ECCC’s mission is to sustain and enhance the ministry of all camps and conference centers of the Episcopal Church, by nurturing professional growth, developing current and future leaders; fostering excellence at member centers, strengthening support among leaders of centers, and advocating widely for camp and retreat ministry.
If your Facebook algorithm is anything like mine, you may have seen this sweet (as in precious moreso than rad) print floating around. I can so imagine it hanging in staff housing, or would love to see a postcard size for sending mid-year messages to campers.
To write a compelling value proposition for your nonprofit, you need to understand what motivates people to act on the problem you are trying to solve. Use this knowledge and your mission statement as the starting points for your value proposition.
The Darwin Convention Centre launched a Seven Seasons menu, designed as a culinary journey inspired by the Gulumoerrgin (Larrakia) Seasons. The Larrakia people are the traditional owners of the region. The menu provides guests the opportunity to experience the dramatic changes of the Gulumoerrgin seasons and the corresponding impact these changes have on the sights, sounds, landscape and natural habitat.
The donation page is probably the most important part of your webpage and online fundraising strategy. Online donations are constantly growing; designing a donation page that converts should be one of your top priorities.
I stumbled upon this article while looking for one I read a few months ago on Adventure Journal about what John Muir really meant by that old "outdoor adventure” adage, “The mountains are calling and I must go.”
Perhaps because so much of the leadership in our Episcopal camps and conference centers is by lay people, I’ve been particularly aware lately of movements and reflections that are navigating the spaces between clergy and lay. There’s the ongoing discussion around pension parity, and this piece from Samantha Haycock (who, it just so happens, will be our Annual Conference chaplain) on Valuing the Vocation of Lay Ministers.
Changes to the tax code have made many of us in the non-profit world anxious: Without a tax incentive, will individuals be as inclined to donate? The first data is in.
Here's a breakdown of some of the giving changes from 2017 to 2018:
Giving by individuals dropped 1.1%, or 3.4% when adjusted for inflation.
Corporate giving increased 5.4% (2.9% adjusted).
Foundation giving increased 7.3% (4.7% adjusted).
Specific fields that saw decreased giving include religion, education, human services, and giving to foundations and public society benefit organizations. Health as well as arts, culture, and humanities saw small increases in nominal dollars which translated to a slight decrease when adjusted for inflation.
Equity recognizes that not only do we vary demographically, but not all individuals start from the same place. Some have a head start and more influence than others. Equity assigns the same intrinsic value to each person. Every voice matters, and every voice has weight. Equity is the intentional modeling of a just working environment, one that is self-aware and self-sustaining, engaged in challenging intentional and unintentional forms of bias and discrimination while promoting wholesome, fair alternatives.
We were honored to have Presiding Bishop Michael Curry as our first keynote speaker at 2019’s Annual Conference, and moved by what he had to say — as in, “ready to get moving!” Watch the video of his keynote address here.
In partnership with the Claggett Center and Diocese of Maryland, for 2020, ECCC will offer five full scholarships and 20 partial scholarships (accommodations and meals; the remaining balance will be $200) to the Annual Conference.
These scholarships are available to self-identifying members of underrepresented or marginalized populations, currently serving, or interested in serving, in rising leadership positions at an Episcopal summer camp, retreat center, or conference center. We invite you to consider with intentionality the members of your staff and community who may be interested in, contribute to, and benefit from attending ECCC’s Annual Conference, and support them in applying and attending.
Are you ready to let compassion and love take root in your staff community? Explore the connection between our spiritual call to unconditional love and our responsibility as organizational leaders. Practical tools and consistent strategies for building, growing and integrating a compassionate and loving work culture will be coupled with lively discussion and an interactive learning environment.
You may know that I have a 5-year old son, Jude. As I type this, he is throwing a tennis ball against the outside fence, having already “helped” with my work this morning — you should see how organized these stacks of paper are! I’ve never been a clock-in and clock-out kind of professional, a characteristic cemented after nine years of both working and living at Camp Stevens — because there’s nothing clock-in and clock-out about non-profit, summer camp, or retreat center work. (Can I get an Amen?)