The Pine Island Shortfall Campaign

A Campaign to Cover the Costs of a Lost Summer, and to Ensure the Future Financial Health of Pine Island

$48,106 by 167 people

Pine Island Camp

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Dear Pine Islanders,                                                                       June 2020

Those of you who are in contact with us via our website, email, and social media know that for the first time in its long history, Pine Island has had to cancel the camp season.  If you are just learning about this now, we encourage you to visit our website (www.pineisland.org) and watch the video that director Sumner Ford created for our 2020 camp families.  It sums up our sentiments perfectly.  Not offering a Pine Island season this year will be tough in countless ways; one of these is the financial hit that will result from the loss of a full year’s tuition payments, the camp’s primary source of funds.  

Throughout its 119-year history, Pine Island Camp has met and overcome myriad challenges, including two world wars, the Great Depression, the Spanish Flu, extreme weather events, the fire of 1995, and the less dramatic challenges posed by changing times.  While this current challenge is unprecedented, it is not insurmountable.  We are writing to ask you to make a fully tax-deductible gift to ensure that Pine Island Camp remains financially secure in the face of a large revenue shortfall.

Many of Pine Island’s expenses are fixed costs. They include salaries and health insurance for our year-round staff, critical maintenance of our infrastructure and equipment, accounting services, office rent, property and payroll taxes, insurance, recruiting, and print and digital communication with the PIC community, to name a few.

Prior planning and steps taken by the management team and board finance committee have mitigated the effects of the loss of tuition revenue.   For instance:

  • We are reducing our insurance coverage;
  • We are eliminating travel and cost-of living salary increases;
  • We have secured Payroll Protection Plan funding to cover part of our year-round salary costs;
  • We have postponed some capital projects;
  • Pine Island carries virtually no debt.

In addition, many 2020 camp families are generously converting part of their 2020 tuition payments to donations or are rolling them over to cover next year’s tuition, providing a strong foundation for the 2021 season.

Despite these measures and more, we still face a significant budget deficit, with our fixed expenses outstripping our revenues.  The Pine Island board of directors and a few other generous donors have already pledged to match every gift up to a total of $300,000 to help ensure that we raise the funds we need to handle this year’s gap and the uncertain immediate future.  We are also planning to enlist the support of alumni, parents and friends to add significantly to the camp’s endowment so that we all can face the long-term future with confidence that Pine Island Camp will continue to offer the exceptionally valuable experiences it has unfailingly provided for well over 100 years.   

Although the season is cancelled, we remain busy developing ways to maintain a connection with our campers during this difficult time, when the support of our camp community is more important than ever.  We will share more information about these efforts via email in the coming weeks.  If you do not currently receive our monthly e-newsletters in your inbox, please take a moment to sign up.  Visit www.pineisland.org and click Join Our Email List.

Please consider donating today. Generations of boys and staff, past and future, will deeply appreciate your gift. 

Many thanks and … Akka Lakka!

John Goodhue           
Board Chair

Sumner Ford
Director

Benjamin B. Swan
Executive Director

Supporters

The Elston Family made a donation

3 weeks ago

$500

Anonymous made a donation

3 weeks ago

Terry made a donation

3 weeks ago

$100

Noah Donoghue received a new donation from Corinne Alsop

3 weeks ago

sign up for canoeing! akka lakka!!

Anonymous made a donation

3 weeks ago

$750

Will Sahlman & Adrienne Urbanski made a donation

3 weeks ago

$250

& Oliver, Sebastian and Reed

Matt Clarke & Gina Yarmel made a donation

3 weeks ago

$100

Nick Bellamy made a donation

3 weeks ago

$500

Akka Lakka and Thanks for a Great Campfire!

Nicky Isles made a donation

3 weeks ago

$100

Pine Island Always Wins!

Sloan Shoemaker made a donation

3 weeks ago

$500

I haven't been back, or in touch for that matter, for decades but PIC forever holds a special place in my heart and memories. Akka Lakka

The Bregahearnes on Bainbridge made a donation

3 weeks ago

$250

Akka Lakka!

Needle nose the Pine Island News Hound made a donation

3 weeks ago

$1,000

Anonymous gift

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