Community Benefit Report 2017

Marla J. Williams
President and CEO

Emily S. Robinson
Board Chair

Dear Friends,

Community requires a certain generosity of spirit. It calls on us to show up, be present and celebrate the best in each other.

Community is about working with families and children to address mental wellness as early in the formative years as possible. It is about inspiring the givers, supporting the do-ers and uniting the power of many to work together for the good of all. It is about honoring our heritage and developing a legacy for our families and for future generations.

Community is also about gratitude. When we take the time to reflect on what we are thankful for, our world becomes a little richer. And we are so thankful. Our nonprofit partners, community members, donors, volunteers and staff are the fabric of our community.

Join us as we reflect on 2017 and celebrate the generous community that makes our work possible.



Community First Foundation increases generosity by inspiring the givers, supporting the do-ers and uniting the power of many to work together for the good of all. We power community together.


Donor-Advised Funds:
A Strategic and Empowering Way to Give

A donor-advised fund (DAF) accommodates a strategic, engaged approach to charitable giving. It also simplifies philanthropy by organizing charitable giving through grants from one expertly managed fund. Community First Foundation’s extensive relationships with local nonprofits and our knowledge of community needs mean we can help donors make a difference in ways that interest them the most. We manage more than 65 donor-advised funds, with nine new funds established in 2017. The minimum to establish a donor-advised fund at the Foundation is $5,000.

Learn More about Donor Advised Funds

Donor-Advised Funds List


One Man’s Solution to Simplified Giving

Darl Hobson has been an active community member for decades. He has been a longtime volunteer and served on multiple boards of directors. He also supports nonprofits financially. However, Darl’s preferred method of gifting—through appreciated stock—has become increasingly difficult. Few organizations have a mechanism to receive stock, he explained.

A donor-advised fund at Community First Foundation allows Darl to donate
 appreciated stock to the Foundation, which has the ability to sell it to fund his DAF. Darl receives a tax benefit in the year the stock is donated, but he can take his time to thoughtfully select 501(c)(3) recipients. In addition to naming the fund, Darl is the fund’s advisor, making recommendations about whom he’d like to receive grants. The Foundation is responsible for fund management and due diligence, leaving the best part—giving—to Darl.

Professional Advisors Council:
Fostering Charitable Giving Through Financial Planning

In 2017 we launched the Foundation’s Professional Advisors Council, an esteemed group of local attorneys, financial planners, CPAs and other professionals who advise clients about financial and estate planning. Our select group understands that charitable giving can be an integral and rewarding part of their clients’ financial strategy.

“As advisors, we’re introducing charitable giving possibilities to people who may not even know they exist.” — Dan Morris, Community First Foundation Professional Advisors Council
Professional Advisors Council

John Lischer, Esq. (Chair)
Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

Vera Divenyi
Vice President - Wealth Director
BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Kim Eilber, JD, LL.M, CFP
Senior Vice President and Senior Trust Officer
U.S. Trust

Heidi Gassman, Esq.
Wade Ash Woods Hill & Farley, P.C.

Erin Hadary
Partner & Senior Wealth Planner
Dunston Financial Group

Craig Jones
Partner and Managing Director
Rocky Mountain Region
The Colony Group

Jeff Kadavy, JD, CTFA
President & Chief Executive Officer
Trail Ridge Wealth Management

Jason Lewis, CFP
Financial Advisor
Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

Julia McVey, Esq.
Founder, Attorney at Law
Julia McVey, P.C.

Dan Morris
Investment Advisor Representative
Eagle Strategies LLC
High Point Financial Group, LLC

Andy Pahl
Assistant Vice President
Senior Portfolio Advisor
Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch
Global Wealth and Investment Management

Charlie Rhoades
Wealth Advisor
Pinnacle Wealth Management

Leslie Schaus, CPA, MT
Stratagem CPA

Engaging your
family in charitable giving helps promote shared values and a commitment to powering community together. A donor-advised fund is a great place to start.

Increasing Online Giving Year-Round was launched in 2007 to change the landscape of giving in Colorado. The community needed a reliable resource to learn about local nonprofits; nonprofits needed help leveraging emerging technology. Ten years later, usage of the site has steadily grown. To celebrate, we launched a new and improved website. We also took the opportunity to remind Coloradans that the site is open for giving 24/7—not just for Colorado Gives Day. As we move into 2018, we are even more focused on the message that nonprofits need support year-round, and makes giving easy.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Denver, Colorado
Photo credit: Jerry Metellus

$36.6 Million Raised on Colorado Gives Day®

Coloradans opened their hearts again and donated $36.6 million to local nonprofits on Colorado Gives Day 2017. More than 2,300 nonprofits benefited from the 24-hour statewide movement. Community First Foundation and Corporate Partner FirstBank each contributed $500,000 for the $1 Million Incentive Fund, which boosted the value of every dollar donated.

Learn More about Colorado Gives Day


Average Donation

Most Common Donation

Median Donation

Colorado Gives Day - Total Dollars Donated Per Year


Kids for ColoradoGives Campaign
Increases Donations by 57%

In October 2017, the Foundation launched a Kids for ColoradoGives campaign to spark the joy of giving in young donors. For one month, nonprofits profiled on were entered into a prize drawing each time they received a donation. A fun quiz helped kids identify their favorite giving category and included hand-drawn illustrations to color. The campaign helped increase the number of donations through the site by 57 percent, and helped open the doorway to the next generation of donors.

Explore More at Kids For Colorado Gives Website

Video: Why Should a Kid Help a Nonprofit?


Strengthening Nonprofits

Community First Foundation believes a strong nonprofit sector is fundamental to a community’s strength. That’s why strengthening nonprofits is one of our top strategic priorities. We offer a variety of programs and services to help nonprofits thrive, such as workforce development, expert endowment management, endowment-building grants, fundraising consultation, free meeting space and complimentary trainings led by industry experts.


Professional Development Strengthens the Nonprofit Workforce

Professionals working in the nonprofit sector have a new opportunity to 
gain valuable industry skills. Community First Foundation and Red Rocks Community College have partnered to offer Nonprofit Pathway—a certificate program taught by seasoned nonprofit professionals. The program teaches students the skills necessary to thrive in the nonprofit sector.

The program accommodates the needs of working professionals by offering accelerated classes, one at a time, in the evenings. Individuals can take 
just the classes they need or take all classes to earn a certificate. To make the program affordable for a diverse workforce, the Foundation offers scholarships that cover approximately 50 percent of tuition and fees.


Endowments: A Foundation for Growth

For more than a decade the Foundation’s endowment-building programs have helped local nonprofits secure their ability to serve the community now and in the future. We currently manage more than 100 endowment funds ranging in size from $25,000 to millions of dollars. In 2017 our Incentive Grant Program (PDF) helped stimulate the endowment-building efforts of 23 Nonprofit Endowment Partner organizations through more than $152,000 in incentive grants. We were also honored to welcome seven new organizations to our growing list of partners. Go to our full list of Nonprofit Endowment Partners.

Learn About Endowment Support

Endowment Success Stories!
Read how our Nonprofit Endowment Partners are leveraging their endowments for an income stream and long-term sustainability.

Incentive Grant Recipients

The following are just a few of the 23 organizations that benefited from the 2017 Incentive Grant Program:

Enhancing Independence and Quality of Life

Many older adults wish to remain independent and in their own homes for as long as possible. Seniors’ Resource Center helps make this a reality. Operating from five locations, they offer essential services such as transportation, in-home care, enrichment programs and chore support. An endowment at Community First Foundation helps ensure these services will be available to meet the future needs of this growing population.

Bringing Learning to Life

Pop Culture Classroom inspires a love of learning through comic books, graphic novels and other media. Through the tools of popular culture and the power of self-expression, their programs inspire creativity, increase literacy and bring learning to life for low-income students. They also present Denver Comic Con, an annual, three-day pop culture fan extravaganza. Their endowment fund sustains a lifetime love of learning by supporting a fun, play-based approach to education.

Promoting Mental Wellness

Community First Foundation invests in initiatives and programs that cultivate resilience and prevent the onset of mental illness. We’ve identified three key areas of opportunity: early childhood mental wellness, improving systems that support mental wellness and changing the perception of mental health and illness to achieve equal standing with physical health. Our approach to supporting work in these areas is informed by a public health perspective and we identified early childhood as the best opportunity for impact. Based on this model, most of our efforts focus on children and their families.

Learn More about How We Support Mental Wellness


Proven Program Improves Early Childhood Development

Community First Foundation is funding the expansion of a powerful, proven 
program. Called The Incredible Years, the program improves the emotional
 and social health of children between three and five years old. The program
 tackles the most influential forces in a child’s early years: parents, teachers and the child’s own behaviors. Parents learn positive parenting skills, teachers are trained in classroom behavior management and the children themselves learn how to regulate their emotions and succeed in school. The nonprofit Invest in Kids is leading the implementation of The Incredible Years at 61 sites in the Denver area.

$1.47 Million to Support Home Visitation Programs

Home visitation programs give struggling parents the tools and support they need to raise emotionally healthy children. Yet the professionals who provide these services are often at risk for burnout and second-hand trauma. To strengthen their resiliency and minimize turnover, Community First Foundation is granting $1.47 million for the workforce development of seven nonprofits providing home visitation services. The grants, delivered over a period of three years, address our focus area of improving systems for mental wellness, and ensure our community’s families receive the best in evidence-based care.


Home Visitation Grantees

Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council


Jeffco Public Schools / HIPPY

Jeffco Schools Foundation / Parent Child Home Program

MSU Denver Foundation / MSU Denver’s Family Literacy Program

Mountain Resource Center

Roots Family Center

The Innovators Society

In 2016, The Innovators Society’s inaugural year, more than 500 community members were involved in a one-of-a-kind experience: community members helped select, coach and award $650,000 to nonprofits with innovative ideas to improve mental wellness. A year later, these nonprofits shared both quantitative and qualitative information about the progress of their innovations since receiving the grants. Each of the presenting innovators demonstrated a measurable impact on community mental wellness.

Community First Foundation’s program continues with the launch of
 The Innovators Society 2.0. This round focuses on reducing the stigma associated with mental illness. Once again, six nonprofit innovators were selected to participate in an accelerator experience that includes initial funding, rigorous coaching, hands-on workshops and the chance to compete for grant dollars at a public pitch competition.

The Innovators Society 2.0

Meet the Innovators

Community Members Power Innovation

At The Innovators Society 2.0 pitch competition 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 $450,000 in Community First Foundation grant dollars that would benefit their communities.

Nonprofit Innovators

Community Grant Awards

Apprentice of Peace $89,850
B.I.O.N.I.C. $110,050
My Quiet Cave $58,625
Open Labs $55,875
Young Invincibles $60,525
YouthRoots $75,075

Community First Foundation has strong roots in Jefferson County as a result of our history with Lutheran Medical Center. To honor our heritage, we look for funding opportunities that build strong community in this county.


