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Give Where You Live – Colorado Gives Day 2012

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The NITA Foundation is proud to be one of the local charities in Colorado that can benefit from donor support on Colorado Gives Day, scheduled for Tuesday December 4, 2012! To make a donation online on Colorado Gives Day specifically to support the NITA Foundation, please log onto:

Community First Foundation, an Arvada-based foundation dedicated to increasing community generosity and involvement, and FirstBank, Colorado’s largest locally owned bank, will host Colorado Gives Day 2012,. The initiative is to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. In addition to fundraising, Colorado Gives Day raises awareness of the state’s nonprofit sector and educates communities about the benefits of online giving.

The third annual Colorado Gives Day will take place during a 24-hour period on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. Community First Foundation and FirstBank partnered for the last two years, distributing $8.7 million to Colorado nonprofits in 2010 and $12.8 million in 2011.

“The 2010/2011 comparisons, which can be found in the Colorado Gives Day 2011 Report, are fascinating. For example, the number of online donations increased by 160 percent, with a 73 percent increase in the number of participating nonprofits and a 116 percent increase in the number of donors,” said Marla J. Williams, President and CEO of Community First Foundation. “In 2011, 93 percent of nonprofits acquired new donors and we were pleased to see so many nonprofits collaborate in their marketing and fundraising efforts to make an even greater local impact on Colorado Gives Day 2011. We look forward to seeing what 2012 will bring.”

FirstBank has renewed its role as corporate partner of Colorado Gives Day and has committed $600,000 to the 2012 campaign. FirstBank committed $500,000 to Colorado Gives Day 2011 and $300,000 in 2010.

“In only two years, Colorado Gives Day has become a philanthropic institution in our state, bringing together local residents to support the nonprofit organizations that make Colorado such a vibrant place to live and work,” said John Ikard, President and CEO of FirstBank Holding Company. “In addition to our financial support, FirstBank invests time and energy into promoting Colorado Gives Day to local nonprofits and the broader Colorado community. We’re honored to play a role in bringing Colorado Gives Day 2012 to life.” Once again, credit card and processing fees will be covered by Community First Foundation, FirstBank, and sponsors so that 100 percent of Colorado Gives Day donations go directly to nonprofit organizations.

“Participating in Colorado Gives Day has proven to be a successful fundraising opportunity for CASA Jeffco/Gilpin,” said Leah Varnell, Executive Director. “Our program recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers who advocate in court for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA Jeffco/Gilpin has only enough resources to provide volunteers for 30 percent of open cases of abuse and neglect in Jefferson and Gilpin counties. Participating in Colorado Gives Day has increased donations to our program by a substantial amount. That, in turn, provides us the opportunity to advocate for additional child abuse victims. In addition, the publicity that Colorado Gives Day generates assists in introducing our program to a larger community and allows us to highlight the continual need for additional CASA volunteers.”

About Community First Foundation
Community First Foundation helps donors and nonprofits come together to improve quality of life in the Denver metro area. We use our resources to fund community programs, support the services of nonprofit organizations, and assist individuals with charitable giving. By monitoring the pulse of the community, we create new and innovative programs such as GivingFirst,org, an online giving resource, and Colorado Gives Day, an initiative that inspired Coloradans to donate $12.4 million in 2011 and $8.4 million in 2010. We’ve been serving the community since 1975.

About FirstBank
FirstBank operates more than 125 locations in Colorado, Arizona and California. FirstBank is the largest locally owned banking organization in Colorado, serving more than 600,000 customers. Since its inception in 1963, FirstBank has contributed more than $45 million and thousands of volunteer hours to charitable organizations. The bank was recognized as a 2010 “Partner in Philanthropy” by the Denver Business Journal because of its philanthropic activities. FirstBank is unique in that a majority of its stock is owned by management and employees. For more information, go to

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