Ways to Give

Thank you for considering making a gift to Colorado Open Lands.  We seek to provide many ways to give to conservation and pledge to use your gift efficiently and effectively, to protect the treasures of Colorado that we all love.

How does the CARES Act impact my gift this year?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) made several temporary changes to the charitable contribution rules for the 2020 tax year.

First, taxpayers are eligible to deduct up to $300 of cash contributions as an “above the line” deduction (meaning even non-itemizing taxpayers can claim this deduction). Additionally, for individuals who itemize, the 50% adjusted gross income limitation is waived for certain contributions.

The second change lifts the cap on how much a donor can deduct in charitable gifts in a single year. Individuals who itemize deductions may deduct donations up to 100% of their 2020 Adjusted Gross Income (up from 60% previously) and may be carried forward for up to five years.

COL is not in the business of offering professional legal or financial advice, and we suggest consulting with your own advisors. The 100% AGI deduction is not allowed if made to a private foundation or to a donor-advised fund.

Make an Online Donation
Click here to make an immediate gift, recurring donation, or contribution in honor or memory of a loved one, online.
Check or Money Order
Send a check or money order, made payable to Colorado Open Lands, to our offices at 1546 Cole Blvd. #200, Lakewood, CO 80401.
Stock and Mutual Funds
Gifts of appreciated stock and/or mutual funds can be a wonderful way to support Colorado Open Lands, while realizing savings on long-term capital gain taxes! For your reference, transfers of publicly traded securities can be made to Colorado Open Lands through Charles Schwab & Co, Inc. Account # 1372-3301. For questions, and/or to notify us of an incoming gift, please contact Alyssa Acosta here, or by calling 303.988.2373.
Donor-Advised Funds

If you support multiple organizations or you want to secure a charitable deduction now but designate beneficiaries later, a donor-advised fund (DAF) may work for you. They can be established with a number of entities, including community foundations and financial services companies.

“I have found that using my Donor-Advised Fund to SUPPORT conservation work around Colorado is a HANDY way to support this GREAT cause, and I hope you would consider doing the same.” – Paul Phillips

Please contact Alyssa Acosta here, or by calling 303.988.2373 for questions.

Estate Planning
By including Colorado Open Lands in your estate and retirement planning, you are making a legacy gift that supports our promise of perpetual land conservation. To learn more about options for making a planned gift, please click here.
Workplace Giving
Many employers support employee giving through direct payroll deductions and/or matching gift programs that can increase the impact of your gifts. Check with your Human Resources representative to see what options may be available to you through a workplace giving campaign.


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Colorado Open Lands is also a member of the following giving campaigns, linked to many employers throughout the state:
– Community Shares – our designation number is 5016.
– Combined Federal Campaign – our designation number is 78031.
– City of Denver or State of Colorado Campaigns – our Denver Employee Combined Campaign number is 5021.
– United Way Campaign – simply write in Colorado Open Lands on your designated giving form.

If you, or your employer, have interest in learning more about how your company can support employee philanthropy, please contact Alyssa Acosta here, or by calling 303.988.2373.

In-Kind Contributions
Gifts in-kind support Colorado Open Lands’ operations and events, while providing corporate partners with an opportunity to share their brand message with a loyal, conservation-minded audience. To see if making an in kind gift is a good fit for your business, please contact Alyssa Acosta here, or by calling 303.988.2373.
Gifts of Physical Assets
If you are interested in donating real estate, automobiles, or other physical assets to Colorado Open Lands, please contact Alyssa Acosta here, or by calling 303.988.2373.
IRA Contribution
Are you older than 72 years of age (or 70 ½ if you reached 70 ½ before January 1, 2020) and have an IRA subject to Required Minimum Distributions?  You can make a qualified distribution by making a direct charitable contribution, up to $100,000 per person, per year!  This is a wonderful way to turn your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) into a meaningful gift for Colorado Open Lands, while realizing significant tax savings!  Consult your financial adviser or account holder for more information.

Need a replacement tax receipt for your gift? Contact us here. Download our IRS 501c3 determination letter. Our Privacy Policy is here.

Colorado Open Lands is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Our Federal Identification Number is 84-0866211.

Grand Mesa, Colorado; Photo Credit: John Fielder

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