When Coloradans fill out their Colorado state tax forms this year, they can now donate to support the lifesaving work of the Red Cross in Colorado. For the first time in the history of the program, the American Red Cross of Colorado has joined the list of nonprofit organizations featured on the state’s Checkoff Colorado program. The program allows taxpayers to make a voluntary contribution to their choice of designated funds when they file their state income taxes.
Although most participants choose to donate anticipated refund dollars, donations can also come from an additional amount voluntarily added to a taxpayer’s liability.
In 1977, Colorado became the first state in the country to allow a taxpayer to “check-off” a voluntary contribution to a state program. Since then, more than $44 million has been raised for Colorado nonprofits. The average donation is $10, and the typical taxpayer donates to three funds.
“This is a simple way for Coloradans to collectively make an enormous impact in their communities,” said Gino Greco, CEO of the American Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming. “Best of all, it doesn’t feel like you’re taking a big hit out of your own pocket.”
This year, the Red Cross of Colorado is featured among 14 total nonprofits that provide a range of services in Colorado, from health and housing to programs for youth, military and animals.
The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.
Red Cross volunteers respond to community disasters, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. The Red Cross provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world. Each year, millions of people learn first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills from the Red Cross. And the Red Cross supports the vaccination of children around the globe against measles and rubella.
In fiscal year 2015, the Red Cross responded to nearly 400 local emergencies in Colorado and Wyoming, assisted nearly 2,200 military families and trained more than 82,000 people in lifesaving skills.
People can find out more about the Colorado Checkoff program and the Red Cross Fund at www.checkoffcolorado.com.