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Dinosaur Ridge is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible and may be given for specific or general uses. We greatly appreciate your support!

Dinosaur Ridge is a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on donations from generous people like you so that we may:

  • Continue operating as the #1 ranked dinosaur tracksite in the country
  • Enhance education opportunities for visitors
  • Increase awareness about Dinosaur Ridge
  • Plan for the expansion of Dinosaur Ridge to meet growing demand
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NOW AVAILABLE! If you shop at King Soopers or City Market, your loyalty card can earn you and Dinosaur Ridge rewards points each time you shop. Visit your account online and search for Dinosaur Ridge under Community Rewards to add us to the program. We greatly appreciate it!

Ways to Support Dinosaur Ridge

Your tax-deductible donation can be made in multiple ways listed below. Dinosaur Ridge is grateful for your support.

Monthly Donation – Become a Preservation Partner

Make a Monthly Donation

Become part of a community of regular donors! To set up a recurring donation, click the button below to visit Colorado Gives and select Recurring:

Suggested Amounts  

  • $17 – number of plates on a Stegosaurus spine
  • $18.77 – year the first bones were excavated from Dinosaur Ridge
  • $22.40 – weight in tons of the Apatosaurus
  • $150 – million years since dinosaurs roamed the area

Why Monthly Partnership?

  • It’s easy to set up and maintain support.
  • You can donate small amounts that make an ongoing impact and contribute to the organization’s stability.
  • Monthly giving ensures the longevity of Dinosaur Ridge through busy and slow times.
  • Give in a sustainable way, with donations that are manageable for your budget. 

Bequests and Planned Giving

Make a Charitable Bequest

For more information, contact Dana Rinderknecht, Director of Development:

Join the 1877 Society

A charitable bequest is a gift made to Dinosaur Ridge because you believe in and hope we will continue indefinitely. It is a thoughtful and enduring way of showing others what you value most. When you make a bequest, you are planting a special gift in your will that lives in perpetuity.

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA)

Donate from your IRA

Adults with Individual Retirement Accounts have an opportunity to use this asset for meaningful, substantial gifts. If you have sufficient funds to retire comfortably, consider donating assets from your IRA by directing a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your account. If you turned 70 ½ in 2020 and had planned on taking your Required Minimum Donation (RMD), we recommend that you seek advice from your financial advisor.

What does the new RMD age of 70 1/2 mean for qualified charitable distributions (QCDs)?

The SECURE Act does not change the date at which individuals may begin to use their IRA to make QCDs. Even though an individual turning 70½ in 2020 will not have to take an RMD for 2020, they may still make a QCD up to the annual limit of $100,000.


The new law temporarily suspends the requirement to take a required minimum (RMD) distribution for the 2020 tax year. Despite the RMD suspension, remember that if you are 70 ½ or older you can still direct a QCD from your IRA up to the annual limit of $100,000.

Appreciated Securities

Donate Stocks, Bonds or Mutual Funds

Support the ongoing work at Dinosaur Ridge with the gift of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. In addition to making a difference, a gift of appreciated securities offers you significant benefits. These include an immediate charitable deduction for the full market value of the stock and avoidance of capital gains taxes that would normally be due upon sale. 

Employer Matching Gift

Will your company or organization double the impact of your gift?

Contact us to see if your employer will match your donation, membership purchase, or volunteer time at the Dinosaur Ridge.

Donor Advised Funds

Donate from your Donor-Advised Fund

If you would like to make a gift from your donor advised fund or foundation, our EIN is 84-1146279.
You can also search for us by our legal name: Friends of Dinosaur Ridge.

Current Campaigns

Unrestricted Giving/Area of Greatest Need

Make a Donation

Join other Ridge supporters who share your vision and philanthropic commitment. Your unrestricted gift to Dinosaur Ridge allows us to advance our work in mission-driven areas of greatest need.

Capital Campaigns

Support our Campaigns

Learn more about the campaigns underway and donate today:

Restricted Giving

Support Projects & Programs

Designate your gift to support projects or a program at Dinosaur Ridge:

You can designate your gift to support projects or programs at Dinosaur Ridge:

Education Camps

Donations designated for our Winter Break, Spring Break and Summer Camp programs help fund scholarships and program needs for our camps which are licensed childcare programs in Colorado. These donations may be eligible for the Child Care Contribution Credit tax credit.

Field Experience Fund

Last year, more than 15,000 school children visited Dinosaur Ridge. 30% of those visits were made by students from Title I schools. Donations to our Field Experience Fund help offset the costs of field trips for these at-risk youth.


Give a Permanent Endowment

Thanks to this generous match program, you can make your giving go even farther by donating today.

A permanent endowment is an invested pool of money that provides a reliable source of income in perpetuity. Dinosaur Ridge is currently building its general Endowment Fund to ensure the long-term future financial health of the organization. You can contribute to our General Endowment Fund by making an outright gift, through a pledge payable over a number of years, or through a planned gift.

In August of 2018, we joined the family of Nonprofit Endowment Partners at Community First Foundation. We are excited to be partnering with Community First Foundation to grow our endowment and ensure the long-term financial viability of Dinosaur Ridge.