$50,000 Challenge Match

Donate between November 28 and December 5

The Board of Trustees at the John Austin Cheley Foundation are challenging all of our supporters to make a difference in a child’s life and are willing to match all donations made between GivingTuesday and Colorado Gives Day dollar for dollar up to $50,000!

DOUBLE THE IMPACT OF YOUR INVESTMENT by contributing to this wonderful week of giving and provide a child an opportunity of a lifetime.

A passion to provide the camp experience to youth with high potential regardless of economic circumstance lies at the heart of JACF’s mission. The enduring benefits of extended-stay, outdoor summer camps that promote Donate Fundraise Change a Child's Futureyouth development for today’s underserved youth are more critical than ever in promoting productive citizens and lifelong success.

We invite you to explore the impact that our programs have on our Campership awardees and their families and consider making a donation to help us continue to expand the delivery of our mission.

Like the great majority of non-profit organizations, our success in fulfilling our stated mission depends upon the generosity of our donors. We welcome contributions from individuals, family funds, and foundations. Gifts of time, talent, and treasure are always needed and appreciated.

The John Austin Cheley Foundation is a qualified charitable corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service. Gifts to the Foundation qualify for deductions for income and estate tax purposes.

I came home with a new outlook on life…and a huge feeling of accomplishment, achievement, and confidence.

Your Support Matters

Support underserved youth, and help them achieve a successful future by developing essential career and life skills through the summer camp program.


 Different Ways to Give

Cash Gifts

Cash gifts can be made via our secure online donations page, or by check made payable to ‘John Austin Cheley Foundation‘.

Please mail checks to:

John Austin Cheley Foundation
1420 N. Ogden St.

Suite 102
Denver, CO 80218

Stock Gifts

Giving stock through electronic transfer is the easiest method when a donor maintains holdings in a brokerage account. The Depository Trust Company, or DTC, is the clearinghouse for electronic security transfers. Each brokerage firm has a specific DTC number. When you wish to make a gift of stock, please provide the following information to the transferring broker:

Account Name: John Austin Cheley Foundation

Account Number: 4760-6054

DTC Number: 0164, Code 40

Clearing Broker: Charles Schwab & Company

Reference: {Donor’s Name}

Please alert the Foundation’s Development Director before the transfer so that we can make arrangements with the broker to receive the stock. The Foundation cannot sell an unidentified security. At the same time, please indicate the purpose of the contribution, such as an annual gift, a memorial gift, a pledge payment, or funds for a planned gift. Stock Certificates and Stock Powers: If you send a stock certificate that is in your name, a letter of intent must be included. Under separate cover, please send a signed stock power. The Foundation does not recommend sending signed certificates. Stock powers are available from the Foundation’s Executive Director or from your broker. On the stock power, your signature is the only item that is needed. If the certificate is in the Foundation’s name, no stock power is needed. The process for re-registering stock certificates (transferring the certificate into the Foundation’s name) can take from two to four weeks.

Stock Certificates should be mailed to:

John Austin Cheley Foundation
1420 N. Ogden St.
Suite 102

Denver, CO 80218

Certificates that have been re-registered to the John Austin Cheley Foundation should include a letter identifying the donor and the purpose of the gift. Please feel free to email the Development Director with any questions or if you would like to transfer mutual fund shares.

Memorial and Honorary Gifts

These unique gifts are in memory of or in honor of family and/or camp friends. We recognize these names in the Annual Report. We will also send a notecard to honorees or persons designated by you informing them of your contribution.


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Planned Giving

Planned gifts, such as bequests or charitable trusts, are an advantageous way to provide for a future gift to the John Austin Cheley Foundation. You can pay forward the power of the camp experience now and provide for yourself at the same time.

Planned giving involves providing for a future gift through your financial and estate plans. You can make a gift that costs you nothing during your lifetime, a gift that gives you guaranteed income for life, or a gift that protects your assets. You can designate your gift as an annual contribution or establish an endowed campership, depending on the value of the contribution.

JACF welcomes gifts made through several different planned giving arrangements. These arrangements can:

Provide for you or your loved ones

Help you afford a larger gift during your lifetime

Entitle you to charitable income and/or gift or estate tax deductions

Enable you to leave a legacy to the Foundation


What Options Are Available To Me?

Gifts From a Will or Living Trust

A bequest is a gift from your estate – a transfer of cash or securities through your estate plans. You can make a bequest to JACF by including language in your will or living trust leaving a portion of your estate to the Foundation, or by designating the Foundation as a beneficiary of your retirement account or life insurance policy.

