LAKEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FirstBank, Colorado’s second-largest bank and third largest privately held bank in the nation, today announced the results of its annual community investment program. As of June 30, FirstBank has donated more than $2.1 million to nonprofit organizations across Colorado, Arizona and California, bringing its charitable donation total to $55 million since 2000.
FirstBank’s charitable contributions are grounded in several categories, including affordable housing, education and economic development. Their expansive giving approach benefits more than 450 nonprofits annually.
“Our commitment to charitable giving is a key part of our business philosophy,” said John Ikard, CEO of FirstBank.“We believe nonprofits play an essential role in advancing the communities we live and work in, and we’re dedicated to supporting them.”
Among FirstBank’s largest community investment programs is its sponsorship of Colorado Gives Day, an annual, statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Since its inception in 2010, Colorado Gives Day has raised more than $111 million for nearly 2,000 Colorado nonprofits, including $28.4 million in 2015. It’s recognized as one of the most successful “gives days” in the nation.
“We’re beyond grateful for FirstBank’s support of Colorado Gives Day and their commitment to supporting nonprofits throughout the state,” said Marla Williams, president and CEO of Community First Foundation. “They have left an indelible mark on the state’s business community and set an example for corporate responsibility locally and throughout the country.”
FirstBank has been named a “Partner In Philanthropy” for three years in a row and annually ranks as one of the most charitable companies in Colorado by the Denver Business Journal.
FirstBank operates more than 120 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 $55 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, go to www.efirstbank.com.
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