Securing Access to Substance Abuse Services on the West Side

When Arapahoe House, Jefferson County’s only detox facility, announced
 they were closing their doors, Jefferson Center for Mental Health (JCMH) stepped in to fill the gap. With the help of a $170,000 grant from Community First Foundation’s Lutheran Legacy Fund, JCMH opened a new Withdrawal Management program and expanded services to include crisis walk-in services. In addition to detox, the withdrawal management program assists in increasing motivation for change so that ongoing recovery is possible.


$1 Million to Improve Community Health

Community First Foundation distributed $1 million in grants to 66 organizations addressing community health in Jefferson County. The Foundation used a holistic model of health that includes a wide range of contributing factors—such as social, emotional and economic health—as criteria for Improving Conditions of Community Health grants.

The grants address multiple focus areas: honoring our heritage in Jefferson County, strengthening nonprofits and promoting mental wellness. The following are just a few of the grant recipients.


Helping Vulnerable Coloradans Stay Warm at Home

Energy Outreach Colorado is the only nonprofit in the state that raises millions of dollars to help low-income Coloradans heat their homes. In addition, they advocate for affordable energy policies and help affordable housing facilities reduce energy costs. Community First Foundation’s grant helps fund the energy assistance they provide for Jefferson County residents.

Increasing Food Access and Community Resiliency

Sprout City Farms engages in urban agriculture to increase food access and community resiliency. “We believe in food as a connector of people, and build urban farms that serve as community hubs for connecting city dwellers of all ages and backgrounds to food, nature and each other,” said Meg Caley, executive director. Their programs include shares in community supported agriculture, community farm education and multiple farm stands. The Foundation’s grant helps support the operation of Mountair Park Community Farm located in Lakewood.

Empowering Teen Moms

Teen mothers typically have less than a one percent chance of ever earning a college degree. Hope House of Colorado is changing those odds. The Arvada-based nonprofit provides a variety of programs to help struggling teenage moms. The organization’s residential program offers a safe, stable home for moms and their children who are without homes or living in unsafe environments. Parenting, college and career programs help the young mothers become self-sufficient and nurturing mothers.


See Full Grantee List (PDF)



2017 Financial Overview


Cash and Investments

$ 406,268,340

Other Assets


Total  Assets



Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses


Grants Payable


Other Liabilities


Agency Funds


Total Liabilities


Net Assets


Total Liabilities and Net Assets

$ 411,118,381

STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES — For the Year Ended December 31, 2017


$       3,093,691

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

$ 374,159,174


Detailed Financials (PDF)



Board and Staff

2017 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

Elycia R. Cook
Executive Director

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

Joy S. Johnson
Community Advocate

Russell W. Kemp, Esq.
Ireland Stapleton

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

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

Ronald C. 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.
School of Education and Human Development
University of Colorado—Denver

Penfield W. Tate III
Kutak Rock LLP

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

Lynne D. Valencia
Board Vice Chair
Director of Strategic Partnerships

Christine Woosley
Senior Vice President
Chief Communicaitons Officer and Marketing
SCL Health

Welcome 2018 Board Members

Aaron Azari
Executive Vice President
Colorado State Bank and Trust

Lydia Prado
Director of Community Partnerships
The Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise

Gaye Woods
System Director of Community Benefit
SCL Health

2017 Community Committee Members

Aaron Azari
Governance Committee
Executive Vice President
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.

Lydia Prado
Community Impact Committee
Director of Community Partnerships
The Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise 

Malcolm Tarkanian, M.D.
Governance Committee and Board Alumni Committee
Arvada Eye Associates

Jodi Thomas
Audit and Compliance Committee
FirstBank Arvada

John U. Trefny, Ph.D.
Philanthropic Services Committee and Board Alumni Committee
President Emeritus
Colorado School of Mines

2018 Community Committee Members

Peggy E. Jennings, CPA
Audit and Compliance Committee
Audit Partner
Eide Bailly, LLP

Richard J. Klau
Community Impact Committee
Hajoca Corporation

Brian Larson
Audit and Compliance Committee
Regional President
Metro Denver First Bank

Lauren Larson
Community Impact Committee
Deputy Director for Operations
Office of the Lieutenant Governor

John Lischer
Philanthropic Services Committee
Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

2017 Staff Members

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

Lynda Ricketson
Vice President of Philanthropic Services

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

Kayla Arnesen
Director of Strategic Communications

Samantha Barlow
Communications Coordinator

Nathaniel Beck
Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Angela Bevacqua
Senior Communications Specialist

