Boys & Girls Club Securing Its Future with New Endowment Campaign
A bright future for the Boys and Girls Club of Lac Courte Oreilles lies ahead. Last year, the Board of Directors of the Club launched an endowment campaign, and two mail campaigns have brought in contributions and pledges, allowing the Club to take historic steps in securing its financial future.
An endowment is an invested sum of money of which the principle is protected, with only earnings from investment going toward a designated purpose.
"Ultimately, we want to see the endowment grow to the point where all our overhead costs are covered each year," said Club Executive Director Heather Peterson. "That will allow us to focus on our unique programming for kids. And it's why we chose the chose the endowment's name - Giniigaaniiminaang! - which means For our Future! We are here to stay."
D.J. Aderman, President of the Futurewood Corporation, is just one of the many community members who have chosen to support the Club's endowment, with a $10,000 pledge.
"Futurewood chose to support the Boys and Girls Club because of the many programs and services they provide to kids on our community. The youth are the future stewards of our natural resources. To me, there's nothing more important than making sure young people get a good education, stay healthy, active, get outdoors and have fun along the way. We are excited to be part of the Club's vision for success, now and in the future," stated Aderman.
Other donors to the fund include North Shore Promotional, The Water Meister (Culligan) of Rice Lake, Anglers Bar and Grill, Barefoot Beach, Hayward Glass & Door, Cliff's Mini Storage, Coop's Pizza, Art Beat of Hayward, Seeley Veterinary Clinic, and Wisconsin Realtors' Foundation Inc., Hayward Lions Club, Hayward Funeral Home, Bonnie's Florist, Spirit of Sovereignty of Little Canada, Minnesota, and Midwest Professionals of Gaylord, Michigan.
The Club has nearly 500 members, including about 200 teens, and serves more than 11,000 meals each year. After school programs include leadership, art classes, health and fitness, academic mentoring, family nights, and programs just for teens. The Club includes a state-of-the-art kitchen, library, and an art room adjacent to the Club's gymnasium.
A spacious lobby includes a reception area and lockers for students to leave their coats, boots, books, backpacks. The endowment funds have been invested with the Eau Claire Community Foundation, which provides management and investment services for organizations around the region.
More information may be found at the Club's website, boysandgirlsclublco.org