How Can I Help Keewaydin?
In addition to our need to still meeting this year’s $525,000 annual fund goal, the cancellation of our beloved camps will create a $2.2M deficit. This is a serious blow to our modest budget and will be of consequence for years to come.
Now, more than ever, the Keewaydin Foundation needs your help! Your gifts are an investment in the future of Keewaydin Dunmore, Temagami, and Songadeewin!
*Our endowment, while healthy, is limited largely to scholarships and cannot easily be re-designated for purposes beyond the donor’s original intent. In a typical year, Keewaydin covers the cost of the camps through the combination tuition dollars and the Annual Fund.
The Annual Fund
By making a gift to the annual fund you help campers experience a summer where they will learn new skills, conquer new challenges, have fun outdoors, and learn the Keewaydin Way! The Annual Fund provides key support for financial aid, lake preservation, maintaining our canoe fleet, and funding facility needs that are beyond the operating budget. Keewaydin is a registered charity in both the United States and Canada.
Keewaydin Giving Levels
Green Canoe Society
Earn your canoe pin by contributing to the Keewaydin Annual Fund for three consecutive years or more to become a member of The Green Canoe Society! Consistency Counts!
Trailblazers are donors who make ongoing, monthly contributions to Keewaydin. You can choose your gift amount, and contributions are deducted each month via electronic check, debit or credit card! For the price of a craft beer per month you can be a part of creating Keewaydin Magic!
“As a camper, Keewaydin Made me feel like the most important kid in the world. It taught me how capable I could be, how tough I could be, and taught me the value of honor and helping the other fellow. As a staffman, it has taught me how to be a kid again while passing on those same lessons. I give to Keewaydin to ensure it can keep on teaching those important lessons to future campers and staff.”
-Mig Oppenheimer ’67, Sustaining Donor since 1998
Support Keewaydin now and well into the future by making an endowed gift. Gifts of $125,000 or more can establish an endowed, named fund that will generate annual-interest income for scholarships or other specific needs at each of Keewaydin’s four programs. Gifts to the endowment can be paid via pledge for a pledge period of up to five years. For more information about establishing an endowed fund, please contact Mary Welz, at [email protected] or at 802.352.4247. In addition, donations can be made to any one of the 41 endowed funds already in place. If you would like to add to a current endowed fund, please contact Mary Welz.
You can make a powerful, lasting impact on Keewaydin that costs nothing during your lifetime. Provide support in perpetuity for the life-changing experiences Keewaydin provides to children by including the Keewaydin Foundation in your will or estate plans, or by naming Keewaydin as the beneficiary of your IRA, retirement funds, or insurance policy. Donors who include Keewaydin in their estate plans become members of the Silver Paddle Society and are recognized in The Northwest Wind and on plaques at each camp.
To receive more information about planned giving, please contact Mary Welz at 802.352.4247 or at [email protected].
Keewaydin Scholarship Funding
Current Use Scholarship Funds
The Roy Waters Annual Scholarships Fund
Provides camper scholarships for those with demonstrated financial need at Keewaydin Temagami. The fund was established in honor of Roy A. Waters, a legendary Keewaydin Temagami staffman who dedicated 52 years of service to both Keewaydin Temagami and Keewaydin Dunmore.
The General Breed Annual Scholarships Fund
Provides annual scholarship assistance to campers with demonstrated need at Keewaydin Dunmore and Sonagdeewin. The fund was established in honor of Stephen A. Breed, Director of Keewaydin Dunmore from 1913-1920 and Associate Director from 1920-1942.
Endowed Scholarship Funds
Support Keewaydin now and well into the future by endowing a scholarship fund. Gifts of $125,000 or more can establish an endowed, named fund that will generate continued interest income for scholarships at each of Keewaydin’s four youth programs. Gifts to the endowment can be paid via pledge for a pledge period of up to five years. In addition, donations can be made to any one of the 41 endowed funds that are already established.
For more information about establishing or giving to an endowed fund, please contact Mary Welz, at [email protected] or at 802.352.4247.
Ways to Give
Donors to Keewaydin may choose from a variety of giving vehicles.
GIFTS FOR TODAY:
Gifts made by personal check or credit card are the easiest and most immediate way to support Keewaydin. Gifts can be made online via credit card or electronic check on our giving page. Checks should be made payable to “Keewaydin Foundation” and are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Keewaydin is a registered charity in both the United States and Canada.
Gifting appreciated assets such as stocks, bonds, or mutual funds can be a double win for you. You will receive a charitable deduction for the donation, and you will also avoid capital gains taxes. You will receive credit for the full fair market value of the stock, but the cost to you is its original purchase price. Gifts from your brokerage account can be made electronically. In order to ensure that we are able to acknowledge your gift in a timely manner, please notify the Keewaydin development staff in advance if you plan to make a gift of appreciated securities. For more information, please call the Foundation Office at 802-352-4247, or email our Director of Development Mary Welz at [email protected] and we can provide wire transfer instructions.
A multi-year pledge is a great vehicle that allows you to make a larger gift and to affirm your ongoing commitment to Keewaydin. Payments can be made over a period of up to five years and can be automatically set up from your checking or credit card account, on a schedule that works for you.
LIFE INSURANCE POLICY
You may transfer ownership of an existing cash value life insurance policy to Keewaydin and receive a charitable income tax deduction once you surrender the policy. Keewaydin will use the proceeds for its highest priorities, as established by its Board of Directors.
GIFTS FOR TOMORROW:
JOIN THE SILVER PADDLE SOCIETY!
Naming the Keewaydin Foundation as the beneficiary of your will or trust is a simple way to leave a lasting legacy to your beloved camp. You may gift a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate. We would like to recognize you for your generosity during your lifetime, so please notify us of your intention
Naming Keewaydin as the full or partial beneficiary of your life insurance policy or retirement accounts is a simple way to ensure support for Keewaydin into the future. This approach also relieves your heirs of any income and estate tax due on retirement accounts.
CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITY – Immediate or Deferred
In exchange for your irrevocable gift of cash, low-yield CDs, stocks, bonds or mutual funds, you will receive an income stream for life. At the time of your death, Keewaydin receives the interest income from the remainder of your gift. If desired, you can postpone when your income stream starts with a deferred charitable gift annuity. Interest rates are established by the American Council on Gift Annuities and vary from 4.4% to 9% depending on the age of the annuitants. Annuities can be issued for one or two people. For more information, please contact Mary Welz at [email protected].
Have Questions? To get more information on donating to the Keewaydin Foundation, please call 802.352.4247. You can also contact Mary, John, or Theresa directly in the Keewaydin Foundation office:
Director of Development
Associate Director of Development