The Colten Cowell Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our donations go to putting on cave shows, supporting our staff (90% of our staff are volunteers), and building our new 35,000 square foot facility.
Want to give the gift that keeps on giving? With the check of a box, your monthly gift provides the resources to sustain long term plans for the cave.Make a Monthly Gift
Your contributions are used in a number of ways--whether bringing families to the cave for a night, giving local charities grants, or building the new fully-accessible Crime Fighting cave.Donate
Are you a skilled craftsman that's always dreamed of a pet project that was really "out there?" Do you produce a material that caves are built with? We'd love to partner with you.Partner in Building
Despite what comic books and 1960's TV may have led you to believe, you don't need a cape, a utility belt, or a nuclear-powered car to help those in need. The Colten Cowell Foundation makes it easy to help create joyful experiences for children and families. We're looking for real life Super Heros who believe in giving for giving's sake—who choose to donate because they want to make a real difference in the lives of others. If that sounds like you, we know some amazing children and families who could use a hero.
In comic book lore, the heroes—apart from those with daytime jobs as gazillionaires or reporters—are usually depicted as lone wolves operating on the fringe of society. But, just as with modern crime fighters, today’s non-profit organizations are anything but disconnected. We couldn’t do what we do without networking with others. That’s why the Colten Cowell Foundation partners with and contributes to a core group of wonderful organizations such as these. Partnering with us begins with nominating a child to come to the cave. Learn more about nominating a child.
When we heard the devastating news that our HopeKid Jacob was given 2-4 weeks to live due to his inoperable, terminal brain tumor, we were ignited into action. With limited time, we immediately put in a 9-1-1 call to Charles Keller with the Colten Cowell Foundation to see if we could create an unforgettable night for Jacob and his family.
When our HopeKid Jacob first arrived at the Bat Cave, he was lethargic and much to everyone’s dismay said he wanted to go home. The tumor had been taking a toll on his poor little body leaving him feeling weak, tired and in pain. What happened next was truly remarkable and nothing short of a miracle. Jacob transformed right before our eyes. As he sat in the Batmobile, with Santa at the wheel (yes, we even called Santa away from his spring break to join us!), his eyes started to glisten and the corners of his mouth moved upward. Jacob was smiling! His first spin in the Bat Cycle left him beaming from ear to ear. He gripped the handles tightly, smiling, and even laughing at times, saying the beautiful words, “MORE!” He wanted to ride the Bat Cycle again and again and that’s exactly what we let him do until he finally tuckered out.
As I stood back watching this incredible evening unfold with tears in my eyes, my mind started to think about all the things that needed to happen to take us to this exact moment in time. What if Charles Keller had decided not to build a Bat Cave, which is used to give our kids and their families these incredible life-changing moments? I thought of the donors and volunteers who contributed to making the cave. What if they didn’t answer the call to give? What if the volunteers said no to giving of their time, in order to be here for every show that takes place? How different things would be if people responded with no, instead of yes.
As I reflect more on this night, I’m so thankful for all those that said, “yes” to the call to make this very special night happen! For two hours, Jacob was given the gift to forget about his brain tumor diagnosis and just have fun with his family. It was an emotional night that impacted me greatly and is one that I will never forget.
Sadly, Jacob passed away just 3 days after his visit to the cave. I’m extremely thankful Jacob’s family will have these memories to cherish forever. Instead of sitting home the days prior to his passing, his family was able to see Jacob smile and laugh, which will be forever engraved in their hearts. Thank you to everyone who contributes to the Bat Cave and making our Bat Cave visits special for our families. You are giving a gift of HOPE in the midst of a dark moment in our families lives and hope is a powerful medicine!
Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children has enjoyed being a partnering with the Colten Cowell Foundation to bring the Bat Cave experience to children with cancer. The Bat Cave is a place where kids with cancer can have fun, be free from worries, and laugh with their friends and family. The Bat Cave truly is a unique and memorable experience for the entire family. Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children is honored to be able to share this experience with the children with cancer that we have assisted. Please visit us at www.azcancerfoundation.org
Who doesn't love the triumph of good over evil?
A visit to the Crime Fighting Cave reinforces positive role models and the best qualities of those who "protect and serve".
The Colten Cowell Foundation gives children of slain officers an opportunity to lose themselves in the fantasy world of a "larger than life" hero with fantastic gadgets and a sense of fun in his work; inspiring them to be strong, productive and positive in the face of life's adversities.
