One Donor’s Story
Local businesswoman Drenda Vijuk continues to lead the way in her support of the Barnabas’ Campaign for Sustainability Endowment Fund. Recently, she took time from her busy schedule and related her story and philosophy of giving. Barnabas Center is so thankful for donors and supporters like Ms. Vijuk, because of her understanding and appreciation of the Barnabas Mission.
Take a moment to view her remarks: Drenda’s Story
The Campaign for Sustainability Endowment Fund
Five local shops on historic Centre St came together in April to raise funds for the Barnabas Center’s Campaign for Sustainability Endowment Fund. From L to R: John Lecker, Lori Lecker, Barnabas CEO Wanda Lanier, Drenda Vijuk and Carlin Catanzaro hold a check with the total donation of $17, 257.
Latest Fundraiser a SUCCESS!
Thanks to the collaboration and community spirit of five local retailers, one very generous donor, and the positive power of retail therapy, more than $17,000 was raised in support of Barnabas Center’s Campaign for Sustainability. This fundraiser, held on April 27th, consisted of a 10 percent of donation of the day’s sales by the owners/operators of five stores located on historic Centre St: Lori+Lulu, Art on Centre, JJ Cooper, Pearl and The Picnic Basket. The owner of The Picnic Basket, Drenda Vijuk, also made a matching donation equal to the net sales of all five retailers for the day
This is the second donation Drenda Vijuk has made in support of Barnabas’ Campaign for Sustainability which has a goal of $1.5 million to support the Barnabas Endowment Fund. This will allow Barnabas to continue to offer Nassau County residents crisis assistance, medical, dental and other needed services, far into the future. The fund will be invested and the earned interest will support the many critical services Barnabas provides to our community.
Financial management of the Barnabas Endowment Fund is handled by the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida, which has more than 50 years of experience, and deep roots in our region’s nonprofit sector.
“Barnabas has always impressed me as being well run, but also having compassion for those who are struggling. So, it was an easy choice for me to make this gift to Barnabas. We are all here only a short time, but an endowment lasts forever”, Drenda Vijuk explained.
While the recent fundraiser was a success, there’s still a large amount to be raised There are numerous ways individuals and families can offer support to the campaign, such as gifts of cash, stocks & bonds and real estate. Other gifts can be made in the form of IRAs, will and bequests, life insurance and gift annuities.
The Honorary Co-Chairs discuss our Campaign for Sustainment Endowment Fund.
The Need in Nassau County
In the 30 years since Barnabas Center was founded, our Crisis Assistance Program has doubled in size, our Food Program has grown to the largest in Nassau County and our Medical and Dental programs are serving increasing numbers of uninsured patients. This Campaign for Sustainability Endowment fund was created to provide a safety net to weather future unforeseen events and circumstances, such as funding gaps, economic variances, unanticipated drop-offs in donations and annual giving, natural disasters and unexpected new needs of the community.
What exactly IS an Endowment?
An Endowment is similar to a savings account. The endowment funds are invested and Barnabas Center only utilizes the annual interest, 4-5 percent on average. The principle is never touched. The link below will explain this in greater detail.
Barnabas Sustainability 2017
How do I help?
There are numerous ways to help support our Endowment Fund including pledging/making current gifts and planning for future estate/will gifts. This endowment fund is managed by the Community Foundation of NE Florida. Please click on these links to access commitment forms.
We work hard to be good stewards of the money we receive, and are proud to have achieved and maintained Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for ten consecutive years, a distinction accomplished by only 1% of U.S. non-profit organizations.
Learn more about how Charity Navigator views our finances here.
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