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2020 Polaris Legacy Challenge

Remembering the Air Force Academy with a future legacy commitment has became even more attractive in 2020 with the Air Force Academy Foundation’s Polaris Legacy Challenge. 

For every new documented planned gift in 2020, a $1,000 donation will be made to the Air Force Academy Fund in the donor's name.

A gift to the unrestricted Air Force Academy Fund enables the superintendent to respond quickly to the changing needs of the Academy, maximizing the impact on cadet training. It’s a popular fund for donors who want to support Academy and cadet programs. 

New legacy donors will be honored as Sabre Society donors, a recognition accorded to those who give at least $1,000 annually to the Air Force Academy Fund. If the donor is already a Sabre Society donor, the challenge match will be added to the donor's gift and recognition.

Donors who establish a documented legacy gift also become members of the Polaris Society in recognition of their future gift to the Academy. 

Legacy gifts have had a tremendous impact on the Academy and the cadets who are training to become leaders for the Air Force and our nation. From athletics to academics to the Center for Character and Leadership Development to the Cadet Summer Research Program, legacy gifts have enhanced the margin of excellence of Academy programs.

The Polaris Legacy Challenge provides a unique way to encourage donors to establish a legacy gift with the Air Force Academy Foundation in 2020 and have an immediate impact on the Academy at the same time.  

Air Force Academy 2020 Polaris Legacy Challenge FAQs

Q: What types of planned gifts qualify for the 2020 Polaris Legacy Challenge?

A: Planned gifts eligible for matching funds include: bequests via will or living trust, beneficiary designations from a retirement account, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trust, and irrevocable beneficiary designation or ownership transfer of a life insurance policy to the Air Force Academy Foundation. If you want to know if your gift qualifies for a match, please email or call 719-472-2059.

Q: If I have already documented a planned gift with USAFA, will it qualify for the 2020 Polaris Legacy Challenge?

A: Thank you very much for documenting your planned gift with the Air Force Academy Foundation. Generally speaking, the 2020 Polaris Legacy Challenge is meant to encourage the creation of new planned gifts during 2020 or to inform the us about previously established but unreported planned gifts. To confirm that your gift qualifies, please email 

Q: How do I document my planned gift for the 2020 Polaris Legacy Challenge?

A: You can document your planned gift by submitting a 2020 Legacy Challenge Gift Confirmation form. Print the document, fill it out, and return it via email to or via mail to the Office of Gift Planning at the Air Force Academy Foundation, 3116 Academy Drive, USAF Academy, CO 80840.

Q: Do I have to decide on a specific dollar amount for my gift today?

A: No. A popular choice is stating a gift as a percentage, which will automatically adjust no matter what the future may bring. However, we do ask that you provide your best current estimate for the future value of your generous gift provision. The Air Force Academy Foundation does not consider your estimate to be a binding amount and acknowledges that it may change, depending on your circumstances..

Q: How will I be recognized for my gift? 

A. You will receive a one-year membership to the Sabre Society, a lifetime membership to the Polaris Society and be listed in the Honor Roll of Donors along with other recognition. We also honor anonymity when requested. If you are a current Saber Society member, a one-time additional contribution will be made in your name to the Air Force Academy Fund. For any questions, please contact the Gift Planning Department at