There are many ways to give to Agawam, and your contributions make a very real difference. Agawam uses unrestricted donations where they are needed most, or you may designate your donation to support a specific need.
The majority of Agawam’s current fundraising supports our campership programs: the Main Idea, which provides a free week of the Agawam experience to over 100 Maine boys each summer, and Camp Agawam Camperships, which provide camp experiences for the 7-week season to over 20 boys each summer, including at least six boys from Maine.
Gifts may be made without restriction, designated for a specific purpose, or directed to one of our Endowed Funds. In order for a gift to count toward the current fiscal year and for you to be recognized in our annual report, be sure that your gift arrives prior to September 30th.
Checks should be made payable to “Agawam Council” and sent to:
6 Fundy Rd, Suite 100
Falmouth, ME 04105
Credit cards may be used to make donations online via our primary giving page .
Agawam welcomes gifts of securities. Please inform Agawam of the transfer so that we may properly account for your gift. Contact “Lt” Mike Bensen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 627-4780.
Account: Fidelity X50-173738, registered to Agawam Council
The gift value of the securities is the mean of the high and low price on the date of receipt (date of wire transfer or date of postmark if mailed).
Deferred gifts and bequest intentions are deeply appreciated. If you are interested in making a provision for a gift to Agawam in your will or through an insurance policy or retirement annuity, please visit the Hiawatha Society page or contact “Lt” Mike Bensen for more details.
These gifts provide support for Agawam through the donation of goods or services. Donations of goods and services are deeply appreciated and are a great help in improving our operating budget. If you have skills to share or items you would like to donate to Agawam, please contact us to discuss whether we might be able to make good use of them.
Here is our current “wish list”:
- Small enclosed trailer with cover for trips
- Gator-style maintenance/all-terrain vehicle
- Small dump truck (1 to 2 ton)
- Maintenance tools: drills, skill saw, radial arm saw, table saw, bits, hammers, screwdrivers
- Ratchet sets
- Committee boat for sailing regattas
- Wood chipper
- Floor jack
- Hydraulic jacks
- Fiberglass ladders – 6ft, 8ft, 10ft
- Small utility trailer
- Computers for Office use for seasonal staff
- 35mm film cameras
- Prize items for the annual Golf Marathon
- Food, drinks, snacks for the annual Golf Marathon
- Pontoon boat for fishing
Employer Matching Gifts allow donors to increase their gift amount. Please check with your human resources office about whether your gift qualifies for your company’s matching gift program.
If you wish to make a gift in memory or in honor of a relative or loved one, please send details with your gift or contact us for more information.
About our Endowed Funds
Agawam Council has established a number of endowments and special funds.
The Main Idea and Campership Endowment
The Main Idea and Campership Endowment is intended to supplement annual fundraising to support the Camp Agawam Campership Program and the Main Idea at Camp Agawam. Incorporated within this endowment are various named funds, including:
- Elmer and Mary Bartels Campership Fund
- Governor Mason Memorial Fund
- Emily C. McCampbell Memorial Campership Fund
- Sandra Campbell Memorial Fund
The Mary W. Gregg Endowment for Leadership Enhancement
Established in 1998, this fund provides grants to allow Agawam alumni to engage in training or other experiences that will enhance their leadership abilities, particularly with children in an outdoor setting.
The Preservation Trust
Funds from the Preservation Trust, designated to help preserve the Agawam environment and program viability, have allowed us to purchase over 60 acres of adjacent open land, to professionally plan the future of Agawam and its governance, and to embark on a comprehensive tree planting program.
If you are interested in learning more about these or other funds, or have a gift in mind that you would like to designate, please contact “Lt” Mike Bensen (email@example.com or (207) 627-4780).
The Hiawatha Society
The Hiawatha Society recognizes alumni, parents, grandparents, and friends who have established planned gift arrangements with Agawam or included Agawam in their estate plans. There is no minimum gift, and there are many ways to join.
Here are some quotes from current members of the Hiawatha Society:
Agawam has been part of my life for over 30 years. It is strong community that is built on an inspired mission with strong, lasting values. The Hiawatha Society allows me to play a small part in sustaining Agawam so the great work done by the organization can continue into the future.
Our estate planning reflects a final ‘thank you’ to institutions which had a major impact both on our lives and those of our children. Agawam was on our initial list and was one of three remaining at the end of the day.
There are a variety of ways to invest in Agawam’s future with a planned gift:
- Include Agawam Council in a will or estate plan.
- Name Agawam Council as a beneficiary of a charitable lead trust, life insurance policy, retirement plan, or mutual fund.
- Establish a life income gift such as pooled-income fund or charitable remainder trust. Charitable gift annuities can be arranged through Agawam’s partnership with the Maine Community Foundation.
If you are interested in joining the Hiawatha Society, establishing a charitable gift annuity or have questions, please contact “Lt.” Mike Bensen (firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 627-4780).
Thank you for considering an investment in Agawam’s future!
Agawam Council is an IRS 501 (c)(3) organization, incorporated as a non-profit in Maine.
Our Employer Identification Number is 22-2577250.