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Nonprofit Support During the COVID-19 Situation

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As Colorado and the nation struggle to understand all the implications COVID-19 is having on our lives, Community First Foundation is committed to working with the community to ensure an effective response to create lasting, tangible change in our community. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life in Jefferson County, the Denver metropolitan area and beyond by bringing together individuals, families and businesses to support nonprofits and build communities where everyone can thrive.

As nonprofits struggle to serve and survive, we are committed to using our energy, leadership and trusted stewardship of financial resources to energize giving across our state and find new ways to address community needs.

Jeffco Hope Fund

Nonprofits across the nation are feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fundraising events are being postponed or canceled. Employees are struggling. Volunteers feel lost. The challenges are ongoing and many are unforeseen. The Community First Foundation has created the Jeffco Hope Fund to strengthen and stabilize Jefferson County 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.

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Census 2020

Friday, March 20, 2020

On April 1, one of the biggest influences on your funding occurs when Census 2020 counts begin.

The census is important to your nonprofit and to the causes you serve. Every person counted in our community will impact ten years of funding, representation and allocation of public services.

Census data guides the distribution of federal dollars that support key social services, health care and education programs in communities across the country, many of which are administered through nonprofits.

It also determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and its used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. Public infrastructure is influenced by the data to locate commercial, transit and schools.

For the first time in history, and fortunately for us as we shelter in place and practice social distancing, households can reply online, by phone, or by mail.

Nonprofits can act now by encouraging donors and friends to participate. Learn more.

Yes! Experts Agree It’s Okay to Fundraise During a Crisis

Thursday, March 19, 2020

6 Ways We Can Help
Nonprofits around the nation are dealing with COVID-19 and wondering if now is the time to ask for help. Experts agree – yes! People feel helpless and donors want to help. Communicate your needs now. As the coronavirus quickly spreads across the country, your donors are looking for ways to support you.

Help them help you.  Whether you’re asking for support, changing an in-person event to a virtual one, or trying to find ways to keep things going, ColoradoGives.org is a great option. Here are six ways you can use the online fundraising platform right now:

1. Find a COVID Fundraiser

Find a COVID emergency fundraiser to support. Many local nonprofits have already established special fundraising pages.

2. Set Up a COVID Fundraiser

Set up a COVID Emergency Response fundraising page for your nonprofit. Hint: Be sure to use the word “COVID” in your page so it appears on our highlighted nonprofit page.

3. Host a Virtual Event

Canceling an event? Set up a virtual event and fundraise virtually. You can even have your CEO and some of your nonprofit ambassador’s host Facebook Live events to support it.

4. Flash Fundraiser

Host a flash fundraiser. It’s quick and easy. Whether it’s 24-hours or a week, you choose the time and duration. By creating a compressed timeline of when the flash fundraising is happening, you encourage people to take action now. See if you can get someone to match all the donations you raise in that time period.

5. Make Calls to Donors

Look into using robocall technology to activate your donor base. It is more affordable than you think and can cost less than $100 for 100 calls. Many of your donors are home feeling powerless. A robocall might get their attention and remind them that they can take action right now.  Make sure your message is short with a quick call to action encouraging donors to give. One provider is Robotalker. They offer a monthly option, protect information, and offer discounts for nonprofits. They also have a pay-as-you-go option. Other providers to research include: Call-Em-All and CallHub.

6. Social Media Campaigns

Launch a positive social media campaign. This is a stressful time for everyone. Explore how you can incorporate positive messaging into a mini social fundraising campaign.

How Will COVID-19 Affect You?

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Philanthropy Colorado is gathering needed information from Colorado’s nonprofit organizations about the impact of COVID-19. Your participation and input are critical; please click the button below and complete our brief survey. Take Philanthropy Colorado’s survey and help gather information on the impact of this crisis.

Take the Survey

Joining the Remote Workforce


Monday, March 16, 2020

Global health and governmental agencies are grappling with how best to fight the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Colorado’s nonprofits are facing unprecedented challenges that will continue for months to come and leaders at nonprofit organizations can also play a critical role in aiding response.

Many nonprofits suddenly have their entire workforce working remotely and are looking for resources to help employees stay connected and productive. Here are some excellent tools you can use to stay connected and productive.

The National Council of Nonprofits offers great suggestions on other things nonprofits can do. The page is being updated regularly with the latest information and resources that nonprofits can use to prepare and respond.

Five Quick Ideas Nonprofit Employees Can Do When Working From Home

Monday, March 16, 2020

Working from home because of COVID-19? Here are five ways nonprofit employees can spend their time.

  1. Take care of yourself. First and foremost, pay attention to your physical and mental health.
  2. Learn a new skill. Many libraries have access to Lynda.com where you can take online classes for free with your library card.
  3. Read a book. Have a stack of business books you always wish you had time to read? Now you do!
  4. Get social. Visit other nonprofits’ social media sites and give them a positive shout out. Check out how they are handling COVID-19 and learn from others.
  5. Find that grant. Use this time to find, research and prepare for grant opportunities to open.

What ideas do you have for making the most of this time? Share them with us at info@Communityfirstfoundation.org

Nonprofit Loan Resource

Monday, March 16, 2020

Colorado Lending Source offers resources for nonprofits and small business owners to help navigate the impact of COVID-19.

While physical offices are closed, they are available by phone, email, or virtual meetings at 303.657.0010.

The Small Business Association (SBA) is preparing to provide Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance to all affected areas. Colorado and the counties within have not been added to the list yet updates will be posted here.

You can visit the SBA’s website to directly apply for an Economic Injury Disaster loan once your community has been added to the list of those eligible. In short these loans for up to $2 million in financing may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid as a result of the disaster’s impact, at interest rates of 3.75% (for profits), and 2.75% (non profits).

Kelly Dunkin
President and CEO
Noah Atencio
Vice President of Community Impact
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Director of Online Giving
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Director of Philanthropic Services
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