Congratulations and thank you to all our members who contributed to last year's successful Annual Fund Campaign. On behalf of the National Recreation and Park Association's Development Committee and the Annual Fund Committee I would like to thank all who have helped to make our first two campaigns successful. Under the leadership of our chair, Fran Mainella, each campaign received donations from nearly 300 members, generating more than $60,000 toward new programs and projects for your association.
Although that is a significant number, our goat is to have each and every member contribute to NRPA beyond the cost of annual membership dues and the countless volunteer hours many of you devote to the betterment of our association.
What have your donations done for NRPA? With your generous contributions, were been able to:
* Purchase cataloging software for the Joseph Lee Memorial Library
* Fund new product development for the benefits program
* Purchased a high-tech overhead projector for the NRPA Headquarters' Musco Auditorium
* Pay towards retirement of the Ahren's NRPA Headquarters' building loan
* Develop an NRPA Web search engine that will enable members and NRPAnet subscribers to conduct keyword searches of our Web pages more quickly and accurately
* Fund a commissioner/citizens board member video designed to educate citizens at local and state levels about the important rote they play as advocates for public park and recreation services
* Purchase a display booth to help market NRPA at regional, state, and ally-organization conferences
* Purchase LCD projectors for each regional office for use at schools and institutes
Funds raised during the 2000 campaign were designated by donors to support programs such as branch special projects, benefits, and playground safety, and for other initiatives such as research, capital improvement and the Joseph Lee Library. These funds will be allocated during the year as requests are received.
This month marks the beginning of our Fourth Annual Fund Campaign.
What will we do with funds generated in Campaign 2001?
One of our major goals is to generate new entrepreneurial dollars to fund innovative staff, branch, section, regional council, and member initiatives that help NRPA attain its mission and vision for the future. The development committee that reviews and selects projects for funding is always looking for economically sound programs that extend our annual campaign funds, that is, programs and projects that may not save us money today, but will be financially beneficial well into the future. We are seeking ideas that reduce NRPA's overhead and eliminate or reduce program expenses and labor costs while attaining the Vision 2010 Strategic Plan goals and objectives.
We challenge you -- the membership -- to look at fund-raising in a different tight. Fund-raising is not a dirty word; in fact, it has become an important component of every one of our jobs. If it is not an important part of your job now, it soon will be. Why is it that many of us can solicit funding assistance throughout our communities, yet we find it difficult to make a personal financial commitment to the future of our profession and our association? I look at fund-raising as a necessity to ensure the future stability of our association, Whether we like it or not, we're fighting for financial security against other units of local, state and federal government that provide social services to all Americans. If we cannot see the benefit in giving to our own organization, how can we expect those on the outside to understand our goals and financially contribute to our success?
Our Committee is looking for park and recreation professionals, citizen advocates, and corporate systems dedicated to parks, recreation, and environmental conservation advancement. The NRPA Development Committee, the Annual Fund Committee members, and the Board of Trustees have already made pledges to the campaign and invite you to participate in the Annual Fund 2001 Campaign, which will provide critical resources necessary to enhance our effectiveness and to prepare us to meet the future challenges.
When is your help needed?
Today! Don't wait for tomorrow. Consider making a significant financial pledge to the Annual Fund 2001 campaign today. Please take the time to photocopy and complete the enclosed pledge form and mail it back to us today. Please note that you can restrict your contribution to specific program areas. If you would like to write your check and fulfill your pledge at this time we would more than happy to accept it, however we realize many people would prefer to make their contribution closer to the end of the calendar year for tax purposes. Just indicate on the form when you would like us to invoice you and we shall do so.
We're all being asked to contribute to a variety of funds and causes. Each request has its own merits. We are challenged to evaluate each solicitation and to make decisions based on the benefits to the donor or to look at how society benefits from the work of the recipient organization.
NRPA is entering a new era with the appointment of Destry Jarvis as the new NRPA Executive Director. Destry will focus his attention on moving the NRPA agenda forward by enhancing current program as well as developing new projects. He believes that our future success in fulfilling the NRPA vision will depend in part, on our ability to secure necessary funding to execute our initiatives.
Please stretch your mind and pocketbook when you begin to assess what the National Recreation and Park Association has meant to each and every one of you. Thank you for your consideration and please feet free to contact any of the NRPA Annual Fund 2001 Campaign Committee Volunteers.
If you would like to help the campaign in any way please contact us through our NRPA staff liaison, Elaine Lynch at (703) 858-2143 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Question: Why should I make a contribution to the Annual Fund 2001 campaign?
Answer: Who else other than NRPA is going to provide you with continuing education opportunities, timely dissemination of knowledge, and special interest and networking opportunities, as well as unified voice representing our concerns as deliverers of public Leisure services. Simply stated, a strong NRPA is best able to respond to the issues, trends, and future challenges that threaten the United States' position as a great place to raise a family, work, and play while better preparing us to do our jobs.
Question: Who has the most to gain from this campaign?
Answer: YOU and your constituents! However, it's not until our membership makes a cumulative contribution to the campaign that can we begin to reap financial support from our citizen and corporate advocates. Once our membership has demonstrated its support, we will begin to convince others (who directly benefit from a strong local, regional, state, and national park and recreation delivery system) to make a similar commitment.
