Crowdfunding Success! $33k raised for next year!

Submitted by cwaite on Tue, 10/25/2016 - 12:43

Click title for the full letter from our Director:

Dear Cooper Center Supporters,

If you know me personally, you know I am a huge sports fan, and I LOVE a good comeback story, and I just witnessed one of the biggest in Camp Cooper history.

At the beginning of the day this past Sunday, we were still $13,000 from our crowdfunding goal, and I was beginning to make plans for if we didn't make it. I even talked with our staff about the effects on our plans for next year. 

Then, we got just the spark we needed. An anonymous donor, who happens to be a longtime supporter of environmental education and science education at Cooper and in other places, put forth a challenge, and you answered. In fact, we blew that challenge out of the water in a rout! We raised almost as much in the last two days as we did in the previous 28 days COMBINED, and while crowdfunding campaigns are notorious for last minute giving, in the four years of Cooper campaigns, there was never a comeback like this.

Even more important is the number of people who gave. Last year, we had 173 donors that helped us raise $31k. This year, we had 233 donors on our way past $33k. Every year, we are able to reach more supporters, and every time we extend ourselves further, more people realize that Camp Cooper is still around, and that we need help.

And we will always need that help. Cooper endures because of public support and because of the valuable role our programs play in science education in our Southern Arizona community. We are enhancing what is taught in the classroom, through providing positive experiences in our wondrous Sonoran Desert and foundational ecological understandings. We are inspiring the next generation of environmentally responsible citizens for our community, and each child leaves Cooper with a desire to live more lightly on our planet.

I'll never be able to thank you enough, and I hope you'll stay in touch. If you're not already receiving our monthly email newsletter, send me a quick note and I will make sure you do. You should also "Like" our Facebook page ( and be on the lookout for public events that we will host in the fall. You can come and see our Center and learn about our programs in person. We'll host our annual Desert Foods Fiesta in the morning on October 6th, and a Teacher Appreciation/Donor Recognition event on a Saturday in early November, so mark your calendars.

As we close out our field trip programs for the year, I am once again humbled by your generosity and support. We literally could not do it without you. Thanks again, enjoy your summer, and be sure to revitalize your own connections to nature as well, wherever you may be. Each and every one of us can take personal action for our own health and the health of our planet. On behalf of our staff, student interns, and volunteers, thank you for ensuring that we can provide these essential experiences to the next generation for next program year and beyond.

In Service,

Colin Waite, Director

Cooper Center for Environmental Learning (Camp Cooper)

A partnership of UA College of Education and Tucson Unified School District 

PO Box 210069, Tucson, AZ 85721

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