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    Community First Foundation Distributes $12.7 million to Nonprofits from Colorado Gives Day

    Posted Tuesday, December 27, 2011

    News from Community First Foundation

    $12.4 million was raised plus $300,000 from the FirstBank Incentive Fund and $36,000 in Bonus Bucks prizes

    ARVADA, Colo. – Community First Foundation announced today that it will distribute $12.7 million to the 928 nonprofit organizations that participated in Colorado Gives Day 2011. Last year, the inaugural Colorado Gives Day distributed $8.7 million to 529 nonprofits across the state. More than 52,000 individual donations were made during Colorado Gives Day 2011—an increase of 150 percent over last year’s 20,000 donations.

    Can Do MS is proud to be part of Colorado Gives Day to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.

    "The nonprofit organizations were very creative and collaborative in their marketing campaigns, which energized Coloradans to give more than $12 million online,” said Marla J. Williams, president and CEO of Community First Foundation. “We are proud of the nonprofits and their efforts that generated excitement throughout the state, and we’re grateful for the generosity of FirstBank, our foundation friends and Bonus Bucks business sponsors who helped make Colorado Gives Day 2011 a reality. And of course, we are most thankful for the generosity of Coloradans. Once again, they heeded the call to ‘Give Where You Live’—with spectacular results.”

    Because high traffic from generous donors and a technical issue caused some disruptions on the online giving website,, Community First Foundation extended the 24-hour period of online giving from Tuesday, Dec. 6 at midnight until noon on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Bonus Bucks prizes totaling $36,000 (Community First Foundation donated $7,000) were applied through the extension as was the $300,000 FirstBank Incentive Fund.

    FirstBank sponsored 12 new High Five prizes at $5,000 each. High Five prizes, created to stimulate giving and reward nonprofits for best performances, include Top Dollars Raised, Top Number of Donations, Largest Percent Increase in Dollars from 2010 and Top Dollars Raised through Fundraising Pages. The winners will be announced at a Colorado Gives Day celebration on Jan. 19.

    “We are thrilled with the great success of Colorado Gives Day, on behalf of Jefferson Center! Thanks to the hard work, generosity and support of our community, Jefferson Center received a nearly 15 percent increase in funds and a 47 percent increase in donors over last year,” said Harriet L. Hall, PhD, president & CEO of Jefferson Center for Mental Health.

    “Colorado Gives day has heightened awareness of all the work that nonprofits do in our Colorado communities,” said Jim Barclay, president and CEO of Lutheran Family Services. “The extended hours ended up bringing us our largest donation of $20,000. A first-time donor saw the Colorado Gives Day announcement in her church bulletin and was touched by the services our agency provides. Excited about the opportunity for the FirstBank incentive boost, she called on Wednesday but was afraid that she had missed her opportunity. We were pleased to tell her that it was not too late!”

    In the collaborative spirit that makes Colorado such a special place, some nonprofits combined their resources to make an even more local impact during these challenging economic times, in communities such as Evergreen, Arvada, Colorado Springs/Pikes Peak, Eagle County/Vail Valley, Weld County, and Boulder County. For example, 19 Colorado Springs/Pikes Peak organizations formed a coalition that raised more than $127,000—almost four times higher than El Paso County raised last year. In Eagle County/Vail Valley, 10 nonprofits including Walking Mountains Science Center, Eagle Valley Land Trust and SOS Outreach raised more than $200,000. In Arvada, 24 nonprofits raised $3,100 at their happy hour event on Dec. 6 at the Arvada Beer Company.

    Read full news release on Community First Foundation's website

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