Valerie Brown
Meeting Space Administrator

Neelamai Chunlapak
Senior Accountant

Kelly Degering
Community Impact and Online Giving Administrative Assistant

Veronica Farrell
Philanthropic Services Specialist

Jennifer Griffis
Program Associate

Lynn Homenick-Malloy
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

Rebecca Olchawa Barker
Director of Philanthropic Services

Dana Rinderknecht
Director of Online Giving

Abigail Smith
Donor Support Specialist

Jenica Tomdale
Communications Coordinator

Tina Trela

Bryce Wilkinson
Senior Online Giving Specialist

Welcome 2018 Staff Members

Raymael Blackwell
Program Associate

Beth McConkey
Director of Communications

Emily Nightingale
Philanthropy and Communications Assistant

Nonprofit Endowment Partners

We are proud to help nonprofit organizations build endowments for future needs through 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 organization 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
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)
Clínica Tepeyac
Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation
Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education
Colorado Association of Funders*
Colorado Cancer Research Program
Colorado Children’s Chorale
Colorado Homeless Families
Colorado Humanities
Colorado Neurological Institute
Colorado Nonprofit Association
Colorado Preservation
Colorado Public Television (CPT12, PBS)
Colorado VNA
Community College of Denver Foundation*
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
Economic Literacy Colorado
El Centro Su Teatro
Escuela de Guadalupe
Families First
Family Tree
Friends of Chamber Music**
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
Grand Beginnings*
The Greatest Generations Foundation
The Greenway Foundation
Griffith Centers for Children
Jeffco Human Services Foundation*
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
Littleton Symphony Orchestra
The Lowry Foundation*
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 Heart**
REDI Corporation
Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation
Rocky Mountain MS Center
Rotary Club of Wheat Ridge Foundation
SafeHouse Denver
Seniors’ Resource Center
Sister Carmen Community Center
Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning*
Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center
Step Denver
Swallow Hill Music Association
Tennyson Center for Children at
Colorado Christian Home
Tesoro Cultural Center
Westminster Public Schools Foundation
White Rose Scholarship Foundation**
The Wildlife Experience
YMCA of Metropolitan Denver, Susan M. Duncan Family Branch

* Welcome New 2017-2018 Partners

** 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. We are honored to steward these resources to support donors and address community needs.

Learn About Donor-Advised Funds

Banko Family Fund
Best Should Teach Fund
David Bomberger Fund
Brennan Family Fund
Butterfield Family Donor-Advised Fund
Sam Cheris Charitable Fund
Valerie and Gilmour Clausen Fund
Coburn Family Fund
Collier Family Fund
Aliyah and Milani Cook Fund*
Felix and Margie Cook Fund
Dahl Family Donor-Advised Fund
Davis-Massey Family Fund
Fred, Janet and Lucas Doyle Donor-Advised Fund
Eicher Family Donor-Advised Fund
Family & Children’s Health Donor-Advised Fund*
Janet Fania Memorial Scholarship Fund
Franklin Fund
Gardner Azari Family 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
Joie de Vivre 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
Barbara E. & Robert J. Reilly Charitable Fund*
Ricketson Family Fund*
Vernon and Sharon Ritzman Donor-Advised Fund
Alan and Emily Robinson Donor-Advised Fund
Shean Family Fund
Keith and Alisha Stagg Fund
Susan Stark Fund*
Stevens Family Fund
Stevenson Fund
Storatz Family Donor-Advised Fund
Tarkanian Family Fund
Penfield W. Tate III Foundation 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 2017-2018 Donor-Advised Funds

Other Funds

Community First Foundation manages a variety of charitable funds to help members of the community connect with causes they care about. We are honored to steward these financial resources to energize giving and address community needs. The following is a sampling of restricted and unrestricted funds that received donation support in 2017.


Bonfils Blood Center Foundation Fund
Colorado Blood Cancer Institute Patient Assistance Fund
Colorado Gives Day Fund
Community First Foundation Unrestricted Fund
Do More Charity Challenge - Community Banks of Colorado
Francis Winston Collopy Endowment Fund
Project Angel Heart Fund
Spalding Community Foundation Family of Funds
White Rose Scholarship Foundation


We work with a variety of individuals, families and nonprofit organizations to help them power their passions—whether they wish to give today or in the future. We are grateful to the following people and entities that supported community in 2017 through a fund stewarded by Community First Foundation.


