Denver Street School offers struggling students a second chance to earn a high school diploma through a fully accredited program in a small classroom setting. Why? Denver Street School believes that a quality education is the most effective means to transform many underprivileged members of our society into productive citizens.


The school was founded by Tom Tillapaugh in 1985 in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Tillapaugh, a public educator, started the school after noticing that those living and rehabilitating in street schools still had a “street mentality” which would eventually draw them back to their old lifestyles.

A high percentage of students are former or current gang members and teen parents, who struggle with substance abuse, lack motivation and lack quality role models in the home.

To transform teens’ damaging street mentalities, Denver Street School helps students identify and overcome negative habits and patterns in their life. Denver Street School offers specialized student services...


American Leprosy Missions (ALM) exists to cure and care for people with leprosy and to put an end to this disease. For more than 100 years, ALM has worked around the globe and currently is focused on projects in eight countries.

Two areas of focus comprise ALM’s strategy:

1. Improve Well-Being

ALM restores people affected by leprosy and related diseases to lives of dignity and hope by:

  • Equipping people to practice self-care and offering health systems that provide advanced care.
  • Reducing discrimination through advocacy, health education and self-help groups.
  • Empowering communities to improve water, sanitation, hygiene, livelihood and education.
  • Motivating and equipping Christian partners to serve as a channel of Christ’s love.

2. Stop Disease

ALM stops the transmission of leprosy and related diseases and heals those who are affected by:

  • Investing in programs and research that stop the transmission.
  • Finding, diagnosing...

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December 31: To receive tax deductions for the 2017 tax year, make contributions to your WaterStone Giving Fund on or before December 31.

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  • E-check and credit card gifts must be completed by midnight in the time zone where you make the gift. Go to and click "Make a Gift." Please note, there is a $100,000 maximum limit per day.
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WaterStone is honored to have American Leprosy Missions as a Kingdom Partner. American Leprosy Missions cares for and cures those afflicted by leprosy around the world. This 100+ year-old organization boasts many testimonials of God’s power and love healing those suffering from leprosy and skin disease. Tucked amongst the many accounts of hurting people helped lies the story of how today’s piggy bank took the shape of a pig. Allow this true story of a child’s desire to provide for the hurting to inspire you to multiply what you have been given in industrious ways to further the gospel of Christ.

Here is the story of how the piggy bank became a modern sensation.

In 1913, a young boy named Wilbur Chapman lived in Kansas. Around that time, Kansas was mostly made up of ranches and farms. The people did not have a lot of money. They grew grain and raised pigs, chickens, and cows. They didn’t have guests very often—especially not guests who could talk about their travels to exciting countries like Mr. Danner could....


A matching grant can be a great strategy for making a greater impact with your charitable dollars this Giving Season.

When you establish a matching grant, each gift the nonprofit organization receives from its givers will be matched by your generous gift. Usually the funds are matched dollar for dollar. However, you can multiply the impact of your gift by setting your match at two, three or more times the amount other givers commit.

You can designate a gift to your favorite organization that will match the amount raised by the organization from other givers over a specific period of time. For example, you can pledge to match all gifts received between December 1 and December 31 up to $500,000. You’ve challenged other supporters to step up, make a year-end gift and see that gift doubled through your matching gift. The opportunity for the organization is to be blessed to receive a $1,000,000 gift.

A matching gift challenge can inspire giving to your preferred nonprofit organizations because this type of appeal has several key features and...


In a recent article dated September 1, 2017, The Christian Post reported that a credit card processing company, a subsidiary of Wells Fargo, had taken the unilateral action of suspending all credit card processing services for a Christian nonprofit organization in Louisiana. The credit card company justified its actions on the grounds that the Southern Poverty Law Center had labeled this Louisiana-based Christian ministry a “hate group.” The credit card company stated that its policy is not to be a business partner to any organization “affiliated with a product/service that promotes hate, violence, harassment and/or abuse."

While this might seem like an isolated incident, a dangerous precedent is being set and every Christian should take heed. The lesson here is that money is a target in the assault against Christians by the militant secular forces in our society. As their anti-Christian movement gains in boldness, they will continue to initiate and expand strategies to label Christians and Christian organizations as “bigoted” and “hateful.” One part of the overall...


God has called Every Generation Ministries (EGM) to develop national ministry teams in 38 countries where over 75% of the world’s children live. National ministry teams provide innovative leadership development training programs and culturally-relevant Bible teaching resources to children’s workers serving in local churches, so that children will experience transformation in Christ through His Church.

Foundational Principles

All program and resource content is built from the five qualities found in Deuteronomy 6:5-9, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

  • Relationship (Deuteronomy 6:5-6)

    As children’s workers love God; that...


The 2017 edition of the WaterStone Giving Academy, which convened August 16-18, was an enormous blessing to the 67 attendees, as well as the WaterStone team. This year’s Giving Academy proved once again that while each of us comes with a business card that gives us a specific identity - nonprofit executive, financial professional, business leader - we all wear multiple hats as members of the community of faith and giving.

Most of us also devote time and talents to support ministries and churches through volunteer work and by serving as board members. Go one step deeper and we discover that all of us are givers who financially support a host of causes.

The 2017 WaterStone Giving Academy went beyond the technical aspects of charitable giving strategies. WaterStone's gift planning team led by John Mulder and Stacy Westover, broke down specific case studies that highlighted the economic benefits of incorporating charitable giving strategies into business succession and retirement planning.

Attendees also benefitted from the presentations of two dedicated wealth...


As Hurricanes Harvey and Irma deluge the people of Texas and Florida, members and friends of the C12 community want to help. To that end, C12 has partnered with WaterStone, a Christian public foundation and 501(c) 3, to create the C12 Disaster Relief Fund. The C12 Disaster Relief Fund has been established to receive tax-deductible contributions and make grants to nonprofit organizations that can make an immediate difference in the areas impacted by these devastating storms. The fund’s official statement of purpose is: To provide financial support to organizations serving those affected by devastating storms and natural disasters.

To make a tax-deductible donation to the C12 Disaster Relief Fund, mail a check to:

WaterStone, 10807 New Allegiance Drive, Suite 240, Colorado Springs, CO 80921

To donate via credit card or electronic check, click here: ...


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