This is absolutely not a challenge. We know you care. You’re here, you clicked on this link. You love our public lands and the wildlife that call it home. We know and appreciate that so much!
This is not a challenge but an ask. Like most other nonprofit organizations not directly supporting COVID-19 efforts (thank goodness for those nonprofits!), we are seeing a sharp decrease in our donation income during this pandemic, and we could use your help if you’re in a place to so.
(If you are not in a good place right now, please scroll to the bottom of this blog. I will include a list of resources that might be helpful for you right now).
So, we wanted to let folks know there are a few new ways that you can support the wildlife and wild lands in the southern Rockies (and other causes if we’re not your first priority during this time), if you are in a place to do so. Here are some of those options:
Donate with benefits from the CARES Act:
Congress passed the CARES Act (also known as the stimulus bill), which was specifically designed to help small businesses, nonprofits, and individuals during this uncertain time. We took full advantage of the things we could in that bill to keep our staff employed and we encourage you to do the same. There is a lot in that bill, and we understand not everyone has had time to parse through it, so we wanted to make you aware of two items that may help you support the causes you CARE most about (< yes, I aim to keep doing that throughout this blog. Sorry, not sorry.).
- Donate $300, if you can. The CARES Act allows individuals to donate $300 to any qualifying charity, without having to itemize their donation! Across the board, if you do not plan on itemizing, you are allowed to deduct up to $300 in charitable contributions on your 2020 taxes. Standard Disclaimer: Always consult with a tax professional regarding your specific tax situation.
- Don’t need your stimulus check? Consider donating that money. The CARES Act means that every adult making less than $75k will see a $1,200 stimulus check from the federal government. If you’re still employed and/or don’t need the extra money right now, consider donating it! Donors who do itemize can give up to 100% of their Adjusted Gross Income (up from 60%) through the CARES Act making it a perfect time to make large donations as well. Standard Disclaimer: Always consult with a tax professional regarding your specific tax situation.
To make a one-time donation to Rocky Mountain Wild right now, visit our GivingFuel donation page. If you’d rather give smaller amounts monthly, you can join our Super Species Squad of monthly donors. You can even pick a specific program if you have a favorite! Although, general funds would really help us the most right now.
Donate your tax refund through ReFUND CO:
In case you missed it and were planning on pulling an all-nighter, the deadline to file your 2019 Colorado taxes has been postponed until July 15. Whew! Good thing too, I haven’t even started thinking about mine.
If you’re in the same boat as me, when you do get around to filing those taxes, consider using ReFUND CO to donate some or all of your state income tax refund to a local nonprofit that matters to you. If it’s us, here’s what you’ve got to do:
- Decide how much you want to donate.
- Enter “Rocky Mountain Wild” and our registration number “20073004344” in the Donate to a Colorado Nonprofit Fund line on your state tax return or tax software.
That’s it! Simple.
If it’s not us right now, you can easily search for the registration number of the nonprofit you want to donate to (and learn more about the program) at RefundWhatMatters.org
Donate the money you would be spending right now:
If you’re like me and lucky enough to be working from home, your spending may have gone down quite a bit. Maybe, like me, you’re making your own coffee rather than getting one on your way to the office. Maybe you’re not adding fare to your RTD card. Maybe you’re not splurging on that delicious, decadent, scrumptious avocado toast from the Serendipity Café…okay, I am definitely missing that avocado toast. But, my point is, without trips to the office, I know I’m saving a little money each week. If you are in a place to do so, consider donating that little chunk of change to the causes you love.
To make a one-time donation to Rocky Mountain Wild right now, visit our GivingFuel donation page. If you’d rather make smaller donations monthly, you can join our Super Species Squad of monthly donors. You can even pick a specific program if you have a favorite! Although, general funds would really help us the most right now.
If there’s anything we can do for you, don’t hesitate to reach out! We’d love to hear from you and hope you’re doing well.
Communications & Membership Manager
P.S. We’ve heard it said that coloring can help reduce stress, boost concentration, and enhance creativity. If you could use any of those three benefits, I’ve made a series of coloring pages just for you! Feel free to download, print, and color an American pika, boreal toad, Canada lynx, greater sage-grouse, Gunnison sage-grouse, and/or wolverine.
Resources here in Colorado if you need some help right now:
- Hunger Free Colorado’s COVID-19 Resources Page – includes links, information, and/or phone numbers for the Food Resources Hotline, SNAP, free grab and go meals for students under the age of 18, Meals on Wheels, WIC, and food pantries.
- Denver Public Schools Grab-and-Go Meal Pickup sites and information.
- Friends & Family Meal – to-go meals for unemployed hospitality workers.
- Operation Family Meal – nonprofit set up to feed Denver’s hospitality industry employees and their families.
Shelters and Housing:
- COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project – a community legal project to provide information and support to Coloradans unable to pay their rent during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Urban Peak – shelter for youth ages 15 through 20, LGBTIQA2+ safer space.
- Colorado Coalition for the Homeless – housing for families, couples, and individuals as well as affordable housing resources.
- Denver Rescue Mission – National Western Complex to shelter up to 600 men.
- Saint Francis Center – refuge for adult men and women.
Unsafe Stay-At-Home Situations:
- National Domestic Violence Hotline – number, online chat function, and resources.
- Violence Free Colorado – resources including those specific to undocumented individuals, immigrant communities, LGBTIQA2+ people, people with disabilities, and more.
Knowledge About Bills and Executive Orders That Could Help:
- Unemployment claim payments have been expedited. As of April 20th, self-employed and gig workers can make unemployment claims.
- Companies have been asked to defer mortgage payments and landlords are not to charge late fees for rent until April 30th.
- No resources are to be used to respond to foreclosures or evictions.
- Utilities are not to shut off services for people who can’t pay.
- Federally-serviced student loan borrowers are allowed to defer payments until September 30th with no interest or penalty.
- Business sales tax due date has been delayed from April 20 to May 20.
- Homeowners can split their property tax payments over April and May
If you know of a resource that should be on this list but isn’t, please let me know.