Tax Day is Wednesday, April 15, 2015!
Adhering to the adage that "a rising tide lifts all boats," the Checkoff Colorado public awareness campaign is a collaborative effort focused on educating taxpayers and tax preparers about check-off giving. That’s the program that allows taxpayers to make voluntary contributions to their favorite charitable organizations when they file their state income tax return.
“The great thing about check-off giving is the ease in which people can donate to worthy Colorado charities,” said Jon Pushkin, spokesman for Checkoff Colorado. “A $10 donation can make a huge impact, and every dollar donated stays in Colorado to support the critical services and programs these nonprofits provide.”
This year, 15 charitable funds are eligible for voluntary donations through the checkoff program; each of the funds was established after a vigorous review process by the Colorado State Legislature.
With the goal to increase the statewide percentage of checkoff giving, the funds collaborate in getting the word out to Colorado taxpayers and preparers while raising the visibility of the diverse range of causes represented - from Alzheimer’s research, pet overpopulation, children, physical and mental health, cancer, unwanted horses, and military families, among others.
So, how's it going? In 2014 nearly 115,927 contributions were made totaling just over $1.4 million in donations through the checkoff program, with an average donation of $12.90. Compare that to the $758,105,087 that Colorado taxpayers received in refunds that year—an average of $474—and it's clear more needs to be done to help the listed funds.
“The beauty of the tax checkoff program is that even a small donation goes a long way,” Pushkin said. “Regardless of their income or the amount they give, every taxpayer can feel like they are making a real difference.”
Consider checking the box yourself and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Share the information with those who might be interested. Help these worthwhile organizations keep their respective boats afloat. It's truly "a simple way to give."
For more information on Checkoff Colorado, visit www.checkoffcolorado.com.