Charities that actually help! My City Guide Report on Charities

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Diane Dike, Ph.D

Diane Dike Donation page

Diane is an award-winning speaker, singer, author, certified foster/adoption mom, radio show host and humanitarian-known for her inspirational, optimistic, and joyful spirit! She is regularly featured in a wide variety of print, radio and TV syndications around the world.

Diane is an expert in perseverance and helping people. She is Oprah’s OWN​ and Discovery Health’s ​Mystery Diagnosis TV, ​”The Woman Whose Legs Turned Black.”


All ages connect with Diane, who knows what it is to be broken, homeless and hopeless. She was an elite athlete, teacher, professor and coach when pain became her constant companion at the tender age of 23. After suffering for three years she was diagnosed with a debilitating, rare incurable blood disease called cryoglobulinemia vasculitis for which there is no cure. In the midst of her despair, Diane found the secret to happiness and she shares that secret daily around the world while challenging people to “Stay Strong and Courageous-no matter what!” Diane is an expert in perseverance and overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Her “with God all things are possible” attitude has inspired people around the world.

Diane’s experienced terrible tragedy, yet prevails with uncommon courage, her husband, Paul, her growing family and her rescued Italian greyhound service dog, Gracie. Against all odds she’s dedicated her remaining days to being a light in the darkness, and helping as many people as she can! She’ll dare you to do the same with a smile, a service dog and a second chance. Schedule them to speak at your event now. Diane is a member of AWSA, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.




The Summit Foundation

Summit County Charity

Donation page

Established in 1984, The Summit Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents and guests of Summit County and Neighboring Communities. The Summit Foundation is a fully tax exempt public charity under Section (501)(c)(3) and 170 (b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Vision Statement The Summit Foundation is recognized as the leading philanthropic organization for Summit County and its neighbors. We are committed to creating ever better mountain communities by providing leadership that results in improving the quality of life for residents.

Mission Statement The Summit Foundation strives to inspire donors, build partnerships and mobilize resources to support community organizations in Summit County (and the surrounding Communities) that foster Health & Human Service, Education, Art & Culture, Sports & Recreation and Environmental Stewardship.

Board of Trustees The Summit Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of 30 to 35 individuals. These volunteers are community members from throughout Summit County and neighboring communities.

Staff A full-time professional staff of five individuals administers The Summit Foundation. Operating expenses are paid through the various fundraising sources available to The Foundation.

Putting the Community in Community Foundation by Steven R. Smith, JD, CFP

How can I learn more about The Summit Foundation? In addition to exploring the information contained throughout this website, The Summit Foundation has various printed materials that provide information to both prospective donors and prospective grantees. Write, call or visit The Foundation for these materials or to meet with a staff member. A request may also be submitted through the Contact Us section.

Donation page

The Summit Foundation 111A Lincoln Avenue PO Box 4000 Breckenridge, CO 80424

970.453.5970 970.453.1423 (fax)

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Mission of Early Childhood Options

The mission of Early Childhood Options is to promote a collaborative system that improves the quality, affordability and availability of early childhood programs in Summit County.

History of Early Childhood Options

Early Childhood Options (ECO) was established as the Summit County Child Care Resource and Referral Agency in 1991. In 2001, after a 6-month community planning process, we were charged with expanding our scope of services to become a community based governing body responsible for overseeing the administration of long-term strategies to improve the quality of capacity of early care and learning in Summit County. Today we are governed by a 15-person Board of Directors, representing Policy Makers Business Leaders, Summit School District, Public Nursing, Parents and Community Early Childhood Programs.

In 2005 Early Childhood Options led the charge to pass a local property tax to help support early care and learning. In November of 2005 citizens of Summit County voted “yes” to pass measure 1A. Work and programs supported by this tax initiative are now referred to as part of the Right Start Project.

Executive Directors of Early Childhood Options

  • 1990-1992 – Sheila Groneman
  • 1992-2000 – Barbara Jackman
  • 2000-present – Lucinda Burns
  • contact Early Childhood Options
  • Early Childhood Options (ECO) is located at 330 Fiedler Avenue, Suite 209 & 210 in Dillon, Colorado (across the street from CMC and behind Summit Thrift & Treasure). ECO is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm. If you have any questions about ECO or ECO programs, please contact Lucinda Burns at 970-513-1170 ext 307 or



Family and Intercultural Resource Center


The Family and Intercultural Resource Center has been serving Summit County, Colorado, since 1993 in the ways of parenting education, emergency assistance and community support, a food bank, cultural integration and an affordable thrift store. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit working to build strong families and a strong community by providing people with the tools and education to be successful parents and community members. FIRC Celebrates 20 years of serving Summit County Check out the FIRC 20th Anniversary video and hear from our founders and those who have helped FIRC serve Summit County.


Learn more about how FIRC is impacting Summit County


FIRC promotes stable families.

Vision: Envisioning a caring and thriving community.


