Make A Big Difference

No matter how “big” or “little” your gift, it will help put a child on a path to success and help us keep doing what we do best: empowering youth in our community to thrive. And we appreciate every donation we receive.

When you make a contribution to Big Brother Big Sisters of Colorado, you’re making more than a donation—you’re making an investment in a child’s future.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado has been recognized by Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator, as an organization that exceeds or meets industry standards and performs as well as or better than most charities. Charity Navigator bases its ratings on the financial health, accountability, and transparency of charities so that donors can learn how a charity compares on these performance metrics with other charities throughout the country

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado has also earned a Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight the progress BBBSC is making toward its mission, we are helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios.

 

Other Ways You Can Give

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Leave A Legacy
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Create a legacy by leaving a gift to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado through your will, trust, retirement accounts, insurance policies, or charitable gift annuities. If you want to create a future gift, we encourage you to work with your advisers to design the best opportunities for you. If you have already included us in your plans please let us know. We want to thank you for your generosity and, if you choose, recognize you for your stewardship. That may inspire generosity in others. To tell us about an already planned gift or learn more about your options, contact Erin Henninger (303) 800-7266.

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Make a Gift of Stock
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Did you know that gifts of stocks may provide additional tax benefits?

By making a donation in the form of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or other appreciated securities, you are making an investment in the future of children in your community.

If your stock is more valuable now compared to when you purchased it, you may save on capital gains taxes by donating your stocks rather than selling them. Additionally, its current value may be tax deductible. As with all of your investment decisions, please consult your professional advisers. For information on transferring stocks to Big Brothers Big Sisters please contact Erin Henninger at (303) 800-7266.

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Host an Event
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A third-party event is when a business, organization, community group, school, or individual hosts an event or fundraising campaign to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado. It is planned and implemented independently of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado.

For more information click here or contact Juliana Wierimaa at Julianaw@biglittlecolorado.org or (303) 800-7251.

POLICIES AND GUIDELINES

We appreciate your interest and willingness to raise funds and awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado (BBBSC), however there are a few guidelines we ask you to follow.

All events or fundraising campaigns must be approved by BBBSC in advance. In order to start the approval process, the Third-Party Events Application must be completed and submitted.

Permission to use the BBBSC name or logo in advertising, promotion, or other materials, must be approved by BBBSC prior to production and distribution.

BBBSC assumes no liability for the event participants or consumers of the product.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters” or “Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado” may not be included as the title of the event. BBBSC may be mentioned as the beneficiary of an event or product sales in fundraising solicitations after the activity has been approved by BBBSC.

Within 60 days following the event or fundraising campaign, proceeds must be received. Proceeds may be mailed or delivered to the BBBSC offices. BBBSC will never allow permission for funds to be generated using our name for personal gain. Failure to produce funds to BBBSC after using our name and/or logo could result in legal action. BBBSC may require additional information or applicant to obtain insurance dependent upon the event or fundraising campaign.

BBBSC is happy to provide input on event planning and BBBSC logo, and may be willing to assist in promotion of event or fundraising campaign or staff attendance at the event if applicable. This is determined on a case by case basis.

BBBSC will not be able to provide funding or reimbursements for expenses.

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Donate Your Tickets
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Big Brothers Big Sisters is very grateful for donations of tickets to sporting events, concerts, plays, and other cultural or educational experiences and events. We are always striving to give our Littles opportunities that they might not otherwise have the chance to experience.

Due to the nature of our program we usually require at least a week’s notice to be able to distribute tickets to Matches. Factors such as the format of ticket and location of the event may require more or less time to distribute. It is always up to the discretion of BBBSC whether a time, date, location, or event is appropriate or acceptable for Matches.

If approved we always offer the tickets up to Matches first. If there are many interested Matches we do a drawing for the winner. If no Matches are able to use the tickets (last minute, a difficult date, challenging logistics, lack of interest) rather than have the tickets go unused, we may offer them up to our staff members or donors.

Tickets can mailed or dropped off at our office located at 750 W Hampden Suite 450, Englewood CO, 80110 to the attention of Janet Castaneda or emailed to tickets@biglittlecolorado.org. A receipt will be delivered to donors immediately upon request and a tax letter will be mailed to the donor within two weeks. Please make sure to include your contact information and value of the tickets when you submit your donation.

Ticket donor remain anonymous to Matches but they often write a thank you note which they can send to BBBSC to be passed along to the donor.

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Volunteer Grant Programs
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Does your company know you are a mentor or volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado? There’s a spirit of philanthropy among many companies to encourage and reward employees for giving back to the community. Volunteer grant programs, also known as “Dollars for Doers” programs, are charitable giving programs set up by corporations in which the company provides a monetary donation to eligible nonprofits as a way to recognize employees who volunteer.

They enable corporations to give back to their communities and support organizations that employees are already passionate about.

BBBSC asks you share your volunteer involvement with your company and inquire about volunteer programs that might complement the work you are already doing with us - giving your amazing time and talents to our organization. Thank you!

Below is a list of a few companies who encourage their employees to submit volunteer hours for donations to nonprofits. For more information or to have your company added to the Dollars for Doers list, contact Ashly Ligouri at Ashly.Ligouri@biglittlecolorado.org.

Bank of America | Microsoft | Starbucks | State Farm | US Bank | Verizon | Walmart | Western Union | Xcel Energy

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Donate a Vehicle
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For more information on donating a vehilcle Click Here

To donate a vehicle Click Here

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Credit Card Rewards
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Do you have airline miles that are about to expire? Are you switching credit cards and have unused credit card reward points? Instead of letting your reward points go to waste, make a difference and donate them to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado.

Many credit card companies make it easy for you to donate your credit card reward points and miles. Often you can redeem your rewards online through your bank’s or issuer’s website, or you may also be able to do the redemption over the phone with a representative.

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Amazon Prime
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Amazon Smile is a charitable giving program that lets customers enjoy the same selection of products, prices, and shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on Amazon Smile, the Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

Make sure to select Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado when setting up your account!

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Donate Items
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado no longer accepts donations of clothing and household items.

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Donate by Mail
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Click Here for a donation form including our mailing address.

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Donate by Phone
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Call Erin Henninger at (303) 800-7266 to make a gift using your credit card.

Child Tax Credit

The Colorado Child Care Tax Credit is a great way to maximize your donation.

 

In order to promote giving to nonprofit organizations that provide quality child care in Colorado, the state has offered a special 50% income tax credit to taxpayers who donate to qualifying programs. The effect of this credit is that half of your donation is offset by a dollar-for-dollar reduction of your Colorado income taxes. In addition, if  you itemize your federal income tax returns, you may be able to claim the credit and receive a deduction.

 

Making a monetary donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado entitles you to this Colorado Child Care Contribution Credit! Combined with other state and federal itemized tax deductions, this a great way to maximize your charitable giving.

 

Anyone considering this credit should consult with their personal tax advisor to confirm the effects on their individual finances.

 

For more information, please visit the Colorado Department of Revenue FYI bulletin found here.