ColoradoGives – Information To Get You Started

What is ColoradoGives?

ColoradoGives is a program of Community First Foundation, a leading community foundation that helps donors and nonprofits improve quality of life in Jefferson County, the Denver metropolitan area and beyond. ColoradoGives encourages charitable giving by providing comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information about local nonprofits and a fun, easy way to support them online.

The program centers around, a year-round online giving website featuring profiles of more than 2,000 Colorado nonprofits. It is also the platform for Colorado Gives Day. To create a nonprofit profile and join the website, please follow the directions below.

2017 Enrollment Period
March 1 – July 31, 2017

How to Enroll
Ensure your organization satisfies the eligibility requirements below.

Review the Overview of Process to Create a Profile.  We encourage you to go to and take a look at any organization’s profile.  They are very comprehensive and it takes TIME to pull it all together – especially the first year.

Register for an Intro Webinar below during the March through July 2017 enrollment period.

Intro Sessions
Choose a date below and click here to register for a one-hour webinar. You will learn about the features of, how to make the most of the site, the online donation process, third-party fees, next steps to join and more.

June 13 at 9 a.m.

June 29 at 1 p.m.

July 11 at 9 a.m.

July 27 at 1 p.m.

July 31 at 3 p.m. – FINAL WEBINAR OF 2017

Eligibility Requirements

To participate in the ColoradoGives program, an organization must be:
·         A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization

·         Headquartered or providing services with a physical office in Colorado

·         Reporting at least one previous year of financials with $50,000 in annual revenue or $25,000 in net assets as shown on a 990, 990EZ, third-party audit, third-party review or third-party compilation

·         Registered with the Secretary of State with:

·         A valid Certificate of Registration

·         A valid Certificate of Good Standing

The  following are not eligible to participate:

·         Private foundations (filing a 990PF)

·         Supporting organizations (charity status of 509(a)(3))

·         Public safety organizations (charity status of 509(a)(4))

If you have questions about these eligibility requirements please send an email to ColoradoGives or call us (720.898.5900).

*Note: Community First Foundation reserves the right to decline to permit any organization to participate in the ColoradoGives program at any time, for any reason, in its sole discretion.

Third-Party Processing Fees

Third-party vendors charge credit card and electronic check processing fees when donors make online gifts to nonprofit organizations. Two percent of each donation helps to cover these fees and ensures the program’s long-term sustainability. The two percent third-party processing fee is one of the lowest in the country and the most cost effective way to fundraise online. We are happy we can continue to make these programs available to Colorado nonprofits without any set-up charges or monthly maintenance fees.

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