Marla J. Williams
President and CEO

Dear Friends,

To us, Powering Community Together means we are tapping into your power to create positive change in our community. The theme of this year’s Community Benefit Report, The Many Shapes and Sizes of Giving, is a tribute to our partners whose important work is providing hope and changing lives.

Read the Full Letter

Peggy E. Jennings
2016 Board Chair

Emily S. Robinson
2017 Board Chair

Big Heart in a Small Package

When nine-year-old Jenna received a $20 Giving eCard to use on, she did something remarkable. Rather than donate this money straightaway, she took it to her school so her classmates could experience the joy of giving. With guidance from their teacher, Jenna and her classmates voted for their favorite organizations and donated to a local animal protection league.

Kids for ColoradoGives makes
charity fun for the whole family

Jenna’s story is one of many born from the new Kids for ColoradoGives program. Community First Foundation launched the website in 2016 to connect the next generation of Colorado givers with local nonprofit organizations. From daughters and grandsons to neighbors and nephews, Kids for ColoradoGives is redefining what charitable giving looks like for families across the state.

Give a Giving eCard to a Child in Your Life

Anyone can be a kid for ColoradoGives

At, young donors can experience the joy of giving in a fun, safe environment. The website features videos of kids explaining the purpose of nonprofits and why they need our help. Learn more about the program and how you can get involved at

“I had no idea there were so many charities here in Colorado! I had a lot of fun learning.” – Jenna Audlin, a kid for ColoradoGives is Powered by Donations of All Sizes is a year-round, online giving website featuring the missions, programs and finances of more than 2,000 Colorado nonprofits. In 2016, donations through the site reached a new high of $44.7 million. Gifts came from more than 80,000 people representing all 64 counties in the state. By accepting donations starting at $10, makes charitable giving accessible and safe for all Coloradans.

Average Donation

Most Common Donation

Median Donation


Video: ColoradoGives.Org Connects the Givers and the Do-ers


Colorado Gives Day offers something for everyone

Colorado Gives Day, the largest day of giving in the state, has captured the passion of Coloradans for seven years. It has become a movement where everyone can get behind a cause, regardless of age or income. On Colorado Gives Day 2016, $33.8 million in donations surged through in just 24 hours to support more than 2,000 local nonprofits.

The Innovators Society


In The Innovators Society’s inaugural year, 574 community members were involved in the process of selecting, coaching and granting $650,000 to nonprofits with innovative ideas to improve mental wellness.

A unique platform for improving mental wellness

We launched The Innovators Society to accelerate fresh solutions for mental wellness across Denver communities. In a first-of-its-kind approach, The Innovators Society selected six nonprofits and invested $150,000 to support them in a nine-month coaching program. This helped them develop their mental wellness innovations and prepare for a pitch competition to garner additional funding.


Join the Innovators Society

Revolutionary Community Grantmaking

At The Innovators Society pitch competition in September 2016, we invited a community audience to judge the value of each innovation presented. Real-time voting empowered audience members to wear the hat of a funder and award $500,000 in Community First Foundation grant dollars that would benefit their communities.


Grant Funds Awarded


People Involved in Grantmaking Process





Steering Committee


Application Review
Committee Members


Staff & Board


Core 40 Leadership
Group Members


Audience Members
(all events)


Nonprofit Innovators

Community Grant Awards

Project Helping $130,703
Im’Unique $110,041
Carson J Spencer Foundation $77,596
Bright by Three $66,175
Center on Network Science, CU Denver $65,745
Clayton Early Learning $49,740


“This is by far the most innovative and inclusive approach to grant funding we’ve ever been part of. This program has given us the tools to make a massive impact in the community.” – Justin Kruger, founder and CEO of Project Helping
“The Innovators Society model is smart. The benefits of this approach go far beyond just financial support.” – Brian Corrigan, Founder and Director, OhHeckYeah


Colorado’s mental wellness field is complex and fragmented. To improve this landscape, we are taking a three-pronged approach: investing in early childhood mental wellness programs, improving systems that support mental wellness and striving to change public perceptions of mental illness and mental health.


Promoting Mental Wellness


The power of a framework for early childhood mental wellness

We are using the national Project LAUNCH framework, a project of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to guide our early childhood mental wellness grantmaking. The power of the Project LAUNCH framework lies in its clarity and simplicity. With the plethora of outstanding community projects, the framework keeps us centered in our approach.


Giving young Coloradans a better shot at happy, healthy lives

Eight local funders* have pooled $11.2 million and created LAUNCH Together. Based on the national framework, LAUNCH Together is helping local communities incorporate mental health screening and treatment into services that already support young children. Pediatricians, childcare providers, educators and others are coordinating their services to ensure the needs of vulnerable young children don’t fall through the cracks.


*LAUNCH Together funding partners include Community First Foundation, The Ben and Lucy Ana Walton Fund of the Walton Family Foundation, Buell Foundation, Caring for Colorado Foundation, The Colorado Health Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, The Piton Foundation at Gary Community Investments and Rose Community Foundation.



Our Targeted Grantmaking



Community First Foundation has a special relationship with Jefferson County: we started as the fundraising arm of Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge. Now a community foundation headquartered in Arvada, we honor our heritage with a strategic focus on this region.


Mental health training raises confidence

One of our largest funds, the Lutheran Legacy Fund, specifically benefits the communities served by Lutheran Medical Center. Recently the fund fueled a $1.7 million grant initiative to train community members to identify and help individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. Using a nationally-recognized training model called Mental Health First Aid, eight nonprofits serving Jefferson County took the lead in training individuals in places like schools, churches and workplaces. The post-training results were remarkable:

of Participants

Indicated confidence in recognizing a mental health crisis

of Participants

Indicated confidence in helping a person experiencing a mental health problem

of Participants

Indicated confidence in correcting misconceptions about mental illness

Before Mental health First Aid training, only half of participants indicated confidence in any of these categories.

Grant Recipients

The Action Center
The Colorado Education Initiative
Colorado VNA
Jeffco Public Schools
Jefferson County Public Health
Metro Community Provider Network
Seniors’ Resource Center


Grantmaking in Jefferson County

“To give well, you need a partner. The Foundation is introducing us to local nonprofits, taking us on site visits and helping us be effective philanthropists.” – Rick Klau, donor-advised fund holder


Word is out: there is a shiny new meeting space for nonprofits on Denver’s West Side!

We launched the space in January 2016, shortly after the grand opening of our new office building in Olde Town Arvada. In the first year alone, we hosted nearly 300 meetings and welcomed more than 5,600 people to the space.

The meeting space offers five free room options, a large catering kitchen, the latest technology, free parking and a dedicated administrator. This space was designed to address the scarcity of affordable meeting and collaboration space for nonprofits in Jefferson County and the Denver metropolitan area.

Explore Our Meeting Space



We help donors make a difference in ways that matter to them through donor-advised funds, a charitable option that combines people’s visions with our personal service and in-depth understanding of the nonprofit community. Gifts are eligible for an immediate tax benefit; however, grant distributions can be made over time.

Our philanthropic services team also helps donors create a lasting legacy through charitable bequests, life insurance gifts, retirement assets and other planned giving vehicles.

Field of Interest Funds and Giving Circles are other ways for donors to power their passion. These types of giving groups unite people who care about a specific cause or want to make giving decisions together.


Explore Ways to Give



Our endowment-building programs help local nonprofits secure their future and ability to serve the community today and tomorrow. Nonprofit Endowment Partners benefit from the Foundation’s sound investment and asset management, trainings and resources.


Learn About Endowment Management and Support


The goal of our 2016 Incentive Grant Program was to incentivize Community First Foundation’s Nonprofit Endowment Partners to add to their endowment and to invest for the future needs of their organization so the good they do can continue. Endowments provide a steady revenue source, allow donors to leave a legacy and convey stability, fiscal responsibility and prudent planning.

“By endowing a generous gift, we will ensure persons diagnosed with schizophrenia will continue to be served with compassion.” – John Phillips, Board Chair of AllHealth Network, a Nonprofit Endowment Partner


As we look to the future of the nonprofit sector, we believe a strong workforce is essential. In 2016, Community First Foundation and Red Rocks Community College forged a partnership to create a certificate program for careers in the nonprofit sector. The program’s goals are to prepare individuals to enter the nonprofit sector, provide additional training to experienced nonprofit professionals and increase diversity throughout the sector. Classes begin in fall 2017.

Learn More About The Nonprofit Pathway Certificate Program

"We've entrusted stewardship of our donor-advised fund to Community First Foundation to ensure Coloradans receive premier blood services for years to come." – Anne Burtchaell, President - Mountain Division, Blood Systems

2016 Financial Overview


Cash and Investments

$ 364,434,436

Other Assets


Total Assets



Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses


Grants Payable


Other Liabilities


Agency Funds


Total Liabilities


Net Assets


Total Liabilities & Net Assets

$ 369,394,311

STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES — For the Year Ended December 31, 2016


$ 15,554,200

Other Income


Total Revenue





Other Program Expenses


Supporting Services


Total Grants and Expenses




Net Return on Investments




Net Assets, Beginning of Year


Net Assets, End of Year

$ 336,632,149


Detailed Financials




Board and Staff

2016 Board of Directors

Marla J. Williams
President and CEO

Emily S. Robinson
Board Chair
Chief Operating Officer

Peggy E. Jennings, CPA
Chair Emeritus
Audit Partner Eide Bailly, LLP

David L. Bomberger
Chief Investment Officer
Pinnacol Assurance

Janet Heck Doyle, Esq.
Retired CEO and President
Kramer Junction Company

Russell W. Kemp, Esq.
Attorney Ireland Stapleton

Shelley A. Marquez
Senior Vice President and Community Development Manager
Wells Fargo

Christopher J. Massey, Esq.
Board Secretary Chief Operating Officer
ChoLon Restaurant Concepts

Ron Meyer, M.D.
Retired Community Pediatrician
Pediatrics West

Donovan J. (Jerry) Paul, CFA
Senior Vice President of Fixed Income and Portfolio Manager
ICON Advisers

Hereford Percy
Board Treasurer
Retired President FirstBank North

Cynthia Stevenson, Ph.D.
Instructor School of Education and Human Development
University of Colorado - Denver

Robert Urwiler
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Vail Resorts, Inc.

Lynne D. Valencia
Board Vice Chair
Vice President Community Relations

Christine Woolsey
Senior Vice President,
Chief Communications and Marketing Officer
SCL Health

Sally Woolsey
The Evergreen Group

Welcome 2017 Board Members

Elycia R. Cook
Executive Director

Joy S. Johnson
Community Advocate

Penfield W. Tate III
Kutak Rock LLP

2016 Community Committee Members


Aaron Azari
Governance Committee
Senior Wealth Advisor and Trust Officer
Colorado State Bank and Trust

Felix W. Cook, Sr.
Audit and Compliance Committee
Retired, Director of Technical Service Center
Bureau of Reclamation

William Ernstrom
Finance and Investment Committee
Voyant Technologies, Inc.

John E. Litz
Community Impact Committee
J.E. Litz and Associates, LLC

Malcolm Tarkanian, M.D.
Governance Committee
Arvada Eye Associates

Jodi Thomas
Audit and Compliance Committee
President – Arvada

John U. Trefny, Ph.D.
Development Committee
President Emeritus
Colorado School of Mines

Welcome 2017 Community Committee Member


Lydia Prado
Community Impact Committee
Vice President of Child and Family Services
Mental Health Center of Denver

2016 Staff

Marla J. Williams
President and CEO

Cheryl Haggstrom
Executive Vice President

Kenneth R. Kirwin
Chief Financial Officer

Noah M. Atencio
Vice President of Community Impact

Vickie M. Wilson, Ph.D.
Vice President of Philanthropic Services

Kayla Arnesen
Director of Strategic Communications

Samantha Barlow
Communications Coordinator

Nathaniel Beck
Administrative Assistant

Angela Bevacqua
Senior Communications Specialist

Valerie Brown
Meeting Space Administrator

Neelamai Chunlapak
Senior Accountant

Kelly Degering
Community Impact and Data Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Griffis
Program Associate

Lynn Homenick
Executive Assistant

Sachi Ishida
Philanthropy and Communications Assistant

Lisa Lujan
Online Giving Coordinator

Christine Moreland

Paul Mulligan
Grants Administration Manager

Karen Newcomb
Finance Administrative Assistant and Accounting Clerk

Lynda Ricketson
Director of Philanthropic Services

Dana Rinderknecht
Director of Online Giving

Abigail Smith
Donor Support Specialist

Bryce Wilkinson
Senior Online Giving Specialist

Nonprofit Endowment Partners

We are proud to help nonprofit organizations build endowments for future needs through our incentive grants, educational seminars, trainings and more. Dollars generated from these long-term funds can also provide a revenue stream for current needs. Thank you to the following organizations that entrust us with stewarding endowment funds.

Learn About Endowment Management and Support

The Action Center

Adam's Camp

Adaptive Sports Association*

The Adoption Exchange

AllHealth Network

American Gelbvieh Foundation

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Audubon Society of Greater Denver

Aurora Mental Health Center

Blue Sky Bridge

Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity*

Bonfils Blood Center Foundation

Boulder History Museum

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado

Butterfly Pavilion

Carin' Clinic*

CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties

Castle Rock Senior Activity Center

Cat Care Society

Center for Health and Hope

The Center for Trauma & Resilience

The Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE)

Children's Outreach Project

Clínica Tepeyac

Colorado Agency for Jewish Education

Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation

Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education

Colorado Cancer Research Program

Colorado Children's Chorale

Colorado Council on Economic Education

Colorado Homeless Families

Colorado Humanities

Colorado Neurological Institute

Colorado Nonprofit Association

Colorado Peace Officers’ Foundation

Colorado Preservation

Colorado Public Television (CPT12, PBS)

Colorado VNA

Community Cycles

The Conflict Center

Dental Aid

Denver Indian Family Resource Center

Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis

Denver Street School and StreetSchool Network


Doctors Care

Dominican Home Health Agency

Eaton Senior Communities and Eaton Senior Communities Foundation

El Centro Su Teatro

Escuela de Guadalupe

Families First

Family Tree

Friends of Chamber Music*t

Friends of Peak to Peak

Friends of the Haven

Girl Scouts of Colorado

The GLBT Community Center of Colorado

Glory Community

Goodwill Industries of Denver

The Greatest Generations Foundation

The Greenway Foundation

Griffith Centers for Children


Jeffco Schools Foundation

Jefferson Center for Mental Health

Jefferson County Library Foundation

Jewish Family Service of Colorado

Junior Achievement – Rocky Mountain

Lakewood Legacy Foundation

Latin American Educational Foundation

Life Quality Institute

Littleton Symphony Orchestra

Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains

Mackintosh Academy – Littleton*

Metro Community Provider Network

Metro Denver Partners

Mountain Area Land Trust

NAMI Colorado

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado

Open Media Foundation

OpenWorld Learning

Outdoor Lab Foundation

PetAid Colorado*

Phamaly Theatre Company

Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation

Pop Culture Classroom*

Project Angel Heartt

REDI Corporation

Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center

Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation*

Rocky Mountain MS Center

SafeHouse Denver

Seniors' Resource Center

Sister Carmen Community Center

Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning*

Step Denver


Swallow Hill Music Association

Teen Challenge of the Rocky Mountains

Tennyson Center for Children at Colorado Christian Home

Tesoro Cultural Center

Westminster Public Schools Foundation

Wheat Ridge Rotary Club

White Rose Scholarship Foundationt

The Wildlife Experience

YMCA of Metropolitan Denver, Susan M. Duncan Family Branch

* Welcome new 2016-2017 partners

t designated fund

Donor-Advised Funds

A donor-advised fund is a charitable giving vehicle that allows donors to support their favorite charities over time, yet receive immediate tax benefits. These types of funds appeal to those seeking a hands-on, strategic and convenient way to support nonprofit organizations. Thank you to the following individuals, families and businesses who have established donor-advised funds with us.

Learn About Donor-Advised Funds

Banko Family Fund

Best Should Teach Fund

David Bomberger Fund*

Bonfils Blood Center Donor-Advised Fund*

Brennan Family Fund

Butterfield Family Donor-Advised Fund

Sam Cheris Charitable Fund

Valerie and Gilmour Clausen Fund

Coburn Family Fund

Collier Family Fund

Felix and Margie Cook Fund

Dahl Family Donor-Advised Fund

Davis-Massey Family Fund*

Do More Charity Challenge – Community Banks of Colorado

Fred, Janet and Lucas Doyle Donor-Advised Fund

Eicher Family Donor-Advised Fund

Janet Fania Memorial Scholarship Fund

Franklin Fund

Griffith-McVey Family Fund

Haggstrom Family Donor-Advised Fund

Hanson Ernstrom Family Donor-Advised Fund

Darl and Darlene Hobson Fund*

Jackson Family Donor-Advised Fund

Jennings Human Capital Improvement Fund

Kemp Family Fund*

Klau Family Foundation Fund*

Leach Family Donor-Advised Fund

Marquez Family Fund*

Jean and Ron Meyer Family Fund*

Molenaar Family Donor-Advised Fund

Moreland Family Donor-Advised Fund*

Morrissey Family Fund

Nu Sigma Nu Donor-Advised Fund

Oliver Family Fund*

Paul Family Fund*

Percy Family Fund

Phelan Smith Family Fund

Koger and Marcie Propst Family Donor-Advised Fund

PBJ Reece Charitable Fund

Reidy Family Donor-Advised Fund*

Vernon and Sharon Ritzman Donor-Advised Fund

Alan and Emily Robinson Donor-Advised Fund

Shean Family Fund

Spalding Community Foundation Family of Funds

Keith and Alisha Stagg Fund*

Susan Stark Fund*

Stevens Family Fund*

Stevenson Fund*

Storatz Family Donor-Advised Fund

Tarkanian Family Fund

Tough Enough to Wear Pink Donor-Advised Fund

Sharon L. & John U. Trefny Donor-Advised Fund

Tuthill Family Fund

Robert and Carla Urwiler Charitable Giving Fund*

Lynne Valencia Family Fund

Vanderstoep Family Fund*

Raymond & Viola Wagner Family Fund

Waring Family Fund

Marla J. Williams Donor-Advised Fund

Vickie Wilson Family Fund*

Winkler Family Foundation Fund*

Womanist Empowerment Fund

Woolsey Paustian Fund*

*Welcome new 2016-2017 donor-advised funds


In 2016, Community First Foundation provided grants totaling nearly $51 million to support nonprofits in Jefferson County, the Denver metropolitan area and beyond. Of that amount, more than $45 million was granted from donations received through, our online giving website. The remaining consisted of grants and distributions from the Foundation’s discretionary funds, nonprofit agency funds, donor-advised funds and other funds to which donors have contributed over time.

Our grantmaking areas of focus are promoting mental wellness, honoring our heritage in Jefferson County and strengthening nonprofits. We also seek to increase generosity through grants related to and donor-advised funds.

Grants Promoting Mental Wellness

To build strong community by promoting mental wellness, the following organizations received grants totaling more than $1.7 million.

LAUNCH Together

The following organizations received grants for their role in LAUNCH Together, a multi-funder, multi-year grant initiative to support Colorado communities in building coordinated systems to support the social and emotional development of children.

Early Milestones Colorado
$103,299 to support LAUNCH Together in Jefferson County.

Jefferson Center for Mental Health
$100,000 to serve as the lead agency for LAUNCH Together in Jefferson County.

University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work
$42,085 for the Butler Institute for Families to serve as the LAUNCH Together evaluation partner.

The Innovators Society

The following organizations received funding totaling $500,000 from their participation in The Innovators Society Community Pitch Showdown event held on September 30, 2016.

Project Helping
$130,703 to support the organization’s model of using volunteerism to promote mental wellness.

$110,041 to support the Breakin’ Bread, Breakin’ Barriers program.

Carson J Spencer Foundation
$77,596 to support IGNITE: Suicide Prevention for Middle School Students.

Bright by Three
$66,175 to support the Bright by Text program.

Center on Network Science, CU Denver
$54,475 to support development of the Patient-Centered Network App.

Clayton Early Learning
$49,740 to support the EMBRACE (Effective Mindfulness, Building Responsive and Confident Educators) program.

Behavioral Health Integration in Pediatric Primary Care (BHIPP)

The following organizations each received $75,000 to support practice transformation work among primary pediatric care providers in the areas of behavioral health promotion and prevention. These grantees are working in partnership with Project CLIMB (Consultation Liaison in Mental Health and Behavior) at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Colorado Children’s Healthcare Access Program (CCHAP) to expand the number of pediatric practices promoting mental health and well-being in a fully integrated care model.

Doctors Care

Horizon Pediatrics

KidsFirst Pediatrics

Montbello Family Health Center

Mountainland Pediatrics

Peak Pediatrics

Rocky Mountain Health Centers Pediatrics

The Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics

Salud Family Health Centers

Other Promoting Mental Wellness Grants

Third Sector New England
$100,000 as part of a two-year grant to strengthen the quality of Tools of the Mind classrooms in Jeffco Public Schools.

Mental Health Colorado
$97,800 to produce a comprehensive data report on the state of mental health in Colorado.

Assuring Better Child Health and Development
$55,374 as part of a three-year grant to increase the integration of pregnancy related depression screenings and referral to services among Pediatric and OB/GYN providers in the Denver metropolitan area.

The University of Colorado Foundation
$20,000 to launch a Hard Call episode focused on mental illness and stigma at the CU Anschutz Center for Bioethics and Humanities.

Parent Possible
$10,000 to support the development of an implementation plan to disseminate the Vroom app widely to parents, caregivers, and early childhood systems of care throughout Colorado.

Rose Community Foundation
$6,214 to support Colorado Health Institute’s work on Early Childhood Mental Health Data and Evaluation.

Grants Honoring Our Heritage in Jefferson County

In 1975 Community First Foundation was founded as the Lutheran Medical Center Foundation and served as the fundraising arm for the hospital on Denver’s west side. Over the years we have grown and changed to become the community foundation we are today. Because of this beginning, we have strong roots and a special relationship with Jefferson County. To honor our heritage and build strong community in Jefferson County, we supported the following organization with nearly $900,000 in funding in 2016.

Lutheran Legacy Fund

The Lutheran Legacy Fund was established to promote health and wellness in Jefferson County and the communities served by Lutheran Medical Center. The following grants were made from the Lutheran Legacy Fund in 2016.

Seniors’ Resource Center
$150,000 to support A Perfect Homecoming program.

Jefferson Center for Mental Health
$50,000 to support the Jefferson County Hotspotting Alliance.

$48,825 as part of a 2-year grant to support the expansion of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in Jefferson County.

Other Honoring Our Heritage in Jefferson County Grants

Lutheran Medical Center
$424,279 to support charitable activities at Lutheran Medical Center.

Jeffco Prosperity Project
$121,826 to The Action Center for the third year of a three-year grant to support the Jeffco Prosperity Project, a collaboration of community, school, business and county partners working together to help Jefferson County families break the cycle of generational poverty.

Jefferson County Department of Human Services
$85,500 to provide training and education support to the Jefferson County Child and Youth Leadership Commission.

Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation
$10,000 for the fourth year of a five-year grant to support the Forward Jeffco Initiative with the specific goal of decreasing poverty by improving economic conditions through workforce development in Jefferson County.

Jefferson County Public Health
$3,000 to support the Women’s Colposcopy Program.

Grants to Strengthen Nonprofits

The following grants power community by strengthening nonprofit organizations and the nonprofit sector.

Incentive Grants

The Incentive Grant Program is one of the many benefits we provide for our Nonprofit Endowment Partners that have established an endowment fund with the Foundation. The following Nonprofit Endowment Partners received grants from the Incentive Grant Program totaling nearly $190,000 on contributions they made to their endowment funds at the Foundation.

AllHealth Network

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Audubon Society of Greater Denver

Aurora Mental Health Center

Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity

Boulder History Museum

Carin' Clinic

Castle Rock Senior Activity Center

Center for Health and Hope

Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation

Colorado Children's Chorale

Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

Community Cycles

The Conflict Center

Denver Indian Family Resource Center

Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis

Eaton Senior Communities Foundation

Escuela de Guadalupe

Friends of the Haven

Hotel de Paris Museum

Jefferson Center for Mental Health

Mackintosh Academy

Metro Community Provider Network

Metro Denver Partners

Mountain Area Land Trust

Open Media Foundation

Outdoor Lab Foundation

Peak to Peak Charter School

PetAid Colorado

Pop Culture Classroom

Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation

Swallow Hill Music Association

Grants that Increase Generosity

The following grants help energize generosity in Jefferson County, the Denver metropolitan area and beyond.

ColoradoGives & Colorado Gives Day Grants

Community First Foundation granted back donations totaling nearly $45 million to 2,140 organizations through its year-round online giving website, Of that amount, more than $33.8 million was raised on Colorado Gives Day. An additional $1.1 million was added to Colorado Gives Day grants from the Incentive Fund and FirstBank cash prizes.

Donor-Advised Fund Grants

The Foundation stewards donor-advised funds that have been established by individuals, families, businesses and others. The following organizations received 198 grants, totaling more than $1 million, from our family of donor-advised funds.


Donor-Advised Fund Grant Recipients

4 Paws 4 Life Rescue

Abbey of St. Walburga

The Action Center

Adam's Camp

Adaptive Adventures

Alpha Tau Omega Foundation

American Diabetes Association

American Red Cross

Anchor Center for Blind Children

Angels with Paws

Archdiocese of Omaha

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Arvada Community Food Bank

Ascend Performing Arts

Assistance League of Denver

Autism Society of Boulder County

Barrow Neurological Foundation

The Bell Policy Center

Bicycles for Humanity-Colorado

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church

Boron Bible Church

Boulder Valley Women's Health Center

Bow Wow Buddies Foundation

Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado

Bright by Three

Cancer League of Colorado

Carson J Spencer Foundation

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties

Cat Care Society

Cherry Creek Theatre Company

Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation

Clayton Early Learning

Colorado Ballet

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

Colorado Homeless Families

Colorado Neurological Institute

Colorado Outdoor Education Center

Colorado Public Radio

Colorado Public Television (CPT12, PBS)

Colorado State University Foundation

Colorado Vincentian Volunteers

Community First Foundation (The Liberty Fund)

Community Sailing of Colorado

Community Shares of Colorado

Compassion International

Congregation Shir Shalom

Denver Dumb Friends League

Denver Kids

Denver Philharmonic Orchestra

Denver Rescue Mission

Denver Zoological Foundation

Easter Seals Colorado

Evangelical United Brethren Church (EUB) Trust Fund

Every Creature Counts

Family Tree

Fellowship of Catholic University Students

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Fisk University

Food Bank of the Rockies

Friends First

Friends of Chamber Music

Friends of Foothills Animal Shelter

The GLBT Community Center of Colorado

Graduate Teacher Program, University of Colorado Boulder

Great Education Colorado


Gunnison Valley Health

Hearts & Horses

Holt International Children's Services

Hope House of Colorado

Human Rights Campaign Foundation


Jeffco Schools Foundation

Jefferson County Library Foundation

Judaism Your Way

Judi's House

Kansas Honor Flight

The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect


Loveland Rotary Club Foundation

Lutheran Medical Center Foundation

Matthew Shepard Foundation

Mentor Colorado

Mile Hi Church of Religious Science

Mile High United Way

Mizel Museum

Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice

Mount Sneffels Education Foundation

Otis-Bison USD #403

OUR Center

Ouray County Food Pantry

Phoenix Multisport

Plum Creek Community Church

Project Helping

Project Sanctuary

Ralston House

Rangeview Community Church

Red Rocks Community College Foundation

Ridgway Chautauqua Society

Rocky Mountain PBS

Rocky Mountain Rett Association

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver

Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation

Saint Patrick's Church of Elkhorn, NE

The Salvation Army Denver Metro

Seniors' Resource Center

Sewall Child Development Center

Special Olympics Colorado

Special Olympics Massachusetts

St. Augustine Indian Mission

St. Joseph Hospital Foundation

St. Mark Lutheran Church

Starfish One by One

Steve's Club Denver

Sun Devil Club

Sunflower Diversified Services

Tennyson Center for Children at Colorado Christian Home

Trevor Project

Trinity Lutheran Church

Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership

United Methodist Foundation - Rocky Mountain Conference

The University of Colorado Foundation

University of Nebraska Foundation

Urban Peak Denver

Vision Health International

Vision of Children

Voyager Youth Program

Weehawken Creative Arts

Westminster Public Schools Foundation

The Wild Animal Sanctuary

World Vision International

Wounded Warrior Project

YMCA of Metropolitan Denver

Young Life

Zion Natural History Association

Other Increasing Generosity Grants

Young Americans Center for Financial Education
$16,000 to support the Philanthropy Unit at Young AmeriTowne at Belmar during the 2016-2017 school year.

Junior Achievement – Rocky Mountain
$10,000 to sponsor the Philanthropy Kiosk at Junior Achievement Finance Park during the 2016-2017 school year.

Other Community Grants

Community First Foundation stewards funds to which donors have contributed over time to help address community needs. The following are organizations that have received grants from the Foundation’s pool of discretionary and restricted funds, totaling approximately $147,000.

Ability Connection Colorado

ACE Scholarships

Arapahoe Rescue Patrol

Ascend Performing Arts

The Blue Bench

Boulder Shelter for the Homeless

Bridge House

Cancer League of Colorado

Catholic Charities & Community Services

Clothes to Kids of Denver

Colorado Association of Funders

Colorado Canyons Association

Colorado Conservatory of Dance

Colorado Nonprofit Association

Council on Foundations

Denver School of the Arts Friends Foundation

Emergency Family Assistance Association

Friends of Man

The Gathering Place, A Refuge for Rebuilding Lives

Gift of Adoption

The Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance

Hilltop Community Resources

Human Rights and Community Partnerships

Jeffco Schools Foundation

Jefferson Center for Mental Health

Jefferson County Good News Coalition

Junior League of Denver

Karis Community

Kids Aid

Mesa County Fire Chief's Association

Metro Community Provider Network

Metro Denver Partners

Metropolitan State University of Denver Foundation


North Fort Collins Business Association

Respite Care

Riverside Educational Center

Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation

Rotary Club of Fort Collins Charities


University of Denver

West Chamber Serving Jefferson County Foundation

Wounded Warrior Project

YMCA of Metropolitan Denver

YWCA Boulder County

Donor-Advised Funds and Gifts

The following is a list of donor-advised funds held at the Foundation and donors who supported these funds in 2016. Donor names follow fund names.

David Bomberger Fund
David Bomberger

Bonfils Blood Center Donor-Advised Fund
Bonfils Blood Center
Brooke Palumbo

Brennan Family Fund
Joan Brennan

Coburn Family Fund
Agnieszka Przeszlowska and Jared Coburn

Felix and Margie Cook Fund
Margie and Felix Cook

Dahl Family Donor-Advised Fund
Susan and C. Robert Dahl, M.D.

Davis-Massey Family Fund
James and Christopher Davis-Massey, Esq.
Nicholas Massey
John McGovern and Brad Yoshimitsu
Julie Rhoades

Do More Charity Challenge – Community Banks of Colorado
AJAX Holdings LLC
J. E. Buck
Deluxe Corporation
Fidelity Information Services
Great West Life & Annuity Insurance Company
Holland & Knight LLP
Mile High United Way
Mountain West Series of Lockton Companies
NBH Bank, N.A.
Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Van Epps LLC

Eicher Family Donor-Advised Fund
Holle and Chad Eicher

Janet Fania Memorial Scholarship Fund
Judy and Mark Fania

Franklin Fund
MaryAnn Franklin

Haggstrom Family Donor-Advised Fund
Cheryl and John Haggstrom

Darl and Darlene Hobson Fund
Darlene and Darl Hobson

Kemp Family Fund
Anahita and Russell Kemp

Klau Family Foundation Fund
Molly and Rick Klau

Marquez Family Fund
Shelley and Mark Marquez

Jean and Ron Meyer Family Fund
Jean and Ron Meyer, M.D.

