Thanks in part to the Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund (CDAF), the CDHS Domestic Violence Program (DVP) provided funding to local domestic violence programs in Colorado that answered 62,080 crisis calls and served 23,758 adults and children in 2018.
Coloradans donated more than $167,000 on their 2017 tax returns to the CDAF. "The state's tax check-off program is an easy way for taxpayers to give to support a cause that they are passionate about," said DVP Director Brooke Ely-Milen. "Many rural programs in Colorado do not have the resources to sustain a permanent emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence and their children. This funding provides a crucial bridge to safety until a survivor can find another permanent, safe location. The availability of emergency motel or hotel vouchers to temporarily house survivors who flee violent homes is just one example of the many ways CDAF supports local programs and services for survivors of domestic violence and their children in Colorado."
Check-off contributions are voluntary donations made from a taxpayer's refund, or donations can be made from an additional amount voluntarily added to a taxpayer's liability.
Contributions to CDAF support local domestic violence programs and services such as:
- 24-hour crisis line services
- Emergency housing options
- Support groups, counseling, and advocacy
- Safety planning and information and referrals for victims and their families
- Community education and prevention efforts
- Children's programming and advocacy
To find a program in your area, go to the Domestic Violence Program Map
- Promote CDAF
Our goal is to double the donations to CDAF this year. To raise taxpayer awareness about the CDAF, DVP would like to enlist your organization's support. Here's how you can help:
- Use social media to promote CDAF - DVP has crafted several posts that can be used for Facebook or Twitter to be used until April 15. All you have to do is copy and paste.
- Place the CDAF Funded Program Logo on your website - Download our CDAF jpg logo to make posting the picture as easy as possible.
- Send out a press release - DVP has written a sample press release that can be modified to suit your community needs.
- Provide the tax donation request form to your stakeholders - This letter indicates that the taxpayer is interested in donating to CDAF, making it easy for tax professionals to designate a tax refund donation when preparing an individual's taxes.
- Hang this poster in public areas - This poster is a quick way to let people know about CDAF.
- Download the poster as an image - you can use it for social media posts, too.