The Firs Camps & Retreats
SUPPORT THE FIRS
HELP US TO CONTINUE OVER 95 YEARS OF MINISTRY!
The programs and sites so unique to The Firs wouldn’t exist if not for the support and partnership of our volunteers and donors. There are many opportunities for you to be part of The Firs’ ministry. Whether offering a few hours of time or becoming a major donor to advance us toward the future, each person is highly valued and appreciated.
Giving to the Whole Organization
Giving to the General Fund at The Firs does not involve a specific designation. The gifts to this fund go directly towards covering operational expenses of the whole organization. You can choose to give a one-time gift to the “G/F” or you can give on a regular basis throughout the year. We can set you up with a monthly electronic funds transfer from your checking or savings account or PayPal can charge your gift to your credit card (Visa or MasterCard).
While this does not appear to be a very glamorous designation for your gift, giving to the General Fund is extremely beneficial to The Firs and supports every aspect of our ministry. Monthly, semi-annual, or year-end contributions are a few of the ways to give to the General Fund.
Beyond our operational expenses at The Firs are our needs for facility improvements. These are an ongoing necessity at each of our ministry centers. These capital projects include such matters as furnace replacements, new roofs, vehicle acquisitions, kitchen equipment, new waterfront toys and much more. Since projects come from lists that are always being added to constantly, improvement funds have been established to deal with this flow of project needs. If you are interested in supporting The Firs by directing your gift towards one or another Improvement Fund (Firwood, Fircreek, Retreat Center, Chalet and ASA) then projects will be taken care of one at a time as prioritized and as funds are available.
Keeping Camp Affordable
One of our primary concerns at The Firs is to do all that we can do to keep camp affordable and not just available to the wealthy. We do this by relying on contributions to our General Fund and, therefore, subsidizing the growing expenses of our programs. But for many still, that is not enough. So, we have established a Campership Fund to serve as a means for parents who can’t afford to send their kids to camp to have the opportunity to do just that. Through this fund, we are able to disburse $25–50,000 per year, but the needs are much greater. Contributions to this fund go directly to helping get these kids to camp.
Other Ways to Support The Firs
Firs Golf Marathon
A Fun Way to Support the Ministry of The Firs
The goal of The Firs Golf Marathon is to raise funds to support the ministries of The Firs in a fun and creative way. By combining the love of a game and the fun of playing it all day long with a wide network of people – a substantial amount of money can be raised in a unique and relatively short period of time.
Golf, therefore, takes on a new meaning as every swing of the club directly raises funds to help us provide a quality camping experience for thousands of kids. The Golf Marathon takes place annually in May. For information on upcoming events at The Firs, see our Events page.
The Firs Auction
Benefiting All The Firs Ministries
Enjoy an evening of great food, delectable desserts and lively bidding on a host of fabulous items. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the ministries and programs of Camp Firwood, Fircreek Day Camp, the Retreat Center, ASA and the Chalet. The Auction takes place annually, each fall. For information on upcoming events at The Firs, see our Events page.
Ways to Give
After making your online donation, you will receive an electronic tax receipt which will be sent to the email address that you provide.
DONATIONS BY MAIL:
Print THIS FORM, fill it out, and mail it to the address below.
Please make your check payable to The Firs and send it to:
4605 Cable Street
Bellingham, Washington 98229
Canadian online donations will be processed in US funds. Go here to make an ONLINE DONATION.
CANADIAN DONATIONS BY MAIL:
To make a donation in Canadian funds and receive a tax receipt, please mail your Canadian check to:
The Firs Fellowship of BC
PO Box 4383
Vancouver, BC V6B 3Z8
Electronic Funds Transfer
As a donor you will find giving via EFT will:
- Save you time by eliminating the need to write out checks
- Reduce the expense of mailing in donations
- Assure that your donation is received consistently
The Firs recommends giving via EFT because it helps to reduce administrative costs and provides consistent support for the ministry. Thank you for considering the EFT option as a way to partner with us in this manner.
If this is something you are interested in, please feel free to call Marc Watson with questions or for more information: 360-733-6840 or 800-765-3477, ext. 215.
Bequests & Retirement Account Gifts
We are privileged to work with many friends who are committed to being good stewards of all that God has provided them, and who are generous toward the ministry of The Firs. We are grateful for you.
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In Support of The Firs
Since its inception, the ministries of The Firs have been supported and grown by the generous gifts of friends whose lives have been touched at one or more of our facilities and programs.
Today about 7% of our operating budget and nearly all of our capital or building projects are funded by regular gifts, pledges and donations. Each year hundreds of people give to our ministry as they believe the Lord is directing them.
While cash gifts are essential they are not the only way to give. Some folks make a bequest to The Firs in their estate plan or add The Firs as a life insurance policy beneficiary. Some name The Firs in their trust or may establish a gift annuity contract. Others give a gift of stocks, bonds, mutual funds or even tangible items such as property, land, automobiles or boats.