The Campaign for 2015, supporting the Loyal Legion Memorial Fund, was a success! We exceeded both our original and expanded goals, and have left the Fund better able to assist the Order in meeting its philanthropic and organizational goals. Here are ex-cerpts from the final report of the “Campaign for 2015”, made to the Trustees of the Memorial Fund:
The goal of the Campaign for 2015 was not only to improve on the returns from recent annual Memorial Fund appeals, but even more importantly, to begin to develop long-lasting awareness among Companions of the need for broad, sustained and substantial giving to the Fund, which currently disburses annually more than it receives in gifts and other income. This capital campaign was rolled out in July 2014 and was designed to tie into, and augment, the Order's Sesquicentennial observance.
We are pleased to report that the Campaign for 2015 has been an unqualified success. The initial goal of $20,150 in gifts and pledges was reached [by early 2015]. At that point, the Trustees agreed to enlarge the goal to $30,150. As of the end of the Cam-paign on October 17, gifts and pledges, including received and pledged corporate matching gifts, totaled $32,241.50. Participation came from 82 Companions, four members of the DOLLUS, two trust funds, two entities (the Dames and Grand Army Men, LLC) and one Commandery (Florida).
Some history will put the overall result into perspective. Gifts made after the two most recent annual appeals in 2011 and 2012 were, respectively, $3,445 from 52 individuals or entities; and $4,390 from 43 such donors. In contrast, the Campaign for 2015 has raised gifts or pledges of over $32,000 from 91 Companions and non-member friends, many of whom made gifts in both years of the Campaign.
Thanks to all Companions and others who participated. Because of you, we have MET THE CALL!
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