In 2012, the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) launched a center dedicated to helping children with rare disorders. Since that time we have been fortunate enough to work with the Colten Cowell Foundation to give children that we see in our clinic a special day they will never forget. The opportunity a child gets to visit the Crime Fighting Cave is something that changes their life and gives them hope as they struggle daily with severe health issues. From the moment the child is chosen to seeing them drive away at the end of the evening it is unforgettable and shows you what true philanthropy is. The Colten Cowell Foundation has thought of every little detail along the way, from the personalized letter from Mr.Wayne to engaging all the members of a child’s family in that special day. TGen and our families can’t thank the Colten Cowell Foundation enough for the work they have done to brighten children's' lives. Visit TGen's site.
“There’s not a moment to lose!”
Pow… a young mom delivers twins weighing less than two pounds. Prone to seizures, one baby boy survives and is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, cortical visual impairment, and severe mental retardation…
Bam… as a 9 year old with spinal muscular atrophy, imagine your ONE access to independence – your power wheelchair – stolen from your apartment patio while charging the battery one evening. Not only is your mobility robbed, but months of time while a prescription for a new wheelchair, and approval by insurance, is processed…
These children represent only two of hundreds that Ryan House has served since opening in 2010…
… then VROOOOM! Enter Superheroes from the Colten Cowell Foundation to award a Batmobile Ride Along – and a significant donation to the recipient's charity of choice – to bring thrilling excitement and "crime-fighting" action to your world of consuming healthcare routines due to your life-threatening condition.
"The Colten Cowell Foundation has made a significant impact on Ryan House children and families… even prior to our opening," emphasized Alyssa Crockett, Executive Director. "Each Ride Along has gifted Ryan House children 'the best day ever' as they zoom off to the 'Batman' theme song and explore replica gadgets in the Colten Cowell Memorial Batcave. Ride Alongs are special days that children and their families say they 'will never forget.' They also mean hope for the future: with the award of the Spirit Award – THE key to the Batmobile – and an opportunity to take the sleek machine for a spin at the age of 16. To one Ryan House boy: 'The Spirit Award is my most prized possession'!"
Charitable gifts from the Colten Cowell Foundation have ensured Ryan House services – providing respite and palliative care for children with life-threatening conditions and, as needed, end-of-life care. For Ryan House children and families, "There's not a moment to lose! Holy Special Delivery, Batman!" On behalf of Ryan House children and families, THANK YOU to the Colten Cowell Foundation for ensuring support and moments like these each and every time! Visit Ryan House's website.
For many households, mealtimes are a chance for the entire family to sit together, enjoy each other’s company, and build parent-child relationships. Caregivers with children who struggle with feeding often do not have this luxury. For many children who struggle with the fundamentals of eating, the dinner table is scary place. For their parents, mealtimes are seen as stressful and heartbreaking.
The Colten Cowell Foundation and its Crime Fighting Cave gives our families an invaluable opportunity: an evening, away from the worries of feeding, feeding tubes, and feeding therapy, to enjoy the delights of parent-child relationships. There is nothing like visiting the one-and-only office of Mr. Wayne- and our children (and let’s face it, their parents too) know it!
The Colten Cowell Foundation’s investment and support of Feeding Matters makes an immediate and lasting impact on the lives of infants and children who struggle to eat. Now, we aren’t saying that any of our children are Batman, but we’ve also never seen them and Batman in the same room together…
Please visit feedingmatters.org for more information.
Throughout our Joy Bus journey we have been VERY lucky to meet some awesome men and women making a difference in their community! The Colten Cowell Foundation does more than just make a difference, they provide lifetime memories for well deserving kiddos in the valley! We are thankful to know such generous hearts who truly create magic! We do our best to provide all that we can to the families in our community fighting cancer. We prepare the freshest, highest quality meal delivered by a caring volunteer, ready to listen and help, but as a small nonprofit we are limited as to what we can provide each patient that we serve. We were fortunate that our amazing board member, Mr. Bruce St. James, became involved with The Colten Cowell Foundation and introduced us to a world of generous imagination. Being able to bring one of our patients to experience this overwhelmingly awesome ‘show’ makes us feel like we are exactly where we are supposed to be, doing exactly what we were put on this earth to do. Watching happy faces skip throughout Wayne Industries Lab is unforgettable! The tears of JOY on the face of the families, participating charities and amazing CCF volunteers alike is the most heartwarming thing I have ever experienced. Your face hurts at the end of the show from your ear to ear 90 minute grin. The support we receive and the life time memories we help to create is undeniably one of the best feelings EVER! Charles Keller, Erika Cowell and the entire CCF team are angels on earth! Blessings—Jennifer The Joy Bus. For more information about The Joy Bus, visit www.TheJoyBus.Org
Singleton Moms would like to thank the Colten Cowell Foundation and the entire Crime Fighting Cave team for your dedication to supporting those in need of a bright ray of hope in their lives. We appreciate you recognizing this need in the families Singleton Moms serves.
