Ball Corp. touts its 2017 charity accomplishments

Technology and packaging firm Ball Corporation announced its philanthropic output in 2017, and the stats speak for themselves: 38,000 employee volunteer hours, $5 million in cash donations to communities that house its offices and additional in-kind donations for disaster relief. The company focuses on “four funding pillars:” recycling, disaster preparedness and relief, food security and STEM education.

Colorado cancer charities merge for bigger impact

Two big names in financial assistance for cancer patients announced they’re joining forces to maximize their impact. Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation and Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance, both of which provide money for treatments that can rack up individual costs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, have jointly distributed about $9 million to thousands of Colorado families to help offset those costs. The merger will mean a 50 percent reduction in overhead and administrative costs, freeing up more funds for philanthropy, according to the new charity, which will operate under the Ray of Hope name.

Colorado bank builds bikes for kids

The mortgage team from Colorado State Bank and Trust spent time at the Cesar Chavez Academy to help build bikes for second graders. The Wish for Wheels program helps provide bicycles to low-income families in an effort to promote social mobility and a healthy lifestyle. The CSBT team built 30 bikes.

$710K in scholarships awarded for non-traditional students

The Daniels Fund announced $710,000 in Boundless Opportunity Scholarship grants to 13 higher education and training programs in the state. The money will be used for scholarships awarded to veterans, GED recipients, former foster care youth and other non-traditional students. The Daniels Fund was created by cable TV pioneer Bill Daniels.

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2017 Largest Corporate Philanthropists

Ranked by Cash contributions to Colorado-based charitable organizations in 2016

Rank Business name Cash contributions to Colorado-based charitable organizations in 2016 1 Xcel Energy Inc. $8.21 million 2 FirstBank Holding Co. $3.8 million 3 Alpine Banks of Colorado $3.2 million View This List

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