Friday, November 21, 2014

Something to Be Thankful For

By Lisa Lujan, Online Giving Coordinator, Community First Foundation

Ah, Thanksgiving… a time for great food, family, friends and (for some people), football. It’s a time to relax and reflect on the many blessings we have in this country; so many blessings in fact that we follow it up with a weekend of spending money on items that we may or may not need. That isn’t to say there’s anything wrong with commercialism (who doesn’t love a great sale; I know I do) or Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

But it is from this environment that a national day of giving, #GivingTuesday, was created by New York’s 92nd Street Y. For any of you feeling a bit guilty about spending copious amounts of money, #GivingTuesday (Dec. 2 this year) is the perfect day to schedule a donation for Colorado Gives Day, a local day of giving focused on our great state of Colorado taking place on December 9th. In that spirit (and just for fun) here are just a few of the many reasons I’m grateful to live here:
  • We have a plethora of nonprofits in Colorado ranging from animal and child welfare to assistance for the homeless and those with disabilities; the possibilities to support your community are endless. Over 1,600 of those nonprofits are on
  • This is a close-knit community that works to support each other. Need proof? Just check out our Corporate Challenge page for a list of companies who are encouraging their employees to give back to their favorite nonprofits. Or the Collaborations List which features groups of nonprofits working together and sharing resources to promote their nonprofits together for a common good.
  • Community First Foundation works hard to support its community, and I’m proud to be a part of that. This year Community First Foundation and FirstBank are partnering to create a $1 Million Incentive Fund for Colorado Gives Day, one of the largest incentive funds in the country and up by 300 percent.
  • The donors, board members and nonprofits who work hard to help all those in need in the community through their time, talents and treasures.

I couldn’t ask for a better community or a better state – which is a lot to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Help Your Favorite Nonprofit Raise Money on Colorado Give Day

By Angela Bevacqua, Community First Foundation

Sometimes there's only so much good you can do by yourself. That's why we've made it easy for you to raise money on behalf of your favorite nonprofit using By creating a fundraising webpage, you can enlist the people you're connected with to support your cause online.

The weeks leading up to Colorado Gives Day are a perfect time for a holiday season fund drive. Our fundraising pages allow you to create a personalized web page with pictures, video, and a personal appeal. Once the page is ready, let your friends and family know about it by sending e-mails to them that include a link to your page housed on Ask them to help you reach your fundraising goal by making a donation online. Unlike some other crowdfunding services, you can create a Fundraising Page with no set up charges.

This page includes a “how-to” video that walks you through the setup process and keep in mind the following tips:

Sample Fundraising Page - Make it Personal!
  1. Include a picture to personalize your page.
  2. Keep your appeal short, personal and to the point.
  3. Allot enough time for the nonprofit you are supporting to approve your page. Submit for approval no later than December 6, 2014, to be ready for Colorado Gives Day.
  4. If you choose to make a page in honor or in memory of someone, keep in mind that a goal is not necessary, so a “fundraising thermometer” will not be displayed on your page.
  5. Once your fundraising page has been approved by the nonprofit, you will receive a link to email to family and friends.
Good luck and have fun!