Donors are the backbone of the Hawkeye Campership Fund. Without donors the HCF cannot provide the yearly level of financial support to deserving youth that it has for the past 2 years. Donors represent a wide range of supporters including parents, family members, neighbors of campers, colleagues of parents, participants at fundraising events, folks who love to camp, local businesses, and corporate sponsors. In 2009, 93 supporters made it possible for 17 children from all over the US to attend a total of 42 weeks of camp.
Donors can give on behalf of a specific camper or donate to the general fund and in any amount. Some donors contribute for a specific need such as a week of food ($ 65), one day of camp ($ 100), ½ week of camp ($ 375), or one session of camp ($1500). For donors with employers that have a matching corporate donation policy, HCF qualifies as a tax exempt organization. Donors can also arrange to donate once a month or on a quarterly schedule.
Annually, HCF holds a Donor Recognition Day at Camp Hawkeye the first Saturday of August to thank the wonderful people who make the fund a reality. Donors get to meet campers, tour Camp Hawkeye, swim in beautiful Lake Kanasatke, or go hiking on Red Hill. After attending the 2009 luncheon, donors said:
“I gave to the Hawkeye Campership Fund because I believed in its mission but after seeing the camp and meeting the campers I want my grandchildren to go here next year and be a part of this amazing community!” Terry – Arden, Delaware
“Camp is such an important time in a kid’s life. I think all kids should have the chance to attend residential camp and meet new kids from other walks of life. I met some of my best friends at summer overnight camp. I wanted to make a donation so that other kids could have a similar experience as I did.” Erin – Somerville, MA
Additional simple ways donors can give throughout the year are:
Download GoodSearch onto your computer as your search engine.
Get a group of friends together and sponsor one camper for a 2 week session.
Ask your employer if your company makes matching donations.
Participate in a fundraiser.
Sponsor an event.