The Charitable Foundation of Slifer Smith & Frampton

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The Charitable Foundation of
Slifer Smith & Frampton

Supporting our local community through needs-based giving with a focus on
families, youth enrichment, and environmental stewardship.

Give to one. Give to many.

Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate has been an active supporter of a variety of community organizations in Eagle County for many years. We recognize that investing in our community is a fundamental part of what makes the Vail Valley a great place to live. In order to increase our giving capabilities and outreach, the Slifer Smith & Frampton Foundation was established in 2015 and has been growing our impact ever since. We are proud to support many of the amazing local charities in our community that foster education, youth, arts, athletics, environmental stewardship, and make our mountain towns the very best place to live!

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Please select a local charity you would like to support from the text box below. Once you have selected a Charity, click the GIVE button to specify an amount and complete your donation.

Keep scrolling to view descriptions of local Eagle County organizations that can benefit from your giving:


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Donate by Mail: Send a check to our corporate office: SSF Foundation, PO Box 2820, Avon, CO 81620. You will promptly receive a tax deductible donation receipt by mail.

Donate by Phone: Donate by phone using Visa, Mastercard or American Express. Please call us at 970.845.3846.  

The Slifer Smith & Frampton Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Federal Tax ID number is 47-2554036. For federal income tax purposes, an acknowledgement letter will be sent to you promptly.

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Charities We Support.

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Access Unbound

By enabling access to high quality professional instruction, Access Unbound's mission is to transform and heal the lives of people with disabilities, or disabling conditions, who qualify for our partner adaptive programs. Access Unbound removes financial barriers working to provide individuals with disabilities, groups, and our partner organizations with trusted, high-quality, professional education and fun recreation.

Hope Center of the Eagle River Valley 

The Hope Center of the Eagle River Valley is an inclusive, professional agency that values and respects clients, families, community partners and employees. We recognize the infinite worth of every individual, and we are honored to serve all community members. If you or someone you know is struggling or having thoughts of suicide, call the Hope Line now. The Hope Center’s team of professionally trained clinicians are available 24/7 to support Eagle County residents during difficult times.

Bravo! Vail

Bravo! Vail is the only festival in North America to host three of the world’s finest orchestras in a single season. Each summer, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic take up residence in Vail, featured in programs of the great classics, plus jazz and pops. In addition, world-renowned chamber music artists perform a diverse and eclectic chamber music series. While audiences come for a variety of reasons, they stay with Bravo! Vail for the ultimate trifecta: enjoying extraordinary music in the company of great friends and the natural beauty of the Vail Valley. Bravo! Vail’s mission statement is “enriching people’s lives through the power of music: producing the finest performances by the greatest artists, fostering music education and promoting a life-long appreciation of the arts.”

Bright Future Foundation

Bright Future Foundation was founded in 1983 in the basement of the Vail Chapel with the mission of prevention and intervention of domestic violence. The Bright Future Foundation Empowers individuals and families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault to lead safe productive lives through prevention services, advocacy, crisis intervention and recovery services. Their aid programs include: Buddy Mentors Program, Advocates Against Assault, Transitional Housing, Youth Advocacy Programs, Parenting Classes, and Freedom Ranch Safehouse; Eagle County’s first and only safehouse and emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In 2013 Bright Future Foundation provided 1,107 nights of safety and security at the Freedom Ranch Safehouse.

Buddy Werner League

Buddy Werner was an internationally renowned alpine ski racer who was a member of the Olympic Alpine Team in 1956, 1960 and 1964. Buddy was America's first true world class ski racer. A native of Steamboat Springs, Buddy had a breakneck style which caused spectacular spills, but also enabled him to win virtually every championship available during his mercurial career. When Buddy wasn't racing, he would gather up the local youth and bring them to the mountain to teach them about ski racing. The Buddy Werner Race League pays tribute to his legend by providing a recreational race program that strengthens young skiers grades 2nd - 8th. Participants will have the opportunity to ski with coaches and others in their age group and ability level for ten days in Beaver Creek. Each non-race day the coaches speak to our skiers about one of the following themes:  Safety, Sportsmanship, teamwork, Integrity, Hard Work, Adventure and Humility.  They tie these themes into the sport of skiing and racing.  The hope is that we can pass on the Buddy Werner Legacy to our participants and that they think of Buddy and all that he did for the sport of skiing.

