Ways to Give

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Turn your passions into actions.

There are many ways individuals and families can partner with us to meet charitable giving goals. Together, we can create giving plans that maximize the impact of your gifts today and in the future.

From simple online giving to more sophisticated options such as donor-advised funds, we provide a range of options to suit where you are and want to be.

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Donor-Advised Funds

A donor-advised fund is a giving account that allows individuals, families and businesses to support favorite charities over time and receive an immediate tax benefit. Consider this option if you make numerous gifts throughout the year, would like to be a Grantmakers, have highly appreciated stock, received an inheritance, are interested in a family foundation without the administrative burden, and more.

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IRA Charitable Distributions

Support multiple nonprofits with one IRA Charitable Distribution (or Qualified Charitable Distribution) when you make a single distribution to Community First Foundation.

We’ll provide a Giving Card in the amount of your full distribution that you can use on our charitable giving website, ColoradoGives.org. Interested? Let us know by emailing cogives@communityfirstfoundation.org.

You can also support our work in Jefferson County by directing your distribution to Community First Foundation.

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Corporate Philanthropy

Whether you call it corporate philanthropy or corporate social responsibility, we’re uniquely positioned to help you craft a plan that increases employee engagement, simplifies your employee giving programs, and positions your brand as a socially responsible brand.


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Planned Giving

Planned gifts, also called legacy or estate gifts, are arranged during your lifetime but given to charity in the future. When you are developing your will, you can include charity as a beneficiary with a specific dollar amount or percentage of your estate. Connect with your financial advisor to determine which planned gift is best for you, or contact our Philanthropic Services team for more information.

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Unrestricted: Area of Greatest Need

Community First Foundation has an unrestricted fund that allows us to respond to the urgent needs of the community. Unrestricted gifts are powerful because they allow the Foundation to use them for current areas of need. Donate to our unrestricted fund  through ColoradoGives.org and select “Nonprofit’s Discretion” during the online donation process.

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Online Giving

ColoradoGives.org, our year-round online giving website, makes donating to Colorado nonprofits easy, fun and informative. It is a great entry point to learn about local nonprofits and support one or more with modest donations. KidsforColoradoGives.org is the kid-friendly portion of the site. And Colorado Gives Day is the not-to-be-missed 24-hour event that unites Coloradans in celebrating online giving and local nonprofits through this platform.

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Giving Groups

A giving group is a group of people who care about a specific cause and want to make giving decisions together. Types of giving groups include giving circles and field of interest funds. We are happy to serve as a resource for giving groups focused on local giving.

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Ghazal Vaghedi
Vice President of Business Development and Community Engagement
Rebecca Olchawa Barker
Director of Development

Community First Foundation is always ready to facilitate your desire to make a charitable gift. Contact us at 720.898.5900.
Request a copy of our Gift Acceptance Policy at Philanthropy@CommunityFirstFoundation.org                    


Please note that the acceptance of any gift is dependent upon asset review and approval. Community First Foundation does not offer legal, accounting or other professional services. If legal advice or other expertise is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.

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