I already explained my misgivings about Colorado Gives and the inefficiency of philanthropy.
I found the Colorado Department of Revenue's Annual Report for 2015.
The dismal results of Colorado Gives 2015 proves my hunch is correct. A very, very small number of people (less than 63,690 Coloradans) gave a measly $28.5 Million (much of that in recurring gifts that would have occurred anyway.)
Census.gov estimates that Colorado has 4.2 million adults 18 and over. This means about 1.5% of Coloradan adults gave something.
Colorado taxes are a regressive disgrace. They manage to be even more regressive than the sad nationwide average. See how your state stacks up.
To file part-year taxes for Colorado and California, I first calculate my taxes as if I solely resided in CA or CO. I would pay about 3% more of my gross income to live in CA over CO. But Californians enjoy more legal, environmental and economic protections as well as higher levels of service from government. If Colorado just followed California's example, we wouldn't have to resort to begging.
During the presidential campaign, one candidate bragged that not paying taxes makes him smart, normalizes tax avoidance. Furthermore, he also gave virtually nothing to charities. This normalizes selfishness. He didn't just normalize it, he celebrated selfishness.
Giving to charity is for chumps under the current system. Charities (thousand points of light) fills holes in the societal needs dike while states enable wholesale avoidance of responsibility to society with regressive tax codes and low tax rates.
I'm sitting out Colorado Gives. It's a band-aid as long as Colorado has TABOR (the so-called tax payor bill of rights.)
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