Colorado Mountain College – Hero Scholarship

This scholarship is given annually to an Eagle County student for their tuition, books, and fees at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, Colorado. It is merit and financial need based and helps eagle county students attend CMC Edwards.

Can Do Multiple Sclerosis

Can Do MS is a national nonprofit organization that delivers health and wellness education programs on exercise, nutrition, symptom management, and motivation to help families living with MS thrive. Each month, a variety of live programs are offered to help people living with MS and their support partners build connections, learn from healthcare professionals, and address their own unique challenges. Topics include nutrition, exercise, cognition, fatigue, relationships, family planning, employment, and more!

The Cycle Effect

TCE's mission is to empower young women through mountain biking to create brighter futures and build stronger communities. Over 100 participants of the Girls Mountain Bike Program learn about determination and overcoming stress or obstacles in their everyday lives. The Cycle Effect removes financial and cultural barriers to make mountain biking accessible for lower income 5th-12th grade girls. 100% of the girls that have graduated from the program have gone to college, many being the first in their family.

Eagle River Watershed Council

The Eagle River Watershed Council advocates for the health and conservation of the Upper Colorado and Eagle River basins through research, education, and projects. The Council strives to protect and enhance the high-quality natural, scenic and economic values that our rivers and tributaries provide to the citizens, visitors and wildlife of the Eagle River and Colorado River watersheds located in Eagle County. The Eagle River Watershed Council believes that our rivers and streams are the life-blood of our valley. Their preservation and restoration improves our economy, our culture, and our quality of life. The Eagle River Watershed covers 970 square miles, and is composed hundreds of tributary streams, approximately 120 natural lakes, and eight reservoirs. These streams supply the water for all of Eagle County’s population as well as several Front Range communities.

Eagle River Youth Coalition

Eagle River Youth Coalition makes youth a community priority. The mission of the Eagle River Youth Coalition is to collaborate with Eagle River youth-serving organizations to assess prevention needs, coordinate substance abuse prevention efforts, and build capacity through strategic plans, programs and policies around the issues facing young people. Since their inception in 2001, ERYC has expanded beyond a sole focus on collaborative support to address gaps and offer a variety of prevention programming. With a collaborative focus on meeting youth and familial needs, ERYC provides substance abuse prevention, youth advocacy and parent outreach efforts throughout the Eagle River Valley.

Eagle Valley Humane Society

EVHS was established in 1973 to address the needs of the homeless animals in Eagle County, CO., and the limited animal control services available at that time. Today EVHS retains its highly visible and respected role as the primary leader in public outreach programs that affect both people and animals. .  Their programs include Animal Protection Agenet, Spay and Neuter Programs, Financial Medical Assistance, Volunteer Program, Free Obedience Classes, Foster Care Program, Trap-Neuter-Return Program, Pet Adopt-A-Thons, and more. The mission of the Eagle Valley Humane Society is the prevention of cruelty to animals, the enforcement of animal cruelty laws, the relief of suffering among animals, the promotion of humane education, the facilitation of the adoption of homeless animals that are seeking forever homes, spreading community awareness of animal issues, and then prevention of pet overpopulation through spay and neuter programs.

