Coloradans donate $2 million to Aurora victims

Coloradans have donated or pledged more than $2 million through the Community First Foundation to the victims of the Aurora movie theater shooting.

Already about $200,0000 has been distributed from the Aurora Victim Relief Fund, a partnership started by Governor Hickenlooper and the Community First Foundation following the July 20 shootings in an Aurora movie theater.

The first $100,000 donated through GivingFirst.org, the Community First Foundation’s online giving resource for Colorado, has been matched by the Aurora Victim Relief Fund.

GivingFirst.org provides donors a safe and secure option of donating to the victim fund and 10 other Colorado nonprofit organizations serving the shooting victims and their families. Community First Foundation is not charging any administrative fees to administer the Fund or process these gifts.

“With these generous gifts, Coloradans continue to demonstrate that our community is defined by the good of many, not the evil acts of one,” said Marla J. Williams, president and CEO of Community First Foundation. “The matched funds will go to nonprofits directly serving victims and their families, and we are very happy we can get much needed resources to these organizations in a timely way.”

The 10 other nonprofits featured on GivingFirst.org that are supporting the victims and their families are: Aurora Mental Health Center, Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network, Mental Health America of Colorado, Bonfils Blood Center Foundation, Metro Crisis Services, Inc., Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, Community Reach Center, Jefferson Center for Mental Health, Safe2Tell, and Denver Center for Crime Victims. The list can be found here.