The big picture: A $4.2 million capital campaign has been in progress since March 2015 to make Mount Grant Preserve a reality. This total includes acquisition of the property; restoration of disturbed plant, wildflower, and animal habitat; trail building; signage and other visitor amenities; maintenance of the existing road so visitors may drive to the summit; and long-term stewardship of the preserve.
Where we are now: As of the beginning of our campaign “reboot” this summer, $3.2 million had been raised, thanks to more than 700 private donors and a $1.5 million commitment from the San Juan County Land Bank. That left us $1 million short of our goal.
Several generous island families have pooled $500,000 in matching funds as a challenge to the community. This means that each dollar contributed until we reach the campaign goal will be matched fully! (See the list of supporters, so far.)
Tallying all gifts made to date, we are now $490,000 $450,000 $415,000 from our goal.
On San Juan Island, Sundays at the Summit on Mount Grant have been very popular. Many islanders and visitors are taking advantage of the opportunity to drive to the top. This past Sunday, a group of children from Island Community Church were escorted up to take a look around. Eileen Drath, our volunteer “docent” on duty when they arrived, reported: “One little girl came up to the table with her counselor to hold out a one dollar bill. She wanted to give it to me for Mount Grant. I was touched.”
And the clock keeps ticking on our $500,000 challenge grant for the Mount Grant campaign, with a deadline of September 1. At this writing, we’re about $25,000 away from our goal! Well, $24,999, because of Sunday’s little visitor!
If you’d like to help us meet our September 1 deadline, here are a few simple ways you can do so: