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COVID-19 and Individuals

Happy Asian young woman making her hands in heart shape, heart health insurance, social responsibility, donation charity concept, world heart dayCOVID-19 is impacting all of us. During this time, Community First Foundation can connect you with  local nonprofits so you can give in meaningful ways. You are a positive force for change as our community deals with this unprecedented event.

We recognize that options are important as you identify ways to give. We can help. Whether you want to make a one-time cash gift to your favorite nonprofit, or set up donor advised fund to continue giving, or just stay informed and connected, we’ll be sharing information to help you navigate the COVID-19 landscape.

Jeffco Hope Fund

Spread hope by supporting this rapid response fund for community organizations in Jefferson County. Community First Foundation has created the Jeffco Hope Fund to strengthen and stabilize Jeffco community organizations responding to and impacted by COVID-19. We’ve seeded the fund with $1,000,000 and invite individuals, local business and other funders to contribute to help keep Jeffco strong.   #SpreadHopeCO #JeffcoHopeFund

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Colorado Nonprofits Find Hope from #GivingTuesdayNow Support

May 7, 2020
On May 5, 2020 for #GivingTuesdayNow, Colorado joined people around the world for a presentation of hope, generosity and kindness in a time when many continue to suffer from and realize the impact the pandemic is having on their lives, businesses and communities. Community First Foundation is humbled by the generosity of Coloradans who gave to 1,388 nonprofits on #GivingTuesdayNow. We recognize that money is tight and the future uncertain, but these challenges didn’t stop Colorado from trying to help, to stabilize our community, and help us recover.

Coloradans gave $1,361,395 to support the nonprofits who tug at their hearts. Whether a high school choir, animal shelter, or food pantry, 9,572 donations were made by 5,566 people, spreading hope throughout our state.

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Give Where You Live on May 5 -#GivingTuesdayNow

April 29, 2020
On Tuesday, May 5, Community First Foundation and Denver7 and are teaming up for #GivingTuesdayNow, an international day of giving and unity to support the unprecedented needs caused by COVID-19.

Colorado nonprofits need your help now more than ever as they support communities with the impacts of COVID-19. Whether they are providing emergency, front-line services or struggling because they’ve had to cancel fundraisers, events and other activities, Colorado’s nonprofits need your support and this day is designed to drive generosity among individuals, businesses and philanthropic organizations, as well as civic engagement in support of communities and nonprofits around Colorado and the world.

Donors can support more than 2,600 nonprofits through a safe and secure giving platform at ColoradoGives.org.  You will also find direct links to many local relief funds, including Help Colorado Now and  Community First Foundation Jeffco Hope Fund.

Colorado nonprofits are rallying donors during this exceptional time of need to support them in their efforts to begin community healing from COVID-19 by kickstarting the rebuilding process. Community First Foundation encourages Coloradans to give where they live on #GivingTuesdayNow through ColoradoGives.org.

Generosity gives everyone power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. It’s a day for all Coloradans to stand together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are.

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#GivingTuesdayNow is presented in Colorado by Community First Foundation and Denver7.

The CARES Act – What it Means for Nonprofits

April 26, 2020
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides over $2 trillion of economic stimulus and contains several items that benefit the nonprofit sector.  But making sense of the act can be challenging so we’re breaking down some of the biggest pieces to help you digest it.

In a nutshell, there are many provisions that benefit nonprofit sub-sectors, such as hospitals, education, the arts, and transit systems. The Act includes loan relief, payroll-related benefits, and a charitable contribution deduction incentive for individual and corporate donors. Explore some of these Act highlights, then consult your financial/tax advisor for specific applications to your organization.


Yes! The CARES Act provides incentives for charitable giving.

Individual taxpayers who choose the standard deduction can now deduct up to $300 of cash contributions made in taxable years beginning in 2020 to qualifying charitable organizations. A “qualifying charitable organization” includes all charitable organizations to which donations are normally deductible.

Yes! Your business can support nonprofits dealing with COVID-19 and get a benefit.

The CARES Act increases the amount corporations can contribute to “qualified contributions” from 10% to 25% of taxable income, less the amount of all other charitable contributions allowed under section 170(b)(1) of the Code, with a similar five year carry over allowance for excess contributions. The limit on food inventory contributions by corporations under section 170(e)(3)(C) of the Code is increased from 15% to 25%.

No! You can’t donate money to your donor advised fund and still get tax credit.
Donor advised funds are excluded.

