B:CIVIC Member Spotlight: First Western Trust

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First Western Connects Day

Denver Volunteer dayIn October of 2014, Founding Board Member First Western Trust hosted its first annual volunteer day called FW Connects. In an effort to provide the most benefit on the day of service, First Western conducted a materiality assessment to identify the areas of focus that shareholders, associates, clients and members of the community felt were not only important to the business, but also key issues in the communities where they are located. The areas selected were economic development, support of the arts, and women and girls.

After conducting the assessment, 10 First Western teams partnered with various organizations within these impact areas on FW Connects.   First Western was able to provide 100 volunteers across 3 markets and donated more than $35,000 to their partner organizations.

Some of the organizations that First Western partnered with were Ground Work Denver, Warren Village, and the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. First Western looks forward to continuing this practice each year and making an impact in the communities they serve.

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B:CIVIC Member Spotlight: B-Lab

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B-Lab Inspires Tech Companies to Make an Impact With B Bold! Event

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On a snowy Wednesday earlier this month, B-Lab held an event in conjunction with Rally Software in Boulder to share information on how tech companies can focus on impact and win in the marketplace. Four panelists offered their unique perspectives on why using business as a force for good can ultimately benefit employee engagement, public perception and the bottom line of tech companies, and how Benefit Corporations are shaking up the tech market and attracting major attention from the VC world.

The following individuals spoke on the panel:

  • Ryan Martens, Founder and CTO at Rally Software, Founder and Chairperson at Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado
  • Seth Levine, Managing Director at Foundry Group
  • Kat Rhodes, Director of Corporate Marketing at Simple Energy
  • Matthew Elliott, Partner and UX Humanitarian at Super Humane

Panelists spoke to a full room of engaged and inspired attendees who had the opportunity to ask questions afterwards. Every attendee also received a B Lab Handbook to begin applying lessons they learned immediately.

The week after this event, B-Lab held a Hackathon to help any attendees who were interested in becoming a B Corp begin the application process to join the ranks of more than 1,000 companies redefining success in business.

Learn more about B-Lab and its mission at www.bcorporation.net.

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B:CIVIC Member Spotlight: Davis Graham & Stubbs

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B:CIVIC Founding Member Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP (DGS) celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and they’ve announced that the milestone calls for 365 days of good! The company has dubbed 2015 the “Year of 100 Good Deeds” (Y100) and its team is completing a wide array of projects that benefit the community. These projects were nominated by DGS attorneys and staff, ensuring a strong level of interest and engagement with the efforts.

y100logoWhile the firm has traditionally focused its community involvement efforts on generous financial contributions, it’s widening the giving scope with Y100 by also coordinating volunteer projects and providing pro bono legal services. Check out the full list of planned partnerships here.

“Service to the community is one of the firm’s core values,” said Kenzo Kawanabe, chair of the Y100 Committee, in a press release. “It was a standard set by the founding partners at the firm – and it is a standard that our attorneys and staff strive to continue today with pro bono legal services, community board memberships, volunteer projects, and civic involvement.”

Learn more about Y100 here and track the company’s progress throughout the year! Starting off 2015 with a bang, their team has already supported Colfax Community Network, Adopt Colorado Kids and The Denver Foundation.

B:CIVIC Member Spotlight: Level 3 Communications

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Level 3 Cares

B:CIVIC Founding Member Level 3 Communications sets an example in Colorado and across the country with its community involvement efforts. Through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, Level 3 Cares, the company strives to connect its volunteers to an organization that meets their volunteer expectations, while ensuring their valuable time L3supports local communities in creative and rewarding ways.

Level 3 strongly encourages teams to volunteer together as a way to strengthen team camaraderie and foster a culture of giving back. One of Level 3’s signature volunteer programs, Everyone Deserves a Cookie, was designed to fill a gap identified by the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. Level 3 volunteers go into their kitchen and personally make desserts the shelter’s guests can enjoy that evening. Since the launch of this program in May, Level 3 has sent nine small groups to volunteer their time and bake cookies, serving approximately 1,800 people.

This program not only provides a bit of home-baked goodness to the shelter’s guests, but also provides Level 3 volunteers a tangible way to do good.


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