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Giving Tuesday

GivingTuesday, taking place December 3rd, is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage giving and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Every year, on GivingTuesday, millions of people across the globe mobilize to show up, give back, and change their communities. The goal is to create a massive wave of generosity that lasts well beyond that day, and touches every person on the planet.

Friends of Golden Pond is looking for your help on December 3rd.

Since reopening Camp Golden Pond in March 2019, we have hosted 55 groups representing 1,181 individuals. We have additional confirmed reservations representing an estimated 1,000 individuals spanning the next 12 months. The youth who use our camp are grateful for your continued support of our efforts to purchase the camp and secure its long term stability. 

At camp, youth are able to try sports like archery and paddling for the first time. They learn teamwork, perseverance, and leadership skills. In the words of 11th grade Girl Scout Danae, “Golden Pond is not only a place in the middle of the woods, it is the only camp that I have known. It is a place where I found more about myself. It lead me to being a great friend and a great leader. Being able to go to Golden Pond ever since I was young has been life changing for me.  I have learned how to canoe, shoot a bow, make and start a fire, basic survival skills, and how to be a leader. By helping to save this camp, it is not only giving me more of a chance to learn new things, but it’s giving the generations to come a chance to learn. I am hoping that when I grow up, I have a chance to bring girls back to this beautiful place so that they can make memories of their own and I can add to my memories. This camp is such a big part of my life. It’s made me who I am today.”

In order to purchase the camp and make Danea’s dream a reality, we need to secure a down payment of $120,000. Currently we are only 10% of the way there.

In honor of GivingTuesday, we have secured a $5,000 matching grant. This means that with your help we can add another $10,000 to our down payment. I know $5,000 might sound like a lot of money to raise in a single day, but with your help, I know we can do it. If each of our supporters sends us just $25 on December 3rd, we will easily reach our goal. But we can’t do it without your help.

If we reach this goal, the executive committee of Friends of Golden Pond (President Megan Roberts, Secretary Joan Geleskie, and Treasurer Ann Dunlavy) will celebrate by jumping into Lake Louise. Anyone who raises $25 or more for GivingTuesday is welcome to join us.

Founded in 2012, GivingTuesday has inspired millions of people to give back and support the causes they believe in. In just seven years, GivingTuesday has radically changed how we think about generosity and showed just how much power communities everywhere have to create change.

“When GivingTuesday launched in the US in 2012, we believed that technology and social media could be used to make generosity go viral,” said Asha Curran, GivingTuesday’s CEO and co-founder. “We believed in the idea that people fundamentally want to give and to talk about giving; and that the social sector had the capacity to show more innovative leadership, creativity, and collaboration. People and organizations around the world proved us right. As we prepare for December 3, we’re energized and encouraged by the community’s generosity. The levels of creativity, effort and the quality of the new ideas people have contributed and shared are phenomenal.”

Those who are interested in joining Friends of Golden Pond’s GivingTuesday initiative can visit https://www.friendsofgoldenpond.org/giving-tuesday-2019/. For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website ( www.givingtuesday.org ), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTuesday and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.

I hope that you will join Friends of Golden Pond in making a frigid splash against our down payment and guaranteeing our camp’s future. In a few short years, Danae will be an adult looking to pass down the lessons she has learned at Camp Golden Pond. Your gift on GivingTuesday 2019 (December 3rd) will help ensure that all the Danae’s can continue to learn and grow at our beloved camp.

Do not wait for next GivingTuesday to decide to save our camp. As far as we have come in the past year, we have an urgent deadline for making this down payment. There will always be a reason to not give. This GivingTuesday, we have 5000 reasons to give and we will not be able to unlock that matching gift without your help.