Lakeshore is and always has been an extension ministry of the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church, and traditionally we have been 100% funded by apportionments (subsidies from the larger church) and camper fees. Over the years, more wonderful extension ministries have added to the work of the church and a decrease in apportionment funds have led to a gap in our funding.
For the past six years, Lakeshore has committed to stewarding the funding of the conference by asking for less and less and making up the difference. In eight to ten years, Lakeshore hopes to be completely self-sustaining so other organizations can receive conference funding.
With increasing costs, reduced funds and camper fees that do not reflect the true cost of camp, we are entering an era where the gap is bigger than ever before. Having this gap in funding means equipment doesn’t get replaced as quickly as we would like, new and exciting programs get put on hold, and fewer campers receive camperships.
This may sound daunting. Or that Lakeshore is in danger. But let us assure you that we have a bright future ahead. Thanks to the strong camp family we have in donors like you, we are not worried. We are excited for the possibilities and the new opportunities we have to bring our friends and family into the fold.
How can you help fill the gap?
Start by choosing a higher pricing tier when registering your camper for summer 2017 or making an automatic monthly gift.
An anonymous donor has come forward to match any new or increased automatic monthly gifts given in the month of January. When you sign up for a recurring gift, the amount you pledge monthly will be matched. That’s basically like supporting us for 13 months for the price of 12. It’s a Lakeshore Baker’s Dozen! Sign up for a monthly gift »