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
THE PITON FOUNDATION OFFICES RELOCATE TO HISTORIC UNION STATION REDEVELOPMENT AREA
After 20 years in downtown's Republic Plaza building, The Piton Foundation is relocating its offices to the heart of Union Station's redevelopment project. As of Monday, December 16, 2013, Piton's offices will be housed on the second floor of IMA Financial Center, located at the north end of Wynkoop Plaza. We'll be sharing office space with Gary Community Investment Company, an impact investment firm founded in 2012 by Sam Gary to use for-profit investment strategies to support Piton's philanthropic efforts. Our new address will be 1705 17th Street, Suite 200 Denver, CO 80202. Our phone number, 303-825-6246, will remain the same.
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
TAX CREDITS FOR WORKING FAMILIES AND TAX HELP COLORADO
The Piton Foundation considers tax credits for working families, especially the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), to be important tools for increasing the economic self-sufficiency and financial independence of Colorado's low- to moderate-wage workers. One of the nation's most effective anti-poverty programs, the EITC helped more than 345,000 Coloradans receive $719 million in tax refunds in 2011. To help increase the number of eligible families in Colorado receiving the EITC, Piton conducts the annual, statewide Tax Credits for Working Families Public Information Campaign. The foundation also publicizes the availability of free income tax preparation services for families earning less than $50,000, including its own Tax Help Colorado program. A partnership between Piton and the Colorado Community College System, Tax Help Colorado has 18 participating colleges operating 27 free tax sites in communities across the state. In 2014, Tax Help Colorado will expand its footprint by adding new tax sites at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Southwest Colorado Community College in Mancos and Fort Lewis College in Durango. A complete list of Tax Help Colorado tax sites, including dates and hours of operation, can be found here.
Coloradans Begin Enrolling in New Free and Lower-Cost Health Insurance Options
Since Coloradans began enrolling people in the new health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act, more than 138,000 have signed up for or been approved for health coverage, which accounts for 17 percent of the state's uninsured population. This includes more than 86,000 Coloradans who enrolled in Medicaid and another 51,728 who purchased private insurance through Connect for Health Colorado.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. Read more
There are 50,000 children living within just a 40-square mile strip of Denver and Aurora. A staggering two-thirds of those children either live in poverty or are at risk of being left behind if preventive investments are not made in their future. The Piton Foundation's goal is for every child in this "Children's Corridor" to have a medical home and graduate from high school. To that end, we are committed to educating the community about the needs of these children and encouraging, as well as making, investments to ensure their success.
Visit the site, or watch this moving video tribute to Piton founder Sam Gary for his efforts in the Children's Corridor.