About the Capital Project and Campaign
What is the scope of the capital project?
The project entails new administrative space for our staff and new housing for our instructors. The new buildings will be situated on the current parking lot location. This location allows for centralized pick-up/drop-off and minimizes the number of vehicles on our campus thereby improving safety and traffic flow.
Why are you doing this campaign right now?
KSS has long needed investment in its capital infrastructure having operated out of aging facilities for years. The instructor housing is in cabins from the late 1800s, or cabins moved to our campus in the mid-1950s. All but one of the cabins is without running water. Our administrative space is also in cabins (two) with only one having running water. We’ve outgrown our administrative space after becoming an independent organization.
How did you arrive at the priorities for the campaign?
There are many capital needs at KSS and prioritizing them wasn’t easy. To do so, we reflected on what investments had already been made in the recent past. These improvements focused primarily on serving our participants (campers, teachers, students). Then, we surveyed the staff to understand what needs they saw as priorities. We reviewed staff retention data and housing information for the area. We also projected our year-round and seasonal staff growth to understand what our needs might be in the future. Finally, we shared the information and ideas with the board, and it was determined that the highest priorities were instructor housing and administrative space.
How will these projects contribute to the growth of KSS and be a benefit to KSS's participants?
These projects are an investment in the future of KSS as they serve to attract and retain the highest quality staff. With a strong staff team, KSS will achieve its goals to expand and grow to serve more youth and adults.
How are you maintaining the rustic camp image with these new facilities?
What is KSS going to do to preserve the character of the existing cabins?
KSS will keep ALL of its existing cabins but will transition them to different uses such as much-needed storage for curriculum and program supplies.
What is your timeline for completing these projects?
Construction is slated to begin in Spring 2018 with an estimated completion date in early 2019.
How much are you trying to raise in this campaign?
We are trying to raise at least $3.9M.
What happens if you don't meet your goal?
We’ve designed this campaign to ensure we don’t overstep our ability to fundraise. The flexibility of the project lies in how many instructor cabins we’re able to build.
How long will you be in this campaign?
We hope to have the fundraising portion of the campaign completed by the end of 2018. The silent phase (soliciting lead gifts and major gifts) took place in 2017 and early 2018 and our public phase began in mid-2018.
Who is on your campaign committee?
Are you asking for funds from outside Summit County?
Yes. Foundations and individual donors from outside of Summit County are an important part of our family of supporters.
How can I support the project? Can I make a pledge over a period of years?