What’s the benefit of making a designated donation through the Colorado Combined Campaign instead of giving directly to my favorite charity?
The Colorado Combined Campaign (CCC) allows employees to donate through monthly payroll contribution (in addition to one-time gifts with credit card, check and cash). Opting to have your donation contributed from your paycheck in smaller amounts throughout the year allows most people to give more overall. Additionally, nonprofits can keep their administrative costs lower if they are processing a single payment from the CCC rather than many payments from individuals. Finally, your donation through the CCC has a greater impact when it is combined with the generosity of your fellow coworkers.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes. Every agency listed in the CCC resource guide is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Therefore, donations to these groups are eligible for tax deduction on your annual income tax form. You will need to retain a copy of your pledge form and a copy of your final pay stub showing the total amount withheld during the calendar year in order to claim your deduction.
Why are only some Colorado nonprofits listed in the campaign Resource Guide and Directory?
The more than 600 nonprofits are listed in the CCC resource guide have applied to be part of the CCC and have undergone a rigorous approval process. The CCC Advisory Committee reviews all applications and makes decisions regarding eligibility based on compliance with CCC bylaws. Nonprofits not currently participating who would like to may contact the CCC to learn more. A copy of the bylaws can be found online at www.coloradocombinedcampaign.org.
How can I be sure that my donation goes to the nonprofit I support?
When you designate your gift, your contribution (less the CCC administrative cost), will go to the nonprofit(s) of your choice. You may request that the charity you choose send you a letter of acknowledgement. You may also choose to remain anonymous, in which case your information will be not shared with anyone aside from CCC staff.
What are the CCC administrative costs?
The costs are 15% or less of the campaign total. They go toward operating the campaign and cover necessary expenses like personnel, office space, utilities, printing and a CPA audit. The CCC Advisory Committee approves the annual budget and monitors administrative expenses each month.
If I currently give through payroll contribution, do I have to sign up again when there’s a new campaign?
Yes, you do. Participation in the CCC is voluntary. Therefore, no one assumes because you gave one year that you will give the next. You must sign up again, either online or with a paper pledge form. This protects you as a donor.
Can I stop my payroll contribution once I’ve made my pledge?
Yes. You can stop your donation at any time by writing to your payroll department. You have the right to stop your pledge at any time and for any reason.
Do you release the personal information I provide when I pledge (like my home address)?
That’s up to you. All donors have the option to remain anonymous, in which case their information will not be shared with anyone besides CCC staff. Donors who wish to have their contribution acknowledged by their chosen nonprofit allow the release of their contact information and gift amount to that group. You are given these options when you pledge, both with a paper form and online.
Why should I support a campaign that includes organizations that I don’t like?
State employees have diverse interests when it comes to charitable giving. By supporting hundreds of nonprofits, the CCC ensures that all employees are able to give to causes that they find personally meaningful. Because of the structure of the campaign, your donation supports your organization(s), the one(s) you have designated.
Who can I call if I have questions about our campaign?
CCC staff members are available to answer your questions any tme. Call us at 720-420-3210.