About Enterprise Zone Tax Credit

"Support families and individuals experiencing homelessness, and receive a 25% State Tax Credit"

What is an "Enterprise Zone"?

Enterprise Zones exist to encourage private involvement in economically distressed areas.

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Denver operates three homeless shelters, each designated as Enterprise Zone organizations:

Cash contributions (see miminum amount requirements below) made via the Enterprise Zone Tax Credit and designated to any of three homeless shelters listed above are eligible for a 25% tax credit on state income tax.

In addition, stock and substantiated in-kind contributions qualify for a 12.5% credit. If such stock gifts are accompanied by a cash gift of at least 1/7th of the stock value, then the tax credit increases to 25%. Please consult your personal tax accountant for further details.

NOTE: Minimum Amount Requirements: The Enterprise Zone Tax Credit requires a minimum gift of $250 to Denver's Samaritan House Homeless Shelter, or a minimum gift of $100 to either The Mission in Larimer County, or The Guadalupe Community Shelter in Weld County.


Changes to Enterprise Zone Tax Credit - Effective January 1, 2012

As of January 1, 2012, legislative changes for the state of Colorado require that all taxpayers claiming Enterprise Zone tax credits, from any Enterprise Zone eligible organization, file their 2013 tax returns electronically.
Additionally, in order to qualify for the Enterprise Zone tax credit, all donors must provide Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Denver with their Colorado Taxpayer Identification Number (which can be either your Social Security Number, or Colorado Account Number [assuming you currently file your taxes using this number], or, for businesses, the FEIN number [assuming you currently file your taxes using this number]).

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Colorado Taxpayer Identification Number is required in order to process this tax credit. Without the Taxpayer Identification Number, we are unable to send your donation to the Enterprise Zone Administrator for certification and thus unable to process your donation as an Enterprise Zone contribution.

As a participating agency, the state governnment requires Catholic Charities to submit all donations to this tax credit to the Enterprise Zone Administrator for approval. The Enterprise Zone Administrator collectively processes donations on a semi-annual basis. Once the Enterprise Zone Administrator has approved your donation for tax deduction, Catholic Charities will then mail your Tax Credit Certificate to your mailing address on file.

For more information about a Colorado Account Number, please visit www.colorado.gov/revenueonline.
Read more on these legislative changes.
For more information on this process or how to secure your Enterprise Zone paperwork, please contact Catholic Chariites' Donor Relations Department at 303-742-0828 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


How do I donate to Catholic Charities and receive the Enterprise Zone Tax Credit?

You can donate to Catholic Charities via the Enterprise Zone Tax Credit either online, via U.S. Mail or over the phone. Please see detailed instructions below.

Donating Online:

  1. Visit www.ccdenver.org/donateeztc
  2. Complete the online donation process
  3. Designate your preferred shelter/region

Donating by Mail:

Please mail all donations to:

Office of Donor Relations
Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Denver
4045 Pecos Street
Denver, CO 80211

Make checks payable to "Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Denver." In the memo of the check, write "Enterprise Zone" and designate your preferred shelter/region (e.g., Samaritan House/Denver, The Mission/Ft. Collins, or The Guadalupe Community Center/Greeley).

To mail a credit card payment, consider downloading and completing our printable donation form.

All credit card payments sent via U.S. Mail must include:

  • Cardholder's full name as it appears on the card
  • Credit card number
  • Credit card's expiration date
  • Cardholder's signature
  • Please also indicate your preferred shelter/region (e.g., Samaritan House (Denver), The Mission (Ft. Collins), or The Guadalupe Community Center (Greeley)

Donating By Phone:

Call us at 303-742-0828 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

According to state regulations, the tax credit must be requested at the time of the donation, so please clearly indicate your desire to donate to the "Enterprise Zone Tax Credit" during the phone call.


Please consult your accountant or tax specialist regarding your unique tax situation.

For more information on these tax credits, please contact Donor Relations at 303-742-0828 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .