About The Timberline Trust

The Timberline Trust was formed in 2002 to keep supporters of Timberline Ministries Inc. apprised of our programs and to build a broader support base. The Trust is open to individuals and families that desire to minister with the staff and students at Timberline Lodge in the following three areas:

  • Partner - Communicate the mission and programs of Timberline to others who might participate in the student or guest programs
  • Prayer - Pray that the Lord would transform the lives of all the students, and that the guests would be refreshed and encouraged in the Lord Jesus, and that the needs of Timberline would be met.
  • Provide – Help meet the resource needs of Timberline.

Making a Planned Gift to Timberline Ministries, Inc.

You may choose to support Timberline Ministries through a planned gift.

Timberline Ministries is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization to which qualifying charitable contributions should be tax deductible.

There are a variety of planning methods that can be used by donors. Planned gift approaches are often used to mitigate both income and estate taxes. We will be happy to work with you in your planning to ensure that your personal and charitable objectives are met, and to support you in your stewardship of what God has entrusted to you.

Ways to Give


You may choose to include a bequest to Timberline Ministries in your will. The following sample provision for making a bequest may be helpful to you and your attorney. "I give and bequeath to Timberline Ministries of Fraser, Colorado ___% of the residue of my estate, the sum of ____, or _____(description of property), the principal and income of which shall be used as the board of Timberline Ministries determines."

Life Income Programs

Timberline Ministries will discuss with you the establishment of a Charitable Gift Annuity, or a Charitable Remainder Trust (Unitrust or Annuity Trust). In a life income program, you make a gift and in turn receive income for life. The income can be for one or two lives. You also receive a current charitable income tax deduction for a portion of your gift. At the death of the final income beneficiary the remainder in the fund passes to Timberline Ministries.

Donor Advised Fund

In recent years, Donor Advised Funds have been established by many donors for the purpose of making a substantial gift and receiving a charitable deduction in the year of the gift, but having the option of advising the charity on the distribution of the gift at the time of the donor's choosing. Timberline Ministries will discuss this option with you if it is of interest.

Gifts of Life Insurance

There are a variety of ways to use life insurance as a planned gift to Timberline Ministries. Two of the most common uses of life insurance in charitable giving include transferring an existing contract or making Timberline Ministries the beneficiary, or partial beneficiary of the death benefit of a policy.

Gifts of Real Estate

A gift of appreciated real estate can be a tax-wise gift to bypass the capital gains tax on the appreciation of the property. Gifts of real estate can have complications so if you are considering a gift of real estate you should work closely with Timberline Ministries well before the proposed gift is to be made.

Gifts of Stock

Gifts of stock may be made by transferring individual shares, or by transferring assets of a mutual fund to Timberline Ministries. In either case, please contact Timberline Ministries prior to such a gift to ensure efficient processing.

For more information about the Timberline Trust, please contact the Director of Timberline Ministries, Inc., Dan Thomas, by phoning 970/726-8850 ext. 208 or by email at

For more information

For information or to make an investment in Timberline Lodge Ministries, contact our Business Manager at 970-726-8850 ext 202, or email:

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