Posted Thursday, December 1, 2011
For the Second Year, Online Initiative Will Encourage Coloradans to “Give Where You Live” and Raise Millions for Local Nonprofit Organizations
Denver, Colo. — Community First Foundation, a Denver-based foundation dedicated to increasing community generosity and involvement, and FirstBank, Colorado’s largest locally owned bank, today announced the return of Colorado Gives Day, an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.
Colorado Gives Day 2011 will take place during a 24-hour period on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011. Donations will be accepted through the online giving website GivingFirst.org starting at 12:00 a.m. on Dec. 6. Community First Foundation and FirstBank partnered last year on the inaugural Colorado Gives Day, which distributed $8.7 million to Colorado nonprofits.
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“We are excited to officially announce Colorado Gives Day 2011. Last year, Colorado Gives Day
exceeded everyone’s expectations by distributing $8.7 million to 529 Colorado nonprofits,” said Marla
Williams, President and CEO of Community First Foundation. “Given the generosity of the community and the feedback we received from nonprofit partners and donors, we believe Colorado Gives Day 2011 will be as successful, if not more so, than last year.”
Similar to last year, credit card and processing fees will be covered by Community First Foundation and sponsors so that 100 percent of Colorado Gives Day donations go directly to nonprofit organizations.
FirstBank has renewed its role as corporate partner of Colorado Gives Day and has committed
$500,000 to kick off the 2011 campaign. The bank helped make Colorado Gives Day 2010 a reality
with a $300,000 lead gift and by providing marketing support to drive awareness of the day and
broader need to support Colorado’s nonprofits.
“The response we heard from Coloradans last December was clear: we care about local nonprofits and
are proud to show our financial support,” said John Ikard, President and CEO of FirstBank Holding
Company. “As a Colorado-based bank with a 48-year history of local service and community
investment, it’s an honor to help bring back Colorado Gives Day for a second year.”
In addition to fundraising, Colorado Gives Day raises awareness of the state’s nonprofit sector and
educates communities on the benefits of online giving.
“Colorado Gives Day 2010 was a tremendous benefit to Food Bank of the Rockies,” said Kevin
Seggelke, President and CEO. “In one day we received 371 donations, making it possible for our
organization to distribute 350,000 additional meals to our neighbors in need. The generosity of our
Colorado community is amazing.”
More information on Colorado Gives Day 2011 will be made available online at www.GivingFirst.org/cogivesday.
Created and managed by Community First Foundation, GivingFirst.org is an online resource that
profiles Colorado charities and encourages charitable giving by providing comprehensive, objective,
and up-to-date information about hundreds of Colorado nonprofits. Individuals can use
GivingFirst.org to locate each participating organization’s mission, programs, successes and detailed
financial information and donate online.
Community First Foundation helps donors and nonprofits come together to improve quality of life
in the Denver metro area. We use our resources to fund community programs, support the services of
nonprofit organizations, and assist individuals with charitable giving. By monitoring the pulse of the
community, we create new and innovative programs such as GivingFirst.org, an online giving
resource, and Colorado Gives Day, an initiative that inspired Coloradans to donate more than $8.4
million in one day last year. We’ve been serving the region since 1975.
FirstBank operates more than 125 locations in Colorado, Arizona and California. FirstBank is the
largest locally owned banking organization in Colorado, serving more than 600,000 customers. Since its inception in 1963, FirstBank has contributed $40 million and thousands of volunteer hours to
charitable organizations. The bank was recognized as a 2010 “Partner in Philanthropy” by the Denver
Business Journal because of its philanthropic activities.
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