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The Innovators Society

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

General population

Description

The Innovators Society, a program of Community First Foundation, invests in promising, but not yet proven, nonprofit innovations to increase awareness and change perceptions of mental health. We engage a network of committed nonprofit innovators, community leaders and community investors to accelerate new solutions for mental wellness.

The Innovators Society selects nonprofit innovators to participate in an accelerator experience that includes initial funding, rigorous coaching, hands-on workshops and the chance to compete for more grant dollars in a pitch competition (Community Pitch Showdown). At the event, community leaders are empowered to award $450,000 in Community First Foundation grant dollars among the innovators to accelerate their innovations. After a period of high-impact coaching, one commendable nonprofit is chosen to receive a $50,000 grand prize.

We have supported 12 nonprofit innovations.

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Evidence of Program's Success

2016 was the inaugural year of the program. Surveys indicated positive results regarding community engagement and understanding of Community First Foundation.

The last pitch scrimmage event took place on August 30th with over 40 community members present to provide feedback and encouragement to the nonprofit innovators. The scrimmage allowed each of the nonprofit innovators to present three times during the afternoon.

Participants were surveyed at the end of the scrimmage to rate on a scale of 1 (low satisfaction) to 5 (high satisfaction) their experience with The Innovators Society by responding to the following topics:

- Community First Foundation's investment in The Innovators Society is amplifying community engagement and awareness of mental wellness in the Denver metropolitan area. Average Score: 4.32 of 5

- Community First Foundation is taking an innovative approach to grantmaking through The Innovators Society. Average Score: 4.82 of 5

- For the six nonprofit innovators, The Innovators Society is successfully leveraging more than what a grant alone could have accomplished. Average Score: 4.72 of 5

- I feel engaged in The Innovators Society's purpose and the purpose of Community First Foundation.
Average Score: 4.66 of 5

- This workshop and pitch scrimmage enhanced the nonprofit innovators' organizational capacity and ability to present their concept. Average Score: 4.75 of 5

Endowment-Building Incentive Grant Program

Class

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

For more than a decade, Community First Foundation's endowment-building programs have helped local nonprofits secure their future. Endowments provide numerous benefits for nonprofit organizations. In addition to helping your organization secure its financial future, endowments provide steady revenue to help weather the fluctuations of other funding sources. Endowments also appeal to donors by providing a vehicle for their legacy gifts and reinforcing your commitment to the future.

The 2019 Incentive Grant Program is designed to stimulate endowment-building and encourage our Nonprofit Endowment Partners to invest for the future needs of their organizations. There are two grant opportunities:

Choice Incentive Grant
Offers a $50,000 grant for a minimum of $500,000 contributed to an endowment at the Foundation.

Premier Incentive Grant
Offers a $100,000 grant after $1 million in contributions are made to an endowment at the Foundation.

For more information, contact Philanthropic Services at philanthropy@CommunityFirstFoundation.org or at 720.898.5900.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In addition to the number of nonprofits that apply for our Incentive Grants Program, these organizations report that an endowment increases their stability, credibility and financial health. We currently manage the endowments of more than 100 nonprofits.

"For many years Adam's Camp has worked toward establishing an endowment fund that will secure our future. Community First Foundation opened the door," said Karel Horney, executive director of the nonprofit Adam's Camp.

ColoradoGives

Class

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified
Other Named Groups

Description

ColoradoGives.org is a year-round, online giving website featuring more than 2,500 Colorado nonprofit organizations. Made possible by Community First Foundation since 2007, ColoradoGives.org encourages charitable giving by providing comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information about Colorado nonprofits and an easy way to support them online. Colorado Gives Day 2019 is our 10th anniversary!

The ColoradoGives program helps Colorado nonprofits increase visibility and receive donations online through ColoradoGives.org.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Online giving through ColoradoGives.org has grown exponentially since its launch in 2007 that brought in $681,000 in online donations for 60 organizations. Since that time, people have donated more than $296 million for Colorado nonprofits through ColoradoGives.org. This includes $35.3 million raised on Colorado Gives Day 2018.

Key aspects of this profile information have been reviewed by Community First Foundation staff. Each organization is exclusively responsible for the content that appears on the profile page. Community First Foundation offers general guidance as to the purpose of each area but does not require or encourage charities to include anything in particular in each section.