Happy New Year 2018! Many of you may have noticed you didn’t get a gift appeal/phonathon letter in Oct/Nov 2017. Instead, many of you may have received letters directly from our four camps. This is the result of some new thinking around our fundraising efforts.
There are two main ideas driving this change. First, we’ve known for a long time that many of our supporters love the idea of supporting the camp of their choice directly. A gift like this could be for things on a specific needs list such as a specific project or equipment, building materials, or program supplies. Donating to these items directly is not only good for the camps but also for our camp supporters who wish to give in a more targeted way to the camp(s) of their choice.
The second idea fostering this change is the shifting the timing of our traditional Annual Fund appeal to the late winter/spring. Since the Annual Fund supports Camperships collectively, we think this appeal will be better in the midst of the preparation and excitement of the upcoming summer season.
We realize that change is sometimes confusing. It is our hope that this allows for our supporters to give to more specific needs, and in a way that furthers your passion for our camps. Of course a gift of any amount, any time, online, or through our gift appeal letters, are always needed and appreciated! Thank you for your continued support of this vital ministry of the PNW Conference.
Executive Director, Camping and Retreat Ministries