Helen Fritch Endowment Matching Challenge

Give Today 

Donations will be matched 3:1

In honor of our founder, Helen Fritch, Helen’s daughters, Jeanne, Nancy and Leslie have created a special matching challenge to support the forever future of the Gardens. Right now, you can make an endowment gift to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and triple the impact of your giving. Thanks to a generous extra match, YOUR donation will go even farther. 

If the Gardens can raise $30,000, an additional $90,000 will be unlocked for the endowment. 

We have currently raised $13,000 toward this goal. An additional $17,000 donation will help the Gardens unlock this additional $90,000. 

Sow the seeds of the future. Helen’s vision helped build the foundation 

Help the Gardens into the next season with a gift that will fuel future summer programming, new garden projects and a commitment to continuing to elevate the visitor experience. 

Make your gift by clicking on the link HERE.

Donate HERE today.


$10,000 End of Summer Matching Challenge

Match Complete 

Donations will be matched dollar for dollar

Thank you. We reached the goal! Right now, you can make a gift to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and double the impact of your giving. Thanks to a generous match from Shelly and Ken Weisbacher, YOUR donation will go even farther. 


Ways to Give

A society grows great when [people] plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. -Greek proverb

Your gift supports all the beauty you witness when you walk through Betty Ford Alpine Gardens AND the conservation and education research that happens each week to further this mission.

Thanks to a generous gift from one of our benefactors, the Gardens hired a conservation scientist in 2020. The focus of this position is to work on the Strategy for North American Alpine Plant Conservation authored by Garden’s Director, Nicola Ripley in partnership with other key stakeholders in the conservation realm.

We ask visitors to consider a $5 donation during their visit and your gift here amplifies what is possible. Your gift brings world-class exhibits to life. You fund the future interest in horticulture and education science by supporting our internship program. You inspire families and young people to create a curiosity in nature that lasts a lifetime.

To create, all that you see it takes about $1.3 million dollars annually. Your gift today, of any size, helps us get closer to that goal and closer to the mission of conserving alpine plants and fragile mountain environments.

Together, we grow.

Underwriting & Sponsorship Projects 

Every level you increase, you maximize impact on the Gardens’ future.

Partial Sponsorships Available

There are a few special projects that can be sponsored and named each year. We look for individuals to underwrite these special opportunities for the community.

Possible Sponsorship Projects:


    • Under the Arctic – Dig into what lies beneath the Arctic with the vast and fascinating world of permafrost! Under the Arctic: Digging Into Permafrost transports visitors to the Arctic using the sights and smells of the world’s only permafrost research tunnel, with Ice Age fossils, on loan from Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Sponsorships Available.
    • Southwest Waterwise Garden Addition – 65K
    • Betty’s Market in Children’s Garden (Annual) – 2K
    • Family classes supplies
    • Audio Visual Upgrade Package – 4375
    • Phase II Education Center Rooftop Trellis Expansion – 35K
    • Addition of UV Protection for Alpine House – 15K
    • Garden Protector – ( 5K – 25K )
    • 2022 Expert Speaker Series – 4K
    • 2022 Butterfly Launch – 7500
    • Conservation field days – SPONSORED
    • Staff Professional Development
    • Contact Development Director, Melissa Ebone at 970-476-0103 ext 5 or email to explore possibilities – small or big

    Colorado Gives Day

    December 2021

    A Statewide Generosity Day

    Colorado Gives Day. It’s more than just a day. It’s a movement that inspires and unites thousands of donors to give where they live and support Colorado nonprofits. Donations are accepted through You can schedule your donations to support Betty Ford Alpine Gardens starting on November 1 to arrive on Colorado Gives Day, December 2021. Thank you.

    Planned Giving

    Give a Legacy Gift 

    There are multiple ways you can support the Gardens with your estate planning.  

    Leaving a gift to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in your will is the most common way that individuals ensure the work of the Gardens’ continues for the next generation. These gifts often take the form of: 

    • Cash
    • Closely Held Stock
    • Real Estate
    • Appreciated Securities
    • Tangible Personal Property 

    Your tax advisor can guide you on the best way to take care of your family and the mission of the charities you hold dear. Oftentimes, with strategic planning, you are able to do more with your assets because of the tax implications of different types of giving. 

    Our Tax ID # is 74-2395097 

    *If you have made a provision for the Gardens in your estate plans, we would love to know. We want to be able to celebrate with you and understand your goals and intentions to make sure your wishes happen.



    Bristlecone Pine Matching Challenge

    Longevity, Resilience, Beauty

    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 Gardens draw a 4.5% distribution annually.

    Your gift supports all the beauty you witness when you walk through Betty Ford Alpine Gardens AND the conservation and education research that happens each week to further this mission.

    Any gift to the general endowment fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $450K. This match was created by Dick Liebhaber and Bob Fritch.  For more information about the match, email HERE or call Melissa Ebone – Development Director (970) 476-0103 x 5.

    Currently – $3,500,000

    Endowment Goal – $13,000,000

    Biggest Dream: A $13 million Gift to the Endowment would fund the operations of the Gardens in perpetuity.

    Stock Gifts

    Upcoming Projects

    The Gardens is continuing to expand geographic collections and update Gardens. We are building an Outdoor Family Classroom and deepening our engagement into conservation in the alpine.

    Tribute and Memory Gifts

    Tribute and Memory Gifts

    Benches and tribute projects are available throughout the Gardens. 2 naming opportunities currently exist for benches. 

    Sponsor a Specific Project

    Sponsor a Specific Project

    Project Sponsor

    Lots of specific projects to sponsor:

    Summer Exhibit

    Children’s Garden

    Education Projects

    Garden Supplies 

    Internship Support


    Gift Membership

    Gift Memberships

    For the nature-lover in your life, the person who cares about conservation or that person that you really want to give a gift that says I care about what you care about it. You can purchase a year-long membership that connects them with the nature cause they love. 

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