Secretary Williams accepts award from Colorado Nonprofit Association

Michael Hartman, executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue, and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, center, on Tuesday accepted awards from Renny Fagan, right, the president and CEO of the Colorado Nonprofit Association, at an association workshop at the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel. (SOS photo)

As a statewide elected official, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams is regularly asked to present awards during the Colorado Nonprofit Association conferences, but the tables were turned Tuesday when it was Williams up on stage accepting an award from CEO Renny Fagan.

He joined three state lawmakers and another state agency, the Colorado Department of Revenue, who also were honored with Impact Awards for their help passing a bill this year that allows Colorado taxpayers the opportunity to donate all or part of their tax refund to any nonprofit registered in Colorado.

Three lawmakers share a laugh before being honored Tuesday for their work on a bill that allows Coloradans to donate part or all of their income-tax refund to any registered nonprofit. From left to right, Reps. Jim Wilson, R-Salida, and Chris Hansen, D-Denver, and Sen. Lois Court, D-Denver. (SOS photo)

“I think one of the things that Mike Hartman over at the Department of Revenue and I have a common is we’re looking for ways in government to say ‘yes’ as opposed to ways to say ‘no.’ I think both of us are very proud to be a part of this process,” Williams said.

This time, the secretary did not break down.

Also honored was Sen. Lois Court, D-Denver, and Reps. Jim Wilson, R-Salida, and Chris Hansen, D-Denver, who sponsored Senate Bill 141 in the 2018 legislative session.  SB 141 authorizes a new line on the tax form for 2020 called the “Donate to a Colorado Nonprofit Fund,” which allows Colorado taxpayers to donate part or all of their income-tax refund to any nonprofit registered in Colorado.

The effort was several years in the making.

“We’re all here celebrating a kind of a Super Bowl victory, but we had a couple of losing seasons in this deal,” Wilson said, of his and Court’s initial efforts. “A liberal lady and a conservative cowboy working together, what could go possibly go wrong with that deal?”

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AG Cynthia Coffman joins Secretary Wayne Williams in pushing for easier charity registrations

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Attorney General Cynthia Coffman today at a charities conference in Denver.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Attorney General Cynthia Coffman today at a charities conference in Denver.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams described Colorado’s online registration for charities today as a model for what could be done with a national one-stop shop filing portal for charities.

He and staffer Chris Cash addressed the National Association of Attorneys General’s Charities Committee, which is holding-a two day seminar in Denver. Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is co-chair of NAAG’s new Charities Committee.

Williams’ talk was briefly delayed because a fire alarm sounded and the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Building was evacuated. When the group returned, Williams used the event to tout Colorado’s spring weather.

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Secretary of State’s Chris Cash cashes in on his charities experience

By Keara Brosnan

A program manager for the Colorado Secretary of State’s office has been elected vice president of an organization working to make it easier for national charities to register.

Chris Cash with the Colorado Secretaries of State office oversees registration for charities.
Chris Cash with the Colorado Secretaries of State office oversees registration for charities.

Charities such as St. Jude and Habitat for Humanity currently have to individually register in every state.  The Multistate Registration and Filing Portal  Inc. is working to allow charities that raise funds nationally to register in all state charity offices at the same time, saving them significant time and money.

“It’s a simple concept, but it’s a pretty challenging project,” said Chris Cash, the Colorado Secretary of State’s charities program manager.

“It’s common sense to help nonprofits use donations to do good instead of using them to file government paperwork,” Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams said.

Last month, Cash was elected vice president of the Multistate Registration and Filing Portal, or MRFP, at its annual meeting.  As such, he is president-elect of the nonprofit corporation, which is a 501 (c)(3).

 

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