“Padilla Bay Foundation Fall Newsletter”

August 2020                                                                                                                         

    A Busy Bunch:  Your Padilla Bay Foundation has been fortunate to adjust plans and activities and operate briskly during these challenging times. Most importantly, Board members have developed a new Strategic Plan with many action steps – both near and longer term.  The final, approved document will be available on our website in the very near future!  Here we were – almost one year ago – beginning the planning process.

Board training is important for ensuring a capable and enthused group and our Finance Committee along with our bookkeeper recently held three ZOOM sessions to be sure everyone is well versed about the various financial reports we use.  

Managing grants that support programs at the Reserve is a big part of what the Foundation does. We apply for grants such as a recent proposal to the America Honda Foundation for broadening educational opportunities to a more diverse audience. We also administer grants – such as a recent award from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to continue teacher training about climate change.  

Speaking of grants – your Padilla Bay Foundation is one of many such non-profits that support the various National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRS). An “umbrella” non-profit organization – the NERR Association – provides much assistance to us and recently awarded us two grants for their professional help.  One is for website enhancement and the other for establishing a Planned Giving program to enhance our fundraising capacity. You’ll be seeing results from those efforts later this year.

Thinking of Planned Giving? Consider including the Padilla Bay Foundation in your financial planning. We recently received a much-appreciated substantial donation through planned giving.  

Amazon Smile! If you will shop with Amazon Smile and select the Padilla Bay Foundation as your charity of choice, we will receive a small portion of your purchase cost. Every little bit helps – spread the word!

This brings us smiles:  Here is a recent Thank You from the Reserve AmeriCorps research assistant, Holly Young. Your Foundation provided funds to Holly for help with her Graduate school application process. It is a great feeling to be able to help – and so good for our future. Thanks to all of you who donate and provide the  membership dues that allow us to help in this way.

A mid-year email and US Mail fund drive replaced our cancelled Taste at Padilla Bay Gala this year.  More than 50 of you contributed and we raised in excess of $6000!  Big thanks for supporting this worthwhile cause.

Lastly, Kay Reinhardt – who served as our Administrative Officer for many, many years and contributed so much to the Foundation – has left us and is moving on to other pursuits. She will be missed in so many ways and you are encouraged to send her your good will.

Would you share your talents and skills to support the programs of the Reserve? Foundation members and others within the community are invited to help the board pursue its goals and initiatives by serving on a committee or taskforce. Please contact us if you will offer your ideas and help to improve our website, communications, gift shop merchandising, and fundraising efforts.

The Padilla Bay Foundation’s mission is to provide supplemental funding to support the activities of the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.  Grassroots involvement of our members is the core of the Foundation’s commitment to protecting our estuaries and supporting the Reserve. Members of the Foundation contribute directly to environmental education, stewardship and research at Washington State’s only National Estuarine Research Reserve – one of 29 in the nation. If not already, please consider becoming a member or making a donation to help support our work

Thank You All – the Padilla Bay Foundation Board of Directors

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