The Piton Foundation is a private, operating foundation established in 1976 by Denver oil man Sam Gary. It is funded by the Gary Community Investment Company to develop and implement programs to
improve education, expand economic opportunities for families, and strengthen lower-income
communities. Read more
DAVE YOUNGGREN NAMED PITON PRESIDENT, JED EMERSON AS SENIOR ADVISOR
Dave Younggren has been named president of The Piton Foundation, Sam Gary, founder of Piton announced. Dave has been interim president since February 2013 and has served on Piton's board for over 15 years. Gary also announced that he has retained Jed Emerson as the senior advisor to The Piton Foundation and Gary Community Investment Company. Read more
PITON OFFERS FREE TAX HELP TO WORKING FAMILIES THROUGH TAX HELP COLORADO PROGRAM
Since opening in late January, Tax Help Colorado's 27 free tax sites have assisted more than 8,000 clients, helping hard-working families claim nearly $18 million in tax refunds. Many of these tax sites remain open through March and April to help eligible individuals and families with incomes less than $50,000 file their taxes for free. The families who qualify for free tax help may also be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), an important tool for helping Colorado's struggling families achieve financial independence. To ensure that everyone who qualifies for the EITC receives it, 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.
AMERICORPS PROGRAM VITAL TO TAX HELP COLORADO'S SUCCESS
For six weeks in January and February 2014, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Team Fire 7 spent five days a week working at three of Tax Help Colorado's busiest tax sites, located at the Community College of Aurora, Emily Griffith Technical College and Montbello High School. The nine members of Team Fire 7, who range in age from 18 to 23 years old, served as volunteer tax preparers at these sites, providing low-income individuals and families with free income tax preparation services and helping them claim valuable tax benefits like the Earned Income Tax Credit. Read more
More than a quarter million Coloradans gain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act
Between October 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014, more than 277,000 Coloradans signed up or were approved for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act - including more than 118,000 Coloradans who purchased private insurance through Connect for Health Colorado and more than 158,000 who enrolled in Medicaid. The Medicaid enrollment number includes 22,700 children who were previously eligible for Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus, but had not yet enrolled in coverage. Through its new health coverage public information campaign,The Piton Foundation has taken an active role in educating low- to moderate-income individuals and families about these new free and lower-cost health insurance options. Since September, Piton has distributed nearly one million pieces of educational materials through community partners statewide.