DEN: Giving Circle – Cottonwood Institute

For this Mappy Hour we raised money through a *giving circle* for one of our favorite local non-profits: Cottonwood Institute!

Cottonwood Institute is an award-winning 501(c)3 educational non-profit organization based in Denver, Colorado. They aim to inspire a new generation of 21st century leaders who are environmentally aware, civically engaged, and empowered to make a positive impact within their communities. Cottonwood Institute collaborates with schools and youth organizations—primarily for middle and high school students.

The Mappy Hour crew came in force, donating $10–$50 per person. We then listened to Madeline Bachner Lane from the Cottonwood Institute highlight three of their programs for 2018. We split into groups, and voted on our favorite one. After some debate, the Action Project was the winner of 100% of the cash collected at the door.

We also had amazing support and raffle prizes from Maroon Bell Outdoor, a yearly supporting sponsor of Cottonwood Institute! For more information and a product catalog, visit

Additional thanks to Little Machine for giving all donors 15% off beer all night.

At the end of the presentation we had a great amount of socialization and some guests stuck around to chat more about Cottonwood Institute, and share future adventures in the Front Range (and beyond).

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