Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Colorado...You've Blown Us Away Again!

Colorado…you’ve blown us away again!

Marla J. Williams addresses nonprofits at the
 Colorado Gives Day Rally 2014
For the fifth consecutive year, citizens across our great state united in a common goal to support Colorado nonprofits. Together, you have made Colorado Gives Day another record-breaking success and we thank you for opening your hearts to give like never before.

Colorado Gives Day raised $26.2 million for 1,677 nonprofits. This amazing  support materialized in just 24 hours. During that time, ColoradoGives.org, the website that powers Colorado Gives Day, processed 107,862 donations. Every single donation is powerful, meaningful and sincerely appreciated. Your gifts will provide much-needed resources to the nonprofits working to improve the quality of life in our local communities.

These amazing results underscore that Colorado Gives Day and ColoradoGives.org is an easy way for donors to give and a great way for nonprofits to increase awareness and fundraise online. We are pleased to be able to offer this program statewide to donors and nonprofits alike.

We are also grateful to our corporate partner of five years, FirstBank, for helping to make Colorado Gives Day possible. Thank you, FirstBank, for believing in Colorado Gives Day and our nonprofit community and for helping to make Colorado Gives Day the state’s largest online giving event.

Colorado Gives Day continues to grow with the help of our Regional Champions. They increase giving and help strengthen nonprofits in their local communities. They are truly local heroes and we appreciate them. Thank you Community Foundation Serving Northern Colorado, Douglas County Community Foundation, Eagle County Gives, The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County and Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

Thank you, nonprofits. We know your efforts began well in advance of the day, generating excitement and inventing creative ways to tell your stories and highlight your work. From the folks at Habitat for Humanity who encouraged staff in their 29 affiliates and 24 ReStores across the state to dress in PJs to highlight the day; to Urban Peak, which hosted a 24-hour walk to raise awareness for the issue of youth homelessness, you have embraced Colorado Gives Day and made it yours.

Thank you to our inaugural Corporate Challenge participants. These community-minded organizations stepped up and joined the Colorado Gives Day movement this year. They promoted Colorado Gives Day among their employees and many matched employee gifts. We applaud these companies for their charitable-giving leadership:


  1. CiviCore
  2. Eide Bailly LLLP
  3. FirstBank
  4. Innovest
  5. Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP
  6. Rally Software
  7. ReadyTalk
  8. Community First Foundation


In addition, Colorado Gives Day would not be a success without the help of our media sponsors who generously donate space and air time to promote online giving. Thank you media sponsors!

  1. The Networks of 9NEWS
  2. Mile High Outdoor Advertising
  3. Comcast
  4. iHeartMedia
  5. Entravision Communications
  6. Rocky Mountain PBS
  7. Colorado Public Television (CPT12 - Channel 12); and 
  8. 5280 Magazine

The outpouring of support for Colorado nonprofits is marvelous and we thank each one of you for supporting this remarkable, record-breaking day. We remain overwhelmed by your generosity.

Sincerely,
Marla J. Williams, president and CEO, Community First Foundation
William P. Ernstrom, board chair, Community First Foundation

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