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Community First Foundation and FirstBank Announce Colorado Gives Day 2012

Mark your calendars: Tuesday, Dec. 4 is the day to log on and join tens of thousands of fellow Coloradans in demonstrating the generosity of our community and showing your support for local nonprofits like the American Red Cross!

Community First Foundation, an Arvada-based foundation dedicated to increasing community generosity and involvement, and FirstBank, Colorado’s largest locally owned bank, have announced the return of Colorado Gives Day, an initiative 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 on the benefits of online giving.

Colorado Gives Day 2012, the third Colorado Gives Day, will take place during a 24-hour period on Tuesday, Dec. 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.

As in previous years, local Red Cross chapters in Colorado will be participating in Colorado Gives Day and we encourage you to donate to your local chapter on Dec. 4.

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.

Community First Foundation added a prize component to last year’s Colorado Gives Day and is currently working on new and exciting ways to get businesses, donors and nonprofits involved in Colorado Gives Day 2012.

For Colorado Gives Day 2011 statistics and 2010/2011 comparisons, please visit the Colorado Gives Day 2011 Report.

More information on Colorado Gives Day 2012 will be made available online over the next few weeks at