Pueblo Community College Foundation Teams with Colorado Gives; a 24-Hour Period of Philanthropy!

The Pueblo Community College Foundation is be honored to be associated with Colorado Gives; a initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through an organized online giving event.  

On Tuesday, December 9, fifteen hundred Colorado nonprofit organizations  will be banding together and soliciting their donors with the intent of raising much-needed funding for their programs of work.  

"The PCC Foundation is most honored to have been accepted within the 2014 Colorado Gives campaign," explains PCC Foundation Board President Sharon Swerdfeger.  "As such, we are asking each of our donors to consider making a year-end tax-deductible donation to the Pueblo Community College Foundation on Tuesday, December 9.  Funds donated will be directed to support any one of the Foundation's initiatives including:

  • The student scholarship program, which provides over $250,000 in scholarship awards to deserving PCC students.
  • Programs of academic excellence, with the intent of assisting current college programs and the initiation of new college programs which are not funded by the State's General Fund.
  • The Foundation's Helping Hands programs which lends immediate financial assistance to those PCC students who are facing financial distress.
  • The PCC Student Pantry which provides non-perishable food items and hygiene products to PCC students who are financially struggling.
  • Funding to help in Furnishing the Fremont Student Commons addition which will be completed by year's end and will need the furniture to help complete this campus renovation.
  • the Furnish Fremont Student Commons campaign 
  • To help with other initiative via the "Greatest Need" donation option.

"Each and every donation made on December 9 or thereafter will have a tremendous impact on how the PCC Foundation will proceed in lending assistance to Pueblo Community College during the coming year," explains Swerdfeger.

Colorado Gives offers Pueblo Community College the opportunity to secure online donations without having any fee assessed to the donor and/or the Foundation.  Thanks to the partnership between Community First Foundation and FirstBank there are no credit card fees assessed to participating nonprofit organizations.  "This is a huge benefit to the PCC Foundation," explains Swerdfeger.  

The PCC Foundation would be most honored if you would consider making a donation to one of our many funding initiatives on Tuesday, December 9.  

To find out more about our Foundation and our funding initiatives, please visit our Colorado Gives webpage at https://www.coloradogives.org/PuebloCommunityCollegeFoundation/overview

About Colorado Gives

Community First Foundation, an Arvada-based foundation dedicated to increasing community generosity, and FirstBank, Colorado's largest locally-owned bank, have joined together to present the fifth consecutive Colorado Gives Day, an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.  


The 2014 Colorado Gives Day will take place on Tuesday, December 9.

Donors are being encouraged to join the Colorado Gives movement and "give where you live" in an effort to raise millions of dollars for Colorado nonprofits.


Colorado Gives Day is powered by ColoradoGives.org, a year-round, online giving website featuring nearly 1,500 Colorado nonprofit organizations.


Community First Foundation and FirstBank have partnered to present Colorado Gives Day since 2010. In addition to raising money, Colorado Gives Day raises awareness of the state's nonprofit sector, unites Coloradans in a common goal to strengthen the state's nonprofits, and educates communities on the benefits of online giving by making fundraising simple for nonprofits and easy for donors. 


To date, the program has distributed $58.1 million to Colorado nonprofits ($8.7 million in 2010, $12.8 million in 2011, $15.7 million in 2012 and $20.9 million in 2013). Colorado Gives Day is one of the most successful events of-its-kind in the nation.


New This Year - $1 Million Incentive Fund

To motivate donors to give on Colorado Gives Day, Community First Foundation and FirstBank partnered to create a $1 Million Incentive Fund. The incentive fund, one of the largest giving-day incentive funds in the country, proportionally increases the value of every dollar donated. For example, if a nonprofit organization receives 10 percent of the total donations made on Colorado Gives Day, that same nonprofit receives 10 percent of the $1 Million Incentive Fund. The 2014 Incentive Fund is 300 percent larger than last year. 

"A $1 Million Incentive Fund is a very exciting way to boost generosity among Coloradans and support the nonprofit organizations in our state," said Marla J. Williams, president and CEO of Community First Foundation. "We are proud of Colorado Gives Day and grateful to the hardworking nonprofits and generous donors who turn a single 24-hour period into a huge community benefit.

"We are proud to continue to support Colorado Gives Day, especially as it has grown to be the state's largest online giving event," said John Ikard, CEO of FirstBank Holding Company. "Thanks to the enthusiastic participation of our citizens, Colorado Gives Day has become more than just a day. It is a movement that inspires and unites thousands of donors to support Colorado nonprofits."


Thanks to FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day also offers nonprofits the opportunity to win cash prizes to support their worthwhile causes. An additional $100,000 will be distributed to nonprofits through a Luck-of-the-Draw process.


About Community First Foundation

For nearly 40 years, Community First Foundation has been bringing donors and nonprofit organizations together. We offer financial support and educational opportunities to strengthen nonprofits. We also fund community programs, inspire philanthropy and assist individuals and businesses with charitable giving. ColoradoGives.org, our year-round, online giving website, has raised more than $81 million for Colorado nonprofits since 2007. We are the proud recipient of the 2013 National Philanthropy Day in Colorado Outstanding Foundation award. For more information, visit CommunityFirstFoundation.org


About FirstBank

FirstBank operates more than 115 locations in Colorado, Arizona and California. FirstBank is the largest locally owned banking organization in Colorado, serving more than 650,000 customers. Since 2000, FirstBank has contributed more than $45 million and thousands of volunteer hours to charitable organizations. FirstBank is unique in that a majority of its stock is owned by management and employees. For more information, visit efirstbank.com


For more information on the 2014 Colorado Gives Day go to www.coloradogives.org.



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