Other Ways to Help

Ways You Can Give

All gifts, in all forms, are important to the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Whether you make a gift of cash, stock, or other asset, your donation is directly used in helping to Erase Hate and replace it with “understanding, compassion, and acceptance.”

  • Donations: Outright donations made by cash, check, or credit card are the easiest to make. They are also tax deductible in the year they are given. The Foundation also gratefully accepts pledges—i.e., gifts that are paid over time.
  • Planned Giving: There are several methods of executing planned gifts.  You may make a bequest naming the Matthew Shepard Foundation in your will, name MSF as beneficiary of a life insurance policy, or by making a gift of real estate. We suggest discussing financial and estate issues with your accountant and/or attorney in deciding what is best for your situation.
  • Estate Bequest: A bequest is one of the most powerful and flexible expressions of your support. If you are considering naming the Matthew Shepard Foundation a beneficiary of your will, we can provide customized sample language to do so. A carefully planned bequest is an excellent way to leave a significant legacy while reducing, and in some situations eliminating, estate taxes.
  • Memorial Gifts: Honoring a person’s memory is a wonderful way to celebrate their life. Upon making a memorial donation, a family representative will be notified of the contribution you made in their loved one’s name.
  • National Corporate Partners: The Foundation works with companies to design a program that meets their specific philanthropic, marketing, and public relations objectives. You may be able to double or even triple your gift to the Foundation. Many employers sponsor matching gift programs to match charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company matches your gifts or to set up Corporate Matching with your company please contact our office.
  • Corporate Sponsorship: The support from corporate America is directly related to the Foundation’s success. Please show your loyalty and support by directing your friends and family to our generous sponsors

The support from businesses and organizations to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community is directly tied to the Matthew Shepard Foundation’s overall success. By showing your loyalty to our National Corporate Partners, you help support the work of the Foundation in our mission to Erase Hate.

For more information about national and event sponsorships, please contact us.


MillerCoors: Our longest and most longstanding national partner! A company passionate about creating the best beer in America while supporting LGBT Americans. MillerCoors is company with high potential, a unique foundation of great beer brands and 288 years of brewing experience.


Chavez For Charity: A new collection designed by Julie Marie Chavez, founder and Creative Director of the fashion jewelry line mariechavez.Through the sale of a colorful assortment of bracelets, Julie’s mission is to raise money and awareness for some of today’s most important and necessary charitable initiatives like our work to Erase Hate.

mariechavez will donate 25% of the gross profits from the sale of a specific colored bracelet to its corresponding cause.


Love & Pride: Love and Pride is the first online destination for high-end designer jewelry for people who believe in equality, diversity, and tolerance. Their jewelry collections include engagement, commitment, wedding and anniversary rings, necklaces, pendants, earrings, watches, and other accessories for women and men. Sometimes romantic, sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical…always captivating.  Every purchase you make at Love and Pride helps to support marriage equality and civil rights. Love and Pride donates 100% of the net proceeds to MSF when you purchase the Erase Hate Pendant.


Diversity Platinum Rewards: The first national discount program for the LGBT community, their friends, and families! As a Platinum Card holder, you’ll receive perks and discounts from hotels, restaurants, and retailers from across the US and Europe. Not a credit card, no credit checks, just lots of rewards and discounts for you to enjoy! A portion of each card sale benefits the Matthew Shepard Foundation.


Café Press: At Café Press, it’s all about you and your passions. In a nutshell, they are the world’s best destination for expressing yourself through merchandise. From your favorite T-shirt and hoodie, to the tote bag over your shoulder, and bumper sticker on your car, Café Press is here to let you express your interests. And what makes their products so unique and so expressive is that they don’t create the designs on them – you do! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Foundation.


Amy Berk, MBA, Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial:  Today, it’s natural to have questions about your retirement, even if you’ve saved and planned for it. With our exclusive Confident Retirement® approach, we’ll help you find answers and take the first step toward creating a road map to the future you want. Just for attending a complimentary initial consultation, the Matthew Shepard Foundation will receive a $50.00 donation.  During your initial consultation, we’ll review your financial situation and be introduced to the Ameriprise Confident Retirement® approach.   If you decide you want to proceed with a financial planning relationship, the Matthew Shepard Foundation will receive an additional $50.00 donation.   To find out more or to schedule your complimentary initial consultation, contact Amy Berk at 303-689-7416, email or ameripriseadvisors.com/amy.l.berk.  Her office is located at 7979 E Tufts Ave, Suite 715, Denver, CO 80237.

The Matthew Shepard Foundation is not affiliated with Ameriprise Financial and is not licensed to offer investment, investment advisor or financial planning.

The initial consultation provides an overview of financial planning concepts.  You will not receive written analysis and/or recommendations.

Confident Retirement is not a guarantee of future financial results.

Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC

© 2013 Ameriprise Financial, Inc., All rights reserved.

The Show – “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
Check out the new song by Pittsburgh-based group, The Show. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” shares lead singer Johnny Saint-Lethal’s personal story. You can read more Johnny and the inspiration behind the song here. To buy the song and support the Matthew Shepard Foundation, click here.



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