I Wish I Could…

by Ann Higgins, Development Director

Have you ever said, “I wish I could make a gift” when someone asked you to support a charity or cause that you feel strongly about? Have you ever said or thought that about camp? You are not alone! Many people struggle with trying to budget their income in a way to cover current living expenses and give to organizations that they believe in. It can be a daunting task, to say the least!

It may not be immediately apparent, but one way to support causes you believe in is through estate giving. While the terms “estate giving” or “estate planning” may not be familiar to you, it’s just another way of talking about something very basic—the terms of your will! Everyone goes about this differently. Some leave particular assets or an exact dollar amount to causes they support. Others might designate a percentage (a tithe of 10%, for example) of an asset to an organization, and still others give whatever may be left from a certain investment or retirement account. There are many ways to arrange it so that you can support Camp Brookwoods, Deer Run, Moose River Outpost, and future generations of campers. While estate planning can be difficult to think about, it’s important. After all, we will all be leaving this world behind someday, and we have the ability to decide what our legacies will be.

Recently, Eileen “Bobbe” Hackman, Camp Deer Run’s first Director, went home to be with the Lord. Bobbe loved camp and its community and was instrumental in the establishment of many of Deer Run’s traditions that continue today. The ministry was important to her, and by naming camp in her will, her legacy is one of sharing this important ministry with kids who need financial assistance to come to camp. She made her “I wish I could” into a future, influential gift to a place she loved. We are incredibly grateful for her and for her kind and thoughtful gift.

So, if you have ever said, “I wish I could give,” well, maybe you can… just not right now. At Camp Brookwoods, Deer Run, and Moose River Outpost, we have a planned giving program in place that can help you make a future gift that would benefit campers and the ministry as a whole. Our website has all kinds of information on the many ways you can give as well as general information on estate planning and sample documents for gift designations. As you think about what you would like your legacy to be, I hope you will prayerfully consider including camp in your planning. Your legacy, like Bobbe’s, could be one of sharing the love of Christ through our gospel-centered communities and in the beauty of God’s creation. An experience that, for so many campers, results in a life fully devoted to living out the message of our Lord Jesus Christ wherever they are called to serve. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a remarkable legacy.

For more information or if you have questions about the Planned Giving Program, please contact Ann Higgins.

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 ann@christiancamps.net