Remember that when you give this year you will help us and you will benefit as a Colorado Resident through the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit.
Check out the Colorado State Income 35 form to see how to take advantage of this opportunity. Please check with your tax advisor.
Ways You Can Get Involved
Donors and Volunteers Together Help Mountain States Children’s Home Succeed. There are many, many ways our donors help our children.
- Appeal Gifts
- Automobile Donations
- Cash, Check or use your Credit Card when you click the Donate Now Online button
- Change Cans (through business, individual, church, etc.)
- Christmas Gifts – During the months beginning in November through December we make available Christmas ideas for the children
- Congregational Giving
- Endowment Funding
- Fund a Child – Help a child with their program expense and encouragement to success
- In Kind (landscape material, concrete, house supplies, maintenance, etc.)
- Items that can be sold for funds (in Benefit Auction, MSCH Thrift Store, etc.) or used in the homes
- Memorial and Honorariums
- Monthly Gifts – Donations can be set up through your bank for Direct Deposit
- Monthly Gifts through the MSCH Calendar – Each month has a reminder envelope for giving
- Planned Giving
- Sponsor a House – Provide some of the needed support for a cottage family through encouragement and funding
- Wish Lists – There are lists of current needs on the Website under “Wish Lists” for the campus school, each of the houses, the counseling program and the farm
Other – Tell us your idea!
Campus Wish List
The Campus Wish Lists are excellent ways to help with continuing costs for each of our homes, counseling, school, and farm.
Cottage 1 Wish List
Paul & Terri McGinty- Houseparents (Updated Jan – March 2020)
New wood flooring for Kitchen/Dining Area
Refrigerator/Freezer for Garage
Pergola for back patio (call for dimensions)
Triangle Garden Patio Sun Sail Shade w/ Hanging Hardware Kit (Blue/Teal)
Tickets to Sporting Events for 8
Sports Fund (For kids in school sports for equipment/travel)
Sturdy Weatherproof Large Outdoor Umbrella with Base
Kohl’s Marshalls AMC & Regal Theatres
Five Guys Sam’s Club Papa Murphy’s
King Soopers Smashburger Walmart
Cottage 2 Wish List
Paul & Geneva Mondu- Houseparents (Updated Jan – March 2020)
HP Color Laser MFP 178nw Printer Ink
Laser Toner Cartridges 116A Y/M/C/K
Large Electric Big Daddy’s Presto Grill
C, D, & 9V Batteries
Scotsman CU0715MA-1 15” 80 lb Ice Machine (15w x 24d x 38h)
2 Google Thermostats
Air Conditioning System
Video Monitoring System
New Carpet Fund
Steps for Big Van (both sides)
6 New durable Armoires for boys (large drawers on bottom, cupboard with shelving on top)
35-gallon Storage Bins
60 quart Wheeled Ice Chest Cooler
Stainless Steel Appliance Cleaner/Polish
Weiman Glass Cook Top Cleaner/Polish
Heavy Duty TV trays
Oxo Softworks Storage System
Nalgene Wide Mouth Water Bottles (6 different colors)
Veken Infrared Laser Tag Game Set (adult size)
New Video Camera
Polaroid Camera and Film
Heavy Duty Hammocks for Lawn (adult- 200lb plus)
Skateboards and safety gear- helmets, pads, tools to maintain
Baseball Equipment – bats, helmets, bases, catcher’s equipment (right and left handed)
Football Equipment- balls, kick stands, ball return
Air Hockey Table (Full size)
Ace (Soft touch) Ice Packs – reusable-/all sizes
Walmart Sam’s Club Regal Movies McDonalds
Taco Bell Subway Red Robin Perkins
Freddy’s Chili’s Chick-Fil-A A&W
Boondocks Batting Cages Wild Animal Sanctuary
Elitch Gardens Water World Denver Museum of N & S
Denver Mint Denver Zoo Carbon Valley Rec Center
Denver Aquarium Roller Skating Sunset Swimming Pool
Driving Range Bowling: Summit/Wild Game Bandimere Speedway
Lakeside Amusement Park
Cottage 3 Wish List
Zach & Keri Echols- Houseparents
(Updated Jan – March 2020)
Non-Folding, Small Barista Table with 2 chairs for puzzles/games/etc
Outdoor Play Things (Giant bubble wand with solution, badminton set, pogo sticks, swirl spinning sprinkler)
Large food dehydrator (for beef jerky and dried fruit)
Outdoor porch swing/double rocker/outdoor furniture
Scooters/Skateboards with Elbow/Knee Pads
Bras and Sports Bras (sizes 34B, 34C, 36C, 38C, 34D)
Inspirational Jewelry (bracelets, necklaces, earrings)
Hair products and accessories (bobby pins, head bands, elastic hair bands, etc.)
