'Colorado Gives Day' Extended After Technical Glitches

Cash Prizes To Be Continued And Counted Through Noon Wednesday

Colorado Gives Day has been extended until noon Wednesday, due to technical difficulties and high traffic on the website GivingFirst.org, according to spokeswoman Caitlin Jenney.

She said that contributions would continue to be counted toward Bonus Bucks (drawn every hour) and High Five prizes.

"We want to ensure that every generous, passionate donor who wants to support a nonprofit today can so we are extending Colorado Gives Day by 12 hours," said Marla J. Williams, president and CEO of Community First Foundation. "We so appreciate the patience of donors and nonprofits and we do not want the website issues to interfere with the generosity of the public."

The organization set up an email box for donors who didn't receive an email confirmation receipt of their gift. Donors can sent emails to verifiedgift@communityfirstfoundation.org with their last name, approximate time of the donation, the amount, the method of donation (credit card or e-check) and the nonprofit donated to.

Community First Foundation is an Arvada based foundation that works to improve the quality of life in the Denver Metro area by increasing community generosity and involvement.

Colorado Gives Day was created in 2010 as an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. The inaugural Colorado Gives Day surpassed the original goal of $1 million, with Coloradans donating $8.4 million online for 529 local charities. An Incentive Fund contribution of $320,000 by FirstBank brought the total to $8.7 million.

Donations through 6 p.m. Tuesday totaled about $7.8 million.

Nearly 900 nonprofits are participating in Colorado Gives Day 2011. Similar to last year, processing fees will be covered by Community First Foundation, FirstBank and local foundations so that 100 percent of Colorado Gives Day donations go directly to the participating nonprofits.

To donate, please visit www.GivingFirst.org/COGivesDay.

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