Dear Whole Earth Supporters,
We want to thank you again for your continued support of Whole Earth Nature School. As we mentioned at the end of our last newsletter, we have a special announcement to share with you today. We have recently learned that Eugene based company CBT Nuggets has selected Whole Earth Nature School to be the beneficiary of their NuggetLOVE program during the month of November. That means that CBT Nuggets will donate 1% of their revenue from the first week of the month directly to our efforts to get more kids connected with nature. And, additionally, CBT Nuggets will match, dollar-for-dollar, all donations we receive for the entire month up to a total of $5000!
That’s where we need your help. First, we want to thank all of you that have already donated to Whole Earth Nature School this year either directly, or by participating in our Spaghetti Feed fundraiser. Your contributions have helped to make this year our most successful yet for getting kids outside. But we also know that many of you have not yet made a donation to Whole Earth Nature School this year, or perhaps you have some extra capacity to give at the end of the year. We are asking you to step up during the month of November and help us to make this goal of $5000 by the end of the month. We believe that together we can do this.
We were so moved to hear Whole Earth parent Natasha London speak at the Spaghetti Feed recently. Listening to her speak about her two daughters and how nature camp is something that they value so highly that they save for it all year long really touched our hearts. We hear that same story from parents throughout the year, how they really stretch their budget to be able to afford camp, even after a scholarship. Your donation makes a real difference to those families.
In the last year we have awarded nearly $15,000 in scholarships for nature camps to kids who desperately wanted to have the awesome experience that camp provides but, for one reason or another, couldn’t afford to attend camp. We believe that nature connection is our birthright and for that reason we approve nearly every scholarship request that is given to us. In order to do that we rely on help from you to cover the cost of those scholarships. If we can reach this goal of $5000 by the end of November and have it matched, that $10,000 will cover a huge portion of the cost of providing scholarships in 2016. You can help make that happen.
Finally, this is going to be our final fundraising effort for the year. After November 30th we are finished asking for your support in 2015. We know that there is a huge flood of people asking you for money at the end of the year and we aren’t going to be a part of that. Once this matching opportunity expires, we will return to our regular informational newsletters. So now is the time to make a difference.
Anna and Matt Bradley and Rees Maxwell
Whole Earth Nature School