Take Advantage of 2017 Tax Credits for End of Year Giving

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Dear Friends,

As a friend and supporter of TLC Learning Center, you know that our mission is to provide, in a fiscally responsible manner, comprehensive early childhood education and therapeutic services to assist each child in reaching his or her highest potential. In order to meet our mission, we rely on the generosity of the members of our community for support.

On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law and will go into effect on January 1, 2018. The bill will significantly increase the standard deduction in 2018 and future years, and because of this, fewer of our donors will receive a federal income tax deduction for charitable giving. We have summarized a few points below to help you decide if it makes sense for your family to make a donation to TLC before December 31, 2017:

•    Donate before year-end to maximize your 2017 tax deduction - If you donate to TLC before the close of business on December 31, 2017, your donation will be deductible on your 2017 tax return before the new tax bill goes into effect in 2018.  
•    Donor Advised Funds - You are allowed to take a charitable donation deduction on your 2017 tax return by putting money or stock into a donor advised fund for future donations to TLC. Simply open an account with your wealth manager or online brokerage, fund it before December 31, 2017, and you will be able to deduct this amount on your 2017 tax return. This account can be used to make your future donations to TLC. Learn more about donor advised funds and strategies to maximize your charitable giving deductions in this article from the New York Times.
•    Double your benefit by donating appreciated stock – If you transfer appreciated stock to your donor advised fund or directly to TLC, your charitable donation deduction is the fair market of the stock at the time of the donation. You are allowed a deduction for the appreciated value of marketable securities, rather than your cost basis, which could significantly increase your donation deduction and avoid paying tax on your capital gain. 
•    Colorado Child Care Tax Credit – A donation to TLC qualifies for the Colorado Child Care Tax Credit. The credit is equal to 50% of your donation and reduces your Colorado income tax liability dollar for dollar on annual donations of $100,000 or less. Any unused credits carry forward up to 5 years. The Colorado credit is not impacted by the new tax bill, so we expect the credit to be available in future years as well. 

Please consult your tax advisor prior to making any charitable contributions. This is intended for information purposes only and should not be relied upon as tax advice.

Thank you again for everything you do to support TLC Learning Center and to give back to those in need! And thank you for taking the time to consider making a year-end donation to TLC to help support our program! Your gift is very much appreciated.

Sincerely,

Matt Eldred
TLC Executive Director
 

Support TLC with a Camera Snap!

TLC is now on Shoparoo! That means you can help earn money for TLC's education programs, pediatric therapy programs, and scholarships for children in need simply by taking a picture of your grocery receipt using the Shoparoo app. If you have an iPhone or an Android phone, download the Shoparoo app, choose TLC Learning Center as your school of choice, then snap a photo using the app whenever you make a food or beverage purchase (grocery stores, convenience stores, etc.). Your receipt will earn points for TLC, which will translate into a check for or programs in August! 

Shoparoo is school fundraising made easy: the free app turns pictures of your everyday shopping receipts into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for our school! Yep, it’s that simple. All you have to do is shop as you normally do, snap pictures of your receipts with the app, and voila Just shop, snap, earn!

Get started helping TLC today:

1. Download the free Shoparoo app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
2. Select TLC Learning Center from the list and start taking pictures of your receipts - shop anywhere, buy anything!
3. The first 20 supporters at our school will earn an extra $1 donation from Shoparoo for their first receipt!
4. Earn even more Roo Points, or cash donations, by inviting others to join using your personal referral code.

There’s no limit to how much money we can raise with Shoparoo - the more supporters, the more we will raise for TLC. Check out shoparoo.com to learn more about this awesome app!

The Shoparoo app for TLC Learning Center on an iPhone. Keep track of how much your support earns for TLC! (You can enter your name or enter as "anonymous," and all receipt information is confidential)

The Shoparoo app for TLC Learning Center on an iPhone. Keep track of how much your support earns for TLC! (You can enter your name or enter as "anonymous," and all receipt information is confidential)

Thank you for your support!

Want to help TLC in other ways? Be sure to check out our How to Help page for other easy fundraising opportunities, like Amazon Smile and King Soopers cards.

 

Vote for TLC for Longmont's Non-profit of the Year!

Do you think TLC Learning Center has done great work for children and families in the Longmont community? If you believe in our mission - to provide comprehensive early childhood education and therapeutic services to assist each child in reaching his or her highest potential - and think we've done well at meeting our mission through our fully inclusive infant, toddler and preschool education programs for children both with and without special needs, as well as our pediatric physical, occupational, and speech therapy services, then please vote for us!

Visit the Longmont Chamber of Commerce page to vote here, or download a copy of the voting ballot in PDF here. You can type directly into the form and save it if you open it in Adobe Reader, or if that doesn't work, type your answers into the body of an email and send to Kathy Stevens at the Longmont Chamber of Commerce, at kstevens@longmontchamber.org

TLC's contact is Executive Director Matt Eldred, (303) 776-7417.