Robert Acker
Catherine Adams
Mary Alter
Kathryn Anderson
Kathleen Antony
Irma Badillo
Barbara Barker
Jeanne and Thomas Barta
Mary and John Beattie
Norman Bell
Hilary Bellew
Louann Benbow
Kathryn Boepple
Linda Boley
David Bomberger
William Bourke
Shirley and Larry Bradsby
Jill Bukowski
Karen Burgess-Kohn
Michele Burrus
Karen and Charles Byrne
Mauri and John Capps
Mark Carapella
Donald Carlson
Paula and David Carnes
James Carr
Connie Carson
Jackie and Frank Christiansen
Adrienne Clifton
Jared Coburn and Agnieszka Przeszlowska
Joanne Cohen
Frederick Damour
Christopher and James Davis-Massey
Karen Day
Kathleen Doyle
Diane Dunn
Penelope Evans
Thomas Fallows
Judy and Mark Fania
Nicole Farnham
Carla Fiant
Lois Fink
Everett Fitzgerald
Peter Florkey
Sandra Foss
Terri and Peter Fredin
Caroline Fuller
John Fuller
JoAnn and Joseph Furay
Torivia Gallegos
Cindy Garcia
Barbara and Paul Gibbs
Linda and Mark Graham
Helen Grinnell
Lorraine Gruber
Frances Haefele
Jennifer Haefele
Cheryl and John Haggstrom
Harriet Hall, Ph.D.
Erica and Mark Hammer
Lois Harrison
Andrea and Paul Havenar
Vaden Haynes
Thomas Healy
Linda Heider
Ben Hemphill
Maureen and Linden Herschberger
Nancy Hershner
Mary Hill
Darlene and Darl Hobson
Elizabeth Hogan
Jamie Holmes
Isabella Horsky
Janet and Paul Hoskins
Martha Houser
Teresa and Randy Howes
David Hula
Susan and John Jacobi
William Jansen
Mary Jo Jensen
Joy Johnson
Sue Ellen and Ronald Johnson
W. Kacena
Steve Kaeuper
Anahita and Russell Kemp
Carolyn Kemp
Debra Hershcopf Kennedy
Carolyn and John Klebba
Kim Kopczynski
Ronald Kornish, II
Jessica Kraybill
Janet and George Lang, Jr.
Kara Lang
Bonnie and Gregory Lavold
Ann Leahy
Sue Leever
Eileen Lepisto
Mira and Mitchell Levine
Frances Lipowitz
Sandra Long
Sally Lowe
Jackie and Fred Lunger
Lydia and William MacMillan
Julie Mangum
David Mannaioni
Peggy and David Marks
Shelley and Mark Marquez
Beth Martin
Barbara and John Martinez
Mary Kate and Timothy McCutcheon
Lindsey McFall
Evelyn and Neil McLagan
Mike McQuistan
Julia and Jonathan McVey
Marcia Mellick
Jean and Ron Meyer, M.D.
Jacqueline and Keith Molenaar
Christine and Terry Moreland
Lisa and Danny Morris
Janet and John Mulay
Joan Neighbor and Michael Glassman
Devin Nelson
Deborah Norton
Emily Oliver
Jane Olson
Michael Omeara
Charlene Orr
Robin and Stuart Pack
Jane and Fred Pampel
Joan and Hereford Percy
Juliana Peter
Elizabeth Phelan and Paul Smith
William Phillips
Shirley and Robert Pierce
Rose Pierro and Howie Wolf, M.D.
Christine and W. Kirk Pokrandt
Suzanne and Ron Polacek
Somchai Preeyaphanich
Carol Prescott
Marcie and Koger Propst
Patricia and Timothy Rafferty
Barbara and Robert Reilly
Henry Reynolds
Lynda Ricketson
Maxine Rizzo
Emily and Alan Robinson
Eldene Ronnekamp
Carol and Paul Rose
Alana and Jeffrey Rosler
Frances and Robert Rye
Myra Salzer
Debra and Daniel Sammis
Tim Sammis
Ann Sandell
Fran and Gary Sanden
J. Burkard and Pasquale Santaniello
Barbara and William Schneider
Ming Fang and Kerry Schrader
Lula Scott
Lorni Sharrow
Marriott Wieckhoff Smart
Janet Squires
Susan Stark
Mary and William Starker
Frank Swarbrick
Alan Switzer
Hermine and Malcolm Tarkanian, M.D.
Penfield W. Tate, III
Judy and James Taylor
Louise Thomas
Sheila Thompson
Nadine Timmons
Sharon and John Trefny, Ph.D.
Christine Trickey
Carla and Robert Urwiler
Lynne Valencia
Alyce and Dell Van Gilder
Sandy Vanderstoep
Sarah and Rick Vanderstoep
Ronald Villiotti
Charlotte and Larry Wagner
Marta and Dale Wagner
Peter Wall
William Wallace
Douglas Walliser
Lianne Walliser
Lois Walton
Nancy Pattridge Waring and Bruce Waring, M.D.
Mary Webber
Tammy and Mark Weiser
Linda and Thomas Welsh
Meloney West
Christopher Wheeler
Erin Wheeler
Virginia and Robert Wiepking
Marla J. Williams
Helen and Martin Wilson
Lorraine Wilson
Vickie M. Wilson, Ph.D.
Justin Wimbish
Toni and Larry Winkler
Christine Woolsey and Charles Paustian
Kezia Wong
Jane and Frank Wynn
Joan and David Young
Julie Zhuo and Hesheng Li
Janice and Mark Ziegler

Businesses and Other Entities

303 Software
2401 East Street, LLC
AJAX Holdings
Allstate - The Giving Campaign
AMG National Trust Bank - Helen Murray Charitable Trust
The Anschutz Foundation
Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund
Bonfils Blood Center
Bright Funds Foundation
The Comcast Foundation
Community Health Charities
Country Club Park
Deluxe Corporation
The Denver Foundation
El Pomar Foundation
Emerson Charitable Trust
JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation
Fidelity Information Services
Great West Life & Annuity Insurance Company
Greater Washington Community Foundation
HCA Caring for the Community
Hellenic Orthodox Community of Denver
The Hewit Charitable Trust
Highlands Ranch Metro District
Holland & Knight
Mile High United Way
Mountain West Series of Lockton Companies
NBH Bank
Neuromuscular Strategies
Stinson Leonard Street
VRW Revocable Trust
Vanguard Charitable
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Williams Family Foundation
Wonderful Giving
WSA Fraternal Life

Nonprofit Organizations

Audubon Society of Greater Denver
Aurora Mental Health Center
Carin' Clinic
Center for Health and Hope
Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation
Community College of Denver Foundation
Community Cycles
Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis
Dominican Home Health Agency
Friends of Peak to Peak
Hotel de Paris Museum
Jeffco Human Services Foundation
Jewish Family Service of Colorado
Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT)
Open Media Foundation
Outdoor Lab Foundation
PetAid Colorado
Pop Culture Classroom
Rotary Club of Wheat Ridge Foundation
Seniors' Resource Center
Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning
Swallow Hill Music Association
Tesoro Cultural Center
YMCA of Metropolitan Denver, Susan M. Duncan Family Branch


In 2017, Community First Foundation distributed grants totaling $59.9 million to support nonprofits in Jefferson County, the Denver metropolitan area and beyond. Of that amount, more than $49 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.

Grants Promoting Mental Wellness

Behavioral Health Integration in Pediatric Primary Care (BHIPP)

The following organizations each received $75,000 to support the second year of 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
KidsFirst Pediatrics
Montbello Family Health Center
Mountainland Pediatrics
Peak Pediatrics
Rocky Mountain Health Centers Pediatrics
The Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics
Salud Family Health Centers


Enhanced Home Visitation

The Enhanced Home Visitation grant initiative aims to improve the effectiveness of early childhood professionals delivering home visitation programming for families in the area of social-emotional development and to improve outcomes for children and families receiving home visitation services.

The following organizations received grants as part of our three-year grant investment to support home visitation programs in the Denver metropolitan area:

Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council
$75,000 to support activities related to the Enhanced Home Visitation grant initiative.

Family Star
$40,000 to support activities related to the Enhanced Home Visitation grant initiative.

Jeffco Public Schools
$45,000 to support activities related to the Enhanced Home Visitation grant initiative at the HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) program.

Jeffco Schools Foundation
$39,000 to support activities related to the Enhanced Home Visitation grant initiative at the Parent Child Home Program.

MSU Denver Foundation
$35,000 to support activities related to the Enhanced Home Visitation grant initiative at MSU Denver’s Family Literacy Program.

Mountain Resource Center
$38,150 to support activities related to the Enhanced Home Visitation grant initiative.

Parent Possible
$150,500 to serve as the lead agency of the Enhanced Home Visitation initiative.

Roots Family Center
$47,500 to support activities related to the Enhanced Home Visitation grant initiative.


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
$95,621 to support LAUNCH Together in Jefferson County.

Jefferson Center for Mental Health
$925,000 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.


Other Promoting Mental Wellness Grants

Assuring Better Child Health and Development
$100,581 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.

Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation
$70,500 for Project CLIMB in the Child Health Clinic to support practice transformation work to integrate mental health services into pediatric settings.

Denver Theatre District
$50,000 to support the installation and program elements of the Happy City Art Installation in 2018.

Invest in Kids
$85,000 to support the successful implementation of the Incredible Years program in Denver, Arapahoe, and Adams Counties.


Grants Honoring Our Heritage in Jefferson County

The following sixty-six organizations received grants totaling $1 million as part of our Improving Conditions of Community Health in Jefferson County grant opportunity:

A Little Help
$15,000 to support the Elder Services and Engagement Program in Jefferson County.

Accion Colorado
$15,000 to provide small business loans to underserved low-to-moderate-income, minority, and women entrepreneurs in Jefferson County.

The Action Center
$25,000 to support operations of the Shelter Program, and $24,125 to support the Jeffco Prosperity Project.

Arvada Community Food Bank
$15,600 to support the Feeding the Future program and Client Choice Food Pantry in Jefferson County.

Bessie's Hope
$12,050 to support the Youth & Elders program in Jefferson County.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver
$25,000 to support programming at the Jefferson County Boys & Girls Club.

Bright by Three
$25,000 to support the Bright by Text program in Jefferson County.

Carin' Clinic
$14,500 to support general operations.

CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties
$25,000 to support general operations.

The Center for People With Disabilties
$10,100 to support operations for individuals with visual impairment in Jefferson County.

Center for ReSource Conservation
$8,000 to provide training and educational support to teachers and students involved in environmental clubs in Jefferson County schools.

The Chanda Plan Foundation
$25,000 to support operations at the Chanda Center for Health in Jefferson County.

City of Lakewood
$5,800 to support the Lakewood School Improvement Program.

Colorado Conservatory of Dance
$2,884 to support four in-school residencies through Colorado Conservatory of Dance’s Title 1 partnerships in Jefferson County.

Colorado Homeless Families
$25,000 to provide support services for Homeless Families in Jefferson County through Colorado Homeless Families' Transitional Housing.

Colorado Lions KidSight Program
$9,650 to support Colorado Lions KidSight Program in Jefferson County.

Colorado Nonprofit Development Center
$3,615 to support Denver Regional Mobility & Access Council's Getting There Guides and Resource Referrals.

Colorado State University Extension in Jefferson County
$2,500 to support the Family Leadership Training Institute in Jefferson County.

Colorado Youth for a Change
$15,000 to support the Colorado Reading Corps Program in Jefferson County.

Community Educational Outreach
$2,600 to support the TASC Onsite Testing Program in Jefferson County.

The Conflict Center
$6,300 to support the Restorative Practicies Institute Program in Jefferson County.

Court Support Jeffco
$5,000 to support seven specialty courts in Jefferson County.

Denver Asset Building Coalition
$20,000 to support free tax preparation to low-income residents in Jefferson County.

Denver Indian Family Resource Center
$25,000 to support intensive case management services for Jefferson County families.

Denver Street School
$24,125 to support the West Campus in Lakewood.

Denver Urban Garden
$16,222 to support the Healthy Kids Healthy Neighborhoods: Jefferson County School-Based Community Garden Project.

Domestic Violence Initiative for Women with Disabilities
$5,300 to support individual and system advocacy for Jefferson County domestic violence survivors with disabilities and their families.

Dominican Home Health Agency
$14,550 to support the Jefferson County Wellness Clinics.

Edgewater Collective
$9,650 to launch the Jefferson Community Center at Jefferson Junior/Senior High School.

Energy Outreach Colorado
$25,000 to provide energy assistance and installation of energy efficiency products for residents of Jefferson County.

Energy Resource Center
$19,300 to support operations for energy efficiency improvements in Jefferson County.

Evergreen Christian Outreach
$25,000 to support general operations.

Family HomeStead
$14,500 to support the Zephyr property in Jefferson County.

Family Tree
$25,000 to support general operations.

$12,000 to support the GoFarm Local Food Share program in Jefferson County.

Gold Crown Foundation
$24,125 to support the Gold Crown Clubhouses in Jefferson County.

Griffith Centers for Children
$8,750 to support a full continuum of therapeutic treatment and academic services for boys, girls, and families from Jefferson County.

