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One for the History Books

Kayla Arnesen, Director of Strategic Communications
August 15th. It is a BigDay.
Plenty of historical events have happened on August 15. In 1947, India became independent from British rule. In 1969, the Woodstock Music & Art Fair opened its doors to participants and spectators. In 1973, US involvement in Vietnam ended. Today, we’re adding one more observance to the list: the redesigned ColoradoGives.org is launched and ready for visitors!
The new, improved giving website is designed to make online giving easier and more fun! Of course, ColoradoGives.org will continue to provide comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information about Colorado nonprofits. But now, it also features fresh photos and graphics, improved functionality and donor-inspired navigation.
If you are a parent or grandparent, get together with the kiddos you care about and visit KidsforColoradoGives.org. The website is a kid-friendly component of ColoradoGives.org that connects the next generation of Colorado gi…
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Donor-Advised Funds: What You Need to Know Before Colorado Gives Day!

Vickie Wilson, Vice President of Development

Donor-advised funds have rapidly grown into an $8 billion market. As year-end fast approaches, some of your donors may want to consider establishing a fund. Community First Foundation encourages you to learn the facts about how donor-advised funds work and how they can best serve your donors and support your organization.

Donor-advised funds were introduced back in the 1930s as a tool for community foundations to increase philanthropy, but it was not until 1969 that Congress and the IRS legally formalized their structure. By the early 1990’s, commercial providers such as Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, and Vanguard Charitable had entered the market.  Since then, donor-advised funds have grown in visibility and popularity to become one of the country’s fastest growing philanthropic vehicles.

For community foundations, donor-advised funds serve to engage donors and nurture greater charitable activity in the community. Donor-advised fu…

How ColoradoGives.org Users Are Kind of Like Wonder Woman

Lisa Lujan, Online Giving Coordinator
I have a confession: I really liked Wonder Woman when I was growing up. Not the super cool Wonder Woman you see now, I’m talking the spinning, stiletto wearing, cheesy music, 1970s Wonder Woman T.V. series starring Lynda Carter.
My brother, sister and I would run home to watch it, big 1970s glasses and all. Then we would pretend that just like Diana Prince – Wonder Woman’s alias – we too could fight injustice with our lasso of truth, shield bracelets and boomerang-like tiara. One of the best parts about Wonder Woman is she’s reliable. She’s there to help human kind no matter what. In that way, ColoradoGives.org and its users are kind of like Wonder Woman.
For the last 10 years, ColoradoGives.org has served as the online giving resource for givers and do-ers throughout our great state. Just like the way Wonder Woman uses her powers for the good of humanity, ColoradoGives.org serves as a resource to fuel the power of community for the greater good. …

The 12th Man

Bryce Wilkinson, Senior Online Giving Specialist
The crowd could sense the opportunity, and they rose to their feet to chant and clap in unison. The 11 players out on the pitch heard their supporters and felt the energy, the power. That boost sent them forward, and soon the ball was in the back of the net, triggering deafening celebration. The crowd, the 12th man, had done their part in the stadium.
Before I started attending soccer matches, I was skeptical of this notion of the 12th man. If you are unfamiliar with the concept, it is the idea that the crowd, through its support and energy, can act as another player on the pitch – a 12th man – for the team.

Since becoming a supporter, I’ve witnessed the role the crowd plays and they can truly be a deciding factor. The 12th man is more critical than the term might imply. Without them, the stadium, no matter how nice, is dull and empty. Without them, the players' efforts are diminished. Without them, there is no community, no energy, no…

10 Years of Giving Where You Live

Angela Bevacqua, Senior Communications Specialist

Give Where You Live. I love this catchy phrase because it distills a compelling message into just four short words. We use this message to get people thinking about their communities and what they love about them.

At Community First Foundation we’re celebrating the 10th Anniversary of local giving through ColoradoGives.org. This online giving website has facilitated more than $200 million in donations in the last ten years. Nonprofits in every county of the state have benefitted from Coloradans heeding the call, “Give where you live.”

Learning about the troubles around the world can be overwhelming. But I know I can do something in my own small world, in my own small way.

For me that means teaching English as a Second Language and donating to arts and environmental organizations in my town. My favorite arts organizations are those that open a window to other cultures and perspectives through theater and film.

As part of our 10th Anniver…

10 Years of Online Giving

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,…

Success on Colorado Gives Day – Estes Medical Center Foundation’s Secret Sauce

Kevin L. Mullin, MNM, CFRE, Executive Director of Estes Park Medical Center Foundation

On Colorado Gives Day 2016, Estes Medical Center Foundation experienced a 250 percent increase in dollars raised over the previous year. With a new executive director from out of town and only one staff member, how did they do it? Executive Director Kevin Mullin shares the “secret sauce”…
Like many organizations, the Estes Park Medical Center Foundation (EPMC Foundation) is always looking for ways to increase donations for Colorado Gives Day. In the robust nonprofit community in Colorado, there are many groups doing important work and often vying for the same philanthropic dollars. In order to succeed in 2016, we knew we needed to give donors a compelling case for support and to engage more prospects.
The Estes Valley is comprised of people who are not unfamiliar with adversity. Fires, floods, impassible roads and other calamities seem to befall the area on a regular basis. The good part is that this …