County folks donate $1.6 million in one day
That was about $554,000 more than the $1,087,325 that Boulder County residents donated to charities for Colorado Gives Day in 2011. The third annual charity giving day in 2012 was sponsored by Arvada-based Community First Foundation and FirstBank Holding Co. in Lakewood.
In Boulder County, 137 nonprofit groups received $1.3 million - the majority of the money raised - from the 2012 charitable giving day. In 2011, 97 local charities received $942,000.
In all, Colorado residents made about $15 million in donations to charities across the state on Dec. 4, about $2.6 million more than the year before.
FirstBank sponsored a $300,000 incentive fund for the 2012 event as well as prizes for participants. While the one-day event is finished, people still can donate online to local charities online at GivingFirst.org through the Community First Foundation.
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