Record-breaking Colorado Gives Day raises more than $20 million

News release from Community First Foundation

ARVADA, Colo. (December 11, 2013) – Colorado donors once again united to support 1,442 nonprofit organizations during the fourth Colorado Gives Day on December 10, raising more than $20 million and surpassing last year’s $15.4 million total. A record number of nearly 88,000 donations has been recorded, a jump from last year’s total of 69,127. Donations ranged from $10 to $300,000.

Community First Foundation continues its work to record donations and reconcile gifts. The final Colorado Gives Day numbers will be announced by the end of the month. 
“I love Colorado. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our friends and neighbors who open their hearts and give on Colorado Gives Day,” says Marla J. Williams, president and CEO of Community First Foundation. 
Community First Foundation has partnered with FirstBank since 2010 to present Colorado Gives Day, distributing $8.7 million to Colorado nonprofits in 2010, $12.8 million in 2011 and $15.7 million in 2012.
“We are beyond impressed by the sheer generosity of local businesses and Coloradans on Colorado Gives Day,” says John Ikard, CEO of FirstBank Holding Company. “It’s amazing to think three short years ago we were hoping to raise just $1 million and today, we’ve raised more than $20 million. FirstBank is truly honored to help this philanthropic staple continue to grow and we want to personally thank every Colorado Gives Day donor for their support.”