The Denver Business Journal recently released its list of top corporate donors to Colorado-based charities. Citywide Banks again made the top 20, coming in at 18 on the list that included many larger corporations. During 2012, Citywide Banks contributed over $330,000 to nonprofits in Boulder, Denver, & the Front Range. This doesn’t include the hundreds of hours that employees spent volunteering on boards and committees, performing pro bono financial services, and participating in fundraising campaigns. The local, family owned bank has made community outreach to Front Range nonprofits a prominent core value since it opened its first branch 50 years ago.
“All of our ownership, leadership, and employees live and work here,” commented Kevin Quinn, president and CEO of Citywide Banks. “We recognize and value the passionate work being done by our local charities. Our focus will continue to be on supporting those organizations that help to move our local community forward.”
Community Outreach in 2013 Continues 50-Year Tradition
Here are a few highlights from the current year’s outreach activities:
- Lead sponsor for Spread the Warmth™ campaign aimed at promoting acts of kindness this holiday season
- Donating $10,000 to EFAA to help Boulder flood victims
- Helping Boulder’s Holiday Star go green with significant upgrades
- Contributing over $22,000 to 21 local charities in social media contests
- Donating $35,000 to Denver Health Foundation to provide healthcare to local uninsured
- Providing $5,000 to help ADMHN and South Metro Health Alliance promote their
Mental Health First Aid program
- Lead sponsor with $35,000 for Mental Health America of Colorado’s annual fundraising event
- Sponsoring Arrupe Jesuit High School as the first school in state to participate in EVERFI™ financial literacy program
- Title sponsor of the 2013 Colorado Golf Fundraising Tournament that raised $20,000 for programs aimed at helping disadvantaged kids in Colorado
- Raising more than $12,000 for the Gabby Krause Foundation’s Bags of Fun at bank’s 2013 Annual Golf Classic tournament event and social media matching campaign
- Helping to raise awareness and $12,000 in funds for Metro Crisis Services
DBJ List of Top 25 Corporate Philanthropists
Check out the full list with much more detail at http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/subscriber-only/2013/11/29/corporate-philanthropists.html
||Contributions to Colorado-based charities in 2012
||Xcel Energy Inc.
||Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
||FirstBank Holding Co.
||Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.
||PCL Construction Enterprises Inc.
||DaVita Healthcare Partners
||CoBiz Financial Inc.
||SM Energy Co.
||American Furniture Warehouse
||Bank of the West
||TeleTech Holdings, Inc.
||Haselden Construction LLC
||Shortline Automotive Inc.
||Global Technology Resources Inc.
||Sun Construction and Design Services Inc.
||Mike Shaw Automotive
||KEW Realty Corp.
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