Colorado Gives Day raises $15 million

Colorado residents made about $15 million in donations to charities on Tuesday as part of Colorado Gives Day 2012.
Arvada-based Community First Foundation and FirstBank Holding Co. sponsored the third annual charity giving day, marketed with the tagline, “Give where you live.” In 2011, Colorado Gives Day raised $12.4 million for 928 nonprofits across the state.

“The response we’ve received from Coloradans this year has been astonishing,´ said John Ikard, president and chief executive of Lakewood-based FirstBank Holding Co., in a statement. “We’re proud of our community and its residents for coming together and selflessly giving back to some of the best charitable organizations in the state.”

FirstBank put together a $300,000 incentive fund for the 2012 event and sponsored additional prizes, including four $10,000 Luck-of-the-Draw prizes.

Colorado Gives Day 2012 received approximately 68,000 donations — an increase of 30 percent from last year’s 52,226 donations.

While the one-day event is finished, you can still donate to local charities through the Community First Foundation. To do so, go to GivingFirst.org.

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