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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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Stock Gifts

We accept stock gifts! Get started by sending us an email to philanthropy@communityfirstfoundation.org to help us be efficient and ensure that stock transfers are posted properly. Be sure to include your name, transfer date, stock name and number of shares, purpose of gift, and any other relevant information. Thank you.

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Wires (all amounts)


  1. Verify that the nonprofit(s) you want to support are listed on ColoradoGives.org before you determine the total amount of the wire transfer: https://www.coloradogives.org/search
  2. Email cogives@communityfirstfoundation.org to get started. 
  3. Once Community First Foundation receives the funds, the Foundation will establish a Giving Card representing the dollar value of the funds and email you instructions on how to redeem the Giving Card to designate gifts to one or more of your favorite nonprofits participating on ColoradoGives.org. 

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A Few Important Reminders

  • The funds and completed form will need to be received by the Foundation at least 10 business days before the Giving Card is intended to be used. In order to participate on Colorado Gives Day in 2022, the Foundation will need to receive the funds and completed form by November 22, 2022.
  • If you would like to cover the 3.99% processing fee so that the full intended amount gets distributed to the nonprofits, factor that into your calculation of the total wire amount.
  • If you do not cover the fee, 2.05% will be deducted when the donation is distributed to the nonprofits.
  • No fee is applied to donations made from wired funds totaling $100,000 or more.
  • Gifts made November 1 – December 6, 2022 will count towards the Gives Day Event and be eligible for a boost from the Incentive Fund.
  • Using your Giving Card, you can make gifts to over 3,200 nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado that participate on Colorado Gives. The minimum gift amount on ColoradoGives.org is $5.00. 
  • The Giving Card will expire one year after the date it was issued.  If it is not redeemed before the expiration date, any remaining funds will be distributed to Community First Foundation to support its philanthropic mission.
  • The Giving Card cannot be returned, refunded or transferred.
  • Donations you make using your Giving Card are not tax deductible, and you will not be able to claim any Enterprise Zone or Child Care Colorado State tax credits. 

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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. 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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Gerry Culver
Development & Community Engagement Manager
Tim Zeckser
Endowment Manager
Jessica Luiz
Administrative Assistant

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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