Unrestricted Donation / Annual Fund

Gifts to the Annual Fund allow the Foundation to help ensure the continuation of a great experience at Nature Camp, providing a fun, safe, and healthful environment for campers and staff to live, learn, and play. These unrestricted funds give the Foundation the ability to address renovation and maintenance needs during semiannual Service Weekends, as well as support Nature Camp with operational needs throughout the year.

Donate with a credit/debit card or EFT:

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To donate by mail, send a check to:
The Nature Camp Foundation
P.O. Box 265
Studley VA 23162

Please identify on your check that your contribution is to the Annual Fund

Education Building Capital Campaign

The Nature Camp Foundation is engaged in a $300,000.00 Capital Campaign through the end of 2020 to fund much needed renovations to the 65+ year old Educational Building at Nature Camp. Your gift will help us with renovation of the three main areas within the building – the laboratory, museum, and library – updating each space to make them function more effectively as research, study, and classroom spaces. Contact the NCF Development Chair to make a pledge or to inquire about the Campaign.

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Education Building Capital Campaign Pledge Form
We offer a way for you to plan your giving and inform us of your intentions. Please print it, sign it, and either send a scanned version of the completed form via email to the NCF Development Chair or send the completed document via physical mail to:

The Nature Camp Foundation
P.O. Box 265
Studley VA 23162

To donate by mail, send a check to:
The Nature Camp Foundation
P.O. Box 265
Studley VA 23162

Please identify on your check that your contribution is to Education Building Capital Campaign

In Honor / In Memory / In Celebration

Donations may be made in honor or in memory of a person you designate. Or perhaps you wish to give a gift to celebrate a special event in the life of someone who cares about Nature Camp. When making these types of gifts, be sure to provide the name of the person you are honoring, and the fund to which your gift is designated.  (Undesignated donations will go to the unrestricted Annual Fund).

Donate with a credit/debit card or EFT:

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To donate by mail, send a check to:

The Nature Camp Foundation
P.O. Box 265
Studley VA 23162

Please identify on your check that your contribution is in honor of / in memory of / in celebration of and the name(s) of the person(s) you are honoring.

NCF Scholarship Fund

Although your gifts to the Annual Fund provide essential funding for the support of Nature Camp, you may want to add an additional gift, or designate part of your annual gift to the NCF Scholarship Fund. Through a gift to the Scholarship Fund, you can help provide access to the Nature Camp experience to every child who wants to attend, now and in the future.

Donate with a credit/debit card or EFT:

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To donate by mail, send a check to:
The Nature Camp Foundation
P.O. Box 265
Studley VA 23162

Please identify on your check that your contribution is to the NCF Scholarship Fund.

Gus Deeds Scholarship Fund

To celebrate Gus’s life and the traits he embodied, the Nature Camp Foundation in partnership with the Deeds family has built an outdoor teaching pavilion and established a scholarship fund in his name. Donations made in Gus’s name will support two full youth camper scholarships annually.

Donate with a credit/debit card or EFT:

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To donate by mail, send a check to:
The Nature Camp Foundation
P.O. Box 265
Studley VA 23162

Please identify on your check that your contribution is in memory of Gus Deeds.

Stuart Craig Scholarship Fund

To celebrate Stuart Craig’s life and association with Nature Camp, a scholarship fund has been established in his name. Donations made in Stuart’s name will support a partial youth camper scholarship annually, with expansion to a full scholarship as the fund grows.

Donate with a credit/debit card or EFT:

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To donate by mail, send a check to:
The Nature Camp Foundation
P.O. Box 265
Studley VA 23162

Please identify on your check that your contribution is in memory of Stuart Craig.

Emma Nicholas Scholarship Fund

To celebrate Emma Nicholas’ life and association with Nature Camp, a scholarship fund has been established in her name. Donations made in Emma’s name will support a partial youth scholarship annually, with expansion to a full scholarship as the fund grows.

Donate with a credit/debit card or EFT:

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To donate by mail, send a check to:
The Nature Camp Foundation
P.O. Box 265
Studley VA 23162

Please identify on your check that your contribution is in memory of Emma Nicholas.

Recurring Gifts

The concept of recurring gifts is simple: donors commit to a donation amount that is paid regularly — most often monthly. What makes a recurring gift different from a pledge is that the gifts have no predetermined end-date. Recurring givers are faithful supporters of the work we do and wish to demonstrate that commitment with regular, ongoing gifts. When signing up for recurring gifts, donors give a set amount regularly to the Nature Camp Foundation via a secure Merchant Services platform (Blackbaud Merchant Services). Donors have a choice of using their credit card or Electronic Funds Transfer.