Hands of The Carpenter
$24,125 to support the Good Neighbor Garage Program in Jefferson County.

Harvest Mountain Ministries
$2,400 to reduce food insecurity among Jefferson County students from Title I schools.

Home Builders Foundation of Metro Denver
$10,450 to support the Home Builders Foundation Recipient Program in Jefferson County.

Hope House of Colorado
$12,661 to support general operations.

Institute for Environmental Solutions
$2,500 to support Institute for Environmental Solutions' Wheat Ridge Greenbelt Restoration and Environmental Education Network (GREEN) Project.

Jeffco Public Schools
$25,000 to support Jeffco Public Schools' Fostering Opportunities program.

Jefferson County Housing Authority
$24,125 to support the Smoke/Vape Housing Free Policy Initiative in Jefferson County.

Jefferson County Library Foundation
$24,125 to support general operations.

Jewish Family Service of Colorado
$25,000 to support Colorado Senior Connections in Jefferson County.

LifeSpark Cancer Resources
$2,000 to support the Lifepark Healing Buddies Program in Jefferson County.

Lighthouse Writers Workshop
$2,410 to support the Community Story Builder program in Jefferson County.

$10,000 to support the Activate 38: West of Kipling Project.

Lutheran Social Services of Colorado
$5,800 to support care management services for older adults in Jefferson County.

Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice
$25,000 to support Home Care, Hospice and Support Services in Jefferson County.

Mountain Resource Center
$25,000 to support general operations.

$24,125 to support financial coaching and education programs in Jefferson County.

My Quiet Cave
$9,650 to support the Overcome program and educational workshops.

Project Angel Heart
$25,000 to support operations of home-delivered meals in Jefferson County.

Ralston House
$25,000 to support general operations.

Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation
$11,200 to support the Patient and Family Assistance program in Jefferson County.

Savio House
$24,125 to support in-home services for families in the Family Integrated Treatment Court in Jefferson County.

Second Wind Fund
$9,492 to support operations for therapy services in Jefferson County.

Seniors' Resource Center
$25,000 to support operations serving older adult residents of Jefferson County.

SOS Outreach
$2,500 to support SOS Outreach's outdoor-based introductory programs for underserved Jefferson County youth.

Sprout City Farms
$8,400 to support Mountair Park Community Farm in Jefferson County.

The Women's Wilderness Institute
$2,450 to support the Girls' Wilderness Adventures Program in Jefferson County.

WorkLife Partnership
$6,216 to support the Health Literacy in the Workplace program in Jefferson County.

Young Invincibles
$20,000 to support the Healthy Adulting Through Health Literacy program in Jefferson County.


Other Honoring Our Heritage in Jefferson County Grants

Jefferson Center for Mental Health
$250,000 to support the expansion of Mental Health First Aid in Jefferson County, and $170,000 to support the Withdrawal Management program and relocation of the Crisis Walk-in Services program.

Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation
$10,000 for the final 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
$2,000 to support the Women’s Colposcopy Program.

Lutheran Medical Center
$385,027 to support charitable activities at Lutheran Medical Center.

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


Grants to Strengthen Nonprofits

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

Red Rocks Community College Foundation
$190,890 to support a project director, and $2,400 to support scholarships for the Nonprofit Pathway program at Red Rocks Community College.


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 $155,000 on contributions they made to their endowment funds at the Foundation in 2017.

Audubon Society of Greater Denver
Aurora Mental Health Center
Carin' Clinic
Center for Health and Hope
Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation
Community College of Denver Foundation
Community Cycles
Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis
Dominican Home Health Agency
Friends of Peak to Peak
Hotel de Paris Museum
Jeffco Human Services Foundation
Jewish Family Service of Colorado

Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT)
Open Media Foundation
Outdoor Lab Foundation
PetAid Colorado
Pop Culture Classroom
Rotary Club of Wheat Ridge Foundation
Seniors' Resource Center
Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning
Swallow Hill Music Association
Tesoro Cultural Center
YMCA of Metropolitan Denver, Susan M. Duncan Family Branch


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 more than $49 million to over 2,400 organizations through its year-round online giving website, Of that amount, more than $36.6 million was raised on Colorado Gives Day.

Donor-Advised Fund Grants

The Foundation stewards donor-advised funds that have been established by individuals, families, businesses and others. The following organizations received 281 grants, totaling more than $2.5 million, from our donor-advised funds.

4 Paws 4 Life Rescue

9to5 Colorado

ACLU Foundation of Colorado

The Action Center

Adaptive Sports Association

Adopt Colorado Kids

Alexander Dawson Foundation

Alpha Tau Omega Foundation

Alternatives Pregnancy Center

Alzheimer's Research Foundation, Fisher Center

American Cancer Society

American Diabetes Association

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Arvada Community Food Bank

Arvada Sunrise Rotary Club Foundation

Ascend Performing Arts

Assistance League of Denver

Attention Homes

Autism Society of Boulder County

The Bell Policy Center

Bicycle Colorado

Big Thompson Watershed Coalition

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church

Blood Systems, Inc.

Boron Bible Church

Boulder Shelter for the Homeless

Boulder Valley Women's Health Center

Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado

Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Bridge House

Canine Companions for Independence

Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods, Inc.

CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties

Catholic Charities and Community Services of the Archdiocese

Center for African American Health

Cherry Creek Theatre Company

Chestnut Hill Benevolent Association

Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society

Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation

Chinook Fund

Clean Energy Action

Clear Creek Land Conservancy

Clinica Tepeyac

Clothes to Kids of Denver

Colorado Cancer Research Program

Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust

Colorado Children's Campaign

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

Colorado Homeless Families

The Colorado Independent

Colorado Lawyers Committee

Colorado Mesa University Foundation

Colorado Neurological Institute

Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance

Colorado Outdoor Education Center

Colorado Public Radio

Colorado Public Television (CPT12, PBS)

Colorado School of Mines Foundation

Colorado State University Foundation

Colorado Vincentian Volunteers

Colorado Youth for a Change

Community Food Share

The Conflict Center

Denver Dumb Friends League

Denver Health Foundation

Denver Indian Family Resource Center

Denver Philharmonic Orchestra

Denver Rail Heritage Society

Denver Rescue Mission

Denver Urban Scholars

Denver Zoological Foundation

ECDC African Community Center

El Centro Humanitario de los Trabajadores

Energy Outreach Colorado

Equussential Education

Evangelical United Brethren Church (EUB) Trust Fund

Family Resource Center Association

Family Tree

Feeding Texas

First Baptist of Augusta

Fisk University

Food Bank of the Rockies

Food for Thought Denver

Foundation 1023

Foundation for African Medicine and Education

Freedom Hunters

Friends First

Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve

Friends of Chamber Music

Friends of Gueoul

Friends of the Haven

Friends of the Infant Parent Program

Geneva Glen Camp

The GLBT Community Center of Colorado


Golden Belt Community Foundation

Good Samaritan Medical Center

Graduate Teacher Program, University of Colorado Boulder


Gunnison Valley Health

Habitat for Humanity of Colorado

Hide In Plain Sight

Holt International Children's Services

Hope House of Colorado

HOPE-Homeless Outreach Providing Encouragement

Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Invest in Kids

Jeffco Schools Foundation

Jefferson Center for Mental Health

Jefferson County Library Foundation

Jewish Family Service of Colorado

Judge Memorial Catholic High School

Judi's House

Kansas Honor Flight

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

K-LOVE Radio Network

Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado

The Liberty Community Fund of Colorado at Community First Foundation

Loveland Rotary Club Foundation

Lutheran Medical Center Foundation

Matthew Shepard Foundation

Mental Health Center of Denver

Mental Health Partners

Mi Casa Resource Center for Women

Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice

Mount Sneffels Education Foundation

National Park Foundation

One Colorado Education Fund

Otis-Bison USD #403

Ouray County Food Pantry

Out Boulder County

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Parents for Peace

PFLAG Boulder County

Phoenix Multisport

Pinnacol Foundation

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Inc.

Plum Creek Community Church

Ralston House

Rangeview Community Free Will Baptist Church

Red Rocks Community College Foundation

Ridgway Chautauqua Society

Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation

Rocky Mountain Public Media, Inc.

Rocky Mountain Rett Association

Sacred Heart Monastery

Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation

Saint Patrick's Church of Elkhorn, NE

The Salvation Army - Intermountain Division

Seniors' Resource Center

Sense of Security

Sister Carmen Community Center

St. Andrew United Methodist Church

St. Augustine Indian Mission

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Starfish One by One

Steve's Club Denver

Sunflower Diversified Services

Swallow Hill Music Association

Tennyson Center for Children at Colorado Christian Home

Texas Baptist Men

Third Way Center

Trinity Lutheran Church


Two Angels Foundation

Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership

United Methodist Foundation - Rocky Mountain Conference

The University of Colorado Foundation

University of Nebraska Foundation

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Urban Peak Denver

USD 403 Otis-Bison

Vision Health International

We Don't Waste

Weehawken Creative Arts

Westminster Public Schools Foundation

The Wild Animal Sanctuary

Women's Bean Project

The Women's Foundation of Colorado

The Women's Wilderness Institute

World Vision

YMCA of Metropolitan Denver

Young Life

Young Musicians Foundation of Colorado

Zion Natural History Association

Other Increasing Generosity Grants

Junior Achievement – Rocky Mountain
$10,000 to sponsor the Philanthropy Kiosk at Junior Achievement Finance Park during the 2017-2018 school year.

Young Americans Center for Financial Education
$13,000 to support the Philanthropy Unit at Young AmeriTowne at Belmar during the 2017-2018 school year.


Other Community Grants

Community First Foundation stewards funds to which donors have contributed over time to help address community needs. The following organizations received grants from the Foundation’s pool of discretionary and restricted funds, totaling more than $120,000:

A Precious Child
ACE Scholarships
ACT on Drugs
AFP Colorado Chapter
Cancer League of Colorado
Canine Partners of the Rockies
Carin' Clinic
Colorado Association of Funders
Colorado Canyons Association
Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Colorado Nonprofit Association
Colorado Police Canine Association
Colorado Youth Outdoors Charitable Trust
Council on Foundations
CWEE: Center for Work Education and Employment
Davis Phinney Foundation
Emergency Family Assistance Association
Grand Mesa Little League
Groundwork Denver
Hilltop Community Resources
Jefferson County Good News Coalition
Junior League of Denver, Inc.
Kids Aid

Listen Foundation
Mesa County Fire Chief's Association
Metro Community Provider Network
Parker Task Force
Reading Partners
Riverside Educational Center
Rocky Mountain Brassworks
Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation
Rose Andom Center
Sacred Heart House of Denver
Second Wind Fund
Senior Support Services
Seniors' Resource Center
Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports
Step 13
Street's Hope
The Gathering Place, A Refuge for Rebuilding Lives
The Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance
There With Care
Via Mobility Services
West Chamber Serving Jefferson County Foundation
YWCA Boulder County