12.6.2022: Treasurer Dave Young Wants to Reunite Schools with Money and Property on National Lost and Found Day

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For Immediate Release
December 6, 2022

Sheena Kadi

Communications Director & Public Information Officer
sheena.kadi@state.co.us
303-349-8113


Treasurer Dave Young Wants to Reunite Schools with Money and Property on National Lost and Found Day

There’s a fast and easy way to search in Colorado

COLORADO: Friday, December 9 is National Lost and Found Day, and Treasurer Dave Young wants to reunite schools with their lost money and property. 

“Gone are the days of looking for misplaced items in a lost-and-found bin. Simply log on to colorado.findyourunclaimedproperty.com and get down to business searching for money or property you have lost” Dave Young, Colorado State Treasurer and former President of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators. “It only takes 30 seconds to check the State’s lost-and-found with the Great Colorado Payback.”

“This year, the Great Colorado Payback has sent 770 notices to schools and universities across the state. If your school received a notice, reach out to us, and we’ll help reunite you with your unclaimed property,” said Bianca Gardelli, Director of Unclaimed Property.

“Losing track of items is an unfortunate part of life for schools,” Sheena Kadi, Treasury spokesperson. “The good news is that in Colorado, we have a fast and easy way for you to search for cash or other items you may have lost track of.”  

Last fiscal year, The Great Colorado Payback returned almost $50 million to nearly 55,000 claimants through our Unclaimed Property Division. To simplify the claims process, a pilot program which proactively returns funds was started, returning $4.1 million to 13,700 rightful owners without requiring additional paperwork for identification purposes. The average claim last year was $1,832. 

Top Ten Schools With Unclaimed Property
Aurora Public Schools
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado Springs School District
Colorado State University
Denver Public Schools
John Neumann Catholic School
Logan School for Creative Learning
Metropolitan State University Denver
University of Colorado
University of Denver

History of Lost and Found Day
Lost and Found Day was officially announced on November 19th, 2012, but the concept of having a place where people can come to possibly recover things they have lost dates back to 718, when Japanese monks included the service of returning the belongings of people in their daily tasks. In 1805, Napoleon Bonaparte opened the first lost-and-found office in Paris. Objects found on the streets of the city could be brought there, and those looking for them could go there to see if their items had been brought in. Since then, the concept has spread all over the world. Lost and Found Day is celebrated annually on the second Friday of December. 

The Great Colorado Payback
Even businesses lose track of property and payments, occasionally resulting in unclaimed property which can be claimed. Corporations, municipalities, schools, nonprofits, hospitals, and small businesses are also listed among the many individuals whose assets are in the possession of the State. 

Money or property turned over to the State Treasury for safekeeping is held for the owner or heir of the account and there are no time limits for filing a claim. The Colorado State Treasurer currently maintains a list of over 1.7 million names of individuals as well as schools for whom property is available, including over $960 million in cold, hard cash. To date, the Great Colorado Payback has reunited over $600 million to their rightful owners.

Go to colorado.findyourunclaimedproperty.com to search for unclaimed property for individuals, nonprofits, and businesses.

Unclaimed Property Laws
Unclaimed Property laws began in the United States as a consumer protection program and they have evolved to protect not only the owners, but also their heirs and estates. Unclaimed property is tangible or intangible property that has had no activity for a specific period of time. Unclaimed property includes, but is not limited to, abandoned financial assets such as stocks and dividends, mutual funds, checking and savings accounts, unpaid wages, securities, life insurance payouts, uncashed checks that are without activity for a certain period of time, as well as the contents of safe deposit boxes for which the rent has been expired for at least five (5) years. It does not include real estate or vehicles.

The organization holding the original obligation is required to make every effort to contact the owner and establish activity. If they are not able to make contact, that asset is reported to the state of the owner’s last known address.

Once the property is in the custody of the state of Colorado, outreach begins through mailings, the website, advertisements, and local media coverage. 

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