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Campaign Goal: $2.5 million
YMCA Camp of Maine in Winthrop announces $2.5M Capital Campaign
The YMCA Camp of Maine is pleased to announce the launch of a $2.5M Capital Campaign, aiming to solidify the organization’s legacy and strengthen its ability to continue shaping strong youth in Maine for generations to come.
The ambitious campaign has been spurred by a $100,000 pledge from a generous donor and longtime community member with the intent of building the organization’s endowment. The campaign has already reached 10% of the $2.5M goal thanks to early support from alumni and local foundations.
The capital campaign addresses three initiatives: growing the endowment to $1M, funding the completion of a list of necessary capital improvements, and fully funding 218 camperships. “Rallying the support of our community to secure our future is more important now than ever,” said Executive Director Jeff Gleason. “We’re in a place now to look forward and invest in the future generations of youth that will learn and grow here.”
The co-ed overnight summer camp is located on 250 acres along the shores of Cobbossee Lake in Winthrop. Deemed the “Camp of Character” upon its establishment in 1915, the YMCA Camp of Maine has been a constant space for personal growth and long-lasting impact, serving youth from Maine, across the state, and around the globe.
Through local and international partnerships and community support, each summer the YMCA Camp of Maine fosters an environment that welcomes every child and encourages them to be their best. They offer an opportunity for campers to coexist with others vastly different from themselves, learn new perspectives, forge friendships, and gain life skills to last far beyond their time spent at camp.
Preserving our Legacy, Investing in our Future. The effects of the pandemic on the camping industry have highlighted the need for a strong endowment. By growing the endowment to $1M, the organization aims to ensure that the legacy that has positively impacted our community’s youth for 108 years can continue doing so for another 108 years and beyond.
The campaign’s slogan reflects the rich history of the YMCA Camp of Maine and the traditional roots that connect the organization’s passionate alumni network to the youth getting to experience it today. When alumni return to visit the property, they often share fondly that “it’s just like I remember it back when I was a camper.” The organization values its rustic feel and the memories cherished in decades-old buildings, and acknowledges that facility improvements are necessary and urgent to respond to the changing needs of the community.
The YMCA Camp of Maine operates on the mission that no child will ever be turned away due to inability to pay. Financial assistance is available through many avenues and is funded by annual support from generous donors and foundation grants. Using this campaign to bring more awareness to the organization’s mission and PROJECT 218 will support opportunities to expand their reach to access youth from marginalized communities across Maine.
To learn more information please contact Becca or Jeff.