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American Red Cross Mile High Chapter


Original Business Start Date: 11/21/1914

A BBB Accredited Charity since 05/23/2003.


This BBB Accredited Charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder.
BBB issues Charity Reports on all organizations, whether or not they are BBB accredited. If an organization is a BBB Accredited Charity, it is stated in this report.
Name: American Red Cross Mile High Chapter
Phone: (303) 722-7474
Fax: (303) 722-7588
Address: 444 Sherman St
Denver, CO 80203-3502
Website: www.ColoradoRedCross.org
Report Creation Date: April 25, 2013
Report Expiration Date: November 1, 2014
Original Business Start Date: November 1914
Principal: Mr. Gino Greco, Regional CEO
Customer Contact: Mary Black
Email Address:
Incorporated: January 1979, CO
Type of Business: Charity - Local, Charity - Relief & Development
BBB Accreditation: This organization is a BBB Accredited Charity.

Stated Purpose

The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Chapter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.


Evaluation Conclusions

This organization is classified as a national charity in our database. Please contact the Wise Giving Alliance below for information regarding the organizations evaluation.

Wise Giving Alliance
4200 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 222003

Telephone: (703) 276-0100
Fax: (703) 525-8277
Website: www.give.org
http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/human-services/american-red-cross-in-washington-dc-679


BBB Charity Seal Participation

Charities that meet the Standards for Charity Accountability are eligible to participate in BBB Wise Giving Alliance Charity Seal program. The seal, which can be displayed on the charity's web site and in printed materials, helps inform the public that the charity meets these standards. This organization participates in this program.


Programs

The American Red Cross Mile High Chapter provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

-Disaster Services - The Mile High Chapter responds to a disaster on average once every 36 hours within their 19 county jurisdictions. Volunteer teams arrive on scene providing food, clothing and shelter to those affected by a disaster including single or multi family fires, wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes, floods or hazardous material spills.

-Transportation Services - The Mile High Chapter provides low-cost transportation to medical and other essential appointments for elderly, chronically ill, and disabled individuals who are unable to provide their own transportation.

-Health and Safety Services - Red Cross volunteers and authorized instructors provide courses in lifesaving skills, including first aid, CPR, water safety, babysitter's training, care giving and defensive driving.

-International Social and Military Services - The Red Cross provides emergency communication services for local military families, contacting service members around the world so that they are present to support their families in an hour of need.


Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:Direct mail, fund raising events, corporate partnerships, grant proposals, planned giving and Internet appeals.


Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


Charity Licensing

All charitable organizations soliciting contributions in Colorado -- with a few specific exceptions listed in the Charitable Solicitations Act at 6-16-104(6)(a)-(c), C.R.S. -- must submit an initial registration statement with the Secretary of State and receive a registration number. After the initial registration, annual registration statements must be renewed each year by the 5th day of the fifth month after the close of the organization’s fiscal year. In addition, all solicitation campaigns utilizing paid solicitors as defined at 6-16-103(7), C.R.S. must be listed on separate Solicitation Notices, which should be filed online by the paid solicitor.

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Additional Contact Information

Additional Addresses
PO Box 6989
Denver, CO  80206-0989
Tel: (303) 607-4736

330 Fiedler
P.O. Box 120
Dillon, CO  80435

250 Walker Rd
Alamosa, CO  81101-9804

Additional Phone Numbers
Tel: (719) 587-3314
Tel: (303) 442-0577
Tel: (970) 262-0530


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Charitable Giving Tips

Whether charitable organizations use their employees, volunteers or professional fund- raisers to solicit donations by phone, mail, or in person, consider the following precautions to ensure that your donation dollars benefit the people and programs you want to help.

-Ask for written information, including the charity's name, address, and telephone number. A legitimate charity or fund- raiser will give you materials outlining the charity's mission, how your donation will be used, and proof that your contribution is tax deductible.

-Ask for identification. Many states require paid fund-raisers to identify themselves as such and to name the charity for which they're soliciting. If the solicitor refuses, hang up and report it to local law enforcement officials.

-Call the charity. Find out if the organization is aware of the solicitation and has authorized the use of its name. If not, you may be dealing with a fraudulent solicitor.

-Watch out for similar sounding names. Some phony charities use names that closely resemble those of respected, legitimate organizations.

-Know the difference between "tax exempt" and "tax deductible." Tax exempt means the organization doesn't have to pay taxes. Tax deductible means you can deduct your contribution on your federal income tax return. Even though an organization is tax exempt, your contribution may not be tax deductible. If deductibility is important to you, ask for a receipt showing the amount of your contribution and stating that it is tax deductible.

-Know that a 501(c)(3) organization must make a copy of its annual returns, (Form 990 or Form 990EZ) for the last three years and its exempt status application and supporting documents available for you to view during business hours.

-Be skeptical if someone thanks you for a pledge you don't remember making. If you have any doubt whether you've made a pledge or previously contributed, check your records. Be on the alert for invoices claiming you've made a pledge when you know you haven't. Some unscrupulous solicitors use this approach to get your money.

-Ask how your donation will be distributed. How much will go to the program you want to support, and how much will cover the charity's administrative costs? If a professional fund-raiser is used, ask how much it will keep.

-Refuse high pressure appeals. Legitimate fund-raisers won't push you to give on the spot.

-Be wary of charities offering to send a courier to collect your donation immediately.

-Consider the costs. When buying merchandise or tickets for special events, or when receiving free goods in exchange for giving, remember that these items cost money and generally are paid for out of your contribution. Although this can be an effective fund-raising tool, less money may be available for the charity.

-Be wary of guaranteed sweepstakes winnings in exchange for a contribution. You never have to donate anything to be eligible to win.

-Avoid cash gifts that can be lost or stolen. For security and tax record purposes, it's best to pay by check. Use the official full name of the charity - not initials - on your check. Avoid solicitors who want to send a courier or use an overnight delivery service to pick up your donation.

More information:
Philanthropic Advisory Service/ BBB Wise Giving Alliance Council of BBBs
4200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 800
Arlington, VA 22203-1838
(703) 276-0100
http://www.bbb.org

American Institute of Philanthropy
4905 Del Ray Avenue, Suite 300
(301) 913-5200


(Source of info: http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/consumer.htm)


ID: 2090
Report as of September 15, 2014 14:53
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