Set up a recurring gift now:

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Matching Gift Programs

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs, and will match charitable contributions made by their employees as well as sometimes those made by the company’s retirees or employees’ spouses. With matching gifts, you can increase the impact of your gift substantially. Please check with your employer regarding your company’s matching gift program.

Estate Planning

Consider joining the Thinking of Tomorrow Legacy Society by including the Nature Camp Foundation in your estate planning. With a name inspired by the Nature Camp song, this society includes those who are helping ensure Nature Camp’s many tomorrows for future generations through their thoughtful planning today.

Although there are many planned giving options which may provide important financial benefits while supporting the Nature Camp Foundation in the future, one of the easiest is adding the Nature Camp Foundation to your will. It may be as simple as adding a codicil to your will stating something such as, “I give _______ ($ amount, description of property, or % of estate) to Nature Camp Foundation, Incorporated, a Virginia charitable and tax-exempt organization, for its unrestricted use.”

Whatever approach you choose, you should consult with a tax and/or legal advisor to ensure that you plan and draft your Nature Camp Foundation language carefully, considering your personal goals and individual circumstances to maximize the benefits to you.

Even though our board members may change over the years, our status as a 501c (3) organization remains constant and thus any executor can find the Nature Camp Foundation easily via the IRS or GuideStar.org. If you have questions supporting the Nature Camp Foundation in this way, please contact the NCF Development Chair.

Gifts of Stock

Donating appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual funds is a simple and quick way to support the Nature Camp Foundation. If you hold stocks, bonds, or mutual funds that have risen in value and you have held them for more than a year, you may want to consider using them to make a gift for several reasons. First, a donation of appreciated securities qualifies you for a charitable income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the security on the gift date. This amount is generally deductible up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income. Also, when you transfer the securities directly to the Nature Camp Foundation, you won’t incur capital gains tax, allowing you a greater tax benefit than if you simply sold the securities yourself and donated the cash from the sale. Consult your tax advisor for how the rules impact your situation.

Once you are ready to make your gift, contact your broker, and instruct him or her to transfer the number of shares you would like to gift to:

Wells Fargo Advisors
Account number 6274-3378
Nature Camp Foundation
DTC #0141
217 S. Main St
Lexington, VA 24450

Please be sure your broker or you notify the NCF Treasurer of the stock gift, and any special designations. If you need assistance or more information, please contact Mike Meads, NCF’s account manager at Wells Fargo (540-463-2998) or you can email the NCF Treasurer.

Gifts in Kind

If your gift directly benefits Nature Camp Foundation (such as food for Service Weekend attendees), please complete the NCF Gift In Kind form.

If you are donating goods to Nature Camp, Inc, please contact Nature Camp to obtain the NCI Gift In Kind form.

If you have questions about your gift or the form, please contact the NCF Development Chair.

Special Gifts

Special gifts of equipment or funds might be appropriate for some who wish to donate to Nature Camp. On occasion, for example, Nature Camp requests funding from Nature Camp Foundation for items the camp’s operating budget cannot support, such as a new truck, a new public address system, or a special piece of equipment.

The Foundation is always looking for donors to participate in funding these special gifts to Nature Camp. If this program is something that interests you, please contact the NCF Development Chair or the NCF President.

Donations here are financial. Any direct donation of items (rather than money) should be made directly to Nature Camp, Inc.

3rd Party Online Fundraisers

Just a word about 3rd party on-line fundraisers (e.g. Facebook). We think they are wonderful and if you wish to establish one, go right ahead. When you do, would you let us know? The funds raised by this method arrive to us without identifying information about their source. We’d like to be able to attribute the generosity to the person who started the fundraiser. Please send an email to the NCF Development Chair with information about your fundraiser.

Giving levels
Donors’ placement in Giving Levels will be based upon total annual giving and reflected in the Nature Camp Foundation Annual Report, published in the spring edition of the Afterglow.

Annual Fund Giving Levels Dollar Value
Foundation Friends $1-$99
Reveille Circle $100-$249
Reeves Guild $250-$499
Schilling Society $500 and above

Education Building Capital Campaign Circles

Dollar Value
South River Supporters $1 – $999
McClung Mountain Club $1000 – $2499
Whetstone Ridge Sponsors $2500 – $4999
Table Rock Patrons $5000 – $9999
Buttermilk Springs Benefactors $10,000 – $19,999
Big Mary’s Creek Guardians $20,000 or more