The Jeff Cooper Legacy Foundation

Our Mission

In order to preserve, protect and defend the principle of self-reliance and the individual right of self-defense as espoused by Jeff Cooper, the Foundation will provide scholarships for firearms training in the Cooper tradition as well as preserve his writings and his personal collections for posterity.

"Individual conduct in lethal confrontation is not something that is confined to any one locale or era, and if there are principles guiding its conduct--and I believe there are--those principles do not change according to geography, history, or sociological whim." -- from Principles of Personal Defense

"As our civilization urbanizes, and as more and more of our young people never set foot off the pavement, much less clean a fish, we can no longer take for granted that our youth naturally and automatically understand the traditions which gave us this country, and which must be maintained if we wish to keep it."-- from To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth

"Heroism is never futile, for it is a thing of the soul, demonstrating that man is more than just another animal. This is a truth that needs emphasis in the dingy modern era, when the race's most basic values are under attack. Honor is, at last, all we can take with us." -- from Another Country

" 'Disarmed'. That's the word. Taken aback, defeated, helpless, gelded, stopped. Not citizens then, but serfs." -- from Fireworks

"We are still free in America to study an art which many believe is essential to the survival of political liberty." -- from Shotluck

"It is interesting to differentiate between self-esteem and self-respect. As I see it, self-esteem is a sociological term which assumes to be a sort of inherent, or more properly inculcated (John, I don't know how to do italics, but inculcated is in italics) feeling of individual merit. Self-respect, on the other hand, must be earned, and a man respects himself because of what he knows himself to be and what he has proved he can do." -- from Shotluck

"This preoccupation with equality is another symptom of the degeneracy of The Age of the Common Man. In the first place it is an illusion, since men are not created equal, except in the political sense. Everyone is better or worse than someone else in a particular example of his capacities, and pretending that this is not so is simply silly. Excellence, not mediocrity, should be everyone's goal, and it is hard to think of anything, from gardening to crossword puzzles, at which someone may not excel." -- from Shotluck

"In my experience, self-control is the answer to flaws of character." -- from C Stories

Jeff working with Johnny his muse.

If you find those words inspiring, we ask you to help us perpetuate the legacy of Jeff Cooper with a gift to our Foundation. Your gift is entirely tax-deductible and will help us grow the expand our scholarship program and insure that Jeff's writings and personal collections are kept intact, preserved and available to all.

Our hope is to ensure that Jeff Cooper's life's work is commemorated properly for posterity. The entire family joins me in appreciation for your support of our efforts.

Janelle Cooper

The Jeff Cooper Legacy Foundation has been designated tax exempt from Federal income tax
 under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and contributions are tax deductible
 under section 170 of the code.

Photographs and background logo courtesy of the Jeff Cooper Legacy Foundation.

For more information, or to make a tax deductible contribution contact

The Jeff Cooper Legacy Foundation
16 East Dawn Drive
Tempe, AZ 85284

Updated 2008-03-28