Giving Tuesday Now Colorado

April 15, 2020
Save the date!

Decorative art of a White "C" on a purple background with the following text on the image: Giving Tuesday Now; May 5, 2020; #ColoradoGives; coloradogives.orgOn Tuesday, May 5, Community First Foundation is launching a collaborative emergency day of giving to support nonprofits dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. ColoradoGives.org is a safe and secure giving platform for donors to support local nonprofits and help keep Colorado recovery from the devastating effects this is having our communities.

This giving event is one way to begin the healing process.  You can choose to support the Governor’s Help Colorado Now Fund, the Community First Foundation Jeffco Hope Fund, dozens of Colorado nonprofits with established COVID-relief funds, or any of the 2600+ nonprofits on ColoradoGives.org by donating to one or several nonprofits with one easy, safe and secure transaction.

Thank you for helping to strengthen and stabilize Colorado’s nonprofits and community organizations responding to and impacted by the pandemic.

April 1 is Census Day and a National Day of Action

April 1, 2020
People across America are keeping their families and communities safe and healthy by providing essential services or staying home. Responding to the census yourself — online, by phone, or through the mail — is another way to do your part to help keep your community strong.

Census Day is a chance for you to make a real difference in our communities. When you complete the census and make sure that everyone is counted, you can help your communities get the schools, hospitals, and roads we need. 2020 Census data will be used by nonprofits to conduct research, set priorities, target investments, and measure progress on issues like public health, education, community and economic development for the next ten years.

While public health and safety is absolutely critical at this moment of uncertainty, we must fulfill our constitutional obligation to complete the 2020 Census and count every single person in the United States. Our country’s future depends on it.

Fortunately, it has never been easier and more accessible to respond to the census on your own — online, over the phone, or by mail–all without having to meet someone in person.

The 2020 Census is a modern, technology-enabled process that was designed precisely to offer multiple ways to respond.

By now, you have likely received an invitation in the mail to complete the census. These efforts were planned and continue despite the coronavirus. The census website 2020Census.gov is live and can accept your response in English or 12 other languages. People can also complete the census by phone.

March 30, 2020
Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is aggressively managing the COVID-19 outbreak in collaboration with other national, state and local partners. Their priority is protecting the health of our community and they have a great website full of helpful resources and information to cope with COVID-19 in our community.

Find information on how to protect yourself and what to do if you’re at risk or think you might have COVID-19. Understand community spread, where to find resources, and how to protect your mental during this time of high stress and anxiety.

Finally, you can find information specific to the cases in Jeffco and where the spread is most active.

Kids For ColoradoGives

Thursday, March 19, 2020

COVID-19 has students across the nation learning at home while social distancing is in place. Many parents are struggling to answer children’s questions about how they can help during the crisis, and many want to do something.

Community First Foundation has an easy way for kids to help while learning the value of philanthropy along the way. And, giving them a sense of empowerment as they choose the nonprofits they want to help.

It’s easy to do online at ColoradoGives.org. Parents, grandparents and others can purchase an eCard online, then children (or anyone!) can search for charities that matter to them and make a donation to them using the funds on the card. They can even select several charities at once to support.
It’s a great way to spread hope, love and generosity while inspiring a future generation of giving.

Kids Give!


Colorado COVID Relief Fund

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Donate to The Colorado COVID Relief Fund to provide support to Colorado communities and organizations affected by COVID-19. Hosted by the State of Colorado and Mile High United Way, this fund will be overseen by a committee of community leaders from across Colorado to provide flexible resources to organizations in our state working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by the outbreak.

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Raising Money for Your Favorite Charity During Crisis

Monday, March 16, 2020

“What can we do?” Beyond following CDC guidelines to keep ourselves and our families safe, people are asking what they can do to help with the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you find yourself wanting to support the nonprofits that are helping those in our community most affected, we’ve made it easy for you to raise money for your favorite charity. It’s easy to create a personalized fundraising page you can share with your social network and connections.

When you create a fundraising page, you can:

  • Add a personal appeal
  • Upload photos and video
  • Make a custom link to your page
  • Explain why you’d like people to support this effort
  • Set a goal and track your progress
  • Determine when you want the campaign to end
  • Are You Ready?

All you need to do is login at the top of the page to your existing ColoradoGives donor account or create an account. Then search for the nonprofit you want to raise money for, and click the ‘Fundraise’ button.

How to Create a ColoradoGives.org Fundraising Page.

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Kelly Dunkin
President and CEO
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Director of Donor Services
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