Beth McConkey, 720.898.5919
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Colorado Gives Day 2018 Raises $35.1 Million in 24 Hours

ARVADA, Colo. (December 5, 2018) – Colorado Gives Day remains the state’s largest day of giving. Generous donors gave $35.1 million to 2,481 nonprofits in just 24 hours on December 4, 2018.

The 24-hour statewide movement celebrates and increases philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day is powered by ColoradoGives.org, a year-round, online giving website featuring more than 2,500 nonprofits. Colorado Gives Day is one of the most successful events of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 2010, the event has raised more than $217 million for Colorado nonprofits.

Curious Theater Company received the first gift at 12:01 a.m. on December 4. More than 157,700 donations were made and amounts range from $10 to $250,000.

“Colorado Gives Day has once again proven that Coloradoans are committed to the vital nonprofits that support the fabric of our community,” said Marla J. Williams, president and CEO of Community First Foundation. “I want to thank the extraordinary donors that celebrated Colorado Gives Day with us and the nonprofits that make Colorado a better place to live.”

“Every year the generosity of Coloradoans astounds us,” said Emily Robinson, COO of FirstBank. “It’s been a truly humbling experience to watch Colorado Gives Day start as a $1 million goal, and then witness it grow to more than $217 million in donations since its inception. All 2,481 nonprofits have a cause for celebration today and so does our state. This effort not only makes Colorado stronger, but it allows thousands of people, animals and programs to thrive.”

About FirstBank

FirstBank, the nation’s third largest privately held bank, operates more than 115 locations in Arizona, Colorado and California, serving over 750,000 customers. The bank offers a variety of checking and savings accounts, mortgages, home equity loans and a full range of commercial loans and business accounts and services. Since 2000, the company has been recognized as a top corporate philanthropist and has contributed more than $60 million and thousands of volunteer hours to charitable organizations. FirstBank is also unique in that a majority of its stock is owned by management and employees. For more information, go to www.efirstbank.com.

About Community First Foundation

Since 1975, Community First Foundation has been helping generous donors and innovative nonprofits come together to improve the quality of life and create positive change in Jefferson County, the Denver metropolitan area and beyond. We serve as a connector, partner, collaborator and resource to fuel the power of community for the greater good. For more information, visit CommunityFirstFoundation.org.