The Weekend of Giving
by Ann Higgins, Director of Development
“What is the Weekend of Giving and why does camp do this every summer?” you may be asking. It’s a good question! Many people may not realize that Camp Brookwoods, Deer Run, and Moose River Outpost are incorporated as a non-profit organization called Christian Camps and Conferences, Inc. That basically means that we are not in operation to produce profits which go to shareholders or owners, but that camp tuition and conference income go back into running the organization. In our case, back into a ministry of creating communities where lives are transformed for Christ! What a mission! And we’ve been at it for over 75 years!
With that in mind, Camp, as a non-profit, is allowed to accept tax-deductible donations from folks who love what we are doing and want to be a part of it. That is why we regularly try to communicate the needs of the organization and invite our Camp family to join the mission, or “Join the Journey” with us through their charitable giving. Hence, a Weekend of Giving!
Instead of sending you zillions of emails on Giving Tuesday, (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving) like other organizations, we have decided to have our own concentrated fundraising effort, usually Changeover (the mid-point of camp). The funds we raise normally go toward our Scholarship Fund, as approximately 20% of our campers require financial assistance to attend each summer. But this year, good ‘ole 2020 has thrown us a curve ball (at least we can watch baseball) so we are changing it up a bit. The cancellation of our regular summer programs and the inability to host spring retreat groups, has resulted in a significant and immediate revenue shortfall this year. We still do not know what the fall will bring, but we estimate that we could be facing a shortage of up to $950,000 by year’s end. That is why we are directing 2020’s Weekend of Giving efforts toward the General Fund, which allows us to use the gifts where they are most needed.
We have set an ambitious goal for the weekend. We are hoping to boost the General Fund by $75,000 as we look forward to another 75 years of ministry (and more!). It’s a big goal, but we have a big God and we are confident in His provision and the generosity of the camp family. And yes, we’re gonna need a LOT of help to get there! What can you do? If you are able, please give, (any amount is helpful) and you can help us promote the weekend on your social media by sharing posts and hashtags, which is also vital to the weekend’s success.
We are trusting that the Lord will use this “changed-up” summer for His glory at Camp and will go on to use this ministry in the lives of campers and their families for generations to come. Your prayers, encouragement, and financial support will “keep the fires burning” at Camp this year and ensure a future of God using this special place to transform lives for the Kingdom.
Ann Higgins is the Director of Development for Camp Brookwoods, Deer Run, and Moose River Outpost where the best part of her job is interacting with the thankful and generous camp family that supports our mission. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org