Old Spaghetti Factory Olive Garden Freddy’s
Regal Walmart Papa Murphy’s
Chipotle Qdoba World Market
Marshalls Ulta Dicks Sporting Goods
Hobby Lobby Taco Bell King Soopers
Chick-Fil-A Home Depot/Lowes/Ace
Cottage 4 Wish List
John & Kathy Oberholzer- Houseparents
(Updated Jan – March 2020)
* *Immediate home repair needs**
New Counter Top
New Vinyl Flooring for Kitchen
Blu-ray DVD player
Ross/Marshalls McDonald’s Wendy’s
Red Robin Walmart Chili’s
AMC or Regal Theatres Boondocks Blackjack Pizza
King Soopers Home Depot
Cottage 5 Wish List
Jim & Carren Powell- Houseparents
(Updated Jan – March 2020)
*Large towels, wash clothes, hand towels – coral, pink, light green, blue, (bright colors) to match their shower curtains.
Bathmats- coral, pink, light green, blue (bright colors)
Heavy Duty Carpet Shampooer
*Bicycles 26 in for girls (don’t have to be brand new)
Denver Museum/IMAX passes
A yard badmitten/volleyball set – sturdy because of the wind.
Red Robins Pizza Hut Walmart
King Soopers Culvers Wendy’s
McDonalds Subway Dairy Queen
Chick-Fil-A AMC Regal Movie Theater
Counseling Department Wish List
Dustin Smith- Director of Social Services (Updated Jan-March 2020)
Blue Tooth Speaker
Amazon Echo Dot
Amazon Gift Cards for Treatment Guides, Books, Etc
K-Cup Coffee Cups
20 copies of the book The Blessing (Trent & Smalley)
10 copies of The Blessing Workbook (Trent & Smalley) Amazon Echo Dot
5 copies of The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens (Lisa Schab)
Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens (Mary Alvord/Anne McGrath)
The Adolescent Psychotherapy Treatment Planner (Jongsma/Peterson)
Parenting Skills Treatment Planner (Jongsma/Knapp)
School Wish List
(Updated January – March 2020)
Medium (32-40”) Smart TV with wall mount
12 Acer Chromebooks
12 TI-84 Plus CE Graphing Calculators
Laminator 27” rolltop – used is fine if working well
3 15-20’ HDMI cables (they do not have to be high quality)
PE Equipment (MS – HS Level)
40 or more toy snowballs
18 sets of 3 juggling balls
18 sets of 3 juggling scarves
Money towards special order cabbage balls (not found on Amazon)
Gift Cards – PLEASE SPECIFY FOR SCHOOL
Amazon for textbooks, science supplies, etc.
WalMart for supplies
Friday afternoon outings for students who have earned special privileges
Fast food: McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Dairy Queen, etc.
