Planned giving is a powerful way to support Canyon Cares

There are many ways to financially assist Canyon Cares, including planned giving.

A planned gift is a donation typically made as part of a donor’s estate planning. Examples of this type of gift include gifts of stock, life insurance benefits, retirement plans, real estate, personal property, or cash.

These gifts can be made during someone’s lifetime or upon their death.

Recently, Canyon Cares received the proceeds of several planned gifts, which helped significantly expand the geographic area we can now serve.

We can now accept donations of stock, personal property, and proceeds from life insurance or retirement plan benefits.

In fact, we are pleased to announce that we have arranged a way to accept stocks, bonds, etc. directly as a tax-advantaged way for those who would like to donate to Canyon Cares with this wonderful, tax-advantaged option! (Hurry if you would like to take this year-end deduction you must make the donation by Dec. 31st.)

While there are many good reasons to consider adding a planned gift to your estate plans, some of the most commonly recognized are below.

You can create an avenue to leave a legacy for yourself and your family.

Many organizations refer to planned giving as legacy giving. It often allows someone to make a gift as a tribute to a family member or to create a legacy for themselves. The donor benefits from the planned gift by making a lasting impact upon a cause they care about.

You can make a significant impact on the mission of an organization.

While many people respond to annual or ongoing fund appeals as a form of support, we often wish we could do so much more when the need is so great. A gift of an asset that has been appreciated over a lifetime might allow an organization to serve those in need for years to come

You can take advantage of tax savings for yourself and your heirs.

Many types of planned gift vehicles such as Charitable Remainder Trusts and Qualified Charitable Distributions offer significant tax advantages as part of the donation. Donating cash or property can also significantly reduce estate taxes paid by heirs.

(I do not attempt to offer tax advice here; simply know that this is a significant benefit that can be discussed with an estate professional.)

You may have more control over how your donation is used.

A planned gift outlined in a will or estate plan is a form of a legal contract made with the non-profit beneficiary. As such, the funds must be spent as stipulated in the contract for the donation to be accepted.

In other words, if there’s an element of an organization’s mission you are passionate about, you get a say.

You can “repay” an organization that may have helped you or a family member as a way to pass it on.

This last one is a bit tricky to explain. I know in my work with service organizations that many of the recipients of aid are incredibly grateful for the support they’ve received, and often cannot financially support an organization in return.

A planned gift is a way to make a future donation for the support received today.

As a registered 501(c)3, Canyon Cares would love to talk with you about ways your planned gifts might allow us to continue to serve residents of our mountain community.

Canyon Cares Annual Giving Program Spreads Cheer

During the first week of December board members of Canyon Cares once again distributed “Holiday bags” to area residents in need thanks to the generous donations of members of the community.

In total, we were able to distribute gift cards valued at over $10,000 to 70 households during our annual Holiday Giving event.

While the Holiday Giving campaign focuses on providing a little something extra for basics like food and gas, Canyon Cares provides emergency financial assistance all year long for things such as rent, utilities, and auto repairs in an effort to help individuals and families make it through rough patches.

Canyon Cares Holiday Gift card Program a Success!

Canyon Cares is happy to announce that our community Holiday Helpers have risen to the occasion! With the help of your donations, we were able to provide  gift cards to approximately 67 households in the Coal Creek Canyon area. 

On the cold and blustery morning of Saturday, November 14th, Canyon Cares board members donned their masks and gathered at a safe distance to distribute gift bags for the Holiday Gift Card Program. Bundled up as if for a trip to Antarctica, new board member Chuck Berginc stoically stood in the parking lot greeting the arrivals and handing their gift bags through the car window. The bags included a few “Stay Safe & Warm” themed goodies along with a King Soopers gift card. Other board members present were Cindy Goodrich, Susan Simone, Linds Roberts, Karen Siefert, Dawn Williams and “master organizer” of the event, Nancy von Schulz. Thanks go to Coal Creek Canyon resident Antoinette Jackson, who  provided 25 beautifully crafted handmade masks to be handed out at the event. The amount of the gift card was dependent on the number of folks in the household, with the hope that it would provide a nice meal or needed groceries at the start of the holiday season.

Unfortunately, food and basic household supplies are an expense that many are struggling with right now. In our effort to provide valuable resource information, below is a list of food pantries in the area.

Canyon Cares featured in March Mountain Messenger Column

We want to share our gratitude to Linda Martin for her wonderful write up about Canyon Cares in the “It Takes a Canyon!” column of the March 2021 issue of the Mountain Messenger (page 16). Linda interviewed Board members and looked into the history of Canyon Cares in our community for the piece.

