It’s the perfect time of year for gift giving–to and from The Mountain!

Double Your Annual Gift to The Mountain

Our Year-end Matching Challenge has been extended–another $5,000 will match gifts received between November 20th -30th!

This is the perfect time to double your generosity to The Mountain. Donations to the annual fund between November 20th to 30th will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $5,000. You can simply click the donate button on this website, or send your gift directly to:

The Mountain, P.O. Box 1299, Highlands, NC 28741


We are most grateful for the Mountain supporters who have committed the funding for this matching challenge. Thank you!

AND, The Mountain has gifts of appreciation for YOU as well….

  •  #GivingTuesday is November 28th–help The Mountain and other great causes to promote global generosity by making a donation on this day.

Holiday Gift Basket Silent Auction


Help us make this renewed 2017 holiday fundraising tradition a great success by donating a themed gift basket for this auction, or by bidding on your favorite one by Nov. 25th!

Here are examples of the Gift Baskets themes we plan to include in the auction:



  • A Beach Vacation basket featuring a 1-week stay at a North Myrtle Beach condominium, plus party refreshments and supplies.
  • Mountain, Many Hands Peace Farm & MountainCamp baskets filled with all kinds of awesome items–souvenirs, gift certificates, tee shirts, and nature products!
  • Highlands, NC baskets featuring gift certificates for great dining and shopping in downtown Highlands
  • Coffee, Tea, and Ice Cream Sundae Lover’s baskets–YUM!
  • Party baskets featuring nice wines and hospitality items.
  • Craft Beer basket featuring specialty beers from Asheville and around Western NC, plus vintage steins, and snack items.
  • Knitter’s basket featuring 10 skeins of luxurious yarn (wool, silk, camel down and angora blend), needles and accessories
  • Baskets from cities around the South filled with signature specialty items from Atlanta, Charleston, Asheville, and more!

Bidding via email will begin the week of November 13th for several featured gift baskets, so be watching our Facebook page and your email for Mountain Matters communications for more information. The live bidding will happen at The Mountain during our upcoming Thanksgiving Weekend retreat. For questions about the silent auction or to donate items or a basket, contact our Development Office.

Bidding ends at 9:00 AM on Saturday, November 25th


Mountain Campership Fund

$12,000 in Camperships

We are deeply grateful to our generous supporters who provided matching funds to enable us to raise over $19,000 for the Mountain Campership Fund in 2017. Our camperships made it possible for 45 kids to experience the wonders of MountainCamp this summer who may not have been able to without this support.

Thank you to Mountain Findings Thrift Store in Highlands for its grant for camperships for local campers to participate.

The need for campership support is increasing for all age groups. Contributions to the Mountain Campership Fund can be made throughout the year. Just specify Mountain Campership Fund when you make a gift online or by check. Thank you!

Make your tax-deductible gift today online at:

Or make a donation by mail to:  The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center, P.O. Box 1299, Highlands, NC 28741



181Make Your Gift to The Mountain’s Annual Fund Today!

We have SO many dreams and plans to enhance the guest experience in 2017. Your donations to The Mountain’s Annual Fund provide for approximately 25% of our annual operating budget. This year, your contributions to the Annual Fund will enable us to refurbish cabins and bunkhouses, replace Tree House and Dining Hall windows, Library and Rec Hall flooring, and resurface Ring Road. Your support–as donor, program participant, or volunteer–is essential to making these improvements possible for all of our guests and campers to experience throughout the year.

Thank you for your generosity and support of this special place we call The Mountain.

Make your tax-deductible gift today online at:

Or by mail to:  The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center, P.O. Box 1299, Highlands, NC 28741

Enriching lives. Creating Community. Celebrating nature.

This is the magic that occurs when people come together at The Mountain. This is a special place where children, youth, and adults experience the joys of connecting with one another and the natural world. There are summer camps, leadership retreats, environmental programs, and outdoor activities galore to engage and inspire people of all ages.

It’s all made possible through the active participation of our guests and the generosity of Mountain supporters!

Here are just a few things that contributions to The Mountain made possible in 2016:

  • Over $14,000 in camperships for 34 children and youth to attend MountainCamp
  • Lighting around the roadways at the top
  • LED replacement bulbs & a full-spectrum lamp for the Great Room
  • New mattresses for Lodge guest rooms
  • Keeping program costs affordable for guests and campers
  • New Corelle dishes and two tables for the Dining Hall
  • Craft Barn supplies for MountainCamp

While The Mountain has turned the corner financially over the past few years, the challenge of sustainability continues. We are no longer in survival mode. We see the challenge to broaden and deepen the financial support of our members and supporters of The Mountain as a priority.

There is much more we want to do to enhance the guest and camper experience, which will be possible by receiving a greater number of tax-deductible gifts from our Mountain members and annual contributors. Nearly one-quarter of our operating budget funded is funded by annual contributions, which helps keep our program and retreat costs reasonable for all guests.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors this year that will be done in 2017:

  • Replace windows in the Lodge Great Room
  • Repair Library ceiling and lighting, and replace the flooring
  • Rebuilding of Sally’s Deck on the Lodge
  • New chairs for the Dining Hall
  • Floors refinished in the Dining Hall, The Commons, Tree House and Rec Hall

With your gifts in the months to come, here are some things we hope to accomplish in 2017-2018:

  • Enhance the guest experience in the cabins and bunk houses–floors, moisture seals, mattresses
  • Restore the condition of the lake by repairing the dam
  • Renovations to the Tree House
  • Cabin upgrades–flooring, vapor barriers and dehumidifiers
  • Repair of Ring Road

 Make your tax-deductible gift today online at:

Or by mail to:  The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center, P.O. Box 1299, Highlands, NC 28741


Appreciation of Our Supporting Organizations

We are grateful for the generous support and funding provided by these organizations:

Rotary Club of Highlands

The Rotary Club of Highlands

For a 2017 grant awarded for our Many Hands Peace Farm mushroom cultivation and education project.