HOW TO DONATE:   As the Friends of Marble Foundation is still in the process of securing non-profit status, we have established a “holding account” at The Denver Foundation so that donors can receive a tax deduction for their donation.  To donate, simply...
  • Donate directly to the FOM fund at The Denver Foundation by mailing a check to The Denver Foundation, 55 Madison Street, Denver, CO 80206.
    Be sure to “earmark” your donation to the Marble Base Camp Fund.
    To donate through the Denver Foundation online using a credit card, go to the
    donate now page on their website,
    scroll down to the middle of the page and select "Marble Base Camp Fund" from the drop down list.
    Credit cards are convenient, though  2 to 3 % of your donation goes to card company processing fees.
    Using either payment method, The Denver Foundation will acknowledge your donation and provide tax documentation. 

  • In January, 2012, the Friends of Marble Board will “bundle” these donations and make a gift to the Rocky Mountain Outward Bound School Board.

  • IMPORTANT: So that the Friends of Marble Board can track total donations, please send an email to Marlene at when you’ve made a donation. Please tell us when you donated and how much you gave.

    WHEN TO DONATE: While donations will always be accepted and appreciated, it is URGENT that we help RMOBS meet its $500,000 fundraising goal by January 31st. Therefore, PLEASE consider making your contribution as soon as possible!

    INTERESTED IN TALKING WITH A Friends Of Marble BOARD MEMBER? If you would like to discuss this situation or have questions about making a donation, please feel free to contact any of the board members listed here. Send an them an email and provide your contact information so we can reach you. Also, let us know when it is best to call you (evening, daytime, etc.). 

    Please remember....ALL donations “count” and help us achieve our goal of preserving the Marble base camp. Give what you can and then celebrate our collective effort to re-establish Outward Bound in Colorado AND save Marble.

Ask About Matching Gifts

Many employers match gifts made by their employees or make grants to organizations recommended by employees. Be sure to ask your company if it can help your gift stretch even further.

Remember, Your Gift can be Confidential
Grants from Denver Foundation donor-advised funds can be made anonymously. If you prefer to have grants from your fund remain confidential, please let us know.

Consider Alternative Forms of Giving
Don't overlook the benefits you and your cause can receive from bequests, charitable gift annuities, gifts in kind, endowments and many other creative forms of giving. Ask your tax advisor or attorney to help create the best plan for you and your family. You can also call the Philanthropic Services Group staff for a no-cost consultation on various options.

Gifts of Appreciated Stock
Gifts of appreciated securities (bonds and stock, including stock in closely held companies and mutual funds) may be used to establish a fund. Such gifts often provide important tax advantages. Their full fair market value is deductible as a charitable contribution up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income. As with gifts of cash, deduction amounts exceeding this limit may be carried forward for up to five additional years. The added benefit of giving appreciated securities is the avoidance of the capital gains tax on the appreciated portion of the gift. Gifts of closely held stock enjoy the same tax benefits as with publicly traded stock. For those who use this option for a partial donation in 2011 and who wish to sign a pledge for future donations, such a pledge is OK under current law (giving stock or mutual fund shares is just like giving cash).

Family Foundations
If the donor wishes to make a grant from a Family Foundation, this is of course an option and is welcomed as a source of funds. Each family fund will have its own donation cycle and limits. As with the two options below, individuals wishing to donate from a Family Foundation may NOT sign a pledge for future donations.

Gifts from Donor Advised Funds
Donor-advised funds are flexible giving tools created by individuals, families, and businesses who wish to actively participate in the grant-making process. Persons who wish to give via this method have already contributed to their fund and taken the tax-deduction for that donation. Their role will be to request a distribution from this established fund to The Denver Foundation (FOM account). By law, individuals with a Donor Advised Fund may NOT sign a pledge for future contributions.

Business Advised Funds
Many firms work through The Denver Foundation for effective administration and support of philanthropic interests and gifts.  If you work for a Colorado corporation, you may find that your company will match all or part of your gift, or may be willing to donate upon your recommendation. See the DF website ( list of The Denver Foundation business partners. As with Donor Advised Funds, by law individuals may NOT sign a pledge for future contributions.