Cannabis Companies

Cannabis Companies

Giving in this industry hasn’t been easy, until now!

Giving hasn’t been easy for the cannabis industry for many reasons.

  • Law – Federal law forbids any company working with the cannabis plant from deducting charitable donations, part of Internal Revenue Code 280E .
  • Lack of Understanding – Most nonprofits don’t know what they can or can’t do with money from the cannabis industry. Technically, it’s illegal to accept money from an illegal entity, which federally, most companies who work with the cannabis plant are illegal. This poses a problem since the 501c3 charitable entity designation is from the federal government and thus if they accept something “illegal” run the risk of losing their 501c3 status.
  • Time and Resources – It can take cannabis companies days or weeks to find a 501c3 nonprofit which will accept their contribution, whether cash, sponsorship or volunteers. And even then, the 501c3 might not actually publicize that they have accepted the contribution.

Whether you are a large company with many locations, or a single location operation, let CannaMakeADifference help you find local nonprofits you can engage with and work with to improve your local communities and your bottom line. To find out more, read our white paper on Growing a Cannabis Business through Implementing Community Engagement and Corporate Social Responsibility Practices


What We Do

Link Cannabis Companies with Nonprofits

We assist cannabis companies by linking them to local nonprofits which will accept money and/or donations from the cannabis industry.

We vet 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, looking at their 501(c)(3) status with Federal and State departments, review mission, contact information, and make sure that the charity understands the pitfalls and benefits or accepting funding from the cannabis industry. All nonprofits within the CannaMakeADifference system have agreed to acknowledge cannabis companies like they would any other company, whether as a donor or sponsor.

Cannabis companies looking to connect with nonprofits who will accept their funding can find charities on our system and/or receive assistance in developing their corporate social responsibility programs through access to our business association.

We are currently in Colorado, with plans to expand to every legalized state by the end of 2018.

We will launch our online 501c3 nonprofit search platform on February 1, 2018, for Colorado cannabis companies to find nonprofits. To see a sample of the platform, CLICK HERE!



With all the disasters in the world recently, we have founded Disaster Releaf . Disaster RELEAF is an organization dedicated to networking pro-cannabis individuals and companies which can provide first-responder, non-emergency, support to local communities throughout the United States (future plans include disasters around the world) affected by natural disasters. Funded fully by the cannabis community, we provide local communities with food, water, infrastructure and structural assistance. Through our team of experts with experience from military, nonprofit, disaster, first responders, search and rescue, government, and logistics backgrounds, we provide strategic support dedicated to getting relief to those who are most affected and need the most assistance in the fastest and most efficient way possible. Our response is not specified for those who are pro-cannabis, it is for anyone directly affected by a natural disaster.


We are looking for cannabis companies to provide sponsorship of this effort and also for individual teams which head into the disaster areas which provide these teams with adequate transportation, food, supplies, equipment, etc.

If you would like to be a founding partner for RELEAF, see our sponsorship proposal NOW!

Days or Weeks of Giving

We provide the entire cannabis community the opportunity to put down the “stoner” stigma of individuals and companies in the industry through philanthropy. Days of Giving are state specific and provide either a week long campaign or one 24-hour period of giving for everyone who is pro-cannabis in a state to reach a goal for their state. 100% of donations on that day are tax-deductible (cannabis companies need to consult with their tax professionals) and will be distributed to charities throughout the state which is holding this event.

Cannabis companies can engage with us in the following ways:

Donate – Provide a one time donation. We are asking all companies to pledge no later than March 1, 2018 and payment will be required by no later than April 1, 2018.

Coupon Book Participant – If you are interested in providing a coupon for a product or service which will be provided to those consumers donating $42 or more, we will include your coupon in our easy-to-use APP, which works just like a coupon book. If you are a dispensary and would like to make more of a difference, you can also become a MATCHING PARTNER.

Promote – If you use email or text messaging to reach your consumers, help CannaMakeADifference Week by sending out notifications and reminders about the Cannabis Community’s Week of Giving. We have content to make it a simple copy and paste.

Sponsor – Be the Difference! Help us by becoming a sponsor TODAY! We have nine (9) sponsorships available for our CannaMakeADifference Week in Colorado. As a sponsor, your company will receive first right of refusal for all future days of giving in the next state we engage with and Colorado for 2018!

To Learn more about all these options, or to request a partnership proposal, please contact or by calling 303.218.7899.

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