Visit our Donate page to setup a one-time secured gift, recurring gift (annual, quarterly, monthly), or gift In Memory of or In Honor of. Making a contribution online is safe and easy. If you have additional questions, please contact Denay Patterson at or 303.830.7400 x.14.


MSF Tax ID number: 31-1640047

Planned Giving

Including a charitable bequest in your will is a simple way to make a lasting gift to the Matthew Shepard Foundation. You can leave a bequest by adding to an existing will or drafting a new one. In doing so you leave a legacy to the Matthew Shepard Foundation and your community yet preserve and enjoy assets you might need during your lifetime. Plus, the assets distributed to the Matthew Shepard Foundation are exempt from estate tax. For more information, please contact Denay Patterson at or 303.830.7400 x.16. We also recommend that you consult with your tax advisor or planning professional.

Third Party Events

Third-party events are terrific ways to engage friends and supporters in our work. They empower individuals to find their voice to create change and challenge communities to address hatred and ultimately, to appreciate diversity. These events also give you a chance to involve your friends and family in something you believe in. Complete our Contact Us form for additional assistance with your upcoming event.

Employer Matching

Many companies contribute to the Matthew Shepard Foundation and most offer to match employee contributions to nonprofit organizations. Check with your employer to determine their matching mechanism and what we can do to help.

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Combined Federal Campaign

The Combined Federal Campaign is a workplace giving program for federal employees. To direct your support to the Matthew Shepard Foundation, please reference number 28121.

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Notable Days to Give

Throughout the year, there are several online fundraising events that encourage individual, one-time gifts to support the cause(s) of your choice. The Matthew Shepard Foundation appreciates your support on the following notable days to give:

  • Give Out Day – June 30
  • National Coming Out Day – October 11
  • Matthew Shepard’s Birthday – December 1
  • Giving Tuesday – November 30, 2021
  • Colorado Gives Day – December 7, 2021