All nominations are due to the Longmont Chamber of Commerce on September 25, 2015.

Thank you!

The Economic Impact of Non-profit Orgranizations

By Matt Eldred, TLC Executive Director

Will you make a pledge to support the children and families at TLC learning center and help boost our local economy at the same time?


Will you make a pledge to support the children and families at TLC learning center and help boost our local economy at the same time?

Boulder County Nonprofits make a $254.8 Million Dollar
Impact on  Local Economy

When you support a nonprofit, you are supporting people and animals in need as well as the local economy. CU’s Leeds School of Business conducted a study looking at 53 Boulder County human services nonprofits. These agencies, including TLC Learning Center, directly employed 1,349 people and provided $162.5 million in services.

This in turn yielded $254.8 million in overall economic benefit, including 2,147 jobs and $124.1 million in wages. When looking at the total value added to the GDP by agency operations, these nonprofit human services agencies were responsible for $142 million of the $19.3 billion local economy. Wow!

So when you support TLC through contributions, scholarship grants for low income and at-risk children, you are also supporting the Boulder County economy, as well as all of the directors, teachers, accountants, fundraisers, health care providers, receptionists, cooks, drivers, and more who make nonprofit services possible. Thank you!
 
Learn more about TLC's impact on children and families in Boulder County.

The Importance of Community Involvement and Non-profit Organizations

By Biff Chrisman, TLC Board Member

Winton Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” It is easy to get caught up the hustle and bustle of our lives and simply look past non-profit organizations and the benefit they provide to our communities. These benefits are far reaching, but can include children receiving better educations, homeless animals finding loving homes, children receiving quality medical care, and people in need being fed and sheltered. These are just a few examples of the many great services that are provided by non-profits. Our community is stronger because of the programs non-profits put in place, and help from the community, both financially and through volunteers, is always needed and appreciated.

We are all constantly adhering to busy schedules and the many demands pulling our attention and time in different directions. The programs in place in our community are only successful because of the caring individuals that find a little extra time to put the framework into place, implement the services, and stay the course to make sure that the mission and vision of an organization are being met. The success of the non-profits in our community can be accomplished by a group of people working together to better the lives of everyone that call the community home.

There are many great non-profit organizations in our community of Boulder County and Longmont that could use your help. Simply look at what is important to you and what you believe in, and reach out and give…maybe from your pocket… or maybe by volunteering an hour of your time to help the organization's effort.  Everyone has needs, what can you do to help meet the needs of others in your community? Our community is only as strong as its members, and it takes a combined effort to ensure the future success for generations to come. 

I have been a resident of Longmont, CO for over 30 years and have seen first-hand the positive impacts that TLC Learning Center has had on both the community and children that I personally know.  I fully support providing all children in our community, with typical and non-typical needs, a higher standard of early education. It is a privilege and pleasure to be able to give back to my community through sitting on the Board of Directors of TLC Learning Center. Being a TLC Board Member lets me give back to the community that I love and call home. I challenge everyone in our community to find a way to do the same, whether by doing something small or something big. Doing SOMETHING is the greatest start.

It is time for all of us to reach out a helping hand and give back to our community. By doing so, we will all wake up feeling better about ourselves, and be happier with the person staring back at us in the mirror. One of our greatest leaders gave us this advice over 100 years ago:

“This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in”    – Theodore Roosevelt

Being a part of TLC Learning Center is one of the ways I hope to help make the world not just a good place to live in, but a great place to live in. I hope you'll consider joining me in supporting TLC Learning Center, or another community non-profit that inspires passion through their vision of a better place for all of us.

TLC Board of Directors: Roles & Responsibilities

TLC Board member Greg meets Elvis on the red carpet at TLC's 2012 spring auction event

by Rick Kellogg, Past President of the TLC Board

The Board of Directors are basic to the life and operation of TLC Learning Center.  Although somewhat hidden behind the scene to our parents and staff, the Board performs functions of an important legal and organizational nature.

I've had the privilege of serving two terms of duty on the TLC Board, as well as filling the role of Interim Executive Director.  Each time I served, TLC was faced with significant challenges as well as great achievements. In collaboration with the staff and leadership teams, the Board was able to make significant progress in TLC's goals, and smooth the way for future endeavors and new staff members. I have warm memories of the dedicated staff and their hard work throughout the years.

A good Board is always looking for new members of the community: business leaders, philanthropists, alumni parents, and more. Joining the Board of Directors is an exciting opportunity to engage with the community, to expand your professional and social network, and to volunteer your time for an extraordinary cause.

But what does the Board DO, exactly?

By statute, the Board must establish and maintain by-laws which cover the general purpose and legal aspects of TLC.  The official name, the size and composition of the Board, the terms of service, board meetings, and other basic information are spelled out in the Board's by-laws. 

