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Colorado Gives Day raises $150,000 for local charities

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Donors from across the state contributed $12 million as part of Community First Foundation’s Colorado Gives Day 2011 – an increase of more than 40 percent compared to Colorado Gives Day 2010, which raised $8.4 million. Locally, over $150,000 was raised for Eagle County-based charities. Individual contributions were received over an extended 36-hour period – midnight Dec. 6 until noon Dec. 7 – at GivingFirst.org, the foundation’s online giving resource. Donations ranged from $10 to $500,000. Almost half of all donations made were either $50 or $100. Colorado Gives Day 2011 had more than 52,000 donations – an increase of 150 percent over last year’s 20,000 donations. Significant contributions were made to Eagle County-based charities. Local participating nonprofit organizations included: Bravo!, Can Do MS, Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum, Eagle River Watershed Council, Eagle Valley Land Trust, Roundup River Ranch, SOS Outreach, Vail Valley Charitable Fund, Salvation Army, Vail Valley Foundation and Walking Mountains Science Center. “It was exciting to work together with friends and peers within our local nonprofit community,” said Jason Denhart of the Eagle Valley Land Trust. “We have so many wonderful organizations doing very worthwhile work for the good of our valley, and we all benefitted greatly from Colorado Gives Day.”Each individual contribution from the day will receive a portion of an incentive fund provided FirstBank.”We couldn’t be more excited about the results of Colorado Gives Day 2011, and we’re proud that FirstBank was again able to play a part in making it happen,” said Ellen Moritz, president of FirstBank’s Avon market. “In addition to the total amount raised, it’s especially exciting to see such a significant increase in the number of donations – from 20,000 last year to 52,000 this year. The growth in the number of donations proves that Colorado Gives Day is becoming something that every Coloradan can take part in. We are very pleased that people gave what they could in a difficult economy.”Similar to last year, processing fees were covered by Community First Foundation, FirstBank and 10 other Colorado foundations, so that 100 percent of Colorado Gives Day donations go directly to the participating nonprofits. Final numbers are expected to be available by the end of the month. The GivingFirst.org website shares comprehensive and standardized information to help donors learn about and support local charities. This online resource offers a unique opportunity for a Colorado nonprofit to give the community a window into its work, detailing information about its programs, mission, management, finances and more. Results from Colorado Gives Day will continue to be finalized and updated on http://www.GivingFirst.org/COGivesDay


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