Last week proved to be a tremendous success for Colorado Gives Day proving Coloradoans still have the Spirit of the Holidays as it was announced, by the Community First Foundation and FirstBank, another year of Colorado Gives Day has superseded their expectations. Last year this wonderful day brought $20.5 million dollars to some very deserving non-profit organizations. I don’t think anyone thought this years’ total would bring in nearly $6 million more. The total for Colorado Gives Day 2014 came in to being $26.2 million.
This is definitely the “Season For Giving” for a lucky 1,677 non-profit organizations who are able to add the donations enabling them to continue or add to their programs this coming year. The donor total for this years’ event was 107,862 which is more than $20,000 above last year. The amounts given ranged from $10 to $300,000. It demonstrates how this day is recognized by Coloradoans and how it is spreading from year to year and exemplifies how technology is used in good ways. A person can give in the comfort of their own home. These numbers are preliminary as Community First Foundation is working at insuring they have recorded and reconciled each and every gift. A complete total will be available at the end of the month.
This day is not just “a day of giving,” but a “movement-Marla J. Williams, President and CEO of Community First Foundation,” rapidly spreading across the state.
ColoradoGives.org. even though it is showcased by this generous day, can be utilized year round. This site is a way Coloradoans can connect to a local non-profits and give no matter what day or time it is. Special features on the site allow you to give a one-time donation or a recurring one, specify where you would like to the donation to go, i.e., the non-profits discretion or to an endowment, whether you want to be anonymous, if it is in honor of someone or being donated for a specific purpose.
The event started at 12:00 am with the first donation being made to the Cherry Creek Chorale, which was scheduled on December 9th and the last donation was given to Lucky Day Animal Rescue Colorado which came in at 11:59 pm.
Marla J. Williams, the President and CEO of Community First Foundation made the following comments about the event; “We are thrilled with the great success of Colorado Gives Day and thank each and every donor who opened their hearts to give,” and “This year confirms that Colorado Gives Day is more than just a day — it’s a movement to support the great work nonprofits do in our Colorado communities.”
The was the fifth year Community First Foundation and FirstBank have partnered in this endeavor which has brought Colorado Gives Day to where it is today. The giving has grown from $8.4 million in 2010 to nearly $29 million, and a total of nearly $84 million dollars, preliminarily, with this years’ totals thus far.
John Ikard, CEO of FirstBank Holidings Company, made the following comments about the day and the monies raised; “Four years ago, we were hoping to raise a $1 million and now it’s almost unfathomable to think Colorado Gives Day has contributed nearly $83 million to Colorado nonprofits since the program’s inception,” and; “We couldn’t have done it without the generous support of Colorado residents and businesses everywhere and the countless nonprofits that campaigned relentlessly for donations.”
We need to also congratulate the non-profits. The day after each event they are working very hard on how they can make this day even bigger in the coming year. They draw their battle lines and start cheerleading with e-mails, television advertisements and ads, as the day approaches near. Their campaigns not stopping till the clocks chimed at midnight each Colorado Gives Day.
FirstBank increased their donations this year for a total of $600,000 consisting of; $500,000 to help create a $1 Million Incentive Fund, which was matched by Community First Foundation and $100,000 for cash prizes.
The Incentive Fund was created as a motivational platform for Colorado Donors to give to a non-profit group and has become the country’s biggest incentive fund of its type. There is also a proportional increase in the funds received by each non-profit which means; if an organization receives 15% of the total monies received on Colorado Gives Day, they receive 15% of the $1 Million Incentive Fund. This is also a healthy competitive note for the organizations and donors to see who can raise the highest percentage of the days’ funds.
FirstBank also added an extra bit of competition to the event this year with a trivia contest which awarded $10,000 to 10 non-profits organizations, a random drawing on December 8, 2014, at the Capita,l during the Colorado Gives Day Rally, 17 non-profits will win a $5,000 cash prize with a post event random drawing. The requirements for the post event drawing are; first time non-profits must have received a minimum of 30 donations via the ColoradoGives,org website and returning non-profits must have increased their donation dollars in comparison to last years’ totals. Winners of the drawing will be announced after the reconciliation process.
The winners of the Trivia portion of the competition are:
Margaret Bowers Morris for Pikes Peak Library District Foundation
Chloe Evans for Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center
Jeff Lamontagne for Buff Lake Nature Center
Carole Crowley for Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado
Bart Wear for Homes of Living Hope
Susan Beyda for National Jewish Health
Courtney Olivo for Colorado Greyhound Adoption
Leia Welshy for Colorado Youth for a Change
Tonyua Yada Kelly for Arc Colorado
Cori Gil for Rifle Animal Shelter
The winners of the Colorado Gives Day Rally are:
Mountain Valley Horse Rescue
Outdoor Lab Foundation
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver
Sierra Club Foundation
The Women’s Foundation of Colorado
Colorado Gives Day was also such a great success due to some media sponsors who donated space and air time with their organizations to help promote this great event.
The Media Sponsors are:
The Networks of 9NEWS
Mile High Outdoor Advertising
Rocky Mountain PBS
Colorado Public Television (CPT12-CHanner 12)
ColoradoGives.org is a year-round, online giving website featuring nearly 1,500 Colorado nonprofit organizations. Made possible by Community First Foundation since 2007, ColoradoGives.org encourages charitable giving by providing comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information about Colorado nonprofits and an easy way to support them online.
For more information click here or visit www.ColoradoGives.org.
About Community First Foundation
For nearly 40 years, Community First Foundation has been bringing donors and nonprofit organizations together. We offer financial support and educational opportunities to strengthen nonprofits. We also fund community programs, inspire philanthropy and assist individuals and businesses with charitable giving.
For more information, visit CommunityFirstFoundation.org.
FirstBank operates more than 115 locations in Colorado, Arizona and California. FirstBank is the largest locally owned banking organization in Colorado, serving more than 650,000 customers. Since 2000, FirstBank has contributed more than $45 million and thousands of volunteer hours to charitable organizations. FirstBank is unique in that a majority of its stock is owned by management and employees.
For more information, visit efirstbank.com.