Ways to Give

A Simple Way to Show Your Support

Through the decades, our donors have been the backbone of our organization. Early Connections Learning Centers works to ensure that all children have access to high quality, comprehensive early care and education for ALL children. When you give, you bring us one-step closer to achieving that goal.

Below are different giving opportunities for you to consider.

GuideStar Exchange Gold Participant

Your contribution, no matter the size, can help to change a child’s life. For every dollar you donate to Early Connections, 85 cents go directly toward our programs for children. You can donate:

Online – just click here to make a secure donation online.

By phone – simply call (719) 381-4803

By mail or in person – donations can be made in person at the Historic Day Nursery at any time during normal business hours. We are located at 104 E. Rio Grande, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

Gifts in-kind– Gifts in-kind are always welcome and help extend our resources.

Memorial and Honorary Gifts – A wonderful gift for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, new parents, etc. A letter will be sent notifying the family or honoree of your gift.

Stock or Security Gifts – Support Early Connections Learning Centers by donating stock or securities.

Endowment Gifts – Earning from endowed funds make it possible for Early Connections to accomplish its mission far into the future.

Double your Donation: Ask your employer if your company will match your donation.

Have questions? For more information about giving opportunities, please contact Rebekah Gans at (719) 381-4803 or rgans@earlyconnections.org.

Building Blocks

Become a Building Blocks member. A monthly gift allows you to spread the financial impact of your giving across the entire year, while giving more on an annual basis, the distribution of payments makes the commitment more manageable. Our monthly giving program helps improve our long-range planning and decision-making as revenue is far more predictable. To learn more about Building Blocks, click here.

Have questions? For more information about giving opportunities, please contact Rebekah Gans at (719) 381-4803 or rgans@earlyconnections.org.

Legacy & Vision Women’s Giving Circle

Women are actively engaged in philanthropic giving. Our Legacy & Vision members are committed to our children’s future and contribute $500 or more annually. Legacy & Vision members have several opportunities to share in special activities throughout the year. For more information on Legacy & Vision click here.

Have questions? For more information about giving opportunities, please contact Rebekah Gans at (719) 381-4803 or rgans@earlyconnections.org.

Pikes Peak United Way
Date: Ongoing
We have been a United Way Member Agency since 1922.  Many companies participate in the annual community campaign and we receive numerous contributions through employee designations.

Holiday Card
Dates: Campaign will be live in November & December
Help Early Connections Learning Centers with some holiday spirit! This annual giving campaign is an ask of support for our community’s children.

Give!
Date: Campaign will be live in November & December.
Give! makes it simple for everyone, young and old, to get involved in philanthropy. Help us get on the leader board and meet our goal!

Amazon Smile
Date: Ongoing
Shop on Amazon.com a lot?  Start using AmazonSmile and select early Connections as your charity of choice, Amazon will donate .05% of your purchase total to us! It’s just that simple. Bookmark the AmazonSmile page to your favorites so you always remember. Amazon Smile Website

Stockings for Kids
Date: December
Stockings 4 Kids provides beautiful filled Christmas stockings to less fortunate children in our community. Sign Up Form

Back to School Drive
Date: July-August
Feel great about ensuring that children start the school year with the tools they need to succeed by donating school supplies.

Have questions? For more information about giving opportunities, please contact Rebekah Gans at (719) 381-4803 or rgans@earlyconnections.org.

Leave a Legacy of Learning

Planned giving allows you to continue a lifetime of support for a cause you believe in. There are many ways to remember Early Connections Learning Centers through planned giving options. We are honored and grateful to receive gifts through bequests and trusts. If you would like to learn more about planned giving opportunities, click here.

Have questions? For more information about giving opportunities, please contact Rebekah Gans at (719) 381-4803 or rgans@earlyconnections.org.

Is your business or organization looking for an amazing way to invest in our community?  We have just what you are looking for. 

With sponsorship opportunities ranging from $250 to $5,000, there truly is something for everyone’s budget.

Program Opportunities

Adopt a Classroom, $1,500 & $2,000   |   Help Early Connections ensure that our children received the best care possible. Sponsorship funds help cover the costs associated with curriculum, classroom upkeep, family involvement activities and healthy meals for our kids. Click here to learn more about how your company can benefit from this opportunity!

Gardens, $2,500 |    Early Connections now has learning gardens at each of our Centers. Sponsorship of the gardens ensures that we can continue to provide our little learners with hands on learning.

Event Opportunities

Gingerbread & Jazz, $1,000 to $5,000  | The Gingerbread & Jazz Gala continues to impress jazz fans and party-goers alike with extraordinary live jazz, signature cocktails, food, dancing and the annual “battle of the chefs” Gingerbread Masterpiece Challenge. Click here to learn more about how your company can benefit from this opportunity!

Night at the Playground, $250-$1,000 | Night at the Playground is a playful happy hour in support of our community’s children. So put on some jeans, grab some friends and head to the playground to enjoy a summer evening of BBQ, music, beer and tournament games of giant jenga, corn-hole, chuck-a-duck and more!

Have questions? For more information about giving opportunities, please contact Rebekah Gans at (719) 381-4803 or rgans@earlyconnections.org.

Did you know? Monetary donations made by individuals or businesses to Early Connections qualify for a 50% Colorado state income tax credit in addition to customary deductions.

That’s 100% impact with 50% of your donation back in your pocket!

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Figures in the table are based on a 33% tax bracket. This information should not be construed as tax advice. Consult your tax advisor as situations vary.  

I am committed to Early Connections because I believe that what Frederick Douglass said is true “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”.  Every child deserves to feel loved, valued, and receive a quality education at the earliest age possible and feel part of a community that cares so they can carry that forward in life.

-Tammy Wyatt, Early Connections Board Member

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