Clayton, NY (June 3, 2011) – Today, Save The River announced the launch of a significant fundraising campaign and the beginning of a building and expansion project. Save The River’s From the Founders to the Future…A Campaign to Enhance River Protection fundraising campaign will raise $700,000 to support the expansion and renovation of Save The River’s offices, provide seed funding for program growth, and begin an endowment-like Legacy Fund.
As part of the campaign kick-off, Save The River publicly announced the lead campaign gift of $100,000 from Dan & Peggy LeKander. The generous gift is the largest single gift the organization has received in its 30-plus year history. To date, fifty-seven donors have contributed a total of nearly $580,000 to the campaign, reaching more than 80% of the fundraising goal.
“We have been overwhelmed at the positive response to our initial fundraising efforts and are thrilled to kick-off the final phase of this campaign. We are so appreciative of the generous support from Dan & Peggy LeKander and the many other River community members who have recognized the critical need to expand Save The River’s advocacy and education programs,” noted Edward (Teddy) C. McNally, President of the Save The River Board of Directors.
“We purchased our home at the river in 1983 and as the years progressed we became more and more concerned about the viability of the river ecosystem. Last year we learned about the Founders to the Future Campaign being launched by Save the River with the goal of enhancing river protection. With their mission “to protect and preserve the ecological integrity of the Upper St. Lawrence River through advocacy, education, and research”, we felt that contributing to the Save The River campaign was the perfect way to participate in protecting the St. Lawrence for future generations,” stated Dan and Peggy LeKander.
Through a detailed strategic planning process several years ago, Save The River’s Board of Directors and staff identified the need to expand its advocacy and education programming. However, Save The River’s current office space in downtown Clayton barely fits existing staff members, meeting space, and a busy information center. To meet Save The River’s space needs and set the stage for future program growth, the Board of Directors launched the From the Founders to the Future…A Campaign to Enhance River protection. Funds raised through the campaign will be used in three areas:
- Seed Money for Program Growth – Over the next three to five years an additional two and half staff members will be added, which will enable Save The River to expand its growing environmental education and citizen monitoring programs, expand its advocacy and outreach programs to all communities on the Upper St. Lawrence River, and strengthen current advocacy programs.
- Building Expansion & Renovation – Save The River contracted Grater Architects to design an addition for the organizations’ historic office space, which will roughly double the square footage, and include energy efficient renovations on the current structure. The new space will provide additional office and meeting space. The existing office will remain as the Save The River information center and storefront.
- Seed Money for a Legacy Fund – The Board of Directors strongly feel that there will always need to be a Save The River to watch, protect, and promote the River. Campaign funds will be used to start a Legacy Fund, which is an endowment-like fund, to increase the organization’s financial stability and reduce reliance on external funding streams over the long term.
Construction on the expansion and renovation of Save The River’s historic office space in downtown Clayton will begin in early June. Save The River is working with Grater Architects and Goutremout Brothers Construction to design and create a structure that, to the fullest extent possible, becomes a model for green building practices in the St. Lawrence River valley and North Country.
Save The River will be blogging about progress on the building project and campaign status via its website www.savetheriver.org.
For more information, contact Jennifer J. Caddick, Save The River Executive Director at (315) 686-2010 or (315) 767-2802.