The effects of global ecological change, population growth and increased demand for our services is driving the need to augment our existing endowment to prepare us to meet the future. Your TNFW board has embarked on a $4 million Endowment 2025 campaign. This increased endowment will help us become a world-class environmental organization with the financial strength to thrive for decades. We hope, even in these stressful times, that we can count on the support of our dedicated members, property owners and resort guests for this transformational campaign.
Memberships and generous annual gifts do support our on-going operations and these are extremely necessary. But we must look beyond annual budget cycles to build a stronger endowment to assure TNFW’s future and its benefits for us and those Wintergreen property owners who follow.
We are already off to a good start! You may recall our January 7, 2020 announcement of a generous $1 million donation. It comes with a challenge: the first half of that is an outright donation to the TNFW’s Endowment 2025; the other half is a matching gift challenge. We need to raise $500,000 by October of 2021 to receive that other half million. Your help is critical to enable us to meet this challenge and create a durable and sustainable TNFW.
A major gift to the endowment campaign enables us to:
- Increase our ability to monitor and preserve the thousands of acres of Wintergreen mountain forests and open space
- Select and sponsor research by universities and scientists to improve our understanding of the unique Central Blue Ridge Mountain ecosystem, including effects of accelerating rates of ecological change
- Support local school systems by providing hands-on environmental and science education programs for area students; and
- Increase our lecture series, field trips, and naturalist-led hikes for life-long learners of all ages.
Special events are being planned for later in the year as current pandemic restrictions ease, and we will keep you informed as we finalize them. For the moment, please consider what you might contribute to Endowment 2025. If you would like to make a gift now or have questions please contact Liz Fravel at 434-325-7452 or Doug Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is important for all of us to work together as we secure the future of TNFW. Please look for additional materials explaining our campaign in future notices.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Rob Pritchard, President, The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen
John Claman, Chair, Endowment 2025 Campaign