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Community First Foundation

We are a leading community foundation that helps donors and nonprofits improve quality of life and create positive change in Jefferson County, the Denver metropolitan area and beyond.

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Staff

Part Time Staff:
0
Full Time Staff:
24
Contract Staff:
0
Volunteers Annually:
113
Retention Rate:
79%

Kelly S. Dunkin, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2019

Kelly Dunkin joined Community First Foundation as President and CEO in February 2019. Previously she worked for a variety of nonprofit, business and social impact organizations. These include 11 years at The Colorado Health Foundation in Denver, where she grew into the role of Vice President of Philanthropy, and 10.10.10, where she served as National Director. 10.10.10 is a project of Colorado Nonprofit Development Center and inspires entrepreneurs to solve 10 "wicked" social problems.

Kelly also served as a consultant for businesses, nonprofits and social impact startups as well as projects in Lima, Peru, where she developed her Spanish language skills.

Kelly's education includes a Bachelor of Arts in English from Miami University, an Elementary Education Licensure from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Cheryl Haggstrom, Executive Vice President
Start Date: 1997

Cheryl assumed the role of executive vice president in 2008 after serving as vice president development and COO at the Foundation since 1997. Her prior experience is in the area of quality improvement and risk management at Lutheran Medical Center, where she was employed for 15 years.

Cheryl served as a fellow in the Regional Institute for Health and Environment Leadership Training Program at the University of Denver. She is a graduate of the Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs, and a graduate of the West Chamber's Leadership Jefferson County program. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's degree in science and management from Regis University.

Kenneth R. Kirwin, Vice President of Finance
Start Date: 2008

Kenneth Kirwin joined the Foundation in December 2008 after serving as Controller/CFO for the Tennyson Center for Children. He has served in a financial capacity in the nonprofit sector since 1991 at organizations such as Denver Rescue Mission and New Ventures of Regis University.

Ken was raised in Colorado and received a bachelor of science in professional accounting and business administration/ finance from Regis University. He received an M.B.A. in finance at Loyola University in Chicago. He is a certified public accountant.

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
6
Term Length:
3
Term Limit:
3
Total # of Board Members:
18
Clients on Board:
Yes
# of Client Board Members:
18

Board Demographics:

Female:
9
Male:
9
Transgender Female:
0
Transgender Male:
0
Gender Other:
0

Black or African American:
4
Asian:
0
White:
12
Hispanic or Latino:
2
Multiracial:
0
American Indian or Alaska Native:
0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:
0
Other Ethnicities:
0

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

84%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

59%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

0%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

0%

Nonprofit completed the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Excellence in Principles & Practices Recognition Program?

No

Committees

Audit
Building
Community Investment
Executive
Finance
Governance
Investment
Philanthropy

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