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CannaMakeADifference & the Mile High 420 Festival Partnership

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Community is a big part of the Mile High 420 Festival

We are so very proud to partner with the LARGEST FREE 420 Festival in the country, the Mile High 420 Festival! Taking place on Friday, April 20, 2018 at Civic Center Park in Downtown Denver, Colorado, the organizers of the festival want it to help show the impact the cannabis industry and indeed the entire cannabis community has on its local community. To this end, the festival will feature local bands, comedians and artists, a health and wellness section and also the CannaMakeADifference Pavilion!

The CannaMakeADifference Pavilion will house 20 501c3 nonprofit organizations, vendors and entertainment. This pavilion will educate, entertain and show the positive social and community aspects of the industry and indeed the entire cannabis community.

Come and join us on April 20, 2018! We will be to the left of the main stage (looking at the main stage). SEE YOU THERE!

White Paper for Cannabis Companies

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KND Associates LLC has put together a white paper specifically for cannabis companies entitled Growing a Cannabis Business through Implementing Community Engagement and Corporate Social Responsibility Practices.

This white paper provides information about how partnering with local nonprofits can improve, not just your bottom line, but impact many aspects of your business including things like employee retention. It also highlights the challenges nonprofits face in accepting finding from the cannabis industry as well as highlights benefits from working with nonprofits.


White Paper for Nonprofits

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KND Associates LLC has put together a white paper entitled Accepting Cannabis Donations for Your Nonprofit Organization: Risks, Rewards and Best Practices.

This white paper provides information about the cannabis industry and the challenges it has and the things you, as a nonprofit, should be aware. It also asks 12 questions every nonprofit should be asking PRIOR to accepting cannabis contributions.


CO nonprofits accepting donations from cannabis industry

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In Colorado, marijuana is legal. In the eyes of the federal government, it is still illegal. Should Colorado nonprofits seek/accept contributions from a marijuana retailer?

“There is still some legal risk that a nonprofit would need to evaluate, but from the experts we’ve talked to, it seems small at this point,” said Renny Fagan, Colorado Nonprofit Association president and CEO.

According to Colorado Nonprofit Association’s year-end 2016 survey, one in 10 nonprofits had actively sought out contributions, but two-thirds would consider accepting a donation if offered.

Read more of the story from CO Nonprofits Org.


Cannabis businesses find giving back not as easy as you think

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By Joe Vaccarelli, The Denver Post

Tim Cullen ran into an unexpected obstacle recently when he decided it was time his cannabis business should start donating money to nonprofit organizations.

“I have been shocked at how few places will take our money,” said Cullen, CEO of the Colorado Harvest Company chain of shops and a shareholder with O.penVape, a company that makes vape pens.

But then Levitt Pavilion Denver came calling. O.penVape and Colorado Harvest Company together donated $250,000, becoming the largest private donors of a project to build an amphitheater in Ruby Hill Park in southwest Denver that will host 50 free concerts each summer among several other events.

Read more of this Cannabist story here.

Why CO nonprofits are taking a risk accepting donations from pot businesses

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DENVER – When is a donation not necessarily something you want to take straight to the bank?

Kaya Cannabis, in Denver, is donating a portion to medical marijuana sales to three nonprofit organizations.

“Nothing is simple in cannabis, I’ve learned,” said Amanda Gonzalez, CEO of Kaya Cannabis. “Many non-profits are part of national organizations or their of board of directors is just a little bit more conservative and nervous about what’s still a relatively new industry.”

Read and watch the 9NEWS story.

Elevate Your State

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Colorado has over 30,000 501(c)(3) nonprofits. At last count over 80% of them were considered small, and most of them have a direct impact on their local community.

On September 20, 2017, we would like you to join us in our effort to empower these small nonprofits continue to empower the communities they serve!

100% of all donations on September 20, 2017 through our Donation Page and/or through SMS will be providing grants to small, Colorado-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado! A committee of cannabis industry leaders, state government officials, nonprofit professionals, and philanthropists will be reviewing selected grant proposals from these nonprofits. 100% of the money from these grants will go towards helping these small Colorado-based charities move their organizations forward and help more of the population they are helping, from animals to veterans and everything and everyone in between, in all corners of the great state of Colorado!

Think about it… if we collectively can raise millions on one day, and it’s all going to great causes across our entire state, what kind of positive light would that shed on the entire cannabis community? It would make the industry look REALLY good!

So Give & Toke on September 20, 2017 and we CANNA MAKE A DIFFERENCE for small nonprofits, our state and the entire cananabis community all at once!