LAKEWOOD, Colo.--()--FirstBank Holding Company, the Lakewood-based holding company for the largest locally owned banking organization in Colorado, today announced the results of its annual community investment program. In 2012, FirstBank contributed cash donations totaling more than $4.6 million to more than a thousand nonprofit organizations across the state.
“Community involvement has been a hallmark of this company”
FirstBank has donated more than $40 million to area nonprofits since 2000, making it the most charitable financial institution in Colorado and among the five most charitable corporations in the state by annual cash donations, according to the most recent Denver Business Journal “Giving Guide.”
“Community involvement has been a hallmark of this company,” said John A. Ikard, CEO of FirstBank Holding Company. “We believe philanthropy benefits not only the individuals touched by these organizations, but it also contributes to creating a healthy business climate and economy. Supporting local residents and organizations is just the right thing to do and it will remain among our top priorities.”
A recent staple in FirstBank’s annual giving program is Colorado Gives Day, a one-day online initiative aimed at increasing philanthropy in Colorado. Since the effort’s inception in 2010, FirstBank has been the lead sponsor, donating $1.4 million to this effort over the last three years, including $600,000 in 2012. The initiative has raised more than $35 million for Colorado nonprofits.
In addition to Colorado Gives Day, FirstBank supports a wide variety of organizations and initiatives in Colorado with a focus on nonprofit organizations that promote affordable housing, education and economic development.
FirstBank operates more than 115 locations in Colorado, Arizona and California. FirstBank is the largest locally owned banking organization in Colorado, serving more than 600,000 customers.
Since 2000, FirstBank has contributed more than $40 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.