“For nearly 60 years we’ve operated by a simple philosophy: “banking for good.” We believe if you do good, good things will happen, and that’s something we’ve stuck by since day one. Good means investing in our communities, putting our people first and helping our customers get the resources needed to succeed and grow.” – Dave Portman, Market President
FirstBank is the largest locally owned banking organization in Colorado, serving over 850,000 customers. What started as one location in Lakewood, Colorado, in 1963 has expanded into one of the largest privately held banks in the nation with over $28 billion in assets and many locations across Colorado, California, and Arizona. FirstBank offers a variety of consumer deposit accounts, mortgages, home equity loans, and a full range of commercial banking services, including business financing, commercial real estate loans, and treasury management. It’s also a Small Business Administration (SBA) preferred lender and is known for its creative financing.
Since 2000, the company has been recognized as a top corporate philanthropist and has contributed more than $80 million and thousands of volunteer hours to charitable organizations – WRA being one of them! We appreciate FirstBank’s investment in building vibrant, balanced communities by prioritizing doing good for their customers, employees and surrounding communities.
FirstBank was fundamental in launching and continues as a leading partner in Colorado Gives Day and Arizona Gives Day, which have raised more than $398 million for nonprofits since their inception (over $362 million in CO and $36 million in AZ). WRA participates in Colorado Gives Day each year, and it has been wildly successful in fundraising for our programs: clean energy, healthy rivers, and western lands.
Creating meaningful and stress-free customer experiences is central to the bank’s philosophy. From offering best-in-class mobile banking to a 24-hour call center (staffed by real people), FirstBank has prided itself on going above and beyond.
In addition to its customers, FirstBank prioritizes doing good by employees. Over one third of the bank’s workforce has been with FirstBank for ten years or more and the company has been named a “Top Workplace” by the Denver Post for 11 consecutive years. Employees are encouraged to share the business’ philanthropic mission via paid Volunteer Time Off (VTO), which allows them to support causes they’re passionate about. All FirstBank officers serve on boards and committees of nonprofit organizations.
WRA is proud to have such a supportive partner in FirstBank – a bank that goes beyond the bottom line and prioritizes the people and places we love most. Banking for good isn’t just a tagline. It’s a philosophy that makes the West a better place to live, work and play.
Support from our sponsors directly sustains our mission to protect the West from climate change and its impacts on our most precious resources. Together, we can make a difference.