The Camping & Education Foundation is second to none when it comes the loyalty and support of its alumni, staff and camper families. It's never too soon to start thinking about your legacy. Make a tax-deductible donation to the Camping & Education Foundation today.



We are fond of saying that preparing for camp is like moving a small city to the Northwoods. Each summer, Kooch-i-ching and Ogichi Daa Kwe host some 500 campers, including nearly 100 recipients of tuition assistance. Yet at the end of each summer, the revenue from tuition and investments covers just 75% of our operating expenses.

This is where the Annual Fund comes in. This is where our alumni, staff and camper parents come in—making gifts large and small that enable us to provide life-changing wilderness experiences for young men and women, year after year. This is where you come in.


Law of the Woods Level | $25,000 & Up

Grand Medicine Level | $15,000 — $24,999

Grand Council Level | $10,000 — $14,999

Big Trip Level | $5,000 — $9,999

Owakonze Level | $2,500 — $4,999

Urban Wilderness Level | $1,000 — $2,499

Red Lodge Level | $500 — $999

Friendship Dance Level | $250 — $499

Little Council Level | $100 — $249

Polar Bear Club | $1 — $99


Tim Heinle Legacy Circle

Tim Heinle, the beloved Kooch-i-ching director, lived by the ethic “many hands make light work.” He inspired a generation of young men with his belief in the power of collective action—and the importance of giving back. The Tim Heinle Legacy Circle honors those who have included the Camping & Education Foundation in their estate plans, thereby demonstrating a commitment to the strong future of our programs. If you wish to learn more about making an estate gift to the Tim Heinle Legacy Endowment, please contact me directly at hugh@campingedu.org or (773) 294-6355. I would also be more than happy to visit you in person.

—Hugh Haller




A cash donation is the easiest way to support the Camping & Education Foundation. Cash donations can be made by check or credit card. Checks should be made out to the Camping & Education Foundation and mailed to 3515 Michigan Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208. Credit card donations can be made online, or by calling our office at (513) 772-7479.


Stock Gifts

The Camping & Education Foundation accepts gifts of privately and publicly traded stock. While the rules don’t allow a donor to tell the Camping & Education Foundation how to manage a stock gift, it is generally in the Foundation’s best interest to sell closely held stock back to the private corporation because such stock rarely pays dividends.


Matching Gifts

If you work for a company with a matching gift program, your employer will match your donation to the Camping & Education Foundation. To make a matching gift, simply obtain a matching gift form from your employer and complete it according to your employer’s guidelines.


Real Estate & Property

A gift of appreciated property can provide generous support for the Camping & Education Foundation and generate significant tax savings for you. Almost any type of real property—personal residence, farm, vacation home, commercial building or undeveloped parcel of land—can constitute a gift.

Gifts for the Future 



A charitable bequest is a simple and powerful way to support the Camping & Education Foundation. Bequests offer considerable flexibility, allowing you to tailor your gift so that you and your heirs can reap the greatest benefits. The provisions in your will depend on the type of gift you make, as well as your specific circumstances. Please consult your attorney when considering any legal matter.

An unrestricted bequest is one intended for the general and best use by the Camping & Education Foundation at the discretion of the board of trustees. Such a bequest might read:

“I give to the Camping and Education Foundation—a nonprofit organization located in Cincinnati, Ohio—the sum of $_______ [or _______% of my estate; or the property described herein]. The property comprising this gift may be used to further the charitable purposes of the Camping & Education Foundation at the discretion of its trustees.”


Retirement PlanS

Naming the Camping & Education Foundation as a beneficiary of your retirement plan is a tax-wise way to donate. Because retirement contributions are often made with before-tax dollars, those assets are taxable when withdrawn. If passed to heirs in an estate, retirement assets can be subject to both estate and income taxes, which can diminish their value considerably. However, those same assets can fund a charitable gift at a relatively low cost to your estate.


Life Insurance

Life insurance is a straightforward way to support the Camping & Education Foundation. The most common method—especially if you have a policy your family no longer needs—is to designate the Camping & Education Foundation as the owner of that policy. This option allows an immediate income-tax deduction. Or you can simply name the Camping & Education Foundation as a beneficiary.


Charitable Remainder TrustS

Through a charitable remainder trust, you transfer assets of cash, securities or other property to a trust for the Camping & Education Foundation’s benefit. In return, you or another beneficiary receives an income for life or for a term of years. After that term ends, those assets become a charitable gift to the Camping & Education Foundation.


Charitable Gift AnnuitIES

A charitable gift annuity is a contract that you sign with the Camping & Education Foundation. You make your gift directly to the Camping & Education Foundation and we agree to pay you or your designated beneficiary a fixed income (based on a percentage of your gift) for the remainder of your or the beneficiary’s life.

Charitable Lead Trusts

A charitable lead trust is a valuable and often-overlooked way for individuals with sizable estates to support the Camping & Education Foundation. Established during life or through a will, lead trusts sometimes provide a larger inheritance to heirs than an outright bequest or taxable gift. To create a charitable lead trust, you transfer securities, real estate, business interests or similar properties to a trust for the Camping & Education Foundation’s benefit. The trust pays income to the Camping & Education Foundation for a fixed term of years. At the end of that term, the assets go to a non-charitable beneficiary, such as a child or grandchild.