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There are a number of ways to make a gift – you may donate cash, your time, medical items,  stock, food, and more – and we want to help you find the ways that are right for you! Please browse the options in the tabs below. If you find that you have additional questions or would like to discuss how your giving goals may align with TLC’s mission, the Tri-Lakes Cares’ Development Manager Christine Bucher is happy to meet with you. Please email Development Manager or call 719-481-4864 x110 to schedule a meeting.

Donation drop-off hours
Monday & Thursday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Fridays, 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon

Please call 719-481-4864, x 110 to arrange for donation drop-offs outside of these hours.

Review our Donor Privacy Policy.

Read the Donor Bill of Rights (“©2015, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), all rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.”)

The information provided here is not intended as legal or financial advice. As you review these many gift-giving options, we encourage you to consult with your own advisers and professionals.


School Supply Drive

Although it is summer, we are starting to collect for our annual school supply drive! Find out more!

Would you like to earn an extra 25% tax credit on your Colorado State Income Tax? Tri-Lakes Cares is now “contribution project” in the Pikes Peak Enterprise Zone! Learn more by clicking on the Enterprise Zone tab below.

 

Shopping on Amazon? Log on with your regular Amazon login and password through Amazon Smile, select Tri-Lakes Cares as your charity of choice and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated. Easy to do and you are supporting us as the same time. Get started today!

Online

Make a financial donation using our secure online form.  While undesignated donations are always needed most, you may use the “Comments” box to designate your donation to a specific program, or to make your gift in honor/memory of someone.

By Mail

Checks can be mailed to:

Tri-Lakes Cares
PO Box 1301
Monument, CO 80132

Please make checks payable to ‘Tri-Lakes Cares’.  If you wish to designate your donation to a specific program or in honor/memory of someone, please include this information on the memo line or in a separate note.  To ensure your donation arrives securely, please do not mail cash donations.

 

Enterprise Zone

In January 2016, Monument, Palmer Lake and sections along I-25 were designated as an “Enterprise Zone” to help bring economic development to the area by giving businesses additional tax benefits. The Enterprise Zone designations are administered by the office of Economic Development of El Paso County in Colorado Springs.

As a donor from Colorado, you now have the option of an additional 25% tax credit  for qualified donations on your Colorado  Income Tax  by donating to Tri-Lakes Cares through the  Enterprise Zone. While all contributions to Tri-Lakes Cares qualify for the standard tax deduction (within stated rules and regulations), this opportunity provides added benefits to you, the donor. As always, each situation is unique, so please consult your tax advisor.

It is easy to make a gift to Tri-Lakes Cares through the Enterprise Zone!

  • Donations can only be made via check
  • Minimum donation is $250; maximum is $400,000
  • Multiple donations can be made in the year
  • Make check out “Pikes Peak Enterprise Zone”
  • In memo line, write “Tri-Lakes Cares”
  • Include on check or in correspondence, your Colorado Account Number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number (required by the State to process the gift)
  • Mail check to Tri-Lakes Cares, PO Box 1301, Monument, CO 80132
  • Tri-Lakes Cares will prepare the paperwork and forward to the County
  • El Paso County processes the donation and issues checks on a monthly basis for Enterprise Zone gifts. The County will also provide the donor with the appropriate documentation for state income tax filing needs

What kind of gifts are eligible?

  • One-time financial donations of $250 or more; multiple gifts throughout the year are eligible but minimum one-time gift is $250
  • Larger in-kind donations, including gifts of stocks and in-kind services, can also be made through the Enterprise Zone for a 12.5% tax credit
  • Businesses are eligible as well at the 25% tax credit for financial donations or 12.5% tax credit for in-kind donations
  • Donors may live anywhere in the State of Colorado
  • Donations must be post-marked no later than December 31st

Disclosure

El Paso County “charges” a 3.5% processing fee, which will reduce the overall amount received by Tri-Lakes Cares. For example, on a $500 gift we would receive $482.50 BUT you, the donor, would receive the 25% tax credit on the full $500.

If you have questions email the Development Manager or call 719.481.4864 x 110 for more information.

Or visit the State site for additional information.

