If you haven’t read about our experience this summer you can get a glimpse here. Reopening is one thing. Doing so with a goal to have no virus transmission, especially when living together in groups, is another thing. We are delighted with the results and so glad that we were able to pursue our mission fully. We all need to connect with what matters in our lives and see God for who he is more now than ever. It was a joy to share with young people this summer that God really does love and care for them and all they need to do is reach out and begin to experience the grace, purpose, peace and rescue that God has planned for them. This message seemed to be especially relevant amid these unprecedented times. Accomplishing this came at a cost, of course. We spent over $16,000 for our pandemic response initiative and took in about $70,000 less than usual in summer camp revenue. While we were able to cut costs by $20,000, there is still a gap!
I invite you give to “Where Most Needed”, “Kids To Camp”, or, “Pandemic Response Initiative” categories. I also invite you to join us for the annual benefit auction in November. Learn more about the auction. Together, we will keep providing programming (even hopefully this winter) so that young people continue to develop a sense of hope, joy, and love.
Greetings Friends! Here’s a message I wrote internally just now (to board, staff and auction committee). It’s so exciting I just HAD to share it with everyone!
I just did the math and here’s what it seems we’ll receive (gross) when all payments are made. This of course does not include any further rounding up people may do ( or any mistakes I’ve made!). I’ll publish the net when we finalize that and receive outstanding payments.
Cashier including (live and silent bidding and raffle tix paid cash/check)
Bidding (live and silent NOT paid to date)
Bidding (live and silent paid by Credit Card)
Snowmobile Raffle sold BEFORE auction
Cash Box From food/beverage
TOTAL = $38,996.
When we add the match to that we’ll be pushing $60K raised from the day!!! As a German-speaking friend of mine says: “awe inspiring”
Thanks to each of you for your part in making the day a success and for your commitment to helping young people develop their relationship with God!
To God be all praise, honor and thanks! And to many who gave items to be sold and who bid on those items. As the saying goes, “it takes a village.” Here at camp, we say it takes a community of love. And how fun to be part of that community!
In case you missed out on the fun, you can do three exciting things from this post:
Greetings friends. The below blog post was written by a friend and consultant, Mark Vincent. He has been working closely with me (Tuna) on our campaign to rebuild the pavilion. This summer we are entering the “Public Phase” of this effort and so I thought I’d share it with you this “Tuna Tuesday”.
Capital campaign communication: 2 awesome examples
We learn so much from our clients. Occasionally we can pass the benefits along.
I have been privileged to work with Bethany Birches Camp as they ready themselves for their first big capital campaign. Their Executive Director, still in the early stages of his career, is an outstanding example of someone who knows he doesn’t know and is therefore able to learn and grow and put a lot of long-timers to shame at the excellence he is already achieving.
Most noticeable is the way he, the board and volunteers have been able to inject the organizational culture of the camp into all their campaign communication. Whenever the constituency interacts with them they are having a camp experience, not just a communication from the camp. Here are two awesome examples:
1. Their video that introduces the campaign and makes the case provides an excellent standard other organizations can aspire to reach:
2. A recent update on an unanticipated project that could have harmed momentum conveys a non-anxious, thankful, yet light-heartedly determined way forward. Anyone who participated can find themselves in the blogs/photos etc. that are linked in the note. It provides a great personal touch mixed with the benefits of social media and web. Here is the text:
Greetings friends. I’m writing with deep joy in my heart for each of you. As you probably remember about a year ago we received some tough news from the fire marshal: that the Bethany Birches Cabin would be shut down April 1, 2012 until we complied with numerous requirements.
One of my biggest concerns was how we’d pay for the upgrades to the building. My second concern related to how to get the work done. Because of you, the work was finished and paid for! THANK YOU!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support of this effort and for your ongoing help in Bethany Birches’ mission to help young people develop their relationship with God. Without you we would still be without the use of the cabin!
And here is one more idea. Why not take these examples to your development and/or communications team to view and then ask what is one step we might take to better inject our organization’s culture into our communication–especially in a capital campaign? How might our constituency have an ongoing experience and not just another communications piece?