The most important responsibilities of the Board in its operating role include the following: 

  • Financial oversight. This includes budgeting, financial review and control policies, compensation policy, and various fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Establishing the mission and strategic direction of TLC. Central to this role is the Strategic Plan, which is maintained and updated on a regular basis.
  • Fundraising. TLC relies upon private and public funds in addition to charging for its services. Internal resources are dedicated to fundraising on a regular basis, and the Board is involved in many aspects of the process, including volunteering at annual events like the Christmas Tree Festival and spring auction.
  • Recruiting and training new Board members. Replacing retiring members is a continuous responsibility which the Board must perform, including the search and enlistment of people with the necessary skills and background to maintain a balance. Officers are elected according to the by-laws and various committees are staffed with members of the Board.
  • The Executive Director. Perhaps the most impactful role of the Board is to hire and mentor the Executive Director.  The Executive Director has responsibility for all functions within TLC and so must be recruited, selected, compensated, and motivated by the Board.
  • Regular Board meetings. These are convened to ensure the proper functioning and recording of the actions of the Board.
  • Various public responsibilities. Compliance with all laws and regulations must be assured.

Serving on a Board of Directors for a worth-while cause like TLC, which serves children both with and without special needs or from low-income backgrounds with childcare, preschool, and pediatric therapy, is a life-altering choice that brings both challenges and joy. If you're interested in serving on the TLC Board, or have questions about the Board, contact TLC's Executive Director Matt Eldred at meldred@learningwithtlc.org, or at 303-776-7417.

Welcome

Welcome to the TLC Learning Center Blog, where nurturing success in all children has been our goal since 1956.

At TLC, our mission is to provide comprehensive early childhood education and therapeutic services to assist each child in reaching his or her highest potential!  We aim to ensure that every child who leaves TLC will enter kindergarten ready to learn, able to interact with his or her peers building lasting friendships, and have every opportunity to succeed regardless of their circumstances, environment, or other challenges they may have.

You may know that  TLC has been awarded the highest rating 4-Stars by Qualistar, which is a Quality Rating System that measures the quality of child care programs in Colorado on a provisional to 4-Star scale.  The Qualistar Rating™ is an important part of Colorado's child care Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Qualistar says Providing high-quality early childhood education isn’t a simple task. Though most programs consistently strive to improve quality, financial realities make it a tough road for even the most dedicated providers. Programs participating in the Qualistar Rating™ have taken an important step in their quality improvement journey. As part of the Qualistar Rating™, programs are given a profile that reflects an objective view of both their strengths and areas for improvement. This profile offers valuable suggestions on how to improve the overall quality of their program. I am very happy and proud to represent the TLC Learning Center Staff who is 1 of only 3, 4-Star Rated Childcare Centers in Boulder County and the Only 4-Star Center in Longmont!

While this outside "stamp of approval" is something we are proud of, what we are most proud of is the quality of care in all of our classroom from our infant & toddler classrooms, to our preschool classrooms, and our therapeutic services in the classrooms, in the center, and in homes.  The TLC model is unique in that we provide education services for children with typical development, special needs, developmental delays, and from high-risk backgrounds all in the same setting. We offer donor-funded scholarships to families in need, providing the best early childhood education and pediatric therapies possible for children. To increase our ability to serve children in economic need, we participate in the Colorado Childcare Assistance Program (CCAP), the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) in partnership with the St. Vrain Valley School District, and Medicaid, enabling us to serve children not just of all abilities, but from all socio-economic backgrounds. This helps us give children a bright future regardless of background, and helps enable working parents to continue supporting their families by offering low-cost early childhood services. Colorado has a strong need for services that cater to working parents, as the state ranks in the top 10 least affordable for early childcare and education . Further, a large dearth exists in the number of infant, toddler, and preschool spots in Boulder County that are available for children from low-income families or with special needs who qualify for state funded childcare assistance. This absence negatively impacts working parents and families, who may have difficulty balancing child care duties and working hours, especially when the cost of care can outweigh a paycheck. Centers that accept the Colorado Childcare Assistance Program (CCAP) are even more difficult for families to secure space in, due to high demand. These findings are echoed by the St. Vrain Early Childhood Council, the Boulder County Early Childhood Council, and Qualistar Colorado's 2013 Signature Report.  TLC works to meet the needs of community through child and family education and health services all in the least restrictive environment, allowing children to receive the best care and services, while families can work knowing their child's needs are all being met.  Our goal is to be an extension of the family and to partner with parents as they are their child's first and most important teacher.

As you read the following blogs, I'd encourage you to reflect on your own upbringing and your early childhood experience and hopefully you will see that the folks who post blogs here are 100% committed to being the best they can be to ensure that our children have the best chance to be the best they can be for a bright future for us all!

Thanks and come see us anytime!

Matt Eldred

Executive Director