The Piton Foundation is a private, operating foundation established in 1976 by Denver oil man Sam Gary. It is funded by the Gary Community Investment Company to develop and implement programs to
improve education, expand economic opportunities for families, and strengthen lower-income
communities. Read more
Katherine Pease NAMED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF PHILANTHROPIC INVESTMENT & POLICY
Gary Community Investment Company (GCIC) and The Piton Foundation announced that Katherine Pease has been named Senior Vice President of Philanthropic Investment & Policy. In this new role, Katherine will lead and manage GCIC and Piton's philanthropic investments and policy agenda to help advance the organizations' mission of improving the lives of low-income children and their families in Colorado. Read more
PITON HELPS 10,400 FAMILIES CLAIM $20.5 million in refunds THROUGH TAX HELP COLORADO PROGRAM
Tax Help Colorado's 27 free tax sites provided free tax preparation assistance to more than 10,400 individuals during the 2014 tax season, helping these families claim more than $20.5 million in refunds, including more than $7.8 million from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). A partnership between The Piton Foundation and the Colorado Community College System, Tax Help Colorado was created in 2007 to help alleviate the financial burden of commercial tax preparation on low-wage earners. Through this free service, Tax Help Colorado helped struggling families save more than $2 million in commercial tax preparation fees. In an effort to link more Colorado families to the EITC and free tax help, Piton conducts an annual, statewide EITC public awareness campaign to educate families about their potential eligibility. Learn more about Tax Help Colorado and the Tax Credits for Working Families Public Information Campaign.
AMERICORPS PROGRAM VITAL TO TAX HELP COLORADO'S SUCCESS
For six weeks in January and February 2014, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Team Fire 7 spent five days a week working at three of Tax Help Colorado's busiest tax sites, located at the Community College of Aurora, Emily Griffith Technical College and Montbello High School. The nine members of Team Fire 7, who range in age from 18 to 23 years old, served as volunteer tax preparers at these sites, providing low-income individuals and families with free income tax preparation services and helping them claim valuable tax benefits like the Earned Income Tax Credit. Read more
More than 300,000 Coloradans gain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act
Between October 1, 2013 and April 15, 2014, more than 300,000 Coloradans signed up or were approved for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act - including more than 127,000 Coloradans who purchased private insurance through Connect for Health Colorado and more than 178,000 who enrolled in Medicaid. The Medicaid enrollment number includes 22,700 children who were previously eligible for Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus, but had not yet enrolled in coverage. Through its new health coverage public information campaign,The Piton Foundation has taken an active role in educating low- to moderate-income individuals and families about these new free and lower-cost health insurance options. Since September, Piton has distributed nearly one million pieces of educational materials through community partners statewide.
COMMUNITY FACTS DISCOVERY PHASE KICKS OFF
The first web application that the Data Initiative is developing with an expanded regional view is an updated Community Facts tool, which will offer free, neighborhood-level data.
We kicked off development of this updated application on June 30 with the discovery stakeholder group meeting. Learn more about the development process, including who is participating in the discovery stakeholder group, progress made at the discovery meetings and the project's anticipated timeline.
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HELP DRAFT REGIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD BOUNDARIES
As part of the Community Fact's update, the Data Initiative developed a classification scheme to delineate neighborhood boundaries for the entire metro region. We invite you to use this new feedback tool to provide input on draft neighborhood boundaries that we've identified. Submissions are due by September 19, 2014.
THE CHILDREN'S CORRIDOR
There are 50,000 children living within just a 40-square mile strip of Denver and Aurora. A staggering two-thirds of those children either live in poverty or are at risk of being left behind if preventive investments are not made in their future. The Piton Foundation's goal is for every child in this "Children's Corridor" to have a medical home and graduate from high school. To that end, we are committed to educating the community about the needs of these children and encouraging, as well as making, investments to ensure their success.
Visit the site, or watch this moving video tribute to Piton founder Sam Gary for his efforts in the Children's Corridor.