Now in its second year, the event, which was extended by twelve hours after high Web traffic temporarily overwhelmed the foundation's online giving portal, GivingFirst.org, generated more than 52,000 donations for some nine hundred nonprofits — a 150 percent increase over the 20,000 pledges received in 2010. Almost half the donations made were either $50 or $100.
CFF and local businesses also awarded twenty-eight $1,000 "Bonus Bucks" prizes, while corporate sponsor FirstBank pledged to award twelve $5,000 "High Five" prizes and to match a portion of each individual contribution through the $300,000 FirstBank Incentive Fund; the winners of the award programs will be announced in January.
"The sky was indeed the limit this year," said Community First Foundation president and CEO Marla J. Williams. "The generosity and patience of Coloradans is overwhelming. We especially want to thank the donors who did not let the Web site issues diminish their outpouring of support for our Colorado nonprofits and thank the large number of new visitors to the GivingFirst site."