How You Can Help

Why Give?

Connect. Empower. Lead…Be The Example. These words define our mission at High 5 Adventure Learning Center. The rapidly-changing world of the 21st century is calling for a new kind of leadership. Not leadership from the top, but leadership that draws on the wisdom and talents of every person in the group; in the classroom, at the office, with the team, and at the institution. It calls for leadership that doesn’t depend on a college degree or a professional promotion for its empowerment, but leadership that draws a group of individuals into becoming innovative problem-solvers, collaborative creators, nimble adapters, and trustworthy teammates pursuing a shared mission. It calls for leadership by example.

As a nonprofit educational organization, High 5 is recognized worldwide for its brand of adventure and experiential education programs, and the leadership training that has become its hallmark. Some of the world’s most respected schools, colleges, sports teams, institutions, and businesses turn to us every year for help to improve the way they live, learn and work together.

The work we do establishes strong connections between individuals. Success is based on insight and understanding, empowerment through developed confidence and shared responsibility, and leadership that recognizes strength and weakness and forges a powerful collective.

You are part of High 5’s leadership team. Your support of our work enables us to reach what we know we can be. The spirit that guides and informs our work is the same spirit that inspires your giving — it is to empower others to be their best selves.

Types of Gifts

Depending on how you want to support High 5, there are several types of gifts that can help you achieve your goal:

Annual Fund gifts provide unrestricted operating support, helping to pay for many of our programs and the research that makes them better year after year. All gifts, small and large, benefit High 5 and the work that we do.

Capital Campaign gifts provide the funds we need to purchase the property we have leased for the past 16 years, including approximately 30 acres of land, a small group of seasonal cabins, our state of the art challenge course, and activities space. These commitments are often made in the form of a pledge, payable over a period of years, consistent with your situation.

Endowment gifts help to guarantee the future financial strength of High 5 Adventure Learning Center, allowing us to plan each year with confidence. Endowments are permanently invested funds that provide an annual income, which can be unrestricted in use or restricted to a particular purpose, like scholarships.

Planned gifts, including bequests, can be made easily through your will, and life income gifts, which provide you or a loved one with a life income and benefit High 5 in the future, can be tailored to respond to your financial needs and situation.


There are many ways to make a gift to High 5, including cash and checks, appreciated securities, real estate, and charitable trusts. One of these ways will be just right for you, allowing you to match your philanthropic intentions with the means available to you.

Cash and Checks

Gifts by check can be mailed directly to High 5 and should be made payable to High 5 Adventure Learning Center and mailed to:
High 5 Adventure Learning Center
130 Austine Drive, Suite 170
Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

Online gifts can be made easily and securely through this website. Simply click on the ‘donate’ link below and follow the simple instructions. Online gifts can be made using your credit or debit card, including Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover, and Paypal.

Your gift can be made in any increment and can be a one-time contribution, or a sustaining gift, where a specific amount is charged to your account each month, allowing you to distribute your gift to High 5 over the entire year.

Appreciated Securities

Donating appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares is quick, simple and secure and may provide you with significant tax benefits in the form of a charitable contribution deduction and avoided or reduced capital gains taxes.

Simply have your broker or banker transfer the securities to High 5’s account at
For the benefit of High 5 Adventure Learning Center

If you wish to make a securities gift, please be sure to call us at High 5 and let us know the name and number of shares you are contributing to. That will allow us to monitor the safe and timely arrival of your gift in our account. For your convenience, the number at High 5 is (802) 254-8718 and you can speak with confidence with any member of our staff to inform them of your gift.


Real Estate

You can donate your home, a vacation property, commercial or undeveloped real estate to High 5 Adventure Learning Center. This method will save taxes, reduce the responsibilities associated with property ownership and maintenance, and, in some cases, provide yourself or a loved one with an income for a period of years, or life. If you would like to explore the possible benefits of a gift of real estate, please call Tom Miller, Director of Development at High 5, who can provide you with information and specific gift illustrations.

Personal Property

You can donate works of art, antiques, valuable books and collections, and other items of personal property to support High 5 Adventure Learning Center and gain significant tax advantages. Tax Information

Tax Information

High 5 Adventure Learning Center has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a Section 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations to High 5 are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

High 5’s legal name is High 5 Adventure Learning Center and its federal tax identification number is 03-0363893.
If you have any questions about making a gift to High 5, please feel free to call Tom Miller, Director of Development, at (802) 254-8718, or email

PLEASE NOTE: High 5’s fiscal year runs from January 1 to December 31.