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There are a many 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, please contact Haley Chapin, our Executive Director via email or call 719-481-4864 x101.

Donation drop-off hours
Monday through Thursday 9am-4pm on the west side of our building at our receiving area
Ring the doorbell to announce your arrival. (Button is located on door frame, upper left.)

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.

It is difficult to say “no” to generous donation offers, but due to facility space and staff capacity, please read what types of donations we can or cannot accept. Tri-Lakes Cares Donation Guidelines


King Soopers Community Rewards Program
 Want an easy way to support Tri-Lakes Cares? Then link your King Soopers card to Tri-Lakes Cares and a small portion of every purchase will come to us.
King Soopers Community Rewards Program Instructions

There are many ways to support Tri-Lakes Cares. Click on a tab to learn about each option.


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. Click on the “Donate Now” button at the top of the webpage.

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.

Through PPUW


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.

Colorado Combined Campaign

Are you a Colorado State Employee? Then you can designate Tri-Lakes Cares as a recipient of your payroll deduction donations. Our number is 2113.

The Colorado Combined Campaign (CCC) is a workplace giving campaign that enables Colorado state government employees to donate to charities that benefit Coloradans.

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.


  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.


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: Executive Director. The letter of intent should include your account information, name, address, and the amount you wish to donate.  If your account is not with Edward Jones, add the DTC number 0057 to the letter. Email the Executive Director or call 719.481.4864 x 101 for more information.

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 LexisNexis
Medco Microsoft
Oracle Corporation Symantec
Verizon Visa
Wachovia Wells Fargo Bank
Woodford Manufacturing  Xcel Energy

Other companies which currently have a matching gift program. It is not intended to be all inclusive, so please double check with your employer to see if they have a similar program.

American Express Ameriprise Financial
Capital Group Gap, Inc. (includes Old Navy, Banana Republic)
Home Depot New York Life
PepsicCo Pfizer
Starbucks The May Dept. Store Co (Marshall Fields, David’s Bridal)
Prudential Insurance Co. Unilever

Donate Your Car

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

There are two ways to make a vehicle donation to Tri-Lakes Cares:

If your vehicle is in working order, with little or no maintenance needs, and you want a TLC client to benefit directly from your donation, please contact Christine Bucher, for details on how to do this.

If your vehicle is inoperable, needs considerable maintenance, or is not a primary means of transportation (boat, RV, etc.), donations are processed through Vehicles for Charity. Call 1-866-628-2277 and tell them you want to make a donation in the name of Tri-Lakes Cares.

Or, complete the online donation form and someone from Vehicles for Charity will contact you. Type Tri-Lakes Cares when prompted, then complete the rest of the online form.

The sale of your vehicle will result in a donation to Tri-Lakes Cares and you will receive a tax receipt from Vehicles for Charity.


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.


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.


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.