Support ‘Rescued Animals Rescuing People’ at Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day

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Arvada, CO – Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado invites Coloradans to support rescued animals rescuing people by donating on Colorado Gives Day, December 8, 2020. 

Community First Foundation and FirstBank present Colorado Gives Day, an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. The event is powered by, a year-round, online giving platform. Donors can easily search for our profile on the site and make safe and secure donations. 

“Colorado Gives Day is one of our most important fundraisers of the year. Donations ensure our rescued animals are well cared for and animal assisted psychotherapy is available to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.” Says Dr. Linda Chassman, co-founder and executive director, “Our goal this year is to raise $17,000 as well as receive a share of the $1 Million Incentive Fund. This money will help prepare us to serve even more people in 2021. Colorado Gives Day is so important to us and our ability to serve the community.”

$1 Million Incentive Fund

Community First Foundation and FirstBank each contributed $500,000 to create a $1 Million Incentive Fund, one of the largest gives-day incentive funds in the country. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated. 

To increase awareness of our organization, we are working hard on ways to engage the community. An anonymous donor has even agreed to match the first $5,000 raised this Colorado Gives Day. This means that this year donations are twice as important and will have double the impact. We are also collecting videos from our donors about why they donate and who we are.

Community First Foundation, a leading foundation dedicated to fueling the power of community to drive positive change, and FirstBank, Colorado’s largest locally owned bank, have partnered to present Colorado Gives Day for the past eight years. By making fundraising simple for nonprofits and giving easy for donors, it is one the most successful events of its kind in the nation. Last year, $39.6 million was raised for Colorado nonprofits in just 24 hours.

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About Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado 

Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado (AATPC) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has been providing licensed and professional animal assisted psychotherapy sessions to the Denver-metro community since 2010.

Located on the Barking C.A.A.T. Ranch (Center for Animal Assisted Therapy) in Arvada, Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado operates as both a professional counseling center and a home for more than 30 rescued or re-homed farm and domestic animals. Each animal has its own story and personality, creating opportunities for clients to practice growth and change within the animal-therapist client relationships. The animals, professional therapists, and the urban ranch setting combine to provide a rich experience for clients with hands-on work that facilitates change. "It's the type of therapy that works often for whom others have failed." Describes one AATPC counselor.

About Community First Foundation 

Since 1975, Community First Foundation has been helping generous donors and innovative nonprofits come together to improve the quality of life and create positive change in Jefferson County, the Denver metropolitan area and beyond. We serve as a connector, partner, collaborator and resource to fuel the power of community for the greater good. We are proud to use our energy, leadership and trusted stewardship of financial resources to energize giving across our state, strengthen nonprofits, support donors and find new ways to address community needs. For more information, visit

About FirstBank

FirstBank, the nation’s third largest privately held bank, operates more than 115 locations in Arizona, Colorado and California and serves more than 750,000 customers. Since 2000, FirstBank has been recognized as a top corporate philanthropist and contributed more than $60 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, visit