$50,000 UMFA Grant Helps Fund Activity Center Programming at Camp Aldersgate

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (May 19, 2015) – A $50,000 grant from The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas is being used to help Camp Aldersgate set up a fund to maintain its soon-to-be-built Activity Center where campers can play indoors during rainy or hot weather and enjoy both arts and recreation.  

“We are grateful to The Foundation for its continued support of Camp,” said CEO Sarah Wacaster. “The latest $50,000 grant is a part of a fund that will support programming for a new Activity Center near our lake. Since its first grant to us in 2000, UMFA grants have maintained, strengthened and enhanced Camp Aldersgate programs.”  

The Activity Center, the next critical phase of a 10-year master plan, is being constructed with a $1 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. Camp Aldersgate is half way toward its goal of $250,000 for the fund that will support and maintain the center. “The income from this fund will allow us to maintain the building, purchase equipment and art supplies as well as help pay salaries for recreational staff,” said Wacaster.  

“The Foundation is excited to be a partner in this next major step for Camp Aldersgate,” said Jim Argue, Jr., UMFA President and CEO. “We are pleased to have Camp in our UMFA family as both a fund holder and a grant recipient.”  

The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas manages $135 million in endowment funds and other charitable assets that benefit local churches and other United Methodist ministries. UMFA is one of the largest United Methodist Foundations in the country. Founded in 1963, UMFA is responsible for over 750 funds that support United Methodist ministries.