Colorado Gives Day: December 5, 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Support the work of Africa Development Promise on Colorado Gives Day Denver, CO (November 9, 2017) – Africa Development Promise invites Coloradans to support our efforts to boost women’s economic development and advance sustainable business in rural Rwanda and Uganda by donating to us on Colorado Gives Day, December 5, 2017.

Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. The event is powered by ColoradoGives.org, a year-round, online giving website. Search for our profile on the site and make your safe and secure donation in a few easy steps.

“We have begun building solar kiosks in Uganda, where where will sell solar products, and training, and capacity-building can take place,” says Monica LaBiche Brown, Executive Director of Africa Development Promise. “Our goal is to raise $5,000 this holiday season to furnish the kiosks with chairs, desks, computers, and other necessary items. We would also like to receive a share of the $1 Million Incentive Fund.”

$1 Million Incentive Fund
Community First Foundation and FirstBank each contributed $500,000 to create a $1 Million Incentive Fund, one of the largest gives-day incentive funds in the country. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated. For example, if Africa Development Promise receives 10 percent of the total donations made on Colorado Gives Day, Africa Development Promise  also receives 10 percent of the $1 Million Incentive Fund.
To increase awareness of our organization, we are creating a separate fundraising campaign through Colorado Gives Day to raise money to furnish the solar kiosks. With these kiosks, the women we work with will have a place to meet and conduct meetings or receive trainings on topics such as how to manage money, bookkeeping, how to practice modern agriculture, how to cope with climate change, and how to rotate crops.

Community First Foundation, a leading foundation dedicated to fueling the power of community to drive positive change, and FirstBank, Colorado’s largest locally owned bank, have partnered to present Colorado Gives Day for the past seven years. By making fundraising simple for nonprofits and giving easy for donors, Colorado Gives Day is one the most successful events of its kind in the nation. Last year, over $44 million was raised for Colorado nonprofits in just 24 hours. Since its inception in 2010, the movement has raised over $200 million.

For more information about Africa Development Promise, please visit www.africadevelopmentpromise.org. For more information about Colorado Gives Day, please visit ColoradoGivesDay.org. You can begin scheduling your donation now. Schedule your donation early!

About Africa Development Promise
Africa Development Promise understands that when women earn an income it has a positive long-term impact on their whole family — their health, nutrition, housing and education, which helps decrease levels of poverty. We work in Rwanda and Uganda to serve as a catalyst for economic development. We support rural women farmers by organizing and training them to build well-managed and profitable agricultural cooperatives.

About Community First Foundation 
Since 1975, Community First Foundation has been helping generous donors and innovative nonprofits come together to improve the quality of life and create positive change in Jefferson County, the Denver metropolitan area and beyond. We serve as a connector, partner, collaborator and resource to fuel the power of community for the greater good. We are proud to use our energy, leadership and trusted stewardship of financial resources to energize giving across our state, strengthen nonprofits, support donors and find new ways to address community needs. 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 700,000 customers. Since 2000, FirstBank has contributed more than $57 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.

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