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Support Local Through a Community Foundation!

This week is Community Foundations week, and we met up with Marla J. Williams, president and CEO of Community First Foundation, to tell us about the value of these organizations.


Marla, this week the country is celebrating community foundations. Can you tell us what a community foundation is? A foundation like Community First Foundation is the vehicle through which a community can come together to create and pool charitable resources and address needs in a specific geographic area.
What region does Community First Foundation serve? We make grants to 501(c)(3) organizations in the 7-county Metro Denver area.
What is its mission? To improve quality of life by increasing community generosity and involvement.
How many grants did the Foundation award last year? Last year we granted $13.4 million to nonprofits in the Denver area. Recently we’ve granted to organizations such as the Denver Office of Drug Strategy to reduce substance abuse, the Jefferson County Department of Health to fund cervical c…