We help 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.

IRA Charitable Distributions

 2019 IRA Charitable Distribution of IRA funds Graphic

We are helping adults 70 1/2 years or older use their Individual Retirement Account (IRA) for charitable giving in a unique way. With a single distribution to Community First Foundation, individuals can support multiple nonprofits through ColoradoGives.org. The transaction incurs no federal income tax, providing the full amount to charity and tax advantages to the donor.

Learn more about our convenient program:

Forms to facilitate the distribution process:


  • IRA charitable distributions to Community First Foundation need to be received by November 20, 2019, to qualify for the 2019 tax year. Giving eCards provided to you between January – November must be redeemed in the same calendar year. Distributions received in December will receive a Giving eCard that can be redeemed by the end of the following calendar year. If you do not use your eCard by the expiration date, the unused dollars will be redirected to Community First Foundation’s unrestricted fund and used for a charitable purpose.

Donor-Advised Funds

Enables people to support causes in a way that is both personally meaningful and convenient.

  • Receive immediate tax benefits while supporting causes on your own timetable.
  • Enjoy the giving process without the administrative burdens.
More about Donor-Advised Funds >

Donor-Advised Funds at Community First Foundation (PDF) >

Planned Giving

Secure your vision for the community’s future. Planned gifts, also called legacy or estate gifts, are arranged during your lifetime to be given to one or more nonprofits in the future. Many people feel they do not have the capacity to make a large gift during their lifetime, but they may be able to plan a larger gift to be realized after their lifetime. The most common planned gifts are bequests through a will or living trust and beneficiary designations. Other options include charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts and retained life estate.

  • Legacy Society. We have a Legacy Society to honor and celebrate individuals who share our mission and include us in their legacy plans. Members are recognized in our publications and website, invited to exclusive events and receive insider perspectives on philanthropy and its impact in the community. To establish a planned gift and become a member of our Legacy Society, contact Philanthropic Services at philanthropy@CommunityFirstFoundation.org or 720.898.5900.
  • Planned Giving Resources >
    Learn more about planned giving, including giving vehicles, personal planning tools and donor stories.

Online Giving

ColoradoGives.org, our online giving website, makes donating to Colorado nonprofits easy, fun and informative. It also serves as a platform for Colorado Gives Day, a 24-hour, annual statewide movement that celebrates and increases philanthropy online. Colorado Gives Day 2018 raised $35.1 million for 2,481 local nonprofits. That brings the total of all nine Colorado Gives Days to more than $217 million for Colorado nonprofits.

  • Explore the missions, programs and finances of more than 2,500 Colorado nonprofits.
  • Rest assured that each organization’s online profile is screened by Community First Foundation to meet specific standards of transparency.

Endowment Funds

Support the causes and organization you care about well beyond your lifetime.

  • Enjoy a professionally managed, tax-advantaged fund, invested for the long-term.
  • Rest assured that your charitable intent will be fulfilled.
  • Name the fund and connect future generations of your family to the causes that matter to you.
  • Create a gift of greater impact, over a longer period of time.

Unrestricted Giving

Support the community’s most urgent needs.

  • Giving to our unrestricted fund allows you to help us meet the ever-changing needs of the community, including future needs that cannot be anticipated at the time of your gift.
  • Support Community First Foundation’s unrestricted fund by donating through ColoradoGives.org and selecting “Nonprofit’s Discretion” during the online donation process:

Donate Now through Colorado Gives

Giving Groups

These groups unite people who care about a specific cause or want to make giving decisions together.

  • Consider creating or becoming part of a group that wants to make an impact in a cause you are passionate about.
  • Types of giving groups include Giving Circles and Field of Interest Funds. Community First Foundation manages a Field of Interest Fund called The Liberty Community Fund of Colorado that serves the LGBT community.

Learn about Community First Foundation’s Field of Interest Fund – The Liberty Community Fund of Colorado >

Community First Foundation is always ready to facilitate your desire to make a charitable gift. Please contact our development team to discuss your gift. 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.

Our gift acceptance policy is available upon request.

To learn more, contact:

Philanthropic Services