LVEC 2012 Fundraising Letter
My name is Justin Michelson. I am the Executive Director of Lost Valley Educational Center, a 501c3 non-profit in Dexter, OR. Amazingly, it’s already nearing the end of 2012! This is the time to start thinking about making tax-deductible gifts to organizations that support your vision for a better world. If you are new to Lost Valley, welcome! And for those of you that know us, thank you for your generous support over the years. We wouldn’t be here without you.
Year 2012 at Lost Valley has been filled with growth. In this beautiful Valley we call “home”, we are blessed with a great team of hard-working staff members and an inspiring group of community residents. Together in 2012, we have successfully run a full schedule of educational events and programs, providing an environment that is fertile ground for personal learning, building relationships, and connecting to the natural world. Over the year, we have continued to learn and share more sustainable ways of living and being, and have done so with our doors wide open, inviting an increasing flow of creative energy to our land and our vision.
For 2013, we intend to continue in this vein. However, in doing so, we acknowledge our needs and our dreams as an organization. If we are to increase our capacity to serve, we need to build resiliency at home. At Lost Valley, this means deliberate action to retrofit our aging infrastructure systems in earth-friendly ways. As you likely know, Permaculture techniques not only save money, the Planet’s resources, and support the functionality and security of our on-site operations, but they also inspire our students and visitors to see what is possible.
At the end of this year, our fundraising efforts as a non-profit intend to spring us forth to a new level of service. We are seeking to raise $50,000 in 2013 to improve and build upon our aging infrastructure. We intend to re-build our Guest House, finish remodeling our dormitories, certify our kitchen to create culinary micro-enterprise, and use our water more wisely by creating grey-water systems, compost toilets, and roof-water catchment systems. We have set a goal of raising $10,000 by year’s end, and have already received a $5000 matching grant!
We appreciate your continued support for this vital and important work we do. We are a growing organization with integrity and commitment to service. Please join us in accomplishing our mission by donating today. Thank you!
NOTE: DONATIONS ARE IN $1 INCREMENTS. ENTER THE CHOSEN AMOUNT IN THE “QUANTITY” BOX.