Food Bank of the Rockies
Organizations serving seniors, youth, and people struggling with alcoholism and drug abuse are among the major recipients of $9.5 million in grants to nonprofits in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, announced this week by the Daniels Fund.
The Daniels Fund will award a projected $33 million in grants to nonprofits in 2012. Funding areas include: Aging, Alcoholism & Substance Abuse, Amateur Sports, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, K-12 Education Reform, Ethics & Integrity in Education, Homeless & Disadvantaged, and Youth Development.
In an astounding demonstration of support for Colorado nonprofits, donors from across the state contributed $12 million as part of Community First Foundation’s Colorado Gives Day 2011 — an increase of more than 40 percent compared to Colorado Gives Day 2010, which raised $8.4 million.
Individual contributions were received over an extended 36-hour period — 12 a.m. Dec. 6 until noon Dec. 7 — at GivingFirst.org. Donations ranged from $10 to $500,000. Almost half of all donations made were either $50 or $100.
Programs enhancing educational opportunities for youth and those providing services for the homeless and disadvantaged were among the major recipients of $5.7 million in grants to nonprofits announced by the Daniels Fund for the fourth quarter.
“These organizations set a high standard for excellence in serving people in need in Colorado,” explained Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund. “We are honored to support their efforts to make life better for people in communities across the state,” she added.
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