Giving

Your Gifts to The Mountain’s Annual Fund Really Do Make a Difference

Did you know that donations to The Mountain’s Annual Fund provide 25% of the funds for our operating budget every year? Our program revenue simply doesn’t cover all the costs to keep The Mountain well-maintained, financially healthy, and fully staffed year-round.

Your gifts to the Annual Fund help keep our program costs affordable for all the retreat guests, congregations, community groups, and camper families who come to this special place. Thank you!

 

Make your charitable gift today by simply clicking the donate button on this page, or by mail to: The Mountain, P.O. Box 1299, Highlands, NC 28741


The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization EIN# 58-1396972. Donations are tax deductible as a charitable donation in accordance with tax regulations.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors here is what we accomplished in 2017:

  • Floors refinished in the Dining Hall, The Commons, and Tree House
  • Over $23,000 in camperships for 44 children and youth to attend MountainCamp 2017
  • Newly reconstructed Sally’s Deck at the Lodge
  • Lodge carpets cleaned and stretched
  • Lodge Great Room freshly painted, after new windows and light fixtures were installed
  • New wooden chairs and energy-efficient windows for the Dining Hall
  • Craft Barn supplies for MountainCamp through an Amazon Wish List
  • New screen doors purchased for all the cabins, to be installed after the winter months
  • Lodge kitchen renovated and painted
  • Two utility carts were purchased for use by Housekeeping, Facilities, and Guest Services staff
  • New mattresses for the Lodge sleeping rooms
  • New energy-efficient windows in the Dining Hall
  • Two renovated staff lodging spaces at the base

Funding in 2018

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 charitable gifts from our Mountain members and annual contributors.

With your gifts in the coming months, here are some things we will accomplish in 2018:

  • Cabins and bunk house renovations–new floors, mattresses, furnishings, reading lamps, dehumidifiers, basic repairs and noise barriers between duplex rooms.
  • Improved accessibility by installing new automatic door openers for Dining Hall, Lodge, and Tree House, as well as additional ramps and railings.
  • Renewable energy projects to help conserve energy and reduce costs.
  • Repair and resurfacing of Ring Road by the cabins and bunkhouses.
  • Renovation of White Oak with increased meeting space and new flooring.
  • Continued development of the Many Hands Peace Farm, Food Forest, and Mountain Meadow, with plantings to increase pollinator forage habitat, fresh eggs, mushrooms, and crops for meals and local markets.
  • Transform the Stables into Farm Office and Educational Classroom spaces, including internet, electricity service, and equipment.

Mountain Campership Fund

 

We are deeply grateful to our generous supporters who donated over $23,000 for the Mountain Campership Fund in 2017. Our camperships made it possible for 44 kids to experience the wonders of MountainCamp that may not have been able to do so without this support. The need for campership support is increasing for all age groups. Thank you to Mountain Findings Thrift Store in Highlands for its grant for camperships for local campers to participate.

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!

2018 MountainCamp Drawing

Win a gift certificate for one week of traditional camp – $625 value!

Beginning:  May 25, 2018
Drawing: Oct 15, 2018 The Mountain’s Birthday!

$60 for each ticket or $200 for 4
Winners will be notified by phone call and email within 24 hours.
For every $1500 we raise, we will draw another winning ticket

To enter the drawing:

  • Visit our main office while visiting The Mountain
  • Call 828-526-5838 to enter and pay with credit card over the phone
  • Send a check along with your name, address, phone and email to:

MountainCamp Drawing
PO Box 1299
Highlands, NC 28741

Make your tax-deductible gift today online at:


 

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

 

The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization EIN# 58-1396972. Donations are tax deductible as a charitable donation in accordance with tax regulations.

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!

 

 

 

 

Make your tax-deductible gift today:



 

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

The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center is a 501c3 nonprofit organization EIN# 58-1396972. Donations are tax deductible as a charitable donation in accordance with tax regulations.

Appreciation of Our Supporting Organizations

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

The Mountain Endowment Fund

Each year the Mountain Endowment Board makes a gift for a special project or purpose as their contribution to benefit The Mountain.

 

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.

 

 

 

The Feed a Bee initiative will create forage areas with a diversity of bee-attractant plants for honey bees. (PRNewsFoto/Bayer CropScience)

 

#FeedABee offers grants to create and sustain pollinator forage and habitat areas. The Mountain is fortunate to have received a 2017 grant for these purposes.

 

 

 

 

 

Mountain Findings Thrift Store in Highlands, NC supports The Mountain’s Campership Fund each year, enabling several local children and youth to enjoy the MountainCamp experience. We so appreciate Mountain Findings and their support of programs and organizations in the Highlands community!

 

Highlands Garden Club supports our High Altitude Mountain Meadow and environmental education programs with local school children. Live

Laurel Garden Club of Highlands, NC

 

The Live Oak UU Church Endowment Fund provided the grant funding for The Mountain to improve its accessibility by installing automatic door openers at six entrance points to the Mountain Lodge, lower Recreation Hall, Tree House auditorium, Heritage Hall by the Commons, and entrance to the Dining Hall.

Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church Endowment Fund