The Centennial Campaign included a goal of $2 million to initiate a permanent endowment to support Merrie-Woode’s property and overall program well into the next century. Within the larger endowment are funds supporting operations, as well as individual restricted funds supporting camperships, programming, building preservation, and conservation. When making a gift to the Endowment, please specify to which endowment you would like to contribute.Make a gift to the Endowment here
To date, Merrie-Woode’s named endowments include the following:
The Merrie-Woode Endowment Honoring Former Board Chairs (Established 2018)
A general, unrestricted endowment resource to support Camp Merrie-Woode’s operational budget. The Merrie-Woode Foundation has been blessed at each critical moment of its development by outstanding individuals who have stepped forward to serve in the position of board chair, and we are pleased to honor their contributions through this endowment.
General Campership Endowment (Established 2016)
The General Campership Endowment, together with the named endowments listed in this section, will provide need-based full and partial tuition camperships to make the Merrie-Woode experience available to a broader socio-economic range of families, including alumnae families for whom tuition is out of reach.
The Betty and John Kinnett Endowment (Established 2018)
To support camperships enabling Merrie-Woode to serve families, including many alumnae families, for whom tuition is out of reach. Established through the Centennial Campaign, the Betty and John R. Kinnett, Jr. Campership Endowment , was created by the Kinnett children in 2018 to honor their parents contributions to the founding of Camp Merrie-Woode.
The Fritz and Augusta Orr Endowment (Established 2017)
To support camperships enabling Merrie-Woode to serve families, including many alumnae families, for whom tuition is out of reach. Established through the Centennial Campaign in 2017, the Fritz and Augusta Orr Endowment evolved from a group of early campaign donors to honor the legacy of Fritz and Augusta Orr and the Orr Family.
General Programming Endowment (Established 2016)
Merrie-Woode campers greatly benefit from overall well-rounded programming. Some campers pursue the highest levels of achievement in boating, riding, drama, or mountaineering, but not at the expense of pursuing their other talents and interests. The General Programming Endowment provides resources to underwrite the costs of providing the high-caliber programs for which Merrie-Woode has come to be known.
The Hugh Caldwell Chamber Music Endowment (Established 2017)
Established through a trust created by Hugh Caldwell to ensure that Merrie-Woode summers would always include classical chamber music. When Hugh Caldwell passed away in 1993, Merrie-Woode lost the original and much beloved visionary whose leadership led in 1978 to the establishment of the non-profit Merrie-Woode Foundation. Later, Merrie-Woode learned that Hugh had created a special trust, to be stewarded by Ettie Minor Luckey, his trusted friend and a devoted Merrie-Woode alumna. In 2017, as the Centennial Campaign was underway and, with the assistance of Doug Cameron and alumna Mimi Wallace, the assets were transferred to Merrie-Woode and, thus, the Hugh Caldwell Chamber Music Endowment was established.
The Dameron Family Foundation Endowment (Established 2018)
To provide funding to ensure the highest level of staff training is always in place. One of the most significant programmatic improvements to happen in recent years is that Merrie-Woode continues to place a higher and higher priority on staff development and training – both in terms of parent and camper satisfaction and in terms of risk management and safety. Camper and staff safety has always been a priority at Merrie-Woode, but today it is more important than ever before.
The Denice and Jim Dunn Building Preservation Endowment (Established 2018)
Established to help Merrie-Woode maintain and preserve its treasured buildings. With nearly 80 quaint, Adirondack-style structures, some dating back to the 1920s and 1930s, Merrie-Woode focuses significant resources year-round on maintaining its buildings while ensuring that nothing is done that would take away from the rustic qualities which earned Merrie-Woode and its surroundings inclusion in 1995 on the National Register of Historic Places. Denice and Jim Dunn, the two people who stand at the intersection of all aspects of this effort and other major campus improvements, have set a new standard of excellence, and we are pleased to recognize their impact through this endowment.
Conservation and Sustainability Endowment (Established 2016)
To fund conservation projects that will preserve Camp’s natural environment. With 200 acres generously added through recent land campaigns, Merrie-Woode has an important duty to care for its 435 acres of woodlands. Preserving the natural beauty we associate with Merrie-Woode ensures the protection of these woods and their inhabitants, as they make an indelible impression on each camper’s experience. The Conservation and Sustainability Endowment will secure the implementation of these initiatives in future years.
Ways to Give:
Corporate Matching Gifts
Donor Advised Funds
The Merrie-Woode Gift Acceptance Policy will govern the acceptance of any and all gifts to the Merrie-Woode Foundation, Inc. Special conditions may apply to gifts other than cash or publically traded securities. Please contact Robin Walker at the Camp Office for a copy of the Gift Acceptance Policy.
Policy to Establish Named Endowments:
Merrie-Woode invites donors or groups of donors who make endowment gifts of $100,000 and above to establish a named endowment fund which will be permanently recognized as part of Merrie-Woode’s endowment. This opportunity allows for the charitable gifts of Merrie-Woode supporters to fund directly their specific interests at camp while honoring their leadership in an enduring manner. Likewise, a named endowment creates important internal institutional discipline and helps preserve institutional memory. The minimum level of $100,000 for a named fund ensures that the funds generate sufficient income for their designated purposes.