Ways to Give

Vision: Investing in Education, Engaging our Community, Sustaining the Environment

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization actively involved in conserving and researching one of the most vulnerable ecosystems in the world – the Alpine Tundra.

The Gardens is funded through:

  • Memberships – Multiple Levels of Engagement Available
  • Individual donations
  • Memorial and tribute gifts
  • Grants
  • Corporate support
  • Planned giving – a gift in your estate

Give today to create a brighter tomorrow. There are multiple ways to make a gift. Contact philanthropy staff, Melissa Ebone, to talk about different ways you can make a gift to create the future. 

Underwriting & Sponsorship

Upcoming Special Projects

Events and programs are promoted to 100,000 summer visitors and 400+ members.

Most opportunities include opportunity for name feature and promotion.

If you are interested in exploring what may be the right fit for you, 

Contact Development Director, Melissa Ebone

(970)476-0103 ext 5


Current Opportunities: Winter at the Gardens

Caucasus Garden – Garden Project Spring 2020

Spring Planting 

Après Speaker Series

Chefs in the Gardens

Betty’s Market

Life at the Roof of the Rockies Exhibit 

Kiddo’s Scavenger Hunt

Outdoor Panels – Explorers of the Botanical World

North American Strategy for Alpine Plant Conservation

Digital Hub for Information on the Alpine


Special Appeal
The Gardens asks members and the community for contributions for educational programs & exhibits, important research, conservation and climate science projects and new horticultural displays. 

From expanding the plant collection to participating in research and conservation efforts, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is invested in your natural world and the community. Your answer to these appeals, keeps Betty Ford Alpine Gardens blooming and able to continue its role as a nationally recognized leader in alpine plants and environments.

Colorado Gives Day

Ready to support Vail’s Alpine Treasure? Click HERE to schedule your donation for December 10 and unite with people around the country to support Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.

Tribute Donations & Naming Opportunities
Contributions to honor and remember a loved one create a permanent and lasting legacy in the Gardens. Tribute gifts can purchase naming rights for benches, garden beds and bridges for 10 years. All memorial and tribute donations are recognized in the year-end annual report and the Memorial & Honorarium Book displayed at the Gardens.

*We ask family members and donors of memorial benches to support the continued investment in the Gardens with a gift each year to the Gardens. An updated plaque costs $115. 

Currently, there are naming opportunities with 2 benches, 2 reading corners and the listening pavilion.  Call 970-476-0103 x5 for more information on naming opportunities. Click HERE to make an Honorary or Memorial Donation.

Planned Giving
Your legacy will support our future. Thank you for considering a planned gift to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Once the needs of your family have been considered, we hope you will include us in your estate plans. If you have the Gardens in your plans already, please consider letting us know so you can be included in future Legacy Circle gatherings.

There are many different ways to make sure the Gardens thrive beyond your lifetime. Information provided is a guide only and the advise of an attorney is recommended.


Leaving a gift to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens as part of your will or estate plan is the most common planned gift. These gifts often take the form of 

  • cash
  • closely held stock
  • real estate
  • appreciated securities
  • tangible personal property

Retirement Planned Gift

Consider making a contribution to the Gardens from your IRA. These gifts are very simple to set up and can save money in taxes. Traditional IRA’s can be donated to charity tax-free.

Legal Name: Betty Ford Alpine Gardens              Tax ID: 74-2395097

Endowment Fund

Endowment gifts will secure the future of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. An endowed contribution is permanently invested, and only a portion of the earnings is withdrawn. The principal is never spent. Endowment gifts ensure the legacy of the Gardens for future generations. Betty Ford Alpine Gardens has an actively managed investment portfolio to ensure that our investments are protected and allowed to grow. 

The Bristlecone Pine Endowment Challenge “Longevity, Resilience, Beauty” 

Currently – $2,045,000

Goal – $3,000,000

Two Board members have come together to offer a $450,000 matching challenge. Any gift to the general endowment fund will be matched dollar for dollar. For more information about the match, click HERE or call Melissa Ebone – Development Director (970) 476-0103 x 5

Vehicles For Charity

 “A way to give more” 

Every donation to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens makes a difference. Many of our donors tell us they wish they could give more. If you are looking to get rid of a vehicle… but don’t want the hassle of selling it or fixing it… consider donating it to us. Donating your car is a fast, safe and easy way to support the programming you value. Make a difference by donating your unwanted vehicle by contacting :

Vehicles For Charity (Denver, CO)



                                                                           Vehicles For Charity FAQ


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