The funds represent a diverse range of causes that provide critical programs and services to communities throughout the state. The participating organizations in the collaborative campaign include:
• Alzheimer’s Association Fund
• Colorado Cancer Fund
• Families in Action for Mental Health Fund
• Goodwill Industries Fund
• Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado Fund
• Military Family Relief Fund
• Pet Overpopulation Fund
• Unwanted Horse Fund
“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.”
In a survey commissioned by Checkoff Colorado, participants said one of the most important factors in their charitable decisions is knowing that they’re giving to credible organizations.
“Taxpayers can rest assured that each of the funds eligible for check-off donations was established after a vigorous review process by the Colorado State Legislature,”
The Checkoff Colorado campaign was initiated in 2003, when the charitable organizations eligible for voluntary donations in Colorado decided to take the bold step of banding together because their voices would be louder if spoken in unison. The result has been increased awareness for check-off giving in general.
In 1977, Colorado became the first state in the country to allow a taxpayer to "check-off" a voluntary contribution to a charitable program from their state income tax return. Today, nearly every state has a tax checkoff program.
About Checkoff Colorado
In 2003, Checkoff Colorado became the first collaborative statewide campaign to raise awareness about tax checkoff programs. The campaign is a grassroots effort to educate tax payers and tax preparers and is funded by contributions from participating funds.
Now in its 12th year, Checkoff Colorado is gaining the attention of other states, including California, which established Checkoff California in 2007. For a complete list of tax checkoff funds and more information on the Checkoff Colorado campaign, go to www.checkoffcolorado.com.