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Lt. Governor Donna Lynne Joins Students to Launch Online Giving Program for Kids

DENVER (Sept. 15, 2016) – A new Colorado-based online giving program designed for kids and families was launched today with the help of Colorado Lt. Governor Donna Lynne.

KidsforColoradoGives.org inspires the next generation of givers and is a kid-friendly addition to the popular website ColoradoGives.org, which powers Colorado Gives Day.  Since its inception in 2007, ColoradoGives.org has raised $156 million for charities throughout the state.

At a launch event this morning with 6th and 7th graders at Denver School of the Arts, the Lt. Governor said, “This website helps kids learn about all the ways local nonprofits make our lives better and has the power to inspire a lifetime of charitable giving,” said Lt. Governor Donna Lynne. “KidsforColoradoGives.org is the only giving program that offers a real-world giving experience in a trusted, safe online environment. Thanks to the Community First Foundation, we can educate the next generation about great ways to give in the Colorado community.” The Lt. Governor is serving as a Kids for ColoradoGives program ambassador.

As part of the launch, FirstBank gave every 6th and 7th grade student (approximately 275 kids) at Denver School of the Arts $10 to experience the joy of giving. The money can be given to a nonprofit on KidsforColoradoGives.org immediately or saved and donated on Colorado Gives Day, December 6, 2016.

Here’s how kids can give to Colorado nonprofits through KidsForColoradoGives.org.

  1. Parents and grandparents can purchase Giving eCards at KidsforColoradoGives.org and send them to their kids and grandkids by email. Kids then use a Giving eCard code to make online donations to a Colorado charity.
  1. Kids and their parents can identify special jobs or projects that kids can do to earn Giving eCards. The cards make great birthday and holiday gifts, too.
  1. Buying Giving eCards and making giving decisions as a family is a great way to pass down family values and inspire a lifetime a charitable giving.

“We encourage parents and grandparents to use KidsforColoradoGives.org to introduce children to the joy of charitable giving,” said Marla J. Williams, president and CEO, Community First Foundation. “The website includes resource pages for kids and for adults.  It also features kid-friendly videos that explain nonprofits, why they need donations and how to choose a nonprofit to help.”

To learn more about Kids for ColoradoGives and Community First Foundation, visit KidsforColoradoGives.org or call 720.898.5900.

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. We are proud to use our energy, leadership and trusted stewardship of financial resources to energize giving across our state, strengthen nonprofits, support donors and find new ways to address community needs.