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1% Resources for Businesses

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Most businesses collect a 1% voluntary donation on every sale they conduct. This is the preferred method. However, with the variety of businesses in the area sometimes special collection methods are needed. These include such things as personal donations with businesses such as real estate agencies, flat donations for services such as massage therapists, and partial collections for contractors who offer both products and services.

We are willing to work with any scenario. If you want to participate, we will work with you to find a reasonable solution for both parties if the typical collection method does not work for you.

All participants, no matter the format in which they collect, must sign a contract where a payment schedule is established.

In the contract you will select how often you want to remit donations. Monthly seems like the easiest and best schedule for most businesses. However, we also offer quarterly options and seasonal options for those businesses not open year-round.  View contract and other supporting materials below.


We work to support you as much as possible in the set up of 1% with you business. In each of the steps below we can provide assistance, should you need it. Please indicate these preferences in the spaces provided on your contract.

  • It is helpful as a means of communication with your customer to add a line item that appears on the receipt indicating to the customer that a 1% voluntary donation is being collected.

  • For businesses who invoice we may provide a sample invoice for you as a model.

  • We also may provide assistance with writing verbiage for your website, brochure, flyers, invoices, forms and other media to indicate your participation and your customer’s choices.

  • Several of our board members are participants in the program. They are available should you have any questions.

  • Likewise, we can put you in touch with similar participating businesses if you would like to ask them questions or ask them about their experience in the program.

  • Educating your staff about the program is important. Often, they are the ones interacting directly with the customer. We may provide a “Fact Sheet for Employees” to post for them. Additionally, a Chamber Director can come for individualized trainings and education with your staff.

  • You are required to provide two forms of notification to your customers about your participation in the program. We provide a variety of sign styles and sizes for this purpose.


  • You are not expected to explain the program to each customer at each transaction. The two posted signs serve as notification of your participation in the program.

  • Your notifications should explain that their participation through donations to the program is entirely voluntary.

  • If a customer does not wish to make the donation, it is the business’ responsibility to take the 1% donation off of their bill. This rarely happens.

  • Since this is a donation, no sales tax is due on the contribution.

  • If a customer has a question you can’t answer, please ask them to contact the Chamber directly.


  • The customer is making the donation and it is tax deductible for them.

  • If the business is not collecting the 1% from the customer, but making a 1% donation, then the business is entitled to the deduction.


  • 1% does not provide a notification when your donations are due. We can, however, supply remittance envelopes if desired. Please indicate this on your contract.

  • You will be notified through a system of letters if your donations are late as indicated by your payment schedule.

  • The amount of donations from each business will be kept strictly confidential.

Business Sign-Up

If you are interested in becoming a 1% for a Better Del Norte participating business member please download and fill out the 1% Contract and email it to us at Once we receive your contract we will give you a call to go over the program in more detail and answer any questions you might have. Further down this page you will find all the materials you need to get started. Should you have any questions, don't hesitate to call us at (719) 657-9081.

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Each business signing up to participate in the program must sign a contract. One copy remains with you and one copy must be sent to the DNCC.

1% Brochure

The most concise form of information about the program. We recommend keeping a stack on hand to help inform customers.

Funded Projects

Upcoming projects include: town signage and downtown curb improvements, supporting local trails and open space and more. Check back for updates!

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Business Resources Download Center

As a 1% business you agree to post two signs in a publicly visible location in your physical place of business. Below are our current three options for signs. If your business contributes to the program through personal donations or in an alternative mode of collection, please contact us for a personalized sign.

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Postcard Sign

This sign is the most preferred for small spaces and next to the register.

Rack Card

Restaurants predominately use this sign to insert in their check covers, but it is available for other uses as well.

Notebook Sign

This is the best sign to put in your front window or door as the main sign for customer notification of your participation in the program.

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Factsheet for Employees

As a business owner we know you’re not always the one working at the counter or having one-on-one interactions with your customers. This document is meant to hang in an accessible location for your employees as a quick resource for questions they might encounter from your customers.

Customer Brochure

This document is especially useful for our lodging businesses or businesses that operate in larger transactions to help individually inform customers of their opportunity to donate to the 1% for Open Space Program. It is also a helpful document, however, to keep on hand should a customer of any business simply want to know more.

Personalized Customer Letter

 For businesses who invoice, many times it is desirable to include a letter of explanation of your participation in 1% to include with the bill. Below is an example of a personalized letter that may be used as templates for such a purpose. Please feel free to adjust the wording to fit your particular needs.

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Sample Invoice (1)

We have many participants who do business through invoicing. Here are two sample invoices to demonstrate how you can easily add the 1% for a Better Del Norte donation option to your pre-existing invoice.

Sample Invoice (2)

We have many participants who do business through invoicing. Here are two sample invoices to demonstrate how you can easily add the 1% for a Better Del Norte donation option to your pre-existing invoice.

Website Description

As a participating business we encourage you to place our logo with a link on your website. The Website Descriptions are a collection of short paragraphs you may use for this purpose. Please feel free to adjust the wording to fit your particular needs.

Book an Appointment

If you would like to set up an appointment to speak with a Chamber Director about participating in 1% For a Better Del Norte with your business, please contact us at

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