Ways to Help
Annual Fund – Annual gifts are a way to have a direct and immediate impact on Camp. They ensure support for camp operations and financial aid in the year they are given. Where the operating budget falls short, the Annual Fund makes up the difference. Donations go directly into the operating budget and are used the year they are received. Gifts can by made by check, by credit card over the phone, or through PayPal.
Endowment Gifts – Contributions to our endowment ensure longer term funding for Camp needs. Gifts are made to the principal of the Four Winds' Endowment fund, managed by Vanguard Institutional Advisory Services, and distributions from the fund are used to support the Financial Aid program. When the Endowment is fully funded, the Financial Aid program will be funded in perpetuity. Gifts to the endowment can be made by individuals, foundations, or through bequests.
Several alumni have also started special Endowment fundraising initiatives with specific goals. One example is the Pegasus Fund. This fund, created and supported by alumni and friends of the Thacher School in Ojai, California, provides three summers at Four Winds for selected students at KIPP charter schools. Another example is the “1000 Friends of Four Winds.” This fund embodies the camp motto, “Many Hands Make Light Work.” The goal of the fund is to send two campers to Four Winds in perpetuity.
Wish List – Camp’s Wish List highlights some of the needs we have that are just beyond the reach of our current year operating budget.
Volunteering – Every May, we have a Work Party Weekend at Camp. Alumni help us get Camp ready for the summer, and enjoy a little bit of Camp in the spring.