Canyon Cares is proud to support our local publications, including the Mountain Messenger and Mountain-Ear. You can find a full-page ad summarizing our recent assistance to the community on page 9 of the March 2021 Mountain Messenger. Together, we are “Neighbors helping neighbors!”

Photo by Filip Mroz on Unsplash

If you would like to support Canyon Cares’ work, you can donate directly, or sign-up to have a percentage of your purchases from King Soopers or AmazonSmile contribute to Canyon Cares.

If you or someone you know needs assistance, please contact us (720-515-1129, canyoncares.org@gmail.com, or the Contact Us page on our website).

Ways You Can Help

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Oh, to live in the special mountain communities that we do! We take care of those around us when we can, and when it comes down to it, we put aside our differences for the common goal of helping one another. The Canyon Cares motto of Neighbors Helping Neighbors embodies the very mission of this non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

There are so many meaningful ways folks help one another, whether it be cooking food for a family in crisis, plowing or shoveling for a stuck or stranded neighbor (or stranger for that matter), checking on a neighbor’s pet or providing occasional free childcare. The list of ways to help is long and so very essential and special. However, sometimes a situation just requires something more…money.

Where individually we may not be in a position to help someone financially, Canyon Cares may be able to! That’s why your donations over the years have enabled us to help many individuals and families with an urgent financial need. Your support through donations, whether it be $5 or $500, is so crucial to our mission. Canyon Cares conscientiously and carefully disperses funds (paying service providers directly) and provides added resource information to recipients to further help them. 

Two other ways folks can help are by simply linking their King Soopers cards to Canyon Cares through the Community Rewards Program. Every time you shop, money is automatically donated to Canyon Cares at no cost to you. The Amazon Smiles program is another way for you to make a portion of your purchase a donation to Canyon Cares. See the Canyon Cares website (www.canyoncares.org) for easy to follow instructions to do both.

Additionally, for those in a position to do so, please know that if you are 70 ½ years or older with an IRA, 401K or retirement account(s) taking a RMD (Required Minimum Distribution), you can avoid paying a portion of taxes due on that withdrawal by making a tax-free donation (up to $100,000) to Canyon Cares.

Canyon Cares could not do what they do without your support. There are not enough words to express how appreciated that is. We will continue to help as many people as possible and we ask that you continue to reach out personally to help in your own unique ways and let folks know that Canyon Cares may be able to help, as well.

Canyon Cares Receives $10,000 Eldora Grant

Canyon Cares is so grateful to the Eldora Foundation’s Play it Forward program for a grant of $10,000! These funds and donations from many of our neighbors are crucial for us to continue offering short-term financial assistance to individuals and families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about the grant and Canyon Cares’ work during this time in a featured blog post about Canyon Cares from the Boulder Community Foundation.

If you would like to support Canyon Cares’ work, you can donate directly, or sign-up to have a percentage of your purchases from King Soopers or AmazonSmile contribute to Canyon Cares.

If you or someone you know needs assistance, please contact us (720-515-1129, canyoncares.org@gmail.com, or the Contact Us page on our website).

Photo by Nicholas Bartos on Unsplash

8 Resources for Managing the Financial Impacts of COVID-19

We know many neighbors are impacted financially by COVID-19. We are gathering resources for relief and wanted to share these updates with you all:

  • Families and individuals can apply for social services benefits through the state of Colorado’s PEAK website. You can also apply for food or cash assistance (but not medical assistance) on a mobile device by downloading the MyCOBenefits app.  
  • Colorado Unemployment: UPDATE as of April 21, 2020: All eligible claimants will receive the extra $600/week benefit available under the CARES Act. The $600/week will be added to your regular benefit when you request payment on your claim. You do not need to take any action other than continue your regular payment request process. These benefits are retroactive to March 29, 2020.  Apply on Colorado’s unemployment website.
  • The LEAP energy assistance program deadline has been extended to accept applications for home energy assistance until August 31. The Colorado Department of Human Services’ LEAP program provides assistance with heating costs, equipment repair and/or replacement of inoperable heating tools, the program is not intended to pay the entire cost of home heating. However, they do aim to help alleviate some of the burdens that come with Colorado’s colder months.
  • COVID Child Care for Essential Workers. Offered by the Emergenecy Child Care Collaborative, essential workers can apply for 100% tuition coverage for childcare services or to pay an in-home provider. Daycare and childcare centers can also sign-up to offer child care through this program.
  • Boulder County is offering a virtual job fair site for businesses currently hiring. Many grocery stores in the area are hiring right now to meet the increased demands.
  • Ask for a forbearance or deferment. If you are having trouble covering rent, mortgage, or utility bills, ask your lender if they will consider delaying the payment or work out a payment plan. Many companies are developing more flexible programs in response to the virus. 
  • Reports of domestic violence are increasing worldwide during the crisis. The National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-SAFE (7233) is a great resource and Colorado’s Domestic Violence Program includes local safehouses and treatment resources. 
  • Colorado 211 is a clearinghouse of programs and assistance for a wide range of needs.

