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OUR MISSION

B:CIVIC promotes and advances business philanthropy and community involvement for the betterment of communities across the State of Colorado.

OUR GOALS

  1. Develop a culture in Colorado where all businesses and business associations know that investing in the community is a smart, viable business strategy;
  2. Be a strong and effective voice showcasing and inspiring business engagement throughout Colorado;
  3. Increase the resources (including dollars, time, and in kind) invested by companies in support of local causes and community organizations;
  4. Serve as a strategic forum and meeting place to bring Colorado businesses of all sizes and levels of experience together to share knowledge and expertise about effective community engagement strategies and programming; and
  5. Create an enabling environment for collective impact so that businesses and community organizations can engage effectively together to address critical local needs.

OUR OFFERINGS

EDUCATION

We provide resources, events and materials to help enhance or develop innovative community involvement programs.  We facilitate best practice exchanges, bring innovative speakers to the table, and help business leaders find new ways to boost their philanthropic involvement for the good of the community and their business.

PEER CONNECTION & COLLABORATION

We offer formal and informal opportunities to network with other like-minded companies in our community to share successful community involvement philosophies, approaches, programs and partnerships.

There is more than one way

COLLECTIVE IMPACT INITIATIVES

We facilitate efforts for businesses of all sizes to work together to leverage impact. We’ll show you how to identify community needs, pool resources, give more efficiently, and work collectively to create real change where you care about it most.
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PROMOTION

We raise the public awareness of the positive impact of Colorado businesses in the community, individually and collectively through publication of our annual giving survey, press releases, social media posts, newsletter articles, and other means.

There is always more

OUR MEMBERS OVERVIEW

B:CIVIC members are from companies of all sizes from single shingles to Fortune 500 companies with more thousands of Colorado employees.  Having a diverse membership base is one of our goals.  We are committed to offering a wide range of programs that are of value and meet the varied needs of our members – from those just getting involved in the community to those that have long term and well established programs.

The charts below show the rough breakdown of our membership as of November 2014.  For the purposes of membership dues, we use the following distinctions based on the number of employees a company has in Colorado.

ENTREPRENEURIAL = 1-50 employees

SMALL = 51-100 employees

MEDIUM = 101-500 employees

LARGE = Over 500 employees

Chambers and foundations are a unique category that does not go by the number of employees.

42%

ENTREPRENEURIAL

6%

SMALL

22%

MEDIUM

25

LARGE

4%

CHAMBERS/FOUNDATIONS

OUR HISTORY

2 Percent Club logoB:CIVIC is born from the storied efforts of Denver’s 2% Club.  The 2% Club was an informal coalition of CEOs who agreed to support and promote charitable giving through their company, and to encourage other companies and executives to get involved in the community.  The 2% Club in Denver was modeled after the 5% Club in Minneapolis, later known as the Keystone Club, whose mission was to promote philanthropic giving in the community.

The 2% Club was started in 1990 at the Piton Foundation by three well known community business leaders: Bill Coors, Sam Gary and Jim Bye. These three outstanding gentlemen recognized the importance of business involvement and wanted to encourage others to experience the personal and business rewards of giving back to the community.  Later the 2% Club moved to be housed at the Adolph Coors Family Foundation and run by Foundation staff Sally Rippey and Jeanne Bistranin.

In 2009, before the economic recession, a group of Metro Denver business and foundation thought leaders met to plan the next generation of the 2% Club as a new organization that would be called B:CIVIC (Businesses Committed to Investing and Volunteering in the Community.)  In light of the recession, plans were put on hold until 2013.

In 2013, after a market research survey to asses the viability of an organization dedicated solely to business community involvement, it was decided to move ahead and found B:CIVIC as a Colorado nonprofit corporation and apply for 501(c)3 designation from the IRS. Please note: our 501(c)3 designation is currently pending and we will provide an update once the status changes. 

OUR GRATITUDE

B:CIVIC would not exist if it weren’t for the incredible support from the following companies and organizations:

  • The Denver Foundation generously provided seed funding and currently is B:CIVIC’s fiscal sponsor while we have applied for B:CIVIC’s 501(c)(3).
  • Fourteen companies and corporate foundations with a deep commitment to business involvement in the community worked together to serve as Founding Board of Directors and shepherd the development of B:CIVIC to meet the needs of companies of all sizes and industries. Their tireless support and top-of-the-line expertise is the foundation of our organization.

Demonstrate your company’s values. Be part of this exciting, rapidly growing network of businesses committed to actively improving Colorado communities as part of strategic business plans.