Our experience at the Bat Cave has been amazing. The playful experience throughout the entire tour is filled with love in every detail, from beginning to end. Through your program you are providing a network of support to these precious children during the most difficult time in their family's lives.
All of us at Singleton Moms are so very grateful for the relationship we have developed with the Colten Cowell Foundation. We look forward to the future and the joy that will be brought to the faces of many, many children through the unique experience and support you have brought to the community. Visit Singleton Moms website.
Room For Joy would like to say “thank you” for the opportunity to refer our kiddos/families to your wonderful “Crime Fighting Cave experience”. Our organization, by design, has few opportunities to connect and interact with the children and their families after their room makeover weekend is completed. Being able to not only refer them to your program, but then, come and be a part of it with them, has been a huge blessing to us! We are so thankful for the opportunity, as a charitable organization ourselves, to build the relationship with another “like minded” organization as well as reconnecting with the children and families we serve.
The children and their families we have referred for the Cave experience have been so surprised and excited about the event! And the fact that the child/family gets to choose another organization as a gift recipient gives them the added joy of being able to give back as well. It really is a win, win, win, win situation!!
Thank you from the entire Room For Joy Family!!!
The Colten Cowell Foundation and its Crime Fighting Cave has been such an amazing experience for a couple of our children. Besides the unbelievable authenticity of the experience, Charles Keller and his team open it up to all family, friends, and teammates of the honored child. It’s one thing to experience this once in a lifetime treat, but to do so with the people who care and love you is another! It really takes it to another level!
If you’re a Batman fan, or any superhero that fights crime and evil, this is fantastic!! To have this night to transform you to another world is enough medicine and positive experience to reenergize even the weakest of heart. Not only do you get to be IN the bat cave, you get to drive in the Batmobile!! It was a kids dream! Ok…adults too! Visit Kids Playing For Kids website.
Did you know that Batman, the Colton Cowell Foundation and Angels on Patrol have something in common besides their powerful wings? Well they do! All are committed to helping their communities especially those who need a little help and hope in the midst of life’s challenges. Whatever it takes, they are committed to wrapping their wings around children, families and their communities.
Having this shared mission and the vision has enabled Angels on Patrol and the Colton Cowell Foundation to team up and provide more than 75 Angels on Patrol friends with the ‘Crime Fighting Cave” experience during 2013. Children, parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends have all joined in on the fun! Having this event be a surprise to the family has made these events truly a special evening – beginning with a chauffeured ride to the Cave where an evening of fun, adventure, laughter, hands-on experiences and life-time memories are born. Families who have been the recipients of this wonderful evening come away with a profound sense of being cared for by the community; a secure sense that they are not alone in whatever struggles they have experienced or are currently facing.
Partnering with the Colton Cowell Foundation enables Angels on Patrol to provide our clients with an experience that Angels on Patrol would otherwise not be able to provide. Each family has come away from the experience with great memories and the knowledge that even in the midst of difficult, there are those who reach out and care; not for public acknowledgement or gain but instead because within every community there are heroes working together for the good of all.
The Colton Cowell Foundation and its Crime Fighting Cave reflects Batman’s words, “A hero can be anyone, even one person doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat on a young boy’s shoulder to let him know the world has not ended”. It is an honor for Angels on Patrol to work closely with the Foundation in caring for our community. Visit Angels On Patrol's website.
For a wish child with a life-threatening medical condition, having a day when you become the strongest, the quickest, the smartest – a true superhero – is a day that you are living your one true wish.
For Make-A-Wish Arizona kids who wish to be their favorite superhero, having a special place like The Colten Cowell Foundation’s Crime Fighting Cave is an added bonus to their day of fantasy and fun. With whirling lights, smoke and fire, plus a pole that they get to slide down to start their wish, when our wish kids go to the Colten Cowell Foundation to live their wish experience, they are never disappointed.
The Cave offers our wish kids everything they would need to have an incredible day as their favorite crime fighter. It includes small nuances, such as having the ability to push the hidden Cave button, and large opportunities, including a great space for friends and family to gather while the child has their wish experience. There is no “bad view” once inside the Cave. Everyone in the family, at all ages, has something they can enjoy.
Make-A-Wish Arizona is founded on the vision of making every eligible child’s wish come true. The Colten Cowell Foundation supports that vision, and helps each wish kid become the superhero they dream of being. Visit Make-A-Wish Arizona.