  • FIRC believes that with the proper tools, people can succeed as individuals, parents and community members
  • FIRC believes that strong families are the framework for strong communities
  • FIRC believes diversity makes for a richer community
  • FIRC believes that parents are the first and most important teacher to their children


The Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC), originally named the Summit County Family Resource Center (FRC), started serving Summit County, Colorado, in 1993 out of community necessity for more localized assistance.

At the time, childcare and parent effectiveness were identified as major challenges facing Colorado residents. As a result, the State provided partial funding for “Family Centers” with missions to address these and related issues; the funds provided helped kick-start the FRC.

In 1995, the FRC opened the Summit Thrift & Treasure store, the only nonprofit thrift store in the county. The thrift store opened in order to provide affordable clothing to Summit County residents and strengthen FRC’s financial stability.

In January of 2000, the Census revealed a 700% increase in the immigrant population in Summit County. This new information showed an important and urgent need for education and awareness to help the community adapt to the changes in the community’s population.

Summit County Government began a six-month planning process to address these new needs; 28 community members met monthly to strategize and plan the development of a diversity center.

It became obvious to the planning team that the FRC shared many of the same goals and objectives of the diversity planning team. As a result, FRC board members and the diversity planning team worked together to recreate the goals and mission for the newly named Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC).

In 2003, FIRC moved to new offices in Dillon, Colorado, to share a location with Court Appointed Special Advocates, Early Childhood Options and Summit County Head Start, encouraging collaboration with these agencies. Since then, FIRC has improved and broadened family services, expanded food bank space and thrift store retail space, and continued to strengthen its staff to effectively meet the needs of Summit County.

In 2008, after a community health assessment and community health strategic plan were completed, FIRC was asked to address the problem of “access to health”. In addition, research based parenting classes have also been identified as lacking in Summit County by the Parenting Education and Strategic Planning group made up of various agencies whose mission is to safeguard children.

As a result, FIRC is now dedicated to identifying community partners in an effort to address the numerous uninsured and underinsured residents in Summit County as well as providing curriculum based parenting classes to all Summit County residents.

FIRC continues to be a community leader in the area of cultural integration, resource and referral services, emergency services, family support and education.


Demands for FIRC’s services have nearly doubled over the last three years. Thanks to the support of the community in increased donations, foundation support and revised budgeting, we have found ways to stretch our funding further and reach more people in need than ever before.

Over the last year, 90% of FIRC’s expenses went into programming. The following are numbers from October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010.

Overall FIRC Expenses by Program – $1,296,799

FIRC Funding by Income Source – $1,302,756

Families United Spending – $351,919

Community Support Spending – $346,875

Operations to Program Expenses Ratio*Nonprofit standard is a ratio of 30% or less for operations expenses

Fundraising to Fundraising Expenses Ratio

Audits 2010 2009

IRS 990 2010 2009


Contact Information

FIRC Office Phone: 970-262-3888 Fax: 970-513-1167

Physical Address: FIRC Office and Food Bank 103 Main Street Dillon, Co 80435

Mailing Address: FIRC P.O. Box 4056 Dillon, CO 80435

Summit Thrift & Treasure Dillon 340 Fiedler Avenue Dillon, Co 80435 Phone: 970-262-2461

Summit Thrift & Treasure Breckenridge 1745 Airport Road Breckenridge, CO 80424 Phone: 970-423-6444

Staff Directory

Administration: Tamara Drangstveit, Executive Director ext. 304 Joni Budden, Office Manager ext. 314 Anita Overmyer, Development & Volunteer Director ext. 306 Brianne Snow, Grants and Data Manager ext. 303 Melissa, Data Entry and Reception ext. 302



Dentists for Autism Research and Education

Dentists from across the United States have partnered with My City Guide llc & Find Gold & Silver Buyers, to introduce a completely new way to contribute to society.

MCGLLC & Find Gold & Silver Buyers is the #1 Gold & Silver buyer in the United States. It is our mission to continue to give back to society and communities in a meaningful way. We have partnered with Dentists, Dental Hygienists, and Dental Assistants across the United States to sell their gold teeth to us and we will donate a portion of the proceeds of their gold to a charity supporting Autism Research and Education.


When dentists join in the My City Guide llc “Dentists for Autism Research and Education” program, they receive the following benefits:

  • A Google page 1 placement and a review/post on their website that elaborates on your participation in the “Dentists for Autism Research and Education”.
  • Listing them as participants in our “Participating Dentists” web page in our professional networks serving the Autism community.
  • We pay the highest for all Gold & Silver Teeth, so Dentists are assured of the highest price when you sell your gold teeth to Gold & Silver Buyers. The 20% that MCGLLC & Find Gold & Silver Buyers donates to Autism Research is in addition to the value dentists receive for their gold teeth.

Please call Nick Arthurs 720-232-6096 to get started selling your gold teeth today!

The greatest hurdle to progress in autism research has been the unwillingness of so many to accept a paradigm shift. Autism is treatable. Children with autism are medically ill, not psychologically challenged. Identifying and eliminating problematic foods, chemicals, and toxins while correcting nutritional deficiencies and providing the nutrients necessary for normal growth and development is a reasonable and effective strategy. It is critical that parents become educated and informed medical consumers. Answering questions and questioning answers captures the essence of our mission at care .

