Memorial Funds

In Memory

When a loved one passes away, many families and friends wish to create a lasting legacy in honor of his or her life. Making the decision of which charity or charities should receive donations can be daunting during this time of loss. A memorial endowment fund gives you time to consider how best to represent your loved one’s passions and interests.

Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Fund

Congress established the Buffalo Soldiers, a black military unit, to serve on battlefields, work as peacekeepers, map the American West, and protect the U.S. border and national parks in 1866. In the summer of 2016, a group of Colorado Springs residents, the Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Committee, unveiled a monument at Memorial Park featuring the names of 23 Buffalo Soldier Medal of Honor recipients. The monument, located at the park's Circle of Honor, honors the soldiers and their contributions. The Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Fund exists for the continued maintenance and upkeep of the memorial.

Heather Campbell Chaney Environmental Fellowship

Following Heather’s death in 2001, her family established the Heather Campbell Chaney Environmental Fellowship to promote her passion for bringing a strong environmental ethic to our region’s youth.  For each summer since her death, Heather’s Fellowship has been supporting the science-based education programs at the Catamount Institute and subsequently Palmer Land Trust, in Colorado Springs with a  grant designated for a highly motivated educator for a 10-12 week period.

Laura Emily Anna Gaydos Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Laura Gaydos to benefit those attending PIMA Medical Institute.

Walk in Love: Megan Elise Skinner

In her 18 years of life, Meg’s sensitive and caring heart always seemed directed towards helping others. In High School, Meg felt God could use her personal experiences of suffering to comfort others. On a day to day basis, Meg was extraordinary at expressing love to others. The Skinner family honors her memory through an annual award to a graduating Colorado Springs Christian High School senior.

Mike English Memorial Athlete Fund

The Mike English Memorial Athlete Fund’s mission is to directly support athletes as they strive to achieve their Olympic dream. Mike English was enthusiastic in all he did but was extremely passionate about athletes across all sports as they put their heart and soul into being the best competitor they could be with the dream of representing the United States in the Olympic Games.

Ryan Knoche Charitable Fund

Ryan Scott Knoche was a loving family man, avid mountain biker, and local entrepreneur in Colorado Springs. An enthusiast of all trades, Ryan lived life to the fullest, enjoying concerts, sporting events, and his children’s various activities. The Ryan Knoche Charitable Fund exists to benefit youth in the outdoors in his memory.