What is Ruthmere Forever?
"Ruthmere Forever" is a dynamic giving program that supports Ruthmere Campus programs today while also building sustainability for the future. When you participate with a Ruthmere Forever gift, you ensure that the history, art and culture that you have come to love at Ruthmere will continue for generations to come.
- THE DILEMMA: HOW TO BUILD ENDOWMENT WHILE MEETING CURRENT PROGRAM NEEDS.
Every organization, including Ruthmere, wants to be sustainable for the FUTURE, but at the same time requires support to fulfill their mission NOW. Successfully achieving both goals simultaneously is a daunting challenge.
- RUTHMERE FOREVER PROGRAM STRUCTURE
Ruthmere has developed a creative solution to solve this dilemma. The Ruthmere Forever program consists of:
Ruthmere Forever Sustaining Donations (green slice of pie)
Community Foundation of Elkhart County Match, aka CFEC Match (pink slice of pie)
Ruthmere Forever Challenge Match Contributions (blue slice of pie)
- Ruthmere Forever Sustaining Donations support Ruthmere's long term financial health. The IMPACT of these donations is LEVERAGED through the 25% match from the CFEC. Ruthmere Forever Sustaining Donations (minimum of $100) are made to the CFEC Ruthmere Forever Endowed Funds which are managed by the CFEC.
- The CFEC Match provides a 25% match to all Ruthmere Forever Sustaining Donations made into Ruthmere Forever Endowed Funds.
- Ruthmere Forever Challenge Match Contributions directly support Ruthmere's current program needs. These contributions are given with the donor intent to be used to the maximum benefit of Ruthmere Campus, and are designated when the gift is made as part of the "Ruthmere Forever Challenge Match Pool." By designating these gifts for the RF Challenge Match Pool, they can also be LEVERAGED for use as public grant match support, or for community partner "challenge match support," which go toward a variety of projects and programs that keep Ruthmere thriving today. There are no restrictions on the amounts of Ruthmere Forever Challenge Match contributions. These contributions are made directly to Ruthmere.
- HOW IT WORKS IN TWO SENTENCES
1. Ruthmere Forever Sustaining Donors make their donations payable to the CFEC toward a Ruthmere Forever endowed fund, thereby earning an immediate 25% match from the CFEC into that same fund. The Ruthmere Forever endowed funds grow to produce financial health and long-term sustainability.
2. Ruthmere Forever Challenge Match Contributions support current Ruthmere Campus programs either as direct financial support, OR as public match support for grant-funded or challenge match-funded projects and programs.
THE CHOICE IS YOURS!
Through the dynamic flexible giving structure of Ruthmere Forever, you can help solved the problem of simultaneously achieving long-term financial sustainability and fulfilling the current needs of thriving public programs.