A Message from Nikki

Heart & Hand Founder and Board Member

Among many things, 2020 represents Heart & Hand's 10th Anniversary. As I reflect on the last decade, I am reminded of the young girl I met at a local homeless shelter who opened my eyes to the opportunity gap that exists in our communities and the work that needed to be done to close those gaps and ensure that youth and families had the support needed to thrive. With my husband, Derek, and our first intern Blaine Heydt by my side the Heart & Hand Center was born.


Today, I continue to serve as a member of the Leadership Team and the Board of Directors. Though much has changed over the years, what has stayed the same is Heart & Hand’s commitment to nurturing relationships and empowering young people. From our early years of serving 25 youth a day, I am proud to say that there are now hundreds of young people in Denver that know Heart & Hand will always be there for them.


Many of you have supported me by investing in this work over the last ten years. While I am disappointed that we were not able to celebrate at our annual Gala this year, I am confident that we can still rally around Denver kids when it matters most. As we embark upon a new decade- already marked with unprecedented challenges - I invite you to reinvest in the bright futures each Heart & Hand child deserves.

Thank you,




Nikki Cady

Colorado Child Care Contribution Credit

A Colorado State income tax credit is available to supporters of Heart & Hand Center who reside in Colorado and file Colorado state taxes. Through this credit donors may qualify for a 50% state income tax credit in addition to the regular state and federal income tax deductions. The purpose of the Colorado Child Care Contribution Credit (CCCC) is to promote childcare activities statewide.

Both corporate and individual donors may benefit.  Any taxpayer that makes a cash contribution to Heart & Hand Center may claim an income tax credit of 50% of the total contribution.

For illustrative purposes only.  Please consult your tax advisor for information about your specific situation, including recent changes to tax legislation. The Tax I.D. for Heart & Hand is: 45-4251869


  • Donors may not receive any goods or services in return for their contribution

  • No in-kind or stock contributions qualify for the credit

  • Contributions may be made through December 31, 2019

  • The credit shall not exceed $100,000 per year

  • The credit allowed shall not exceed the tax liability for the year. 

  • Any excess credits may be carried forward for up to five years

  • Donors should contact their tax advisors for advice about how the credit affects their tax picture. 

  • Information on this website is not tax advice.

Heart & Hand will provide donors with Form DR 1317, certifying the child care contribution.  This form must be attached to a paper income tax return that claims the child care contribution credit, or supplied to the Department of Revenue upon request if the income tax return is filed electronically.

The Heart & Hand Center is a 501(c)(3) organization - By creating a nurturing community, Heart & Hand empowers all young people to realize their potential.


2736 Welton St. #204  |  Denver, CO 80205 

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