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Final result of Colorado Gives Day 2013 raised to $20.9 million

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Colorado’s nonprofits will receive $20.9 million during December due donations made during Colorado Gives Day, event sponsor Community First Foundation announced Tuesday December 24.

The event was second largest in the United States during 2013. Only North Texas Giving Day was larger.

Colorado Gives Day 2013 also registered a record number of donations in the state – 88, 571. Last year, the event raised $15.7 million, through 69,127 donations. It also served a record number of 1,442 organizations.

“The success of Colorado Gives Day is a shared success,” said Marla J. Williams, president and CEO of Community First Foundation. “Hardworking nonprofits, generous donors, engaged sponsors – it is wonderful to live in a state filled with people who demonstrate over and over again how much they care about others.”

The foundation released the names of nonprofits receiving the most donations and the highest donations amounts.

At 1,493 donations, the Denver Rescue Mission received the highest number of donations. The Denver Dumb Friends League was second highest, at 1,435, and Food Bank of the Rockies third, at 1,377.

Tennyson Center for Children at the Colorado Christian Home raised the most, at $446,822, followed by the Denver Rescue Mission, $399,156, and FRIENDS of Broomfield, $308,025.

The real-time ticker showing contributions stopped at midnight just short of $20.42 million following the December 10 online giving event.

Community First Foundation attributes the increased final tally in part to the support of financial partner FirstBank, which supplied an incentive fund as well as cash prizes. John Ikard, CEO of FirstBank Holding Company, said he was astounded by the generosity of individuals and businesses alike this year.

A detailed list of cash prize winners will be announced in January.

In celebration of their 75th anniversaries, the Boettcher Foundation and the El Pomar Foundation also contributed a joint $150,000 grant to the Community First Foundation to expand Colorado Gives Day throughout the state.

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