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Colorado CASA

Volunteers advocate for youth who have been abused and/or neglected. A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) receives special training and is appointed by a judge as an Officer of the Court. They focus on one youth at a time and as a result, they bring a great depth of understanding and empathy.

Important note regarding Colorado CASA's Additional Colorado State Tax Credit(s): Donations of $250 or more may qualify for a 50% tax credit in Colorado When a donation is made to Colorado CASA, the Child Care Contribution Credit for the state of Colorado may allow a donor to claim a tax credit equal to 50% of the total donation. This unique Colorado state tax credit can provide a sizeable tax benefit to donors who financially support charities focused on the care and development of children in Colorado. It is important to know that the benefits of the Child Care Contribution Credit does not replace the tax benefits already put in place at the state and federal levels. This means that as a donor, you may still claim the federal charitable deduction and the state charitable deduction, the Child Care Contribution Credit reducing any remaining state tax on a dollar-for-dollar basis. You may be entitled to other deductions based on your tax situation. The Child Care Contribution Credit may be claimed by individual donors, by partnerships and corporations, and by estates and trusts. Limitations apply, the credit is capped at $100,000 per year. In order to claim the credit, be sure to submit your Child Care Contribution Tax Credit Certification (Form DR 1317) when you file your annual income tax. Please contact your tax advisor for more information on this credit.

Third-party Processing Fees

Third-party vendors charge credit card and electronic check processing fees when you make an online donation. Two percent of each donation helps to cover these fees and ensures the program's long-term sustainability. The two percent processing fee is one of the lowest processing fees in the country.

Receipts and Tax Credits

You will automatically receive an on-screen acknowledgement letter and an e-mailed copy for your donation. Every donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution to the full extent permitted by law. If you make a donation to a charity that offers Child Care or Enterprise Zone credits (additional Colorado state tax credits), Community First Foundation will acknowledge that your donation was processed successfully, but the charity will issue you an additional receipt pursuant to that. To learn more about these tax credits, contact the specific nonprofits.

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