Annual Fund


The Glisson Annual Fund gives you the opportunity to support Glisson's overall ministry, and gives Glisson staff the flexibility to use funds in the area of greatest need at any given time.  Gifts to the Annual Fund can be used for a wide range of initiatives, including:

  • Campership Fund, offering assistance to families of Village, Outpost and Sparrowwood campers
  • Facility improvements
  • Capital projects
  • Endowment
  • Camp operations
  • Program enhancements

The fees paid by summer campers and retreat guests, alongside apportionment support from North Georgia United Methodist churches, meet the direct costs of Glisson operations. Your ongoing support for the Annual Fund will allow Glisson to make improvements to property and program, and to extend camperships to kids not otherwise able to attend … reducing the need to increase fees to do so.

Donors who have recently completed their pledges to our Serving Generations capital campaign are encouraged to transition their Glisson support from the campaign to the Annual Fund. Ongoing operational support is always needed to fund the various aspects of the Glisson ministry.

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The Circle of 100


Several years ago, Thelma Childers had an idea. Thelma and her husband Bill had been Glisson supporters for many years, and together they pondered, "What if we had 100 people giving $100 per month to Glisson? Just imagine what we could achieve together!"

Thelma's idea eventually became known as the Circle of 100. Membership in the Circle is based on the concept of supporting the Glisson Annual Fund with the equivalent of $1,200 or more annually.

The Circle of 100

Friends of Glisson $1,200 - $1,924
The 1925 Society $1,925 - $4,999
Creek Hikers $5,000 - $9,999
Mountain Climbers $10,000 and above
 

Additional giving levels

Camper Circle $100 - $299
Counselor Circle $300 - $699
Staff Circle $700 - $1,199

 


 

Sponsor a Counselor


With a pledge of $1,600 to the Annual Fund, you will sponsor a specific counselor for this summer. This gift will underwrite the summer stipend for the counselor you will be sponsoring, and giving at this level will qualify you for membership in the Circle of 100.

In return for your sponsorship, you will receive:

  • a photo of your sponsored counselor
  • full biographical information
  • his or her email address
  • a personal note from the counselor you've sponsored
  • membership in the Friends of Glisson level within the Circle of 100 
  • contact with your sponsored counselor, including emails, letters and care packages, will be encouraged

Gifts of any size can help to sponsor a counselor. Just indicate "sponsor a counselor" in the memo line of your check, or in the comment section of your on-line gift, and your gift will be combined with others to support our dedicated summer staff.

Giving groups, such as youth groups, Sunday school classes, alumni groups and civic organizations, are encouraged to combine resources and sponsor a counselor together as a team pledge. Individuals may also consider approaching civic groups, churches and foundations as partners in their sponsorship.

 

Sponsor a Living Group


A living group includes 12 campers and two counselors. You can sponsor an entire living group this summer with a pledge to the Annual Fund in the amount of $5,100. This amount covers the cost of one week of camp for all 12 campers in the Living Group, and the weekly stipend for the two counselors in that group. 

Giving at this level will qualify you at the Creek Hikers level in the Circle of 100. Sponsorship includes an invitation from the Camp Director to visit camp during the summer season. During your visit, you will:

  • attend chapel
  • participate in a living group activity
  • have lunch with a living group in the Dining Hall
  • be taken on a tour of camp by a staff member

You will receive a thank-you plaque with a picture of your Glisson living group.

Giving groups, such as youth groups, Sunday school classes, alumni affinity groups and civic organizations, are encouraged to combine resources and sponsor a living group together as a team pledge. Individuals may also consider approaching civic groups, churches and foundations as partners in their sponsorship.

 

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Sponsor a Camper


Another way to support Glisson's annual operations is through gifts to the Glisson Campership Fund. The Sponsor-a-Camper program involves campership gifts of $510 which covers the base cost of sending one camper to summer camp.

Gifts of any size can help sponsor a camper. Just indicate "sponsor a camper" in the memo line of your check, or in the comment section of your on-line gift, and your gift to the Campership Fund will be combined with others to help make summer camp more affordable for children and youth whose families may be experiencing financial difficulties.

 

"Lainey loves Glisson Camp & Retreat Center. She says it is her most favorite place in the world."

Jennifer, parent of a 14-year-old Sparrowwood camper