memory of those that we lost, Aurora Rise will establish scholarship programs to ensure the public will never forget.
To quote Frank Sinatra “ I’m for whatever gets you through the night”.
Cerar Clan chapter of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club
Cerar Clan is the Colorado & Wyoming chapter of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club! We help raise funds and awareness for a variety of charities.
Founded in 2007 by Tom Hutchens, Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club (MMCC) has quickly grown to be one of the largest global Star Wars™ fan organizations. Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club is a registered 501(c)(4) non-profit within the USA, with several chapters in countries around the world.
Mandalorian Mercs is a truly unique organization as it encourages membership applicants to focus on adding their personal and distincitive creative individualiy as opposed to limiting them based soely on visual accuracies from the Star Wars™ films, books, comics, video games, and other media. The MMCC is an inclusive and friendly club, following the Mandalorian way of “Clans” or family units and a clans’ ability to adopt anyone who wishes to be a Mandalorian.
Denver Film Society
Since 1978, the Denver Film Society (DFS) has worked to promote cinema as both an art form and a civic forum, developing a program that includes year-round screenings, community outreach projects, and renowned special events.
The Halloween Candy Buy Back (HCBB) program was started with the goal of getting some of the candy “off the streets.” In 2005, I held my first HCBB. The next year, I went to my colleagues and asked if they’d be interested in supporting this endeavor by simply paying $1 for every pound of candy a child brought into their respective offices followed by sending the goodies to the troops overseas. The local responses were fabulous and in the following years – the national response overwhelmed me as well! Hundreds of local news stories led to the event getting featured by Diane Sawyer on ABC News. and most recently on CNN
I have really enjoyed watching this event grow and realizing all it has done for children, dental practices, and the troops overseas who are serving in harm’s way. In addition to all of the good we are doing, we are also having lots of fun! We have partnered with Soldiers’ Angels by shipping all the candy donated along with toothbrushes so troops abroad can receive goodies in their Soldiers’ Angels care packages. Yes! Dental offices nationwide pay the kids for the candy and in return the dentists mail off the collection to Soldiers’ Angels and they sort all the goodies, pack the boxes and ship those boxes to our troops abroad serving the country. More than 130 tons of candy has been collected, over the years, by collaborating with dental offices nationwide and working with Soldiers’ Angels. Please check out the pictures and videos under the Media section to see the highlights from offices around the nation plus the 1,000,000th package celebration.
Thank you for your interest in the Halloween Candy Buyback program and your thoughtfulness in providing the candy to Soldiers’ Angels for the Holiday care packages.
The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation was created in 2012 to aid in the fight against breast cancer. America’s pumpkin growers have committed to giving a percentage of proceeds from every pink pumpkin sold this year to organizations involved in breast cancer research.
The foundation will oversee the donations, and ensure that the funds go directly to reputable organizations with the highest percentage of dollars spent on actual research. We aim to be transparent, with a board that volunteers its’ time, no paid employees and low administrative costs.
POP CULTURE CLASSROOM
Pop Culture Classroom ignites a love of learning, increases literacy, celebrates diversity and builds community through the tools of popular culture and the power of self-expression.
Pop Culture Classroom envisions individuals transformed by the educational power of popular culture who create diverse, inclusive and engaged communities.
Quality service to kids and communities
Respect, inclusiveness and diversity
Equality of opportunity
Alternative approaches to education
Recognizing each person’s intrinsic dignity and importance
Open communication, responsibility and honesty
Welcome to our Garden! It’s very Shiny!
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, established in 2016 with the purpose of creating inclusive events that celebrate diversity and bring all fans together.
We currently have two events under our umbrella.
The Myths and Legends Convention has been running since 2013 and focuses on our “modern” myths and legends, such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Firefly (shiny). It’s an excellent event for first-time convention attendees, people who like smaller crowds, and adults who have felt left out of conversations. Come join us August 4 – 6, 2017! Find more about MALCon at malcondenver.org .
Our other event is WhimsyCon, will debut March 2 – 4, 2018. We are focusing on both Steampunk – how we envision an inclusive world where steam rules and everyone is equal – and the craftsmanship of costuming. Find more about WhimsyCon at whimsycon.org .
You can find us at many Denver-area conventions, meeting with other fans and answering questions. We’ll have tables in the area with the other conventions (“fan tables”) so come find us and ask us anything!