Thrivent Choice Dollars

Are you a member of Thrivent Financial who’s eligible to direct Choice Dollars®? You can now direct those dollars to Tri-Lakes Cares!

Choice Dollars® charitable grant funds can make a world of difference as we work together to provide food, rental assistance, medical assistance and so much more to those in need in northern El Paso County.

Online

  1. Visit Thrivent.com/thriventchoice
  2. In the Direct Choice Dollars section on the right, select the “Get started now” link
  3. Log in and enter your user ID and password, and answer your security question. (If you haven’t yet registered on Thrivent.com, click “Register for account access.”)
  4. Find the number of Choice Dollars available to direct on the right side of the screen.
  5. Locate the organization you want to direct to:
    1. To direct to a previous organization:
      1. Click “Direct Now” next to the organization name; or,
      2. On the Activity History page, scroll down and click the name of the desired organization.
    2. To direct to a new organization, enter keyword(s) like organization name, city, state, etc. Click “Find.”
  6. Click “Direct All” or enter a specific number and click “Direct Now.” Follow the prompts on the confirmation window to direct Choice Dollars.
By Phone

  1. Call 800-847-4836 and when prompted say “Thrivent Choice®”
  2. Press 1 to direct Choice Dollars or 2 to hear Thrivent Choice program Terms and Conditions. (If prompted say or enter your phone number and date of birth.)
  3. Note: Please have your nine-digit Member Identification Number or contact number available.
  4. A representative will work with you to direct Choice Dollars.

Recommend where Thrivent Financial gives back!

The Thrivent Choice charitable grant program engages Thrivent members and chapters in providing grants that support charitable activities, furthering Thrivent’s mission and its purposes under state law. All grants are made at the sole discretion of Thrivent.  Directing Choice Dollars® is subject to the program’s Terms and Conditions available at Thrivent.com/thriventchoice.

 

Stock

Tri-Lakes Cares can accept stock donations. If you wish to donate stock, send a letter of intent to Tri-Lakes Cares, PO Box 1301, Monument, CO 80132, Attn: Development Manager. The letter of intent should include your account information, name, address, and the amount you wish to donate.  If your account is not with Fidelity, add the DTC number 0226 to the letter. Email the Development Manager or call 719.481.4864 x 110 for more information.

Through PPUW

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Donations may also be submitted through Pikes Peak United Way. PPUW’s vision is to create the best quality of life possible for all of our citizens. While helping those who need help now, they are also creating positive and long-lasting change. Pikes Peak United Way directs 100% of contributions to designated agencies.  Donating to Tri-Lakes Cares through Pikes Peak United Way shows your support of both organizations. Be sure to designate Tri-Lakes Cares as the recipient agency.

Matching Gifts

Double your gift with a corporate match! Many employers will match the gifts of their employees. Check with your Human Resources Department on how to do this. To date, we have received matching gifts from the following corporations whose employees have donated to Tri-Lakes Cares.

Boeing Company CA Inc.
Chevron ConocoPhillips
David C Cook Direct TV
Dominion Foundation Ent Federal Credit Union
Hewlett Packard Honeywell International
Keysight Technologies (Agilent) LexisNexis
Medco Microsoft
Oracle Corporation Symantec
Verizon Wachovia
Wells Fargo Bank Woodford Manufacturing
Xcel Energy

Donate Your Car

You can turn your car, truck, or other vehicle into money for TLC’s mission or transportation for a TLC household!

  • If your vehicle is in working order with little or no maintenance needs, we can possibly give it to a household in need of transportation.   This type of donation can confer a significant tax benefit, equal to the value of the car.  For more information on how to make this type of donation, please contact TLC’s Development Manager at 719-481-4864 x110 or
  • If your vehicle is not operable, needs considerable maintenance, or is not a primary means of transportation (boat, RV, etc.), we accept vehicle donations processed through Donation Line LLC.  In order to donate an inoperable vehicle, please call 877-227-7487. The friendly operator will take all of your information (where the car is located, information on the title, etc). Just tell them you would like the donation to go to Tri-Lakes Cares (#2969) so that we receive credit for your donation. You can also click the picture below to go directly to their website.  Tri-Lakes Cares will receive a donation equal to amount the car sells for, minus Donation Line’s fees, and this amount will be your tax deductible donation.

