Explore Updated Community Facts Tool

After nearly a year of planning and development, the Data Initiative is excited to announce that the updated Community Facts tool is now live! This updated version of Community Facts is the first web-based application that was created with the Data Initiative's newly expanded, 7-county regional view. By offering free, neighborhood-level data for the Denver metro region, Community Facts is able to provide data and analysis about the health and well-being of metro Denver's families and communities, helping to support community change initiative across the region. Explore the updated Community Facts tool.

Tax Help Colorado Provides Free Assistance to 10,800 Families

This past tax season, Tax Help Colorado, a partnership between The Piton Foundation and the Colorado Community College System, offered free tax help to Colorado families with incomes less than $52,000. Our 26 free tax preparation sites helped nearly 10,800 families claim more than $20.5 million in refunds, including more than $7.5 million from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The program helped save low-income Coloradans more than $2.8 million in commercial preparation fees.

We appreciate our many community partners, who helped us distribute more than 1.2 million educational materials through our Tax Credits for Working Families Public Information Campaign. Because of the help of these valued partners, we were able to link eligible families to the EITC and free tax assistance. 

To read about Tax Help Colorado in the news during the 2015 tax season, check out the media coverage below: 

  • Colorado Public Radio aired a story on the Earned Income Tax Credit that features interviews with clients at our Tax Help Colorado free tax sites.
  • Aurora's Channel 8 did a segment on free tax filing through Tax Help Colorado at the Community College of Aurora tax site. 
  • Colorado Community College System President Dr. Nancy McCallin discusses Tax Help Colorado on 850 KOA. 
  • FOX31 featured a segment on the students at Adams City High School.   

Learn more about how Tax Help Colorado positively impacts the lives of families by reading client stories from the 2015 tax season.

Children's Corridor Update

While the Children's Corridor's place-based approach has been sucessful in other cities, we have realized that geography should not be the primary driver of our work. The Children's Corridor laid out a commitment to focus on the needs of low-income children in specific areas of Denver, but subsequent work has taught us that the challenges Denver faces are not limited by geography. Gary Community Investments will continue our committment to children in Denver while extending our coverage to even more families in need. Learn more.

The Data Initiative pioneers a data-driven culture that puts neighborhood-level information in the hands of people who can effect change for low-income communities. As a service to the metro Denver community, the Data Initiative provides nonprofits, governments and other agencies that are working to improve our region with limited technical assistance such as neighborhood mapping and analysis and the creation of visualizations. In addition, we are looking to expand our partnerships with like-minded organizations by participating in more in-depth research projects. 


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