Moreland Family Donor-Advised Fund
Christine and Terry Moreland

Morrissey Family Fund
The Wonderful Company

Paul Family Fund
Deborah and Jerry Paul, C.F.A.

Phelan Smith Family Fund
Elizabeth Phelan and Paul Smith, Esq.

Koger and Marcie Propst Family Donor-Advised Fund
Marcie and Koger Propst

PBJ Reece Charitable Fund
Barbara and Gary Reece

Reidy Family Donor-Advised Fund
Kelly Reidy-Homeyer
Reidy Metal Services, Inc.

Spalding Community Foundation Unrestricted Fund
AMG National Trust Bank (Murray Trust)
Lydia and William MacMillan (in honor of Sally Hopper)

Keith and Alisha Stagg Fund
Alisha and Keith Stagg

Stevens Family Fund
Sally Woolsey Stevens and Jim Stevens

Stevenson Fund
Cynthia Stevenson, Ph.D.

Tarkanian Family Fund
Hermine and Malcolm Tarkanian, M.D.

Sharon L. & John U. Trefny Donor-Advised Fund
Sharon and John Trefny, Ph.D.

Robert and Carla Urwiler Charitable Giving Fund
Carla and Robert Urwiler

Vanderstoep Family Fund
Sandra Vanderstoep

Raymond & Viola Wagner Family Fund
Marty and Dale Wagner

Marla J. Williams Donor-Advised Fund
Marla J. Williams

Vickie M. Wilson Family Fund
Vickie M. Wilson, Ph.D.

Woolsey Paustian Fund
Christine Woolsey and Charles Paustian

Restricted Funds and Gifts

The following is a list of restricted funds held at the Foundation and donors who supported these funds in 2016. Donor names follow fund names.


Campion Ice House Maintenance Endowment Fund

Lynn Campion


Colorado Blood Cancer Institute Patient Assistance Fund

Allstate - The Giving Campaign

Debra Atwater

Meloney Biggerstaff

L. D. Bolinger

J. D. and Nancy Bolinger

Lynda Borel

Jimmy Bryant

Monica and Robert Burck

Teresa and David Callahan

Linda Carlson

T. A. and J.K. Claar

Winfield and Anda Craven

Jill and Chris Davis

Lisa Dowd

Katherine Edersheim and Bruce Tuckman

Delores Eikenberg

Janet Else

Crystal Ford

Marilyn Gibson

Lori and Ted Greenstein

Sara and Gregory Halac

Elaine and John Harris

Jodell Harsha

Ben Hemphill

Sherill and Terry Hofmeister

Jennifer and Mark Hopkins

Debra and John Huyler

Chanda and Ken Kirwin

Nancy Klabunde

Jenna Kotyk

Sue Ellen Markey and James Boyd

Marty and J. Scott Marsh

Chandra McCoy

Kristin Middleton

Laurie Morris

Neighbors of Dover Circle

Devin Nelson

Juliane Osthoff

Barbara and Arnold Page

Carrie Pelton

Lucy Polter

Margarita Profita

Donald Reed

Suzanne and Michael Saboy

Wanda and Allan Severin

Debra and Davie Shedd

Martha Small

Julia Smith

Mark Steputis

Lynn and Roger Strottman

Jennie Trayes

U Got This Tournament

Debbie and Benny Wise


Colorado Gives Day Fund

Community Foundation Serving Boulder County



Community First Foundation Unrestricted Fund


Matthew Allen

Bandimere Family Foundation

Chapter FP-PEO Sisterhood

Pamela Cruz

Addisu Dejene

Donald Hagengruber

Harriet Hall

Thomas Healy

Bob Hunnes

Nola and Dustin Krajewski

Ann Leahy

Eileen Lepisto

Karen Lozow

Julie Magnum

Margarita Marev

MaryKate McCutcheon

Anne Mead

Charles Naumer

Marcie and Koger Propst

Kelly Reidy-Homeyer

Asia Rodgers

Cynthia Stevenson

Cynthia N. Tarkanian

Penfield Tate, III

Ronald Villiotti

R. Lorraine Wilson

Francis Winston Collopy Endowment Fund

Rosemary and Daniel Collopy


Liberty Community Fund of Colorado

Darlene Eyster

Nancy Kearney

John McGowan and Dave Robbins

Marla J. Williams


Mental Health Endowment

William Crossen