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We Met the 2012 "Big Challenge" Capital Campaign for
The Beaver Island Community Center
At the Heart of a Good Community

Here's How!
Generous donors stepped up to the Welter Foundation challenge grant and took it "over the top" on December 14th. Just one day before the grant deadline, several donations came in to raise the total amount of gifts received to $506,000.

This extraordinary giving leveraged the Welter Foundation's full $1,000,000 Challenge Grant and let the Center end 2012 debt-free with a $165,000 endowment at the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. What an accomplishment. What a gift!

What Next?
Now free of principal and interest payments, the Center's future is sustainable and able to continue serving its three "communities"—its seasonal residents, visitors, and small but hardy band of year-rounders. But it must sustain a healthy base of operating support in order to thrive as an enjoyment and source of pride for the community.

Operating Support!
The Center's annual membership request to households and businesses is its major source of operating revenue. Other operating income comes from the sale of Center goods and services, event fees, occasional small grants, and PABI fund-raisers. NO taxes are levied for Center support—and as a small 501 (c)3 on a remote Lake Michigan Island—we need and treasure every B I Community Center Member.

PABI cancelled its Annual Giving Request for Community Center operations last year to focus solely on its Capital Campaign. Now, with that "Big Challenge" successfully completed, our annual request for operating support is underway. Generous donors made the Center debt-free last year, but we had to slight its operating budget. Without its usual base of support for heating, lighting, staffing, maintenance, and special activities—we were stretched. Only careful management, a few event reductions, and tireless effort by many volunteers—enabled the Center to succeed in 2012. But renewed help with operating expenses is needed for 2013.

Annual Giving Donations from households and businesses are the Center's major source of operating revenue. Other income comes from the sale of Center goods and services, event fees, occasional small grants, and PABI fund-raisers. But NO taxes are levied for Center support, and as a small 501(c)3 on a remote Lake Michigan Island—we treasure every contributing member.

MEMBERS of the Beaver Island Community Center make charitable donations that help the Center succeed on a tax-free basis. They give in various ways—such as:
· Cash donations for events and operations;
· Volunteer work time for Center oversight and services;
· Auction items for fund-raising;
· Time and talent for special performances; and
· Products and services that improve the building (e.g., flowers, paint, Christmas trees, decorations, exterior pest control, carpet cleaning, sidewalk clearing, and so on)

In Return, Beaver Island Community Center "MEMBERS" get:
· The gratitude of Center staff and Island residents and visitors;
· A Beaver Island Community Center decal for their car, scooter, or bicycle;
· Early notice of events—with reserved seating that can be paid for at the performance;
· Name recognition in the Center (unless anonymity is requested); and,
· Knowledge that you enhance the quality of life for Beaver Island residents and visitors.

The summer of 2013 marks the 5th year the Center will have served the Island public—so it will offer a number of fun and memorable anniversary celebrations, while also conducting a "review and re-envisioning" of Center events and services. The goal is to ensure high quality operations that are responsive to the interests and needs of summer residents, visitors, and our small but hardy year-round population.

To join and become an official "MEMBER" of the Island Community Center—As a Friend, Supporter, Partner, or Patron—please call 231.448.2022 or contact any PABI board member if you would like to help, have any questions, or would like more information.

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