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Colorado Gives Day 2017 Announced by Community First Foundation and FirstBank

The annual, 24-hour event has raised $145.3 million for local nonprofits since inception

ARVADA, Colo. (August 16, 2017) – Colorado Gives Day, a statewide movement to increase online giving, is scheduled for Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

The event is presented by Community First Foundation, a local community foundation dedicated to fueling positive change in Jefferson County, the Denver metropolitan area and beyond, and FirstBank, Colorado’s second largest bank and one of the most philanthropic companies in the state.

“It’s astounding to think in 2010 we were hoping Colorado Gives Day would raise $1 million for local nonprofits, and last year alone, it raised over $33 million,” said Jim Reuter, CEO of FirstBank. “As a longtime corporate partner, it’s been an honor to witness this statewide movement not only grow exponentially, but strengthen our nonprofit community year-after-year. We’re optimistic that momentum will continue on December 5.”

Since its inception in 2010, Colorado Gives Day has raised $145.3 million for Colorado nonprofits, making it among the most successful giving days in the nation. Last year alone, donors gave more than 146,600 individual donations to 2,140 nonprofits totaling $33.8 million, breaking all previous records.

“Colorado Gives Day highlights the best of Colorado,” said Marla J. Williams, president and CEO of Community First Foundation. “It celebrates the extraordinary generosity of Coloradans and the important contributions Colorado nonprofits make to our community every day.”

What makes this year so special? ColoradoGives.org, the year-round, online giving website that fuels Colorado Gives Day, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. For 10 years, ColoradoGives.org has connected the givers and the do-ers. Community First Foundation celebrated this milestone by launching a new and improved giving website in August 2017. The new ColoradoGives.org features more than 2,000 nonprofits and makes online giving easier and more fun!

How to Participate

Donors can search for local charities from any page on ColoradoGives.org to learn more and donate on Colorado Gives Day. Starting November 1, 2017, donors can also schedule Colorado Gives Day donations online.

Get the whole family involved! Colorado Gives Day is a great opportunity to introduce a child to the joy of giving. The newly designed KidsforColoradoGives.org, the kid-friendly component of ColoradoGives.org, helps young donors experience the joy of giving in a fun, safe environment.

More information on Colorado Gives Day 2017 is online at ColoradoGivesDay.org. For statistics on last year’s Colorado Gives Day and year-over-year comparisons, please visit ColoradoGives.org/Data&Reports.

About FirstBank
FirstBank operates more than 115 locations in Colorado, Arizona and California. FirstBank is the largest locally owned banking organization in Colorado, serving more than 750,000 customers. Since 2000, FirstBank has contributed more than $57 million and thousands of volunteer hours to charitable organizations. FirstBank is unique in that a majority of its stock is owned by management and employees. For more information, visit efirstbank.com.

About Community First Foundation

Since 1975, Community First Foundation has been helping generous donors and innovative nonprofits come together to improve the quality of life and create positive change in Jefferson County, the Denver metropolitan area and beyond. We serve as a connector, partner, collaborator and resource to fuel the power of community for the greater good. For more information, visit CommunityFirstFoundation.org.