Local Bowling Passes – Centennial Lanes or Wild Game Entertainment, Longmont
Denver IMAX, Museum of Science, Zoo
Gateway Fun Park of Boulder
Boondocks of Thornton
Regal movie passes
City of Longmont Ice Pavillion
Get Air Trampoline Park
Farm Wish List
Roy Rush- Farm Manager (Updated Jan – March 2020)
- **3 Ton Floor Jack**
- Truck Bed Tool Box
- Post Hole Digger (Hooks on tractor/skid steer)
- Backhoe to fit on 3-point hitch for tractor
- Air Impact Wrench
- Stock tanks for water
- Cattle Panels and Gates or Pipe 1” to 1 ½” to build feeder or gates
- 18” pipe for irrigation underground from highway to irrigation ditch
Volunteers Help MSCH Go!
There are over 300 volunteers that contribute their time and talent to this unique and special work. Check out our Volunteer page for more information. There are many opportunities to help around the MSCH campus or at the Mountain States Children’s Home Thrift Store.
Sign Up to Volunteer
TRANSITIONAL LIVING PROGRAM
Transitional Living Program Need: $2,750,000 – Critical components such as housing, a loving family, a safe and secure environment, education, counseling, and emotional support work together to complete the comprehensive and deeper level of care we provide. However, due to state licensing regulations, these components abruptly stop once teens graduate from high school. They still need our guidance and support. Due to the lack of thorough family support, our children step out into an adult world without job skills, few of life’s daily maintenance proficiencies, no effective adult mentor-ship, and little emotional support. The Transitional Living Program is the solution. Our goal is to design a program that provides a system of support and service to young adults to help them achieve self-sufficiency. Whether they choose college, trade school, or enter the workforce, this program will continue to provide financial assistance along with other critical needs essential to achieving their career goals. This program is voluntary and requires participants to actively engage in the adult living preparation process. Our system of support will help the participant in the following areas: Tuition, Housing Allowance, Transportation, Living Expenses, Health Insurance, and Life-Skills Coaching. We will provide a goal-driven, structured environment for young adults (18-23) that will include ongoing involvement, accountability, and periodic evaluations. The vast majority of children are not ready to enter the world just because they have turned 18. The Transitional Living Program will allow MSCH to assist children beyond graduation.
SAVE A HOME
Save a Home Need: $1,280,000 – House #3 has been home to numerous children since it was built in 1974.Over the years, due to expansive soils common along the Colorado Front Range, the foundation will soon need to be replaced. Additionally, the basement walls are beginning to shift inward, causing other structural issues. Many other repairs are necessary including a kitchen renovation, roof replacement, sewer line repairs, and window replacements. Professionals have advised us that it is more cost-effective to replace the entire house rather than repair every issue.
SAFE & AFFORDABLE TRANSPORTATION
Safe & Affordable Transportation Need: $170,000 – Wouldn’t it be great if vehicles could run forever? Unfortunately, they don’t, and our vehicles are growing less reliable. With good stewardship, we have been able to drive our passenger vans up to the point of nearly 200,000 miles. However, at this point, it is more cost-effective to replace these vehicles rather than continue maintenance. Still, more importantly, we always seek to prioritize the safety of our children. When transporting children to church, events, and appointments, we need to ensure that we can depend on our transportation to get them and our staff there safely. The Suburbans in need of replacement are used for thrift store pick-ups, pulling trailers, food collections, and transporting children. The Suburbans we currently use have more than 200,000 miles and it would be more worthwhile to replace them rather than to continue repairs.
EXPANSION OF OFFICE SPACE
Expansion of Office Space Need: $300,000 – Therapeutic services at MSCH continue to be a critical component in our work with children and families and is part of the comprehensive and deeper level of care we provide. This program helps children work through their emotional trauma and heal from their wounds. On average, areas of therapeutic concern are reduced by more than 50% in the child’s first year at MSCH. With the increased number of children in our care and the necessary support staff, the size of our counseling center and office need to be increased. The solution is to add on to our existing building which will accommodate more room for our counseling staff, conference room, and workspace.
Other Important Ways to Give
Online Funding Opportunities
There are many ways you can help support our kids.
