We serve as a connector, partner, collaborator and resource to fuel the power of community for positive change in Jefferson County, the Denver Metropolitan area and beyond. Here are some of our honors and other ways we are involved in the community.
Community Champion Award, 2018 – President and CEO Marla J. Williams was honored by the Mental Health Center of Denver with an award for exceptional community leadership.
Top 25 Most Powerful Women, 2018 – The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce named Marla J. Williams among the elite, selected group of Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Denver. Marla was recognized for her professional achievements and contributions to the Denver community.
Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking, 2017 – The Council on Foundations awarded Noah Atencio, Vice President of Community Impact, this award for the creation and promotion of The Innovators Society, a program that funds promising, but not yet proven, approaches to mental wellness. Noah’s efforts have led to measurable growth of five mental wellness innovations in the Denver area and the creation of a 512-member network committed to accelerating new solutions for mental wellness.
Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017 – Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable honored Vickie Wilson, our recently retired Vice President of Development, with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Silver Anvil Award of Excellence, 2017 – The Public Relations Society of America (national) recognized the communications department for its Colorado Gives Day 2016 marketing campaign.
Silver Pick Awards winner, 2017 – The Public Relations Society of America – Colorado Chapter awarded the communications department three Silver Pick awards for its Colorado Gives Day 2016 campaign. We won in the categories of Community Relations, Events and Observances, and Integrated Communications.
In Appreciation and Support for Colorado Gives Day, 2017 – Recognition from the SUN Foundation of Community First Foundation’s support of Colorado Gives Day.
Lawyer of the Year, 2017 – Community First Foundation former Board Member Stephanie Tuthill was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2017 publication as the Lawyer of the Year for Denver in the field of trusts and estates. Learn more
Community Partnership Award, 2016 – The Arvada Economic Development Association (AEDA), City of Arvada and the AEDA Business Retention Committee awarded the Foundation for improving quality of life within the Arvada community. Video about our contributions
Children’s Champion Award, awarded by Triad, the Early Childhood Council for Clear Creek, Gilpin and Jefferson Counties, 2016 – Given to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated outstanding contribution to improving the lives of young children and their families in the counties of Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin.
Champions of Education Award, awarded by Red Rocks Community College Foundation, 2015
Woman of Distinction, awarded by Girl Scouts of Colorado, honoring Cheryl Haggstrom, Executive Vice President of Community First Foundation, 2015 – Honorees are women who have reached remarkable levels of achievement as business, community and civic leaders.
Foundation of the Year, awarded by The Action Center, 2014 – The Action Center recognized and thanked Community First Foundation for our deep belief and commitment to The Action Center’s mission.
Outstanding Foundation of the Year, awarded by National Philanthropy Day, 2013 – National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside nationwide each November to recognize the thousands of generous people and organizations who donated their time, talent and financial resources to worthy causes.
Outstanding Foundation of the Year, awarded by Ability Connection Colorado, 2013 – The nonprofit serving people with disabilities and challenges recognized Community First Foundation for our commitment to the nonprofits in our community and for our efforts to help nonprofits build endowments.
Colorado Bar Association CLE Estate Planning Retreat, 2017 – A three-day educational event for trust and estate planning professionals.
Seniors’ Resource Center Giving Hope Gala, 2017 – Fundraising event in honor of retiring President/CEO John Zabawa.
Rocky Mountain Philanthropy Institute, 2017 – A two-day conference for more than 100 nonprofit leaders and development professionals.
Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable’s Summer Symposium, 2017 – Two-day regional planned giving conference featuring the industry’s top philanthropic speakers.
Colorado Nonprofit Association’s Fall Conference & Exhibition, 2017 – Annual event of skill-building and networking in support of Colorado’s nonprofit community.
National Philanthropy Day Colorado, 2017 – Annual event presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Colorado Chapter to recognize contributions of philanthropy and people active in the philanthropic community.
Metro Community Partners Network (MCPN) Green Tie Gala, 2017 – Annual fundraiser; this year in honor of the retirement of David S. Myers.
Colorado Nonprofit Association’s Colorado Nonprofit Week Awards Luncheon, 2017 – Statewide, week-long event to celebrate and recognize the positive impact of nonprofits in Colorado.
Jefferson County Coalition’s Good News Breakfast, 2017 – Brings Jefferson County citizens together to celebrate positive happenings and values that link our diverse communities.
The Art of Mind, 2016 – An art event presented by Leadership Jefferson County’s Class of 2016 to benefit mental health programs at Carson J Spencer Foundation, Jefferson Center for Mental Health and Second Wind Fund.
Arvada Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner, 2016 – Recognizes business leaders that make a difference in the Arvada community.
Colorado Nonprofit Association’s Fall Conference & Exhibition, 2016 – Annual event of skill-building and networking in support of Colorado’s nonprofit community.
Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable’s Summer Symposium, 2016 – Two-day regional planned giving conference featuring the industry’s top philanthropic speakers.
Jefferson Center for Mental Health’s A Night at the Cable Center, 2016 – Provides the opportunity to connect with Jefferson Center’s closest friends and raise money to support Jefferson Center for Mental Health’s important work.
Jeffco Schools Foundation’s Love Our Schools Luncheon, 2016 – Honors community members for their support of Jeffco Public Schools.
Mayor’s Diversity & Inclusion Awards, 2016 – Event to honor individuals and community organizations who are “Igniting through Inspiration, Innovation and Integration for Impact.”
Metro Community Provider Network’s Green Tie Gala, 2016 – Fundraiser to benefit Metro Community Provider Network’s mission and vision to continue providing access to care to individuals and families in our communities.
Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Summer Soriee, 2016 – Special event celebrating 50 years.
National Philanthropy Day Colorado, 2016 – Annual event presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Colorado Chapter to recognize contributions of philanthropy and people active in the philanthropic community.
Northern Colorado Community Foundation’s Annual Celebration of Philanthropy, 2016 – Recognizes outstanding community leaders and celebrates the generosity of Northern Colorado citizens.
YMCA – Janet’s Camp, 2016 – Annual event to raise funds to help more than 350 kids to attend summer camp.