The Non-Refundable $500 Deposit
We understand that retaining the non-refundable deposit may not feel good or comfortable for some of our families. We truly didn’t want to go down this path, and after many hours of discussion internally and with our Board of Directors, we could not find another option. In our 89 years, we have never had a reason to use the force majeure clause until now to ensure the survival of Augusta beyond this crisis.
Please know the non-refundable deposit along with any additional donations offered to Camp Augusta are tax-deductible in accordance with gifts to 501(c)(3) organizations.
We have had a number of people ask us what their ‘portion’ is, meaning how much of a given individual’s tuition has been spent in an operating year, without any summer-time-itself expenses. This is a difficult question to answer and quantify, so below are a few different scenarios, and how that translates to equitable donations we would need in order to survive, and, in a best-case scenario, thrive. In the first column, we have shown what the various portions would be if everyone was able to donate at this time, based on the length of each session, rather than the tuition paid (which we understand is not possible for everyone).
The reality of these numbers is that nearly 50% of any given tuition has effectively been spent before the summer has begun. We acknowledge that this is a significant amount, and we cannot reasonably expect every family to be able to donate 50% of their tuition at this time, and without the summer running at all. We have included a suggested donation amount which, if each person donated (beyond any deposits) within this range or more, would put us in a manageable position moving into 2021 (assuming next year goes along fairly normally for us). With that, we would still have less than half of our savings left, which still leaves us in a vulnerable position.
Please note: In all scenarios, we still face significant challenge, and our staff will still be fully laid off from mid-June onwards. For us to reopen in 2021 with the best chance for long-term viability, our savings are critical.
Of course, not every family will be able to donate at the above levels. Whatever you’re able to contribute will help Augusta be there for you in 2021.