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Gifts to Cope Environmental Center support efforts to improve the local environment, enhance environmental education opportunities for the local community, and promote responsible resource use throughout our region! Every gift makes environmental education more affordable, more accessible, and more effective for participants. We charge our students and community a fraction of the actual cost of programming, so that we can continue to provide high quality, relevant programs for an affordable price. From the public schools of Connersville to the Mayor’s office of Richmond, your contributions make the environment a priority in our communities!
We wish to extend a special thank you to the local foundations who continue to support the work of Cope Environmental Center through significant investment in our annual programs and special projects:
Stamm Kochlein Family Foundation– The Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation actively serves the communities of our board members, especially Richmond, Indiana and the surrounding areas. We support non-profit community organizations that enhance the vitality of the community, especially for young people. Our goal is to build, strengthen and sustain community life by bringing opportunity to youth.
Wayne County Foundation- The Wayne County, Indiana, Foundation, Inc. exists to foster and encourage private philanthropic giving, to enhance the spirit of community and to improve the quality of life in the Wayne County, Indiana, area now and for future generations.
If monetary gifts aren’t you style, think about about giving in-kind! In kind giving means giving materials that help run the center instead of money! CEC can always use the following:
- PAPER (We use paper from companies that already have one sided printed on. For information on how we can pick that paper up, please call 765-855-3188).
- Office supplies (Notepads, stamps, pens, file folders, scissors, card stock, colored paper)
- Gift cards to Meijer, Acorn Naturalist, Bastin Honey Bee Farm, Nasco, Hobby Lobby & Carolina Biological
- 20+ flash drives
- Critter care supplies: filters, light bulbs, carriers for critters, etc.
- Children’s plain white t-shirts (small-XL)
- 5 Hula Hoops
- 1 can deet-free bugs spray
- 1 container of Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby sunscreen SPF 50
- Large container of Hand Sanitizer
- 50 different fun colors of handkerchiefs (Like found at Hobby Lobby)
- 2 Large thermometers
Ways to Give
Becoming a member of CEC is easy and help us educate thousands of students and community members each year! Membership includes: subscription to the Evergreen newsletter, program discounts, and free entry to over 140 nature centers across the US and Canada! Members can join at the following suggested levels:
|Senior / Student||$35|
|Supporting Levels||$150 & $300|
Become a member by choosing a donation level, then clicking the “Donate” button below. Please note “membership” in the “Designation” line.
The Sustainers’ Circle of the Cope Environmental Center is a circle of friends working together to assure a stable financial future for CEC. This Circle was created to recognize individuals who believe in and support environmental education with financial gifts of $500 or more. Donors may choose to participate on a yearly basis or commit to long-term giving through a variety of multi-year pledging options.
Corporate Sustainers’ Circle:
The Corporate Sustainers’ Circle of the Cope Environmental Center is a circle of businesses working together to assure a stable financial future for CEC. This Circle was created to recognize businesses who believe in and support environmental education with financial gifts of $1,000 or more. Donors may choose to participate on a yearly basis or commit to long-term giving through a variety of multi-year pledging options.
Jim Cope Endowment Fund:
This fund was created in memory of Founder Jim Cope by some of his closet friends. It is managed by the Wayne County Foundation and provides a modest income of unrestricted funds for CEC each year. Donations to the Jim Cope Endowment Fund are greatly appreciated and can be made by simply sending a contribution to: Jim Cope Endowment Fund, 1730 Airport Rd., Centerville, IN 47330.
We are so thankful for everyone who has supported the work of CEC through planned gifts! If you would like to support the legacy of our founders and the programs that help our community, please consider naming CEC in your estate plans.
“I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to Cope Environmental Center, a nonprofit corporation with principal offices in Centerville, Indiana, the sum of _______ dollars ($ ) as an unrestricted gift to be used in the area of greatest need at the time the gift is received.”
We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about other ways to include CEC in your estate plans. Please call Alison Zajdel, Executive Director or Ruth Coffey, Development Coordinator, at 765-855-3188 if you are interested! If you have already named CEC in your plans, please let us know so that we may thank you and confirm your gift designation wishes!
Read more about ways you and CEC can benefit from planned giving options. Alan Spears, CEC Board Member and Vice-President of Trust Services for First Bank Richmond, explains the benefits of charitable gift annuities.
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Gifts to the Center do more than “keep the lights on.” The contributions we receive everyday help children experience the outdoors in a meaningful, lasting way. Your gifts allow CEC to keep our program fees low and affordable and make it possible to offer scholarships for transportation, new teachers, and those who need extra help. Your gifts also bring sustainability to the community through cooperative projects with businesses, organizations, and government entities. Each day, you help share tips and education with homeowners in an effort to make their homes and businesses more efficient. Thank you for all you do.