NRPA ANNUAL FUND 2001
The Annual Fund is a vital source of revenue for the Association. It is an invaluable source of support--a pool of resources upon which NRPA relies to meet its fiscal responsibilities Donor names are listed alphabetically by region, then by state. If you name is not listed and you have sent in your donation to the 2001 Campaign please contact us. Campaign committee and volunteers are listed at the end of the donor list.
ROCKERFELLER SOCIETY GIFT CLUBS
Through their generous financial support, leadership donors become members of NRPA's six Annual Fund Leadership clubs.
The Founding Member club gives special recognition for those gifts for the past year totaling $5,000 or more. (Highlighted in blue in Donor List on the next page)
The Associate Member club includes donors whose gifts during the past year totaled between $2,500 and $4,999. (Highlighted in magenta in Donor List on the next page)
The Platinum Members are donors whose gifts during the past year totaled between $2,000 and $2,499. (Highlighted in violet in Donor List on the next page)
The Gold Members are donors whose gifts during the past year totaled between $1,500 and $1,999. (Highlighted in gold in Donor List on the next page)
The Silver Member club includes donors whose gifts during the past year totaled between $1,000 and $1,499. (Highlighted in silver in Donor List on the next page)
The Bronze Member club recognizes donors whose gifts during the past year totaled between $500 and $999. (Highlighted in bronze in Donor List on the next page)
through June 13, 2001 GREAT LAKES REGION ILLINOIS Mr. Robert Espeseth Mr. Steve Hartman(*) Mr. Kenneth Kutska(*) Mr. Steven K. Messerli(*) Mr. Bob O'Brien Mr. & Mrs. Rich Randel INDIANA Ms. Leah Gunderson Dr. Bryan McCormick MICHIGAN Recreation Creations, Inc. MINNESOTA Mrs. Judith Anderson MISSOURI Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hall NEW ENGLAND REGION MAINE Mr. Thomas Farrell MASSACHUSETTS Mr. Richard Rodda RHODE ISLAND Mr. & Mrs. Walter Gould MID-ATLANTIC REGION MARYLAND Mr. Marvin Billups, Jr.(*) Mr. John P. Harden Ms. Anne Simonsen NEW JERSEY Mr. J. Clarke Burke, Jr. NEW YORK Mr. Ivan Swanson PENNSYLVANIA Ms. Mary Bennett SOUTHERN REGION ALABAMA Gametime(*) Mr. Bob Farnsworth(*) FLORIDA Mrs. Doris Bedell Miss Daisy Carter Mrs. Ran Mainella(*) GEORGIA Dr. Michaell Taylor NORTH CAROLINA Mr. & Mrs. Jack Frauson Mr. Phil Rea Mr. H. Douglas Sessoms Ms. Gait Elder White(*) TENNESSEE Mr. Harvey Faust Mr. Maxwell Ramsey Mr. Lawrence Zehnder VIRGINIA Mr. Michael Corwin Mr. Denis Galvin Dr. Gerald O'Morrow Mr. Wayne Page CLP Share America WEST VIRGINIA Mr. William Kelley Mr. James L. McClelland SOUTHWEST REGION ARKANSAS Mr. Bryan Day TEXAS Dr. John Crompton Ms. Lois Finkelman Mrs. Jody Hamilton, CLP Mrs. Terese Hershey Mr. Ralph Mendez, Jr. Ms. Margaret Young MIDWEST REGION COLORADO Ms. Carolyn Armstrong Mrs. Lori Daniel, CPRP(*) Ms. Linda Kotowski Ms. Nancy Wellnitz KANSAS Mr. Marry Nohe Dr. Marvin E. Wollen LOUISIANA Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Young(*) PACIFIC NORTHWEST REGION ALASKA Mr. Ralph Mingo Mr. Robert O. Robertson IDAHO Mr. James Hall OREGON Ms. Victoria Vanneman PACIFIC SOUTHWEST REGION ARIZONA Mr. Don Tarkington(*) CALIFORNIA Mr. Gene Andal Ms. Mary Castillo Mr. Chris Jarvi(*) Mr. Jonathan Korfhage Mr. Stephen Mead, CPRP Mr. Douglas Washington NEVADA David Michael Shea(*) FOREIGN REGIONS Mr. Dennis Merkel Mr. In Nam Yi SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2001 ANNUAL FUND CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Committee Members: Fran Mainella, Chair Marvin Billups, Jr. Joe Crookham Bob Farnsworth Ted Flickinger Swede Frauson Bob Hall Terry Hershey Ken Kutska David Lose, Co-chair Eric O'Brien Volunteer Members: Dale Barbeau Harold Barenz Steven Carpenter Dave Clark Dave Clifton Lori Daniel Terry DeWeese James Donahue Gail Elder White Harvey Faust Gary Haller Cindy Heath Dan Hope III William Kelley Jonathan Korfhage Sam Lankford Alton Little Wayne Lowery Dalton Mann Margaret McCormick Bill Nelson Marcia Noyes Bruce O'Neill Joe O'Neill Ellen O'Sullivan Terri Palmberg Phil Powell Bob Robertson Ira Rubins Bob Saylors Perry Segura A.J. Shelton Graham Skea Eddie Tanner Michaell Taylor Terry Trueblood Doug Washington Jim Webster Rip Wilkinson Ken Winslade Marvin Wollen Anne Woodell An asterisk(*) indicates donors of $500 or more…