Mayor Speer said, “Give while you live,” and Colorado has for the past several years designated Colorado Gives Day as a day for citizens to give back to the many charitable and non-profit organizations that make Colorado such a great place to live.
If you’re thinking about giving but aren’t sure which cause you’d like to donate to, search the Colorado Secretary of State’s Charities and Fundraisers Database, or check out the Colorado Combined Campaign Resource Guide for ideas.
Once you’ve selected some options, be sure to read the SOS’s How to Evaluate a Charity guidelines to make sure your money is going where you think it is. It’s also a good idea to visit www.ChecktheCharity.com, a partnership of the Colorado Secretary of State and the Colorado Attorney General, to be sure and avoid charitable giving scams, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the organization you’ve chosen to help.
Finally, once you’ve made your donation, don’t forget that many contributions are tax-deductible. See the “FYI” tax fact sheet Charitable Contribution Subtractions from the Colorado Dept. of Revenue for tips and instructions.