Incentive Fund

$1 Million Incentive Fund

This year's $1 Million Incentive Fund is made possible by Community First Foundation, FirstBank and other community members. It increases the value of every donation proportionally and is one of the largest in the country!

Here's how it works: If a nonprofit organization receives 10 percent of the total amount of money raised on Colorado Gives Day, that same nonprofit receives 10 percent of the $1 Million Incentive Fund.

At the completion of Colorado Gives Day, the Foundation will determine each nonprofit's proportionate share of the incentive fund by dividing the total amount each nonprofit raised by the total amount of money donated to all participating nonprofits. This amount is then multiplied by the total amount of dollars in the Incentive Fund.

Example 1: Individual Nonprofit's Amount Raised ($10,000) divided by the Total Amount Raised on CO Gives Day ($10,000,000) x Total Amount in Incentive Fund ($1,000,000) = Individual Nonprofit's Share of Incentive Fund ($1,000*)

* All numbers with the exception of the Incentive Fund amount presented in the examples are hypothetical.

Visit the Colorado Gives Day FAQs for details.

New in 2020, your company can support all of the nonprofits on ColoradoGives by participating as a sponsor of the Colorado Gives Day Incentive Fund! Colorado nonprofits need your help more than ever as they navigate the challenges of 2020. Community First Foundation and FirstBank have seeded the Incentive Fund with the first one million. You can amplify its impact with a generous contribution and increase the value of every donation made. Download the flyer.

Learn more about contributing to the Colorado Gives Day Incentive Fund.

Thank you to our 2020 Incentive Fund Sponsors! 

Coloradans know how to give, and they do it with enthusiasm each December on Colorado Gives Day. Last year, Colorado nonprofits needed your help more than ever as they navigated the challenges of 2020. The $1 million Colorado Gives Day Incentive Fund is made possible by Community First Foundation, FirstBank and generous community members like you to increase the value of every donation made during one of the largest giving days in the nation.

Community First Foundation strives to connect ideas, people and resources to create lasting community solutions. Since 1975, we’ve been dedicated to listening to all voices, sharing big ideas, and co-creating innovative strategies. We help donors with philanthropic planning, support nonprofits with grants and resources, and build resilient and thriving


FirstBank began providing banking services in Colorado in 1963. Today, the bank maintains more than $20 billion in assets and operates more than 115 branch locations across Colorado, Arizona, and California. FirstBank offers a variety of checking accounts, savings accounts, home equity loans, mortgages, and a full range of commercial banking services, including financing, treasury management and deposit accounts. Since 2000, FirstBank has been recognized as a leader in corporate philanthropy, contributing more than $65 million and thousands of volunteer hours to charitable organizations. The company is also unique in that a large portion of its stock is owned by management and employees, giving all employees a financial stake in the bank's success through its Employee Stock Ownership Program. For more information, visit

Philanthropic Partners


Gary Community Investments, which includes the Delaware public benefit corporation known as the Gary Community Investments Company and The Piton Foundation, invests in for-profit and philanthropic solutions for Colorado’s low-income children and their families. It was founded by Denver oilman Sam Gary with the belief that business and philanthropy can—and should—work together to create opportunities for those who need it most. Gary Community Investments is committed to investing in quality early childhood and youth development systems, expanding sustainable economic opportunities, and developing and supporting programs that create healthy family and community environments. By aligning all of our assets with our mission, we make creative investments that not only yield a financial return, but can also improve the lives of Colorado’s children.

Delta Dental of Colorado is the state's leading dental benefits company and a nonprofit company with a mission to improve oral health in Colorado.


Friends of the Fund


Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC is a Colorado commercial law firm with offices in Denver and Grand Junction.  Founded in 1926, the Firm is a full service commercial law firm providing legal advice to Colorado’s businesses, individuals and local governments on matters involving business, litigation, real estate, employment, environmental, energy, estate planning, special districts, tax, government relations and regulatory affairs, and intellectual property law.


The Denver Foundation is a community foundation that inspires people and mobilizes resources to improve life in Metro Denver. In 2019, the Foundation and its donors awarded nearly $97 million in grants. The Denver Foundation has three roles: stewarding an endowment to meet current and future needs for Metro Denver, working with community leaders to address the core challenges that face the community, and managing more than 1,000 charitable funds on behalf of individuals, families, and businesses.