We have all heard that success is seldom attained without a solid plan. Whether we are striving to achieve the ultimate goal in relationships, careers, or our crazy lives, success is most often defined by accomplishment. Along the way you quietly work at it, sometimes you stumble, other times you proudly share a small success. It is with this ideal in mind that I share this Capital Campaign and building project update.
On Monday October 7, we reset the clock. After 30 months of planning, meeting, fund raising, celebrating; we are now at day one of construction. Footers and foundations do not typically warrant excitement. They are seldom given a thought, buried deep in the ground, never as eye catching as roof lines, entry ways, and shiny finishes. To say we are excited at the pictures below, is a gross understatement. 267 more days until July 5, 2020, our anticipated date to open this new kitchen and kick off the 75th Oswegatchie FFA Camping season.
Since May of 2018, the FFA Foundation has experienced unprecedented success in raising support for this project. 18 months and nearly $1,170,000 later, we are on the edge of achieving our financial goals for this project. More than 450 donors, individuals and businesses, have given their financial support to this project. FFA chapters, FFA Alumni, current and former teachers, past state FFA officers, current and former camp staff, and even a few complete strangers turned friends of OEC have made the impact of a financial contribution. If you are among those whom have given, we offer our sincere thanks.
In the coming days, weeks, and months, the FFA Foundation Board of Directors will be embarking on a plan to close the door on our capital campaign. Our goal is to end the campaign by April 26, the date of our 26th annual AdironDuck Race. Our efforts will include reaching out to our friends we have not heard from, RFP’s to grant makers, unveiling the wall of recognition for our donors who have given at the $1,000 level or higher, and continued outreach to tell the story of this campaign. Along the way many of you may be asked the question, “Why do you revere Oswegatchie as your “special place”?”
Without a strong foundation this building and this campaign would be failures. Thank you for taking the time to read this post, and please take the time to learn more about the campaign, the project, and more at the links below.
Stay tuned to our Facebook Page (New York FFA Leadership Training Foundation) for project updates, and to learn more how to give either a one time gift or make a monthly, quarterly, or annual pledge to the campaign visit our website at: www.nyffafoundation.org
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The New York FFA Foundation
The NYSFFALTF, Inc., chartered in 1946 by the New York State Board of Regents, is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that provides businesses, associations, other foundations, and individuals the opportunity to contribute to the growth and success of our New York youth. Our mission is to build and maintain a financial base that will allow the New York FFA to generate well-educated and career focused productive citizens. Email our Director at firstname.lastname@example.org .