Supporting Local Initiatives

Empty Stocking Fund sparks the giving spirit in the Pikes Peak region to benefit local nonprofits serving neighbors in need.

Bringing Joy to Our Neighbors

100% of the funds raised go directly to our partner agencies. Learn more about our matching grants and community partners.

Partnering with Local Agencies

The 20 health and human service partner agencies serve a wide variety of populations and needs. Almost half of the population in the Pikes Peak region has used the resources offered by these agencies at some point in their lives.

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About The Fund

In 1984, The Gazette established Empty Stocking Fund with the original goal of filling empty stockings with toys, clothing, and other items for families in need during the holiday season. They raised over $40,000 in cash and goods to assist 27 families during that first year. Ten years later the campaign shifted to a community fundraiser for nonprofits in the Pikes Peak Region. Now, the Gazette Charities-El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund provides funding to 20 local health and human service agencies in El Paso and Teller Counties on the front lines of helping people in crisis and assisting others in attaining self-sufficiency.

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Our Impacts in Numbers

Donations are dispersed to do the most good through partner agencies across the Pikes Peak Region

5,449

Youths Served

Charitable giving has helped to bring extra joy to our neighbors in need

282,235

Adults Served

Donations go to help families in our local neighborhoods and communities

18,503,279

Meals Provided

Donations are used to provide funds for partner agencies to deliver meals

Your Donation is Powerful

A donation to Empty Stocking Fund can transform lives. Every dollar donated to the campaign grows up to 45% through matching funds.

Our Partner Agencies

We believe in highlighting and supporting the incredible work of health and human service agencies in the Pikes Peak Region. These 20 nonprofits address a wide variety of community needs, and many of these agencies engage in strategic partnerships with one another to further the impact of the services they provide.

Empty Stocking Fund supports 20 health and human service agencies in the Pikes Peak region.

Other Ways to Support Your Community

You can also support our partner agencies contributing your time, skills and knowledge. Learn about ways to volunteer at these incredible organizations and others on COS Connect.