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Colorado Gives Day 2013 was second largest in country

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Colorado Gives Day 2013 was one of the largest events of its type in the United States, a director for the event’s founder said Wednesday December 11, the following day.

“Coloradans are unbelievably generous,” said Dana Rinderknecht, Director of Online Giving for the Community First Foundation. “Colorado is a strong second place.”

Community First Foundation released preliminary results estimating total contributions at more than $20 million. The final tally may be available later this month. It will include the contribution of FirstBank, which provided financial support.

At $25 million, the giving day for North Texas remains first.

“I had an inkling that this might happen. I had observed similar responses to giving days across the country,” said Rinderknecht. “Still, I was surprised.”

While most of the contributions came from Colorado, donors responded from as far away as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and Japan.

Recent natural disasters and tragedy in Colorado have kept the state in national news, she said.

With 1,442 organizations participating, Colorado Gives Day 2013 also had a record number of nonprofits. Many of them were pleased with the results.

Colorado Public Radio emailed thanks to its contributors. It said that more than 1,000 listeners contributed over $127,000 during the online event.

Donations to the Bonfils Blood Center Foundation through Colorado Gives Day increased by 45 percent, said Bonfils public relations specialist Dianna Hemphill. Contributions are critical to the organization, said Hemphill. It costs $200 to process a unit of blood donated at the blood bank. The organization serves nearly 200 healthcare facilities inside and outside of Colorado.

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