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Looking forward to the next 100 years, Merrie-Woode’s most pressing priorities are several significant capital needs and the creation of a permanent endowment fund. At its 2015 Annual Meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a $4.5 million Centennial Campaign to address these critical needs. These priorities, though aspirational in nature, are grounded in humble appreciation for what generous Merrie-Woode alumnae and friends have already done to safeguard Camp, ensuring it remains a place of rarest beauty for future generations.
As we look toward the Centennial, several major projects have emerged as high priorities to ensure that what is special about the camp environment – including small and rustic buildings – remains harmoniously intact.
Over the last few summers, the need to undertake a respectful rebuild of Castle became an urgent priority. Construction concluded in summer 2017, and the reviews from campers, counselors, and alumnae have been enthusiastic. The new Castle has the same rustic feel as the old building, and new landscaping will ensure that it nestles gently into our wilderness setting. In short, Castle will remain the heart of Merrie-Woode for years to come.
Perhaps equal to Castle in terms of alumnae devotion is Tajar. In addition to repairing deteriorated elements of the building, improvements may include opening the upstairs library and creating more welcoming access to this cozy nook.
Located in the Program Office, the Centennial Archives will have climate-controlled space with appropriate storage systems and a comfortable place for alumnae to gather and enjoy the wonderful memories triggered by camp treasures, which will include photos, Camp Logs, Ripples, letters, and more.
The goal through the campaign is to establish a $2 million endowment which addresses key areas of the Strategic Plan including camperships, building maintenance, programs, and land stewardship. Endowment income will allow Merrie-Woode to achieve continued excellence in programming while ensuring tuition remains affordable for generations. The endowment will protect Merrie-Woode through times of economic and environmental uncertainty and will generate meaningful support for budget priorities.
Planned gifts are an excellent way to increase charitable support and leave a lasting legacy at Merrie-Woode, while also providing significant income tax benefits and estate tax savings to the donor. Unless otherwise specified, all planned gifts will be designated for endowment.
For more information on our Centennial Campaign, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.