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Glory Community Announces Endowment Campaign

Community First Foundation Provides $10,000 Endowment Challenge Grant

BROOMFIELD, CO (March 27, 2014) – Glory Community has launched its first endowment-building campaign aimed at providing financial support for its clients and fulfilling the organization’s mission of providing a caring residential community for adults with developmental disabilities.

To stimulate giving, Community First Foundation is providing a matching challenge grant opportunity to the Glory Community effort.

Glory Community is meeting the special needs of adults with developmental disabilities and their families by providing a caring residential community. The nonprofit’s goal is to provide lifelong opportunities for vocational, social, emotional and spiritual growth, which maximizes residents’ full potential and independence.

The campaign to establish the Glory Community Endowment Fund at Community First Foundation begins with the paddle raiser fundraising event at the organization’s annual gala, April 12, 2014 at the Arvada Center. Glory Community’s goal is to raise $20,000 by April 30, 2014. At that time, Community Frist Foundation will provide a 50-cent match, up to $10,000, for every dollar raised.

“Affordability is a major issue to our potential resident families,” says Jim A. Hembd, president and executive director, Glory Community. “One of our primary goals for the endowment fund is to make tuition scholarships available for families who need this support.”

“Endowment building for nonprofits in the Metropolitan Denver area has been one of the Foundation’s highest priorities since we launched the first Endowment Challenge Grant Programs in 2004. We are confident Glory Community will run a successful endowment building campaign and qualify for the $10,000 match opportunity from Community First Foundation,” says Mike Jackson, director of nonprofit relations and services, Community First Foundation. “We are proud to be a part of the effort to help ensure Glory Community is able to carry out its vital mission for many years to come.”

About Glory Community
The need for living options for adults with developmental disabilities is great and growing. In the United States, over one million individuals live with parents or caregivers over the age of 60. Colorado has 12,000 individuals living with aging parents and currently ranks 47th in the nation on monies spent for services for people with developmental disabilities. Given the staggering waitlist for immediate residential services, Glory Community is dedicated to providing a viable solution for 40 adults, offering a faith-based environment for families seeking a safe and caring residential community where their child can thrive. For more information on Glory Community, visit GloryCommunity.org.

About Community First Foundation
For nearly 40 years, Community First Foundation has been bringing donors and nonprofit organizations together. We offer financial support and educational opportunities to strengthen nonprofits. We also fund community programs, inspire philanthropy and assist individuals and businesses with charitable giving. ColoradoGives.org, our year-round, online giving website, has raised more than $81 million for Colorado nonprofits since 2007. We are the proud recipient of the 2013 National Philanthropy Day in Colorado Outstanding Foundation award. For more information, visit  CommunityFirstFoundation.org.