Remembering JACF with a bequest from your estate will help sustain and strengthen the Foundation for years to come. Some of the advantages of creating a bequest include:

  • A bequest costs nothing now, yet gives you the satisfaction of knowing you have provided for JACF in the future
  • You retain control of, and use of your assets during your lifetime
  • You may modify your bequest if your circumstances change
  • Gifts to JACF from your estate are exempt from federal estate taxes
  • If you let JACF know of your plans, we will be able to thank you now and recognize you publicly as a member of our Summit Society

Gifts From a Retirement Plan

A retirement plan can be a tax-efficient and simple way of including the Foundation in your estate plan. The best method is to name JACF as a primary or secondary beneficiary on your plan’s beneficiary designation form. The tax advantage stems from the fact that most retirement plans (other than Roth IRAs) are subject to income taxes – and possibly estate taxes – if left to an individual beneficiary.  A charity that is named as the beneficiary does not pay income or estate taxes on the distribution, thus, the full value of what is distributed can be used by JACF as a gift from your estate, supporting the purpose you designate.

Life Income Gifts

Charitable Remainder Unitrust:

You can establish a charitable remainder unitrust by irrevocably transferring assets to a trustee, who then invests the trust’s assets and pays you and/or other beneficiaries an annual variable income. At the end of the trust term, the assets remaining in the trust are distributed to JACF for the purpose you designate.

A unitrust is an excellent vehicle for gifts of appreciated stock because the trust is tax exempt and does not pay capital gains tax when it sells the assets. The full sales proceeds remain in the trust to provide a payout to the income beneficiaries. The payout distributed is generally taxable to the income beneficiaries. Upon establishing a charitable remainder unitrust, you are entitled to a current income tax deduction for a portion of the value of the gift transferred to the trust, which is often between 30 and 60 percent of the value of the assets transferred.

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust:

You can establish a charitable remainder annuity trust by irrevocably transferring assets to a trustee, who then makes fixed annual payments to you and/or other beneficiaries. At the end of the trust term, the assets remaining in the trust are distributed to JACF for the purpose you designate.

When you establish a charitable remainder annuity trust, you and the trustee agree to the amount of the annual payment to you and/or other beneficiaries. The amount of the annual payment must be at least 5 percent of the trust assets’ initial fair market value and is generally taxable to the beneficiaries.

This type of trust may appeal to older beneficiaries who appreciate knowing exactly how much they will receive each year and are not as concerned about the effects of inflation over time.

Charitable Lead Trust

With this type of planned gift, you irrevocably transfer assets to a charitable lead trust. The trustee makes an annual distribution from the trust to JACF for a set number of years. When the trust terminates, the assets in the trust are distributed to your heirs or others that you designate, including JACF.

On the date you establish the trust, the future gift to your heirs will be valued for gift and estate tax purposes at its “present value.” If the trust is created when interest rates are low and the trust’s investments perform better than expected, there may be additional assets in the trust that will pass to your heirs free of estate and gift taxes.


Please contact us if you have questions or are interested in learning more about our planned giving opportunities.

Donor Advised Funds

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a type of giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to easily support your favorite charities. An increasingly popular charitable vehicle, DAFs are an excellent way to both simplify your charitable giving and facilitate your strategic philanthropic goals.

How does it work?

– Establish your DAF by making an irrevocable, tax-deductible donation to a public charity that sponsors a DAF program

– Advise the investment allocation of the donated assets (any investment growth is tax-free)

– Recommend grants to qualified public charities of your choice

What are the main advantages of a donor-advised fund?

Simplicity – The DAF sponsor handles all record-keeping, disbursements, and tax receipts.

Flexibility – Timing of your tax deduction can be separate from your charitable decision making.

Tax-efficiency – Contributions are tax-deductible and any investment growth in the DAF is tax-free. It is also easy to donate long-term appreciated securities, eliminating capital gains taxes and allowing you to support multiple charities from one block of stock.

Family legacy – A DAF is a powerful way to build or continue a tradition of family philanthropy.

No start-up costs – There is no cost to establish a donor-advised fund. However, there are often minimum initial charitable contributions to establish the DAF (typically $5,000 or more).

No transaction fees – Once approved, 100% of your recommended grant goes to your qualified public charity of choice.

Privacy if desired – Donors may choose to remain anonymous to the grant recipient.

Click here to make a DAF donation.

Workplace Giving

You can double your donations with matching gifts. Check with your Human Resources Department, as many companies match their employees’ charitable gifts. It’s a great way to make your contribution dollars go further.

Donations can be mailed to our offices at:

John Austin Cheley Foundation
1420 N. Ogden St.

Suite 102
Denver CO 80218

If you have questions about supporting us, please contact Alyssa Street (tel: 1-720-981-2532 ext 100).