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Colorado Gives Day Raises $54.4 Million

ARVADA, Colo. (Dec. 8, 2021) – The 12th Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, Dec. 7 raised a record-breaking $54,409,297 million for 3,063 participating Colorado nonprofits. Gifts poured in throughout the 24-hour online giving event from more than 72,232 unique donors through 215,864 donations.

“We are blown away and humbled by the generosity shown to Colorado nonprofits on Colorado Gives Day,” said Kelly Dunkin, president and CEO of Community First Foundation, the organization that created the giving event. “Coloradans recognize and appreciate the value our nonprofits give in helping everyone in our community thrive. From ensuring people have food and housing to supporting mental wellness to making the arts accessible to all – it all becomes possible when donors make good happen.”

More than 1,500 separate peer-to-peer fundraising pages were created by individuals, businesses and nonprofits raising more than $2.7 million on Colorado Gives Day. Donors represented 10 countries and all 50 states plus Puerto Rico, Armed Forces Europe, Armed Forces Pacific, and Federated States of Micronesia.

“Community First Foundation founded Colorado Gives Day to provide an easy way for everyone to support their communities by donating to local nonprofits online,” said Erica Thornley, vice president of product development and ColoradoGives. “Online giving and events like Colorado Gives Day make it possible for anyone to be a philanthropist.”

Colorado Gives Day has raised more than $361 million since it launched in 2010, making it among the most successful giving days in the nation. The ColoradoGives.org online giving site has raised more than $486 million since it went live in 2007.

“It’s been an absolute joy to watch Colorado Gives Day grow each year, and we’re grateful be involved with such an impactful event,” said Kelly Kaminskas, president of retail and digital banking for FirstBank. “We are so happy with the overall success of Colorado Gives Day because it’s encouraging to know that Coloradans continue to support the nonprofits that do so much to strengthen our communities.”

Colorado Gives Day is a collaborative event. FirstBank has been the corporate partner of Colorado Gives Day since the beginning, providing cash prizes, event support, incentive fund contributions and paid advertising.

Supporting business sponsors include: Delta Dental; Colorado Housing and Finance Authority; Janus Henderson Investors; Amazon; Daniels Fund; Gary Community Ventures; Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies; Breckenridge Grand Vacations; Colorado Energy Foundation; The Denver Foundation; Graystone Consulting; Ireland Stapleton; Noodles & Company; SCL Health; T-Mobile for Business; Trinchera Blanca Foundation.

Media sponsors include: Denver7; Rocky Mountain Public Media; iHeartMedia; Grounds for Promotion; Univision Colorado and Entravision; PBS 12; Comcast; 5280 Magazine; Mile High Outdoor Advertising; Colorado Parent; BizWest.



Interesting facts from the day:

  • The first two donations came in at 12:01:29 am; one to the Denver Dumb Friends League and one to 9Health Fair.
  • The final two donations came in at 12:00:01 AM Dec. 8 to The Hudson Gardens and Event Center and Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council.
  • 215,864 total donations were received in the 24 hours.
  • 97% (3,063) of participating nonprofits received a donation; 3,151 nonprofits participated.
  • The category of nonprofit receiving the most donations was human services; 36,330 donations totaling $11.2 million.

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