Community First Foundation

Location: 5855 Wadsworth Bypass Unit A, Arvada, 80003 CO

EIN: 51-0157964

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34Responsive31Builds relationships31Positive leader in the field29"Gets" nonprofits and issues27Friendly19Culturally sensitive19Openminded18Insightful16Gives more than money10Risk taker8Likes site visits

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Community First Foundation

Sep 24, 2020

Reviewer 8737 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Community First Foundation was so quick to respond in the midst of covid. Our nonprofit received funding that was bridge the gap of funding that was suspended or wasn't received from donors. The interview process was very smooth and our contact was great to speak with.

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Responsive

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Response from Community First Foundation

Sep 25, 2020

Thanks for posting a review. We're glad you feel our response during COVID has been timely!

Sep 23, 2020

Reviewer 4788 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Community First Foundation is incredible to work with!!! Their staff really cares!!! They work hard to help in more ways than just giving money! Like the saying goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime!” Community First is the latter!

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from Community First Foundation

Sep 25, 2020

Thanks for posting a review. Capacity building helps our nonprofits with long-term sustainability, which is so very important!

Sep 15, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Amazing group! I started the application during a very panicked time at the end of March during COVID. Had a couple of questions and was wonderfully redirected by a staff member. Appreciate everything that community first does in our community and they certainly helped us survive the early days of the pandemic.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Response from Community First Foundation

Sep 25, 2020

Thank you for posting a review. COVID has certainly presented challenges that nobody anticipated. We hear you when it comes to keeping grant applications simple and will do our best with future grant opportunities.

Sep 10, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

It is a great idea to start with an email to the contact listed on the grant to learn more about your qualifications and what you should focus your request on.

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Positive leader in the field, Insightful, Likes site visits, Responsive

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Response from Community First Foundation

Sep 15, 2020

We love your tip of reaching out to our grant contacts and welcome those conversations! Thanks for sharing!

Sep 10, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

As with any grant - have as many details available before you start the process. Not only details about your organization, but grant requirements, deadlines, etc.

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Positive leader in the field, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Response from Community First Foundation

Sep 15, 2020

Thanks for sharing your feedback and tips!

Sep 09, 2020

Reviewer 4045 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

This funder is highly approachable and willing to discuss overlap and alignment of prospective applications with their guidelines.

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Builds relationships

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Response from Community First Foundation

Sep 15, 2020

Jefferson County is home! Thanks for taking time to share your feedback!

Sep 08, 2020

Reviewer 7509 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Friendly and welcoming foundation. If you have questions I would not hesitate to call and get advice. I recommend to asked for the highest amount needed for they tend to issue less then requested. Likely because they are so great many look to this foundation for grant assistance.

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Positive leader in the field, Culturally sensitive, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Response from Community First Foundation

Sep 15, 2020

It's important to us that we are friendly and welcoming and we're glad this is your experience. Thank you for taking time to give us a review.

Sep 08, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Pick up the phone and call! Get to know your program contact and learn firsthand the priorities of the foundation. I found that the foundation was helpful and transparent about their focus and goals.

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Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from Community First Foundation

Sep 15, 2020

Communication is a priority for us! Thank you for sharing your opinions!

Sep 08, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

The staff at Community First Foundation is responsive and easy to work with. They respond quickly by phone or email.

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Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from Community First Foundation

Sep 15, 2020

Thank you for providing feedback!

Sep 08, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Pick funding opportunity that most aligns with what you do best.

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Sep 15, 2020

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