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Colorado Christian Services


Original Business Start Date: 08/01/1963

A BBB Accredited Charity since 07/17/2007.


This BBB Accredited Charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder.
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Name: Colorado Christian Services
Phone: (303) 761-7236
Address: 3959 E Arapahoe Rd STE 200
Centennial, CO 80122-2070
Website: www.christianservices.org
Report Creation Date: January 9, 2014
Report Expiration Date: January 9, 2016
Original Business Start Date: August 1963
Principal: Elizabeth Rich Bolz, Executive Director
Customer Contact: Elizabeth Rich Bolz, Executive Director
Email Address:
Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: August 1979, CO
Type of Business: Charity - Local, Charity - Children & Youth
BBB Accreditation: This organization is a BBB Accredited Charity.

Stated Purpose

Mission - Colorado Christian Services is a leading provider of adoption services, having been in operation since 1963. We are a state licensed, non-profit child placement agency dedicated to providing professional counseling services to women in crisis pregnancies, serving children through foster care, and assisting Christian couples nationwide in building their families through adoption.

In addition, our Counseling Program is dedicated to providing quality marriage, family and individual counseling on an affordable fee basis in a safe and comfortable environment.

Vision - Colorado Christian Services is committed to being a leader in the field of counseling and adoption because of our dedication to strengthening families with an emphasis on Christian values as well as respecting the dignity and worth of all individuals.


Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated according to the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. This organization meets all those Standards and is a BBB Accredited Charity.


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

Birth Parent Services:
Colorado Christian Services provides maternity care to any pregnant woman, regardless of age, race, or religion. The staff offers professional counseling and support, and makes referrals for medical care, housing, food, clothing, and psychotherapy. Their aim is to serve each of their birthmother clients and honor the decisions each makes. For the birth mother deciding to parent, they offer parenting skills counseling to assist her in becoming the best mother she can be. Should a client choose to place her child in a loving adoptive home, they offer cradle care and a full range of adoption services.

Adoption Services:
Since the beginning of their ministry in 1963, Colorado Christian Services indicates it has placed nearly 1200 children into loving, stable homes. Though licensed in the state of Colorado, they are able to provide the full range of adoption services to families across the United States. These services include: traditional, semi-open, open, and designated adoptions; contract services; adoptive family assessments and updates; post-placement supervisory services; adoption seminars; birth parent counseling; and foster care.

Foster Care:
Their state-licensed foster families provide homes and loving care to those babies awaiting placement adoptive families. They serve as the loving link in the child's life between the birth parents and their adoptive parents. The Colorado Christian Services staff provides ongoing training and support to their foster families.

Total Program Expenses:$332,790

Governance

Chief Executive Officer:Elizabeth Rich Bolz, LCSW
Chair of the Board:Carol Keller
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:RE/MAX Masters, Real Estate Broker
Board Size:7
Paid Staff Size:1 Full Time. 7 Part Time.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:Direct mail appeals, fundraising events, grant proposals, car donations, television and radio 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.


Financial

According to Colorado Christian Services's Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2012:

Income
 Total Income:$469,679
 
Expenses  % of total
Expenses
% of total
Income
 Programs:$332,790 74.22%70.85%
 Fund Raising:$56,329 12.56%11.99%
 Administrative:$59,287 13.22%12.62%
 Other:$0 0.00%0.00%
 Total Expenses:$448,406
 
Excess of Income over Expenses$21,273
Ending Net Assets:$749,873

* Excess for the year indicates the portion of income remaining after expenses.


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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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: 13001469
Report as of November 22, 2014 21:24
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