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The Weekend of Giving

Posted by on July 17, 2020

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 ann@christiancamps.net

A Generous Time

Posted by on May 1, 2020

A Generous Time

by Ann Higgins, Director of Development

We have heard so many adjectives used to describe this current era, as we navigate life during a global pandemic—historic, unprecedented, strange, interesting, weird, scary, and the list goes on! But a word I have rarely heard used in this way is generous. Amongst all the shortages we are seeing (think toilet paper and hand sanitizer), I have noticed generosity everywhere. 

In my town, near New York City, there have been efforts to collect donations for medical supplies and to provide food and snacks to hospital staff, restaurants are donating meals to essential workers, while others are giving their time to make masks for those who need them, teachers are voluntarily providing childcare for essential workers, and children are sending notes and messages to the elderly where visitors are prohibited. The list goes on. What an encouragement to witness these acts of kindness. This spirit of generosity is what #GivingTuesdayNow is all about.

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Participating in #GivingTuesdayNow is about joining a global movement for generosity in whatever way you are able. Whether you give your voice, goods, your time, or your money, being generous is a way to reflect the generous God that we serve and to show your support for the causes you care about and help people in need. 

At Brookwoods, Deer Run, and Moose River Outpost, our needs may not be as urgent as some who have been more directly impacted by COVID-19, but we do know of camp families who have experienced job losses and reduced income these past few months and will need financial assistance in order to attend camp. If you are so led, a donation to camp’s Scholarship Fund on May 5 would be greatly appreciated to offset this need. Alternatively, an unrestricted gift would allow for camp to use the funds where they are most needed which would be particularly helpful as Camp has already experienced lost revenue from the shortened conference season.

We know that this unprecedented, weird, scary, (you name it), time will pass. We also know that our generous God will provide for His work at camp to continue; still, your support at this time helps sustain the ministry and ensures that lives will continue to be transformed through a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ, the One who is our all in all. May you feel a generous outpouring of God’s presence and provision now and in the coming days.

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