You do not have to be a member of the ESA Foundation to contribute designated or undesignated donations. Undesignated gifts become a part of the general fund. Designated contributions are used for the purpose designed by the donor (a specific scholarship endowment or the grant fund). All contributions are tax deductible. To make a donation to the ESA Foundation, please follow the steps below.

Create a Donation Portal and Donate to the ESA Foundation:

Click here to donate to the ESA Foundation as a new individual

Login to an Existing Donation/Membership Portal to Donate to the ESA Foundation:

Click here to donate to the ESA Foundation as a current member

If you would prefer to mail a check, please use the Contribution form (pdf) or call ESA Headquarters: 970.223.2824.

Join the ESA Foundation

An ESA Foundation membership is separate from a membership to ESA. Anyone can be a member of the ESA Foundation by following the steps provided below.

New to ESA and the ESA Foundation:

Click this image to join the ESA Foundation as a new member

ESA Member Becoming an ESA Foundation Member:

Click this image to join the ESA Foundation as a current ESA member
If you would prefer to mail a check, please use the Contribution form (pdf) or call ESA Headquarters: 970.223.2824.

Other Ways to Contribute

Looking for a way to serve the ESA Foundation mission in other ways? 

Create a New Endowment 

The ESA Foundation encourages the promotion of the establishment of endowments.  You may honor an individual or group who has made outstanding contributions to the ESA Foundation, to ESA International, to an ESA State Council, ESA Regional Council, or to the community.  This may be as a memorial or an honorarium endowment.

 Create a new endowment by clicking this image to download the form complete it and mail it to ESA Headquarters with a check for a minimum if $100

*The endowment is fully endowed when the balance in the account reaches $5,000.  
**All accounts will be maintained with a Restricted Account Principal of $5,000 and all additional monies will be placed in the available account balance.


The Turn-Around Fund is that portion of the ESA Foundation that enables members of the Foundation to obtain contributions from businesses / individuals to contribute to philanthropic projects / organizations. Depending on the status of the donor, these contributions may be tax deductible. The Turn-Around Fund consists of internally funded grants. The ESA Foundation Turn-Around Fund may be used by the ESA Foundation memberships or outside entities.

In accordance with the IRS guidelines, the following criteria must be true to use the ESA Foundation Turn-Around-Fund:
  1. Checks sent to the Turn-Around Fund must be made payable to the ESA Foundation.
  2. Checks or donations must be for $25 or more.
  3. ESA Foundation Turn-Around Fund checks may only be issued to other IRS designated 501(c)3 charitable organizations. The recipient entity’s 501(c)3 valid determination or exemption letter, and EIN # must accompany the request. [See note below] 
  4. ESA Foundation Turn-Around Fund checks not cashed within 120 days of the date of issue will be considered a donation to the ESA Foundation General Fund.
  5. The IRS does not allow the following:
  • Turn-Around checks issued directly to an individual or reissued to a chapter or state council.
  • ESA Disaster Fund 
  • State / Regional Love or Care Funds

NOTE: The EIN # for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is 62-0646012. A list of 501(c)3 approved organizations will be compiled, updated as needed, and accessible through the ESA Foundation website.

If you are uncertain about your charity / organization, you can check them out on the following website: This site lists almost all IRS authorized 501(c)3 entities. 
Turn Around Fund Steps click to download the form then mail it to ESA Headquarters


Planned Giving

Planned giving is a great way for you to benefit charitable causes while you still leave sufficient funds for your loved ones. Whether you donate through your will, a trust, investments, property, life insurance, or retirement plans, planned giving is an opportunity to provide for your loved ones, fulfill your charitable goals, plus save money on taxes.  If you wish to proceed with a gift, or you have any questions, please contact ESA Headquarters: 970.223.2824.

What do you need to know?

The most important things you need to know about planned giving are the options available to you and the benefits of each.  While all methods are excellent opportunities to give to the ESA Foundation and receive tax benefits, certain venues can fit your circumstances better than others.

It is highly recommended that all individuals prepare a will, regardless of background or size of estate.  The construction of a will can have significant impact on donating and passing funds to your loved ones, as well as on taxation.  A will is the best place for the inclusion of any information about your wishes concerning your planned giving and the distribution of your estate.

Charitable gifts can be made directly through payments or your will; however, many other options are available to you.  If any of the following gift planning options is of interest to you, we highly recommend that you discuss them with your tax consultant or professional advisors.

What are your options?

Bequests by Will 
are the most popular means of gift planning.  You can reduce estate taxes by designating a certain amount or a certain percentage of your estate to the ESA Foundation.

Gifts of Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds that have appreciated in value and are owned for more than one year can result in triple tax savings through state and federal income tax opportunities and can bypass capital gains taxes.

Gifts of Real Estate offer a double tax savings.  The donor receives a charitable income tax deduction for full market value and will avoid capital gains tax.

Retirement Plan Assets such as pensions, profit sharing plans or IRAs are subject to more than just estate taxes at the time of your death.  A double taxation for you and your heirs can be avoided with a charitable gift of retirement assets.

Charitable Remainder Trusts will allow the donor to retain income interest and give the remainder to charity.   You will receive a charitable income tax deduction and avoid capital gains and estate taxes, while the trust accumulates, tax-free, to benefit the ESA Foundation.

Charitable Gift Annuities provide a lasting income plan.  Through this plan, assets are transferred to the ESA Foundation with the agreement that a fixed rate of return will be paid to named beneficiaries for life.

Charitable Lead Trusts offer a tax-efficient way to transfer wealth and property from one generation to the next while making a significant charitable contribution.  These trusts provide the ESA Foundation with an income stream for a period of years and then pass underlying assets on to beneficiaries.

Life Insurance policies that are paid up may result in significant tax savings.  If you name the ESA Foundation as the beneficiary and owner of the policy, future premium payments may be tax deductible.  The ESA Foundation may also be named as a partial or secondary beneficiary.

No matter what the size of your gift or estate, any donation you can make will make a significant impact on the world community.  Remember:

    Annual gifts can change lives today.
    Planned gifts can change lives forever.

(The ESA Foundation does not provide tax advice.  Don’t forget to always consult your tax advisor.)