Community First Foundation

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

EIN: 51-0157964

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50Responsive44Positive leader in the field43Builds relationships41"Gets" nonprofits and issues37Friendly29Culturally sensitive29Openminded25Gives more than money24Insightful11Risk taker8Likes site visits

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Community First Foundation

May 24, 2022

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Easy to network with throughout the year.

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

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Response from Community First Foundation

May 24, 2022

Thanks for providing feedback. We work hard to "get" nonprofits because we're one ourselves! Glad your experience was a good one.

May 24, 2022

Grant Applicant - applied in 2021

The Community First Foundation is the most responsive funder that we have worked with. The website, webinars, videos, and written information help with understanding the process details. They are our favorite funder to work with!

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

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Response from Community First Foundation

May 24, 2022

We agree - Catchafire is an incredible resource for nonprofit capacity building! Glad to hear the webinars and communication helped with the grant process.

May 24, 2022

Reviewer 5493 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Attend their webinars and get to know their grant guidelines first. If you have any questions you can give them a call. They are very accessible to help potential grantees receive their awards.

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

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Response from Community First Foundation

May 24, 2022

Your feedback on simplifying the application is important. We'd love to hear your ideas more if you're willing to share. Email us at grants@communityfirstfoundation.org.

May 24, 2022

Reviewer 7509 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2022

Community First Foundation is compassionate and current with nonprofit needs. They are excellent at communicating and answering your questions.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Culturally sensitive, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from Community First Foundation

May 24, 2022

Meeting the needs of our local nonprofits is our priority. We wish we could fully fund everyone. 16 hours is a long time for a grant application. If you'd like to share ideas on how we can improve the process, please email us at grants@communityfirstfoundtion.org.

May 24, 2022

Grant Applicant - applied in 2022

They are definitely open to discussions and back and forth conversations about potential aligning projects and metrics. Don't hesitate to reach out and start a discussion!

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Positive leader in the field, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from Community First Foundation

May 24, 2022

Conversations are key to relentless listening. We welcome them!

Nov 02, 2021 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2021

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Positive leader in the field, Responsive

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Response from Community First Foundation

Nov 02, 2021

Thanks for your feedback! We try to be responsive so we're glad you felt we were. Congrats on your award!

Aug 31, 2021 1

Reviewer 8184 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Grant program contacts were very communicative and great to work with. We unfortunately were not funded, but it sounds like there were a lot of strong applicants for this program cycle (2021).

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

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Response from Community First Foundation

Aug 31, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. It breaks our heart when we can't fund all the applications and recognize that a broad RFP can make it challenging for applicants. RFP. We salute you for the great work you continue to do in our community.

Apr 06, 2021 1

Reviewer 5093 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Check their webpage! In my experience, they are timely with their updates and are a very friendly and approachable foundation.

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

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Response from Community First Foundation

Apr 12, 2021

Thanks for the feedback! The first step to building friendships is being approachable! We're glad this has been your experience with us!

Feb 17, 2021 1

Reviewer 6350 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

It's probably best to call or email and ask questions.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Friendly, Builds relationships, Responsive

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Response from Community First Foundation

Feb 17, 2021

Thanks for your feedback! We aim to be approachable so YES! We hope folks will call or email us with questions so we can listen, learn and look for connections!

Sep 24, 2020 1

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!

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