Eagle Valley Land Trust

Since 1981, Eagle Valley Land Trust has served the central Rocky Mountain region by promoting sound land-use decisions at local and state levels, educating the public about the importance of land conservation, and conserving forever land that protects the region’s pristine waterways, critical wildlife habitat, unsurpassed scenic views, recreational access, and rural western ranching character.  We are your local land trust, the only organization solely dedicated to conserving land in our community working both with private land owners as well as partnering with public agencies such as Eagle County Open Space. Land protected forever by Eagle Valley Land Trust is fundamental to our mountain community's future because our land is our biggest asset. Wildlife, scenic views, recreational opportunities, and even real estate values benefit when the places we love to be outside are protected, forever. Join Eagle Valley Land Trust in preserving the character of our community, one acre at a time. Eagle Valley Land Trust 

Eagle Valley Behavior Health

In the wake of mountain towns across the west being labeled as part of the “suicide belt” coupled with a 360% rise in local emergency room visits for anxiety and depression since 2013, Eagle County reached a tipping point in 2017 when the suicide rate jumped from six to sixteen lives in just one year. It was time for the community as a whole to address the behavioral health crisis. Eagle Valley Behavioral Health has partnered with over 25 local organizations including valley businesses, community groups, mental health providers, school district, government entities, first responders and communicators to collaborate on behavioral health initiatives and provide the critical change needed to ensure a long-term vision for a robust, sustainable behavioral health system with the goal of creating resilience in our community and increasing overall well being.

The Education Foundation of Eagle County

The purpose of EFEC is to make specific and targeted recommendations to, and to work in conjunction with the Eagle County School district to retain our most qualified teachers, preserve staffing levels, maintain smaller class sizes, conserve and improve one on one teacher-student ratios, and to protect vital programs and curricula that have been or are in danger of being reduced or eliminated.  Our top priority is to maintain an excellent learning experience for students in Eagle County. The Education Foundation has worked in partnership with Eagle County Schools to fund strategic initiatives and programs for quality education in Eagle County.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity builds homes, communities and hope.  Through construction of simple, decent homes, Habitat creates affordable homeownership opportunities for lower income families.  Each family contributes hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” toward construction alongside many other volunteers and community groups.  Through generous donations of time, materials and financial contributions, Habitat is able to keep the price of these homes affordable for these hard-working, local families.

HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley

HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley is the only locally owned non-profit provider of HomeCare and Hospice services. They will work with all insurances to obtain as much coverage as possible for our services. We are committed to serving patients regardless of their insurance. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for patients and their families who are facing a life-limiting illness by addressing physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. They do this by providing three core areas of service to patients and their families who reside in any of the local communities in the Roaring Fork, Colorado, Crystal, and Eagle River Valleys. Their Home Health services provides care for individuals with diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, cancer, heart disease, strokes, extensive and complicated wound care, as well as diabetes management. Their Hospice services provide care to individuals who are diagnosed with a life-limiting illness who have a prognosis of six months or less to live. And their Private Pay Services offers private duty nursing by certified nursing aides or personal care assistants.

The Literacy Project

The mission of the Literacy Project is to empower Eagle Valley community members of all ages by offering free assistance in acquiring the English literacy skills they need to function more effectively in their daily lives. The program is based on the whole language philosophy of teaching, which emphasizes individualized lesson plans based on social needs and using real life materials such as newspapers and job applications. Students set their own education and life goals, which may include securing a job, getting a driver’s license, and reading to their children.

Red Ribbon Project

Red Ribbon Project (RRP) started in 1996 as a nonprofit with the hopes of building HIV/AIDS awareness. Over time, the focus evolved to educating youth about HIV/AIDS prevention strategies.  Their mission is "We promote healthier lives by empowering the community to reduce teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other STIs". RRP impacts youth with powerful mentorship and interaction that inspires self-confidence and healthy decision making. The common theme in all of their efforts is that they jump in to keep kids safe and aware of the consequences of risky behavior, and we lift them up through opportunities for character development. They maintain an atmosphere of collaboration where all youth have the opportunity to feel known, needed and cared for. Red Ribbon Project | Positive Prevention 

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church.  Its message is based on the Bible.  Its ministry is motivated by the love of God.  Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.    When you donate to the Salvation Army, you change the lives of thousands of children, families and adults in desperate need. The community’s generosity makes a powerful difference.  The Salvation Army in Vail is committed to the community – giving back to the Vail Valley by providing emergency assistance and striving to meet human needs.

