Tuesday, June 6, 2017

10 Years of Online Giving

By Samantha Barlow, Communications Coordinator

The staff at Community First Foundation enjoyed this delicious lemon cake for our 10th Anniversary of ColoradoGives kickoff party. Yes, it’s been 10 years since we launched the online giving site with just 60 nonprofits profiled. Thanks to impressive community engagement, the site now features more than 2,000 organizations.

Ten years ago, people were just starting to dip their toes into online banking and financial transactions. Creating this site helped us strengthen organizations that didn’t have the resources to accept online donations. With no setup or monthly maintenance fees, ColoradoGives.org is very affordable. The only fee – two percent – is used to cover third-party vendor charges for credit card and electronic check processing.

The 10th Anniversary of ColoradoGives.org marks an incredible milestone. ColoradoGives.org has powered over $200 million in donations to more than 2,000 nonprofits since its inception. Over the past decade, the program has grown in exciting ways:

2007 :  CommunityFirst Foundation launches ColoradoGives.org
2010 :  The first Colorado Gives Day raises $8.4 million
2013 :  New Regional Champions program spurs giving throughout the state
2016 :  New Kids for ColoradoGives program introduces kids to giving
Aug. 2017 :  New website!

Happy Birthday, ColoradoGives.org!
ColoradoGives.org is turning 10, but we are giving you, our community, the present. Incorporating the feedback that we have heard from our donors and nonprofits, we are launching a new and improved website in August designed to make online giving easier and more fun!

ColoradoGives.org will continue to provide comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information about Colorado nonprofits. It will also feature fresh photos and graphics, improved functionality and donor-inspired navigation.

Other new website attributes include:
  • Easier navigation
  • Improved, responsive design
  • More concise, easy to navigate nonprofit profiles
  • Better social sharing capabilities

So mark your calendars for August to come and check out the new website!