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From one-time donations to store purchases, you can give back to the CT in any number of ways!

The Colorado Trail Foundation relies on the generosity of donors to help us fulfill our mission. Grants from foundations, corporate sources and the U.S. Forest Service cover about 15% of our annual operating expenses. The rest comes from individual contributions big and small.

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Other Ways to Support Us

Donate by Mail

Donations can be mailed to us at The Colorado Trail Foundation, PO Box 1292, Poncha Springs, CO 81242.  You may download a Donation Form that you can print out and mail in with a check if you’d like an official document to include with your donation check (but not required). We also send out periodic Friends letters that include updates on the Trail as well as a twice-yearly Tread Lines newsletter. Enclosed in each are donation envelopes for those who prefer to contribute by mail.

Legacy Giving

Help ensure that the Trail will be here for future generations by including The Colorado Trail Foundation in your will or living trust. Your financial adviser, attorney, or accountant can help you set up a charitable gift to the Foundation in the form of cash, stocks, bonds, or from proceeds of insurance policies or the sale of property. You can also designate the CTF as a beneficiary of an insurance policy, IRA, or pension plan.

IRA Required Minimum Distribution

Donate all or a portion of your RMD directly to the CTF (a qualifying charity) and receive an exclusion from taxable income without having to itemize deductions. Consult your tax professional about making a “qualified charitable distribution.” The CTF can provide the transfer account info to you or your investment advisor.

Publicly Traded Securities

You can donate publicly traded securities to the CTF. If you have held the donated securities for more than one year, you may receive additional tax benefits from the donation. Please contact your tax advisor about any possible benefits. Then, simple and easy – just call CTF at 719-398-1688 for instructions on how to accomplish the donation.

By choosing to help us protect and preserve The Colorado Trail, you will be part of something bigger than your financial gift:  You will help create memories and inspire life lessons. Contributions to the CTF are tax deductible with tax ID 84-1057336.

And of course you can… volunteer with the CTF!

You can help with our mission of maintaining the Trail through Trail Crews and the Adopt-A-Trail program, and there’s a long list of other non-trail work related volunteer opportunities! How will you choose to give back to the trail?

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Our Top-Level Donors

Thank you to our biggest supporters, we couldn’t do it without you! Below is a list of our top donors and their level of support in the last 12 months.

$10,000 & up

Bill Manning
Charles Lawson
Jason Golden
Roundup Riders – Heritage and Trails Foundation
Susan Friedman
Teresa Malumphy

$5,000 to $9,999

Bill Carpenter
Bobbie Hill
Gary Sprung
Marley Brezzo
Martha Violett
Ned Grauel

$2,500 to $4,999

Brad and Christine Bennett
Chris Alonso
Daniel Scheidt
Darryl Annett
Dennis Diaz
Holly and Eric Klose
Rachel Jones
Steve Stadler
Terry Tierney

$1,000 to $2,499

Adele Paynter
Betsy Petersen
Blythe Burge
Brendan Mahoney
Bruce Clay
Brunton Family Fund
Carol Tomerlin
Carolyn Benoit
Charity Coors
Cristy Godwin
Dan Cohen
Daniel Chernoff
David B Black
David Chatterton
David Dombrow
Frank Quayle
George Neserke
Ilene Cohen
Jack Berryhill
Jacqui Dear
James Michon
Janet Spencer
Jim Bolt
Jim Young
John Grubb
John McDonough
John Mullins
Jon Greeneisen
Karen Barsch
Katie Windmueller

$1,000 to $2,499 (cont.)

Kent Bredehoeft
Kevin Varty
Kim Kanas
Kris Todd
Lee Ashley
Mal Sillars
Marcia Brandt
Mark and Sally Baldwin
Mark Bailey
Mary Bayard
Mike Yeomans
Olivia Bommarito
Pat Taylor
Paul Monson
Paul Suding
Peter Scanlon
Philip Zietlow
Rick Tronvig
Ron Dudek
Rosemarie Fryer
Sarah Musil
Seth Furtney
Steve Staley
Tom Frenzel
Tracy Rector
Trail Enthusiast
Trails Enthusiast
Veeraya Dandavati
Weezy Duncan
William Witter