Citywide Banks Gets Passionate about Supporting Colorado Nonprofits
By the Citywide Banks Team (Originally published in the Denver Business Journal, September 2013)
Leadership from Citywide Banks awards $25,000 to Dr. Randy Stith, CEO and executive director of Aurora Mental Health Center in the wake of 2012's theater tragedy.

All of us at locally focused Citywide Banks live and work in the Front Range. This is our community too, and we are passionate about seeing it thrive. As our bank celebrates its 50th Anniversary, some things have not changed, like our family ownership, our values, and our steadfast commitment to helping the Denver/Boulder community move forward. That goes beyond the financial needs of families and businesses. It means supporting our local nonprofits through corporate giving, employee volunteering, matching funds, in-branch promotions, special events, and even through the bank’s growing social media networks. Citywide Banks believes in building and making our communities stronger through economic development investments for revitalization to our underserved and distressed areas. These investments also provide employment opportunities which promote a strong economy.

During 2012, Citywide Banks contributed over $330,000 in charitable donations and sponsorships to nonprofit organizations. 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. Here are a few highlights from the year:

  • Provided $25,000 in response to Aurora Theater Tragedy, funding both the victims relief fund and preventative Mental Health First Aid training for local community leaders and business managers
  • $26,500 donated to 24 local nonprofits that were promoted in the banks’ Charity Hand-Up Contests that reached over 250,000 through Facebook alone
  • Raised $7,000 for two Denver children's charities at Citywide Banks Annual Golf Classic tournament
  • Donated $5,000 to Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network to provide mental health services to individuals in the community including low income individuals without health insurance
  • Donated $20,000 to Aurora Economic Development Council to promote economic development in Aurora
  • Donated $11,000 to Denver Health Foundation to provide health care services primarily to uninsured individuals
  • Donated 250 turkeys for Denver Rescue Mission's Thanksgiving campaign
  • Helped raise more than $23,000 for Denver's disadvantaged kids as the title sponsor for 2012 Colorado Golf Fundraising Tournament
  • Donated $3,000 to American Red Cross' fund for victims of 2012 Colorado wildfires
  • Presented free outdoor concert for Aurora community for the 26th consecutive year

During 2013, Citywide Banks is continuing its support of hundreds of nonprofits committed to to giving a ‘hand up’ to those in the Denver/Boulder community. Here are some highlights of past and upcoming community outreach campaigns in 2013:

  • Responded to the Arapahoe High School tragedy with $5,000 to Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network to support counseling for students, educators, and families
  • Lead sponsor for Spread the Warmth™ holiday campaign aimed at promoting acts of kindness
  • Donated $10,000 to Boulder nonprofit, Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA), to help Boulder flood victims
  • Raised awareness and contributing over $22,000 to 21 local charities in three Charity Hand-Up Contests
  • Helped Boulder's Holiday Star go green by funding significant upgrades
  • Donated $35,000 to Denver Health Foundation to provide health care services primarily to uninsured individuals
  • Provided $5,000 to help Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network and South Metro Health Alliance promote their Mental Health First Aid program
  • For the fifth year in a row, Citywide Banks was the lead sponsor with $35,000 for Mental Health America of Colorado’s annual fundraising Tribute event
  • Sponsored Arrupe Jesuit High School as the first school in state to participate in the nationally-recognized, EVERFI™ financial literacy program
  • Worked with the Colorado Golf Association as the title sponsor of the 2013 Colorado Golf Fundraising Tournament that raised $20,000 for programs aimed at helping disadvantaged kids in Denver
  • Raised awareness and $12,000 for the Gabby Krause Foundation’s Bags of Fun at the bank’s 2013 Annual Golf Classic tournament event and social media matching campaign
  • Helped raise more than $12,000 for Metro Crisis Services and its mental health crisis line as participating sponsor Hope Floats campaign

Whether it's responding to a crisis, funding a local cause, volunteering our time, or discovering another way to impact the needs of the Denver/Boulder community, Citywide Banks pledges to do our part in building a great community. For more information about our bank, please visit www.CitywideBanks.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

Check out other articles in this special section celebrating Citywide Banks 50th Anniversary, originally published in the Denver Business Journal.



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