The Piton Foundation, which is part of Gary Community Investments, is a private, operating foundation established in 1971 by Denver oilman Sam Gary. It is committed to improving the lives of Colorado's low-income children and their families by increasing access to quality early childhood and youth development opportunities and fostering healthy family and community environments. In addition to investing in creative solutions for Coloardo's low-income families, Piton operates its own programs, including the Data Initiative, Tax Help Colorado, and the nation's largest and longest-running Earned Income Tax Credit public information campaign.
COMING SOON: NEW PITON WEBSITE LAUNCHING IN FALL 2014
The Piton Foundation is excited partner with Open Media Foundation on a redesign of our website. In addition to featuring updated content and a brand-new aesthetic, this website, which is expected to launch in fall 2014, will provide insight into our new strategy for helping to ensure that all children in Colorado have the opportunity to grow up healthy and become productive members of their communities. Also, we invite you to visit the Gary Community Investments website, which will be launching this fall.
Katherine Pease NAMED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF PHILANTHROPIC INVESTING & 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.
Piton Continues Efforts to Inform Coloradans about Lower-Cost Health Coverage Options
Building on the success of last year's efforts to educate lower-income families about the new health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act, Piton is launching its second Health Coverage for More Coloradans Public Information Campaign to coincide with Connect for Health Colorado's 2014-2015 open enrollment period. As part of its outreach campaign, Piton is creating a suite of informational materials to help educate Coloradans about thier new health coverage options. Our materials, which include a tri-fold brochure and poster in English and Spanish and newsletter copy, will be available in mid-October. If you are interested in utilizing our materials, please contact Courtney Sabine for more information.
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.