In 2015, SCLA's Board of Directors worked to create a sustainable revenue stream to support the mission of the association. We believed, and still believe the best way to do this is to raise and manage an endowment fund that will generate sufficient annual returns to provide consistent revenues to fund our efforts. We also decided that it is essential to have emergency funds available in the likely event of an environmental emergency such as invasive species that will require immediate and expensive mitigation. The resulting "Preserve and Protect Fundraising Campaign" was designed with a $1.2 million goal to meet both long term and emergency needs of Spider Lake.
In 2016 The Board of Directors converted the "Preserve and Protect Fundraising Campaign" to the Preserve & Protect Annual Giving Program, with the same objectives: to raise both endowment and emergency reserve funds to create a financially sustainable lake association. All members are encouraged to contribute annually to preserve and protect this irreplaceable resource for future generations. We hope for 100% participation by our members. As of June 30, 2018, only 50% of SCLA members have contributed. If you love the lake, and value your time here, please consider making a meaningful gift to support our mission activities.
Our initial $1.2 million, when raised will be invested as follows:
ENDOWMENT MANAGEMENTThe Endowment is intended to provide long term financial support to the association. The key elements of the investment strategy are capital preservation, return on investment, and a perpetual horizon. The Endowment Investment Policy Statement was developed to provide an expected annual real return over the long term (i.e.: >20 years) that exceeds the annual Spending Policy of 3%. In order to smooth the impact of market volatility, the 3% Spending is calculated over a rolling 5 year average of the market value of the fund. The Endowment is invested in a diversified portfolio of no-load, low cost, high quality mutual funds in a 65% equities/35% fixed income strategy.
EMERGENCY/Operating RESERVE FUND MANAGEMENTThe Investment Policy Statement for the Emergency/Operating Reserve Fund was developed to provide funds to combat environmental issues (ie: AIS mitigation and prevention) that impact the Spider Chain of Lakes. It is invested entirely in fixed income instruments and has daily liquidity.
Your gifts will be used solely for the purpose of meeting our mission of Preserving and Protecting our lakes and watershed.
Your gifts are split between the Reserve and Endowment funds: 1/3 to Reserve Fund, 2/3 to Endowment Fund unless you direct otherwise.
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