Ski and Snowboard Club Vail

Founded in 1962 to provide training and competition programs for aspiring young ski racers, SSCV is one of the Vail Valley’s oldest non-profits. Today, the organization remains true to our roots by instilling values of character, courage and commitment in more than 500 kids who participate in our on-snow winter sports programs each year.  Programs are available in Alpine, Freeskiing, Freestyle, Nordic and Snowboarding, for all ages, abilities and interests.  Their vision is to be the leading youth development organization in the community and to be the premier snowsports club in the World.

Small Champions

Small Champions is a local Eagle County charitable organization providing year round sports programs for children with such diverse disabilities as Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, blindness and Autism. Small Champions strives to introduce a wide variety of sports to each of its participants. Programs include skiing and snowboarding, swimming, horseback riding, gymnastics and golf.

SOS Outreach

SOS Outreach fosters self-confidence, leadership skills, and positive decision making in underserved youth. SOS programs are you unique in their use of adventure sports like skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing and hiking to engage participants for future success. As students learn new sports, the curriculum introduces character development, core values, leadership training, service projects and positive adult mentorship. These elements help at-risk youth build healthy and successful futures.

SpeakUp ReachOut

SpeakUp ReachOut is a group of individuals throughout Eagle County who are dedicated to providing suicide prevention, intervention and loss support services to those in need. This program puts on a quarterly speaker series that includes: suicide loss and grief, lived experience with suicide intensity, support for behavioral health providers working with suicidal patients, and suicide prevention in the workplace. They have a hotline for those in need, which can be found on

Swift Eagle

The Swift Eagle Charitable Foundation is a grass roots nonprofit founded in 2004 by nineteen longtime locals.  Its mission is to provide swift financial assistance to Eagle County residents for living and personal expenses during times of crisis or hardship.  In an area where the cost of living is at least 20% higher than the national average and the average weekly income is almost 20 % lower than the national average, it’s often difficult when a crisis disrupts life to recover and regain self-sufficiency on one’s own.  Over the last ten years hundreds of individuals and families have received grants from Swift Eagle totaling close to $900,00, paid towards rent, mortgage, utilities, and dental and eye care under certain conditions.   Swift Eagle is an all volunteer organization, so monies donated go to those in need rather than salaries and overhead expenses.  As a local nonprofit, the foundation collaborates with many other agencies, but is also uniquely structured to respond more quickly than many, especially in emergency situations.


The missions of SummerQuest is to give students the opportunity to enjoy educational success and help them establish a sound academic and social foundation for high school instruction. SummerQuest operates under the umbrella of Vail Mountain School which is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Students attending this program are identified by their 5th grade teachers as having talent, but in need of skill remediation. 10 staff and 36 students in 6th-8th grade participate in SummerQuest for the month of July and it is free of tuition to the students. All activities are designed to further academic achievement and instill confidence in participating students during their regular academic years. SummerQuest is in its 25th year.

Team Leo Animal Rescue

This animal rescue has saved over 750 animals from all circumstances such as abuse, abandonment, volatile living situations, hoarding, puppy mills, and high kill shelters. They focus on special needs dogs, disabled dogs, senior dogs, and may just needing some extra time to find their forever family. They also work with Eagle County families that have adopted dogs from other organizations who need extra socialization and training. Team Leo's goal for all dogs rescued is to rehabilitate medically, physically, emotionally and re-home them here in our wonderful dog-friendly mountain community.

Trio Therapy Partners

Empowering individuals and families through unique rehabilitative services. Trio Therapy Partners uses Equine Assisted Therapy to facilitate their wide range of services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, and other adaptive and assisted instruction. They combine equine and human interaction to truly cater to the needs of the patient. A cornerstone of their mission is to provide financial assistance to those in need.Trio Therapy Partners now provides group or individual sessions to 40-50 clients a year.

