Support Heart-J Center

In loving memory of Patricia "Peej" Davis of Valdosta, Georgia who loved Sylvan Dale and was the Heart-J Center's first major donor. 

"I support the Heart-J Center because I like the idea that long after I’m gone, this place that I helped to get started will be providing amazing experiences for people. What a legacy! I get so much joy out of hearing the stories that result from Heart-J programs. This is the most exciting project I’ve ever been part of.” 

Riding Toward the Future

The Heart-J Center has accomplished so much since it was born in 2014, and we're just getting started! The future is exciting! We're looking forward to:

• The donation of Sylvan Dale Ranch to the Heart-J Center
• Expanding facilities, including workshop space for creative classes in the arts, woodworking, and blacksmithing
• Adding on to our guest lodging accommodations
• Becoming a destination not only locally, but nationally and internationally as well

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Heart-J Center relies on the generous support we receive from our donors. As we build for the future while honoring our legacy, we're working hard to raise money for capital campaigns, program support, and operational funds. Your support can help all this become reality: a truly unique fusion of a world-class experiential learning center and an authentic, thriving Western dude ranch.

How to Support Heart-J Center

There are many ways you can financially support Heart-J Center. Every donation helps! You can:

• Make a one-time donation
• Make monthly donations (Heart-J Trail Blazers)
• Become a major donor
• Join the Heart-J Legacy Circle

If you're interested in a one-time donation, you can use the donation form on this page. To set up a monthly donation, please see the Heart-J Trailblazers page.

If the mission of the Heart-J Center and the vision for the future of Sylvan Dale Ranch are a good fit for  your philanthropic goals, we invite you to become a major donor through a donation of cash, stock, mutual funds or other appreciated property, or in your estate plans, please contact Laura Armstrong at or 970-690-4221 to discuss ways to tailor  your investment to meet your goals.

The Heart-J Legacy Circle

In the summer of 1946, Maurice and Mayme “Tillie” Jessup launched a dream by purchasing 125 acres along the Big Thompson River. Over the years, Maurice and Tillie turned their initial investment in Sylvan Dale — $12,502 — into a legacy of meaningful experiences for tens of thousands of guests from around the world.  Members of the Heart-J Legacy Circle honor Maurice and Tillie's dedication to education and their passion for enriching people's lives by sharing the wonders of Sylvan Dale. Donors who match Maurice and Tillie's investment of $12,502 become member of the Heart-J Legacy Circle.

We give our special thanks to the Founding Members of the Heart-J Legacy Circle:

Patricia Davis
Judith Aranow and Vicki Feiner/Rita A. Aranow Family Fund
Bruce and Muriel Hach/Hach Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado
The Jessup Family
The Armstrong Family
The Lavin Family Foundation
Charlie and Carolyn Bouchard/Bouchard Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado
The Kolodziej/Machon Family
Harry Devereaux
Earl and Lis Sethre/The Sethre Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado
Dr. Bob and Becky Tello
Sylvan Dale Cowgirl Legacy Members: Linda Carlson, Leslie Hall, The Jagiello Family, Karen Krueger, Holly and Ted Heidenreich, Gayle Carey, SilverHawk Russi, Susan Ashworth, and Marge Flemings
Sylvan Dale Dude Guest Legacy Members: John and Sharon Slatery, Nancy Stoops, Ted and Helen Lardner, Paula D'Aguanno, Michele Bonneau, Wendy White and Jim Franson, and Sandy McBrayer

Heart-J Legacy donations can be made by credit card using the donation form or by check (please make your check out to Heart J Center, PO Box 2736, Loveland, CO 80539). If you would like to arrange a donation of appreciated stock, please contact Executive Director Laura Armstrong at 970-690-4221. Collective gifts from family and friends that add up to $12,502 or more may be applied as a Heart-J Legacy donation and we also accept multi-year pledges to achieve Heart-J Legacy status.

A Commitment to Excellence

The Heart-J Center is committed to transparency, accountability, and excellence. Please contact us anytime with questions. The Heart-J Center board of directors and staff have committed to 100% participation in annual giving. We are grateful to those who share our vision for experiential learning and we highly value each contribution made in support of the Heart J Center’s mission.

The Heart J Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (EIN 46-4993961).

Your donation today is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.