You may already be familiar with our annual giving program, Friends of CYJ. It provides for tuition assistance for our campers; allows us to expand and enhance our summer programming; and supports increased staff training and education. This year, we are kicking off a special campaign to add 300 new donors called Friends 2020.
Why Friends 2020? We won a bid to participate in JCamp180’s Sustain Your Match 2, a special program underwritten by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. The purpose of the program is to encourage camps to expand their donor bases by reaching out to new donors and then reward them with matching grants for retaining those donors for a three-year period, from 2017 to 2020. For donor gifts in the $100 to $2,500 range, the program matches a portion of the donation of each new donor in increasing amounts over the three-year period. In 2017, the Foundation will match 20% of all new donor gifts. So your $100 gift, with the match, is really a $120 gift this year. And that match percentage will increase over time as you stay with us and continue to give.
We encourage our new donors to consider monthly giving. For many people, spreading an annual gift over monthly payments is easier. A gift of just $18 a month adds up to $216 for the year. It also provides us with a steady income stream over the course of the year to fund the many initiatives that our Friends of CYJ support.
We hope that you will join us in our Friends 2020 Campaign by becoming a first-time donor and giving a monthly donation of $18 – $100. Yes, a few less lattes, but more and better camp! We are always excited to find new ways to partner with our camp families and supporters to further our Friends mission and we expect that this matching program will be an impactful one for us.
Donating is easy! Do it quickly here on our website or mail us a check: 5410 Bellaire Blvd, Suite #207, Bellaire, TX 77401.