Frequently Asked Questions
The City of Fort Collins has long been the beneficiary of charitable gifts: The Senior Center, Inspiration Playground, conservation easements, The Lincoln Center. And, most recently, the Poudre River Whitewater Park and the expansion of The Gardens on Spring Creek. And, there are countless ways charitable giving impacts City services: climate action, parks and recreation, performing arts, and the list goes on.
- Is a donation to the City of Fort Collins tax deductible?
Yes. Per IRS code 26 U.S.C. 170(c)(1), a gift to a local government entity is tax deductible if the gift is for public purpose.
- Does my donation end up in the general fund?
No. Charitable gifts to the City can only be used for the intended purpose. Charitable gifts to the City of Fort Collins are delivered directly into the budgets of benefiting projects, and can’t be redirected by elected officials or City staff.
- Can I make an anonymous gift?
The City will work diligently to protect and maintain the confidentiality of a donor’s name and privileged information at a donor’s request. And, City staff will not disclose privileged or confidential information to unauthorized parties at any time for any purpose. However, the City of Collins as a public institution, may be required legally to disclose the terms a charitable gift if requested by an interested party.
- Does City Give charge a fee on charitable gifts?
No. Philanthropic gifts are not charged administrative fees by City Give or the City of Fort Collins. All gifts to the City do fully and directly to the project or program you choose.
- Is there a reliable process for giving to the City?
Strong oversight of philanthropic gifts is a priority, and the City of Fort Collins has created multiple layers of accountability and transparency for donated funds and the projects receiving donated funds. City Give is subject to the City’s policies and regulations, including the City’s accounting and conflict of interest policies.
- Is this a way for donors to create pet projects with the City?
No, charitable giving is not a political vehicle or beyond the scope and transparency of the public oversight. Charitable gifts must reflect the priorities and needs of the City of Fort Collins, and align with City Plan and the City’s strategic objectives.
- Is community giving a “work around” to fill gaps in the City’s operating budget?
No, however community needs are always deeper than any City’s budget. Charitable gifts are a vehicle to expand and enrich City programs and services: from youth recreation to public art, from neighborhood park improvements to urban gardens, from the performing arts to the preservation of open spaces.
- How do I make a gift to the City of Fort Collins?
Checks can be made payable to City of Fort Collins, 300 Laporte Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524, Attention: City Give. Or, contact Nina Bodenhamer, City Give Director at 970-221-6687.