Donate directly to Mountain States Children’s Home
Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit Program
Thank you for helping the children of Mountain States Childrens Horne. The Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit Program provides a state tax credit for contributions made to a qualifying child care organization or fund. Mountain States Children’s Home qualifies for the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit, so you may be able to claim an income tax credit of 50% of your total contribution. Child Care Contribution Tax Credit Certiﬁcation (DR 1317) certifying your child care contribution will be sent for qualifying donations.
For more information please review Colorado Dept. of Revenue FYI Publications – Income Tax, Income 35: Child Care Contribution Tax Credit
Check with your tax advisor about this opportunity to help children and also receive this special tax break.
Mountain States Children’s Home Thrift Store accepts donated items to be sold to raise money for MSCH. You can also come shop or volunteer to help this special home.
For more Thrift Store information call. 303-834-9510.
After you select MSCH 0.5% of all or your Smile.Amazon.com purchases will go to Mountain States Children’s Home.
Held in December of each year, Colorado Gives Day is an all-day event to help nonprofits raise funding. You can also donate through this site all year long. Below are other ways to give through the Colorado Gives website.
We have created opportunities and reminders through Direct Mail to help our children.
- First Gift – February
- Phone Campaign – March-April
- Spring Appeal – May
- School Appeal -August
- End of Year – November
Endowment Funding Opportunities
General Endowment Fund
The General Endowment Fund is a non-restricted reserve fund to be used for cash emergencies and other needs to offset or reimburse operations for unexpected business expenses such as capital projects or special needs as authorized by the board.
Education Endowment Fund
The Education Endowment Fund is used to offset our graduating resident’s educational expenses who desire a post-secondary education at any school, college, or trade school. All earnings are re-invested with withdrawals to be taken at the end of each year. only if needed. and approved by the board. to offset resident educational expenses which have not been budgeted.
Medical Endowment Fund
The Medical Endowment Fund is used to offset those unplanned resident medical expenses that happen with our children. Earnings are reinvested for fund growth and withdrawals are taken at the end of each year. only if needed. to offset these unexpected resident medical expenses.
MONETARY GIFT (MONTHLY PLEDGE)
Monetary Gift (Monthly Pledge)
The simplest and most common way to make a gift to Mountain States Children’s Home is by giving a monetary gift. Not only are these gifts the simplest, but they are also among the most important. You may want to specify which project you would like to support or your gift can be undesignated. If you would like to designate a specific purpose for your gift or honor a loved one or friend, please indicate this on your check or on the form provided.
Planned giving can generate current income tax benefits and future estate tax savings, as well as a current income stream. At maturity, such a gift passes to Mountain States Children’s Home either to fund the endowment or to be applied to one of the other ongoing projects. Types of planned giving include Gift Annuities, Bequests, and gifts of IRA’s or other retirement plans.
CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITIES
Charitable Gift Annuities
A gift annuity is a transfer of cash, marketable securities, or other assets to MSCH. In return, MSCH agrees to pay a fixed amount of money to one or two individuals for their lifetime. Based on a predetermined formula, a gift annuity agreement with Mountain States Children’s Home is established as part gift and part annuity. This formula, combined with the donor’s age, determines an annual income payment or annuity. The higher the donor’s age, the higher the rate of annuity.
GIFTS OF SECURITIES
Gifts of Securities
Giving stocks and bonds that have increased in value after you have owned them for more than one year may provide greater tax benefits than giving cash. Your charitable income tax deduction is equal to the fair market value of the securities. You also avoid paying the capital gains tax on any increase in the fair market value over the original cost of the asset.
GIFTS OF REAL ESTATE
Gift of Real Estate
A gift of real estate held longer than one year provides a charitable income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the gift. You are not liable for capital gains tax on the appreciated value of the property.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
The simplest and most common way to make a gift to Mountain States Children’s Home is by giving a monetary gift. Not only are these gifts the simplest, but they are also among the most important. You may want to specify which project you would like to support or your gift can be undesignated.
Don’t have the funds to give financially but still want to support the work of MSCH?
There are many other ways you can play a part in impacting these children’s lives.