 

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AmazonSmile

TLC is signed up to receive proceeds from the AmazonSmile site. Amazon purchases that are conducted through this site (having all the Amazon merchandise options, but the purchase goes through an Amazon-based Foundation) and designated for TLC will yield a percentage to us.

What is the AmazonSmile Foundation?
The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program. All donation amounts generated by the AmazonSmile program are remitted to the AmazonSmile Foundation. In turn, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates those amounts to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on AmazonSmile.

How does AmazonSmile work?
 When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.

 

Get started today, clicking on the logo!


Charitable IRA Rollover

The information provided here is not intended as legal or financial advice. We encourage you to consult with your own advisers and professionals.

In 2006, Congress made a change to the tax law that allows individuals age 70 ½+ to make charitable gifts directly from a traditional IRA account to charity without incurring federal income tax on the withdrawal. Many people have not heard about this option for making charitable gifts, as it would expire every two years and need to be renewed by Congress.

However, legislation passed in 2015 changed all that, making this provision a permanent part of the tax code. The IRA Charitable Rollover provides you with an excellent opportunity to make gifts during your lifetime from an asset that could be subject to multiple levels of taxation in your estate.

Benefits:

You can give up to $100,000 in each calendar year.

Charitable distributions are not included in your gross income for federal income tax purposes on your IRS Form 1040 (no charitable deduction is available, however).

Gifts count toward your required minimum distribution for the year from your IRA.

To Qualify:

You must be age 70 ½+ or older at the time of the gift.

Transfers must be made directly from a traditional IRA account by your IRA administrator to Tri-Lakes Cares. Funds that are withdrawn by you and then contributed do NOT qualify. Gifts from 401K, 403b, SEP and other plans do not qualify but these plans can be converted to IRAs.

Gifts must be outright. Distributions to donor-advised funds or life-income arrangements such as charitable remainder trusts and charitable gift annuities are not allowed.

How will Tri-Lakes Cares count the gift? We will give you full credit for the entire gift amount.

What are the tax implications to me?

Federal: You do not recognize the transfer to Tri-Lakes Cares as income, provided it goes directly from the IRA administrator to us. However, you are not entitled to an income tax charitable deduction for your gift.

State: Each state has different laws, so you will need to consult with your own advisors. Some states have a state income tax and will include this transfer as income. Within those states, some will allow for a state income tax charitable deduction and others will not. Other states base their state income tax on the federal income or federal tax paid. Still other states have no income tax at all.

Does this transfer qualify as my required minimum distribution? Once you reach age 70½, you are required to take required minimum distributions from your retirement plans each year, according to a federal formula. IRA Charitable Rollovers count towards your minimum required distribution from the IRA for the year.

Can my spouse also make an IRA Charitable Rollover, even if we are married and file jointly? Yes, every individual can use the IRA Charitable Rollover for up to $100,000 each year.

How do I know if an IRA Charitable Rollover is right for me?

You are at least age 70 1/2+ , and:

  • You do not need the additional income necessitated by your required minimum distribution, OR
  • Your charitable gifts already equal 50% of your adjusted gross income, so you do not benefit from an income tax charitable deduction for additional gifts, OR
  • You do not itemize deductions, OR
  • You are subject to income phase-outs on your income tax deductions.

Example

Suppose Susan wants to make a contribution to Tri-Lakes Cares. She has $500,000 in her IRA and she wants the contribution to be $20,000. She can authorize the administrator of her IRA to transfer $20,000 to Tri-Lakes Cares and $5,000 to himself. The $20,000 distributed to Tri-Lakes Cares will not be subject to federal tax and will be counted toward her annual minimum required distribution.

As you plan your required minimum distributions for this year, if you do not need the money the government is requiring you to take, consider using it for a charitable gift using the IRA Charitable Rollover.

What is the procedure to execute an IRA Charitable Rollover? We offer a sample letter you can send to your plan provider to initiate a rollover. Make sure that you contact us when you direct the rollover so we can look for the check from your IRA administrator.

The information provided here is not intended as legal or financial advice. We encourage you to consult with your own advisers and professionals.