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No option: Nonprofits must run like business

No option: Nonprofits must run like business

  Imagine being in fifth grade, still using training wheels on a bicycle — unable to keep up with other kids your age. Through local nonprofit Kids on Bikes, and its Earn-A-Bike program, Jessica, who lives in Colorado Springs, learned to ride without training wheels, leaving her overjoyed. Not only that, but she received a… Continue Reading No option: Nonprofits must run like business

United Way 2-1-1 offers tax guidance

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United Way 2-1-1 offers tax guidance

Once again, Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1 operators will provide information this tax season about tax credits and where to obtain free tax preparation through April 14. Last year in El Paso County, more than $103 million in Earned Income Tax Credit refunds were provided to 47,967 residents–but $100 million remained unclaimed. Low-to moderate-income families–making $49,000 or… Continue Reading United Way 2-1-1 offers tax guidance

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QLI report gives diverse views

Every two years, Pikes Peak United Way releases an extensive report: Quality of Life Indicators for the Pikes Peak Region. Area business owners, C-suite officers and nonprofit directors depend on this data for decision-making. With good reason — the report is comprehensive, covering 11 focus areas, using key markers to keep a finger on the… Continue Reading QLI report gives diverse views

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One on One: Jason Wood brings United Way experience

When JD Dallager announced his plans to retire as Pikes Peak United Way’s CEO earlier this year, Jason Wood saw an opportunity — and went for it. Wood, who was living in Kansas City, has headed two other United Way organizations and is no stranger to nonprofits. He has an undergraduate degree in nonprofit management… Continue Reading One on One: Jason Wood brings United Way experience

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Pikes Peak United Way gave more than $379,268 to 10 charities who are helping victims of the Waldo Canyon fire. The group paid the money from donations specifically for fire victims, and gave the money to organizations that were on the forefront of relief efforts. Recipient services included: rental and income assistance, mental health services,… Continue Reading United Way provides grants to fire-relief agencies

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Pikes Peak region has the 2-1-1. Since its inception in 2004, the three-digit phone number has assisted more than 156,000 local residents of El Paso, Teller, Chaffee, Cheyenne, Lincoln and Park counties, as well as the San Luis Valley, in navigating the complex maze of health and human service providers in their communities. This year… Continue Reading Pikes Peak United Way celebrates 8th year of 2-1-1 call center

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Volunteer during Make a Difference Month

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Pikes Peak United Way is looking for a few good volunteers for its community-wide, “Make a Difference” month. Scheduled for October, United Way has been inundated with requests for help from local nonprofit groups. Participants in Make a Difference month are encouraged to care for others during a day in October. Last year, more than… Continue Reading Volunteer during Make a Difference Month

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Telford named CEO of Care and Share

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Lynne Telford, chief operating officer for Pikes Peak United Way, has accepted the CEO position at Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. Continue Reading Telford named CEO of Care and Share

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Pikes Peak United Way and the Piton Foundation have launched a 2010 tax-credit outreach campaign. Organizers have estimated that nearly 50,000 families in Colorado lose a total of  $85 million a year by failing to apply for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. The EITC is available to working people with low- to moderate-incomes. The average earned income… Continue Reading United Way launches tax credit awareness campaign

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Quality of life: Worth work

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By John “JD” Dallager and Susan Saksa Last month, the fourth edition of the Quality of Life Indicators for the Pikes Peak Region was released. This 124-page publication is modeled after community benchmark and report-card initiatives that drive successful community strategies, actions, and accountability in cities and counties across the country. These efforts to develop comprehensive… Continue Reading Quality of life: Worth work

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