No matter what you or your loved ones may be dealing with, please know you are not alone! Canyon Cares and our network of partner resources are here to help support our neighbors during this challenging time.

Canyon Cares Responds to COVID-19 Needs

This is being posted at a time when the future is still very much uncertain.  Besides providing resource information and financial assistance to our community members, Canyon Cares has sought to bring a measure of hope and love to those we assist.  Canyon Cares is committed to doing all that we can for those in need in our community, however your help is needed! Thus far, Canyon Cares has given over $13,000 in assistance in 2020. With our first quarter coming to an end, it is obvious that this is a substantial increase from the first quarter of 2019, as shared in our 2019 Year in Review


Already the effects of business closures, lost jobs, social distancing and home quarantines are rippling through our mountain communities at an unprecedented rate due to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. However, the donations have been flooding in.  Canyon Cares cannot thank you enough and we implore you to continue to trust in us to provide the assistance needed in an effective, timely and fair manner as we have done since our inception in 2006. Again, thank you for all of your support during these trying times! 
Please look for further information coming soon about the CANYON CARES COVID-19 RELIEF FUND to learn how you can contribute or help us in our extensive efforts to help those affected by coronavirus.

2019 Year in Review

Thanks to the generosity of our community, Canyon Cares distributed over $36,000.00 to 75 neighbors in need in 2019. This is a new all-time high from the $25,000 in aid Canyon Cares distributed in 2018. This brings our lifetime total since our 2006 beginnings to over $200,000.00 in aid to the community! 

If you wonder what these funds are being used for, here is a breakdown by category:

CategoryAid Distributed
Housing (rent/mortgage)$14,051
Utilities$9,590
Automotive$6,518
Medical$4,580
Home Repair$1,097
General$200
Total Aid$36,037

As a reminder, Canyon Cares pays bills directly, rather than distributing funds to individuals or families. We work closely with local Health and Human Services agencies for Boulder, Gilpin, and Jefferson counties as well as state-wide programs like LEAP for energy assistance, among many others.

In addition to the many individuals and families who donate regularly to Canyon Cares, we appreciate the continued support of local organizations, such as United Power through the Round-Up program, Whispering Pines Church, Chapel in the Hills, Spirit of the Mountain Lutheran Church, Gilpin County Commissioners Grant Program, and the Nederland Lions Club.

If you would like to support Canyon Cares’ work in 2020, you can donate directly, or sign-up to have a percentage of your purchases from King Soopers or AmazonSmile contribute to Canyon Cares. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please contact us (720-515-1129, canyoncares.org@gmail.com, or the Contact Us page on our website). Wishing you all a safe and happy New Year!

Community Comes Together for 8th Annual Holiday Baskets

We are so thankful for all who contributed non-perishable goods, time, and effort to make our 8th holiday basket drive a success! Particular thanks to United Power for their huge financial support of this year’s holiday baskets, to Whispering Pines church for week-long use of the Fellowship Hall while all the goods were sorted. Thanks to the following locations for gathering goods for us this year: Coal Creek Canyon K-8, Carl’s Corner, Kwik Mart, Coal Creek Coffee, Last Stand, Coal Creek Liquors, and Wondervu Cafe, Chapel in the Hills and Whispering Pines Church.

A grateful shout out to Kris Jonsson and John Betz for helping us pick up goods from the Arvada Food Bank as well as Pastor’s Pantry organizer Lena, Patty at Whispering Pines Church, Penny and Darrell Smith, and Louie Cabrales. Many thanks to Boy Scout Pack 51 (and families, including Mia and Evan Manniko, Kris and Tami Lawson’s family, and Dave Schemel) for helping us fill 47 baskets on December 5! You can read more about the basket filling in this Mountain-Ear article. And enormous gratitude to the many volunteers who showed up to help haul those heavy baskets on December 7 (Pastor Todd Fletcher from Chapel in the Hills, Kathy Keating, Pastor Eric Prinkey and Joy, Dennis Akin, Eleyna Jack, and many more!).

Thanks too, to Canyon Cares current and emeritus Board members for both participating on distribution day and gathering and sorting the huge quantity of donations from our generous community in the weeks leading up to it. Special thanks to Nancy von Schulz for coordinating all of our efforts on this project.