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


Guest Donation

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.

Here is what your gifts made possible at The Mountain in 2018:

  • Improved accessibility by installing new automatic door openers for Dining Hall, Lodge, and Tree House, as well as additional ramps and railings.
  • Over $11,000 in camperships for 35 children and youth to attend MountainCamp 2018
  • Repair and resurfacing of Ring Road by the cabins and bunkhouses.
  • New flooring, kitchen appliances, and bathroom improvements in the Emerson unit.
  • Craft Barn supplies for MountainCamp through an Amazon Wish List
  • Renewal of Cabin 10 duplex–including new flooring, box springs, medicine cabinets, lighting, flush toilets, paint/stain, and curtains.
  • Renovated meeting space in White Oak, with fresh paint, flooring, and electrical improvements.

Funding in 2019

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 plan to accomplish in 2019:

  • More cabins and bunk house renovations–new floors, mattresses, furnishings, reading lamps, dehumidifiers, basic repairs and noise barriers between duplex rooms.
  • 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 a new Living Learning Laboratory classroom space and farm office, including internet, electricity service, and equipment.

Mountain Campership Fund–$4,000 Matching Challenge is underway!

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 & Vendors


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


The Mountain Endowment Fund

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


Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock awarded a generous grant to the UU Alliance of Camps & Conference Centers, which was divided among the UUACCC members in 2018.

The Mountain received $9,820 from this grant for the purpose of repaving the Ring Road at the top, which provides the main roadway access for most of the cabins and bunkhouses, Tree House, and the back parking lot for the Commons and Dining Hall.



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.


The Laurel Garden Club of Highlands, NC awarded The Mountain a 2018 grant for more plantings for the Mountain Meadow and for a kiosk to be installed near the Meadow. The kiosk will feature displays and information about our unique environment and sustainable agricultural practices.


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.


We appreciate these vendors and businesses for their services, discounts, and supports provided throughout the year:




Much of our graphic design and local printing is done by Happy Jack Graphics in Clayton, GA. This includes our Annual Reports and Mountain Brochure.



Gooder Grafix, Inc., Franklin, NC provides the wooden and metal plaques for our donor recognition boards and Memorial Garden.


Printing Center USA has offered us a discounted printing cost for our 40th year calendar, featuring an array of beautiful Mountain photos for all to enjoy. Printing Center USA

prints calendars, greeting cards, and postcards.



PR Promotions, LLC   is a promotional product distributor and proud member of the Advertising Specialty Institute, and has provided The Mountain with customized ribbons, pins, tee shirts, and other items carried in our Mountain Store.