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 Donations ranged from $10 to $500,000. Almost half of all donations made were either $50 or $100.

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, November 24, 2009 — Kids in Distress (KID) has announced that this year's KIDS Inlet Challenge will be led by pro cyclist Tom Danielson and presented by Zimmerman Advertising's zMotion Foundation. It is anticipated that the ride, which will take place on December 6, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, will draw more than 1,200 cyclists, making it KID's largest cycling event yet.

Edwards, Colorado, August 17, 2009 — Roundup River Ranch has been awarded a $1 million grant from Hole in the Wall Camps Foundation to assist with its mission of building a camp for children with life-threatening illnesses. “This grant signifies dedication from the Hole in the Wall Foundation in assisting Roundup River Ranch to move to the next level of sustainability for future operations,” said Alison Knapp, Founder and Board Chair of Roundup River Ranch. “The grant also provides great momentum for us to complete the capital campaign and bring us that much closer to breaking ground this fall.”

July 31, 2009, The Wall Street Journal — When the endowment chief of the University of Colorado joined boutique Wall Street firm Perella Weinberg Partners earlier this month, he didn't show up empty-handed: The school's entire $825 million endowment came with him.

Washington, D.C., July 28, 2009 — Today Independent Sector kicked off an innovative, collaborative initiative focused on strengthening the future of America’s 1.4 million charitable organizations. Drawing on people with wide-ranging nonprofit expertise, this effort is designed to empower individual organizations and the charitable sector as a whole to make a greater impact on lives and communities.

July 23, 2009 — GreatSchools, the national education nonprofit that 35 million people turn to in order to find the right school and support their children’s education, today announced the launch of The Great Parents Pledge, a social media initiative that encourages parents to commit to greater involvement as they prepare for the Back to School season.

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