Vail Board of Realtors

The Vail Board of REALTORS® (VBR) is a professional membership organization dedicated to the successful practice of the real estate profession. VBR seeks to provide continuing education, technology, networking opportunities and business resources to its Members. VBR upholds the highest standards of integrity and professionalism by insisting that members conduct themselves by the standards of the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics. The non-profit organization provides services to over 600 REALTOR® Members whom participate in over 1,000 transactions per year on average. The Vail Board of REATLORS® has over 100 Affiliate Members who provide a variety of services to Buyers, Sellers and Homeowners.  Their mission is to provide services to our Members that enhance professionalism and support success.

Vail Mountain Rescue Group

Vail Mountain Rescue Group exists to provide back country search and rescue, as well as public education on back country safety, in Eagle County. The team is responsible for all search and rescue operations in the unincorporated areas of the County. We work under the jurisdiction and with the authority of  the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

The Group is nationally certified through the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) and active members of the Colorado Search and Rescue Board (CSRB). We  respond to calls for mutual aid throughout Colorado.

Vail Rotary Foundation

Rotary is an international organization with local chapters. The Western Eagle Valley Rotary and the Vail Rotary team up to help sponsor the annual Duck Race which is held on Labor Day weekend in Vail. Proceeds from the Duck Race support a variety of local causes throughout Eagle County including numerous scholarships awarded to local high schoolers to attend CMC, as well as covering the costs to send local high school sophomores to leadership retreats.

Vail Symposium

The Vail Symposium is a grassroots, non-profit organization that has been part of the life and history of Vail since 1971. Our mission is to provide educational programs for the Vail Valley community that are thought-provoking, diverse and affordable.  True to that mission, in the past five years, the Symposium has offered more educational programs to more members of our community than any other organization in the Vail Valley.

Vail Valley Charitable Fund

Formed in 1996 as a Colorado non-profit organization, the Vail Valley Charitable Fund’s goals are to continue to raise funds by events, grants, and corporate and individual donations, raise community awareness, engage more volunteers in this worthwhile cause, and continue to help people in need in the community.  Last year, more than $450,000 was raised and distributed to directly offset the expenses involved with:  injuries sustained in a serious car accident; several individuals battling cancer; intensive care for a severely premature infant; recuperation from heart attack and stroke; and much more.

Vail Valley Mountain Trails Alliance

Vail Valley Mountain Trails Alliance (VVMTA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to maintain, build, educate, and advocate for sustainable non-motorized soft surface singletrack trails while conserving the natural environment of Eagle County. The VVMTA is the leading advocate for soft surface trails in Eagle County, CO. The VVMTA’s vision is the creation of a sustainable multi-use soft surface trail network connecting communities and neighborhoods from Vail Pass to Basalt.  We promote stewardship of our public lands, sustainable trail building practices and a balance between recreation and conservation. The VVMTA maintains that trails contribute to the quality of life and economic vitality of the community.

Vail Veterans Program

Through rehabilitative sports and recreation activities the Vail Veterans Program helps to rebuild confidence and provide a sense of freedom from catastrophic injuries including: loss of multiple limbs, severe burns, spinal cord injuries, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and traumatic brain injuries. The Vail Veterans Program is provided free of charge to wounded warriors and their families giving them much needed time away from the hospital and offering them hope for the future.   The Vail Veterans Program transforms military injured and their families through individualized world-class outdoor recreation programs building confidence and creating life-long relationships.

Walking Mountains Science Center

The mission of Walking Mountains Science Center is to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education. Walking Mountain offers innovative school programs, summer youth science camps, adult seminars and year-round interpretive programs. Their Avon campus opened in August of 2011, giving Walking Mountains a visible presence in the community and enabling us to greatly expand our reach. Showcasing the highest levels of sustainable design and green building, the campus features spaces indoors and out for learning, research, multi-day excursions, interactive displays, and more.