While all new information is welcome, it is not taken at face value. Research studies often have design flaws or overstated conclusions, sound bites on news stories often fail to tell the whole story, and many interventions are truly unsuccessful for some children, while highly beneficial for others simply because there are unique subtypes within the broad spectrum of autism. Advances in treatment and improvements in outcome require an appreciation of the unique needs of each patient and a thorough understanding of the wide range of treatment options available. care offers state of the art treatment and collaborates with researchers worldwide to improve our understanding of the devastating disease that now affects 1 in 91 children.

CARE is located at:

4045 E Union Hills Drive, Suite 116 Phoenix AZ 85050

For information call: (602) 277-2273

Fax: (602) 277-2283

Click for driving directions to CARE


C.H.A.I.N.E.D. Inc.

Continuing Helping Animals In Need & Educating Dog owners

Freeing dogs from the chain…one dog at a time Our Mission is to enhance the lives of 24/7 chained/outside dogs, providing life enhancing supplies & services, including safe fenced yards, insulated dog houses, spay/neuter assistance, vaccines, flea/tick prevention, heartworm prevention, food assistance, treats, toys, love & most importantly…owner education. Correcting the problem where it originates decreases the number of homeless & neglected animals. Every dog is worth saving & this is our way of saving them!

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Accomplishments Thanks to generous donations and the help of our volunteers C.H.A.I.N.E.D. has accomplished the following:
  • 424 dogs helped
  • 299 igloos provided
  • 25 insulated wooden houses have been provided
  • 163 dogs have been spayed/neutered/vaccinated
  • 19 fence projects
  • 71 dogs rescued
  • Each dog receives regular visits with treats, toys, food, & straw (kiddie pools & shade tarps in the summer:).
As of January 31, 2013
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For More information please call: 734-789-7730 or 734-931-0DOG (0364) or Email us at


The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.

Our Core Values

We are 100% patient-focused.

Our team works tirelessly every day with one urgent goal in mind: Accelerating breakthroughs patients can feel in their everyday lives. We strive to make progress in the following key areas by evaluating risk, opportunities, and challenges through a patient-focused lens:

  • Speed treatments that can slow, stop or reverse the progression of Parkinson’s disease
  • Speed better treatments for the currently unaddressed or under-addressed symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
  • Speed treatments to address or avoid the debilitating side effects of current Parkinson’s disease drugs


We are obsessed with efficiency.

We operate with a focused sense of optimistic urgency to find a cure for Parkinson’s and to ensure the development of improved therapies for people living with Parkinson’s today. We won’t stop until a cure is found. We’re on it.

We won’t stop until a cure is found.

We take pride in all our accomplishments so far. But ultimately we have only one definition of success: Scientific solutions that produce tangible improvements in patients’ lives.

We are risk-takers and problem-solvers.

From inception, MJFF has invested in high-risk, high-reward research targets; an approach that in 10 short years has transformed the broader approach in the PD research field.

Our model is different.

It is accepted practice among private disease research funders that the most important decisions — how to allocate donor-raised dollars — are made by external scientific advisors and boards. We bucked this model from day one in favor of building an in-house team of formally trained PhDs and business-trained project managers.



We take our responsibility to our donors seriously. We’re proud that since inception, 88 cents of every dollar we’ve spent has gone straight to grants and initiatives to speed a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

We’re obsessed with efficiency

We are outcomes-focused, incorporating milestones into every award and tying grant payments to achievements of those milestones. We work with awardees to troubleshoot and tackle problems as they arise, but if the science stalls, we halt funding so that limited resources can be reallocated to other efforts.

We’re working to go out of business

We believe that to find a cure for Parkinson’s as quickly as possible, our capital needs to push research forward today. That’s why we deliberately hold no endowment or excessive reserves, instead seeking to deploy funds raised as quickly and wisely as possible.

contact Michael J. Fox Foundation

If you would like to contact the Michael J. Fox Foundation, please use the email form below, call toll-free at 1-800-708-7644, or contact us by regular mail at the following address:

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research Grand Central Station P.O. Box 4777 New York, NY 10163-4777

— Michael J. Fox

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Charities that ACTUALLY help

image002 FOP or fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (fibro-dis-play-sha os-sih-fih-cans pro-gress-ev-a) means “soft connective tissue that progressively turns to bone.”

The International FOP Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supporting medical research, education and communication for those afflicted by the rare genetic condition Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP). Our mission is to fund research to find a cure for FOP while supporting individuals and their families through education, public awareness and advocacy. Our vision is a cure for FOP.

Donate to the IFOPA

The International FOP Association (IFOPA) depends on the generous support of people like you to continue its mission.

Whether you want to make a one-time or recurring gift, contribute toward or plan your own fundraising event, give at your workplace, donate stock or make a planned gift, you will know your contribution is put to work supporting families, educating the general & medical communities, funding research and finding a cure for FOP. The IFOPA is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization (Federal Tax ID #:59-2918100), so your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Donate to the IFOPA

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