formerly called the Camp Ma-He-Tu Foundation

The Camp Ma-He-Tu Endowment Fund

Formerly known as the Camp Ma-He-Tu Foundation


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$600,000 and Growing!

Posted on May 5, 2021 at 2:30 PM

Thanks to the incredible faithfulness and generosity of our donors, Ma-He-Tu's endowment fund now exceeds $600,000!  We continue to push towards our ultimate goal of $1 million.

If you are making estate plans, or have an old car or unwanted piece of real estate that you would like to donate, please keep us in mind.  Our endowment fund is managed at Thrivent Charitable Impact & Investing (formerly InFaith Community Foundation), which can assist you with these kinds of donat...

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A New Name!

Posted on July 12, 2019 at 9:10 AM

Following our successful Cornerstone Campaign to create an endowment for Camp Ma-He-Tu, we have changed our  name to reflect our sole mission:  growing and managing Ma-He-Tu's endowment.  From now we are called the Camp Ma-He-Tu Endowment Fund, a reality that our donors made possible.   We plan to continue to grow our current fund of $463,000 to $1 million and then make regular distributions to Ma-He-Tu in perpetuity.  

THANK YOU, from the ...

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Getting There!

Posted on February 7, 2018 at 8:50 AM

The Foundation ended 2017 with over $434,000 in assets for Ma-He-Tu's endowment fund!  With 11 months to go in our 5-year Cornerstone Campaign to raise $500,000, we believe that our hopeful, optimistic goal can be achieved.  

We encourage all who want a permanent income for Ma-He-Tu to help us obtain that goal by giving in 2018 .  (See "how-to-give" on this website.)  The Foundation Board will recognize the follow...

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A Successful Challenge Grant!

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 5:30 PM

The 15-month Challenge Grant awarded to the Foundation by the JEM Fund closed on December 31, 2016. We are pleased to report that due to the spectacular support of our donors we raised $141,000 that will be matched dollar for dollar. This means a net increase of $282,000 for Ma-He-Tu’s endowment fund, and represents 94% of the maximum amount that was possible, far exceeding our expectations.

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An Eloquent Endorsement from a Camp Trexler Alum

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 3:20 PM

The Foundation was blessed to receive two sponsorships of $25,000 towards its $150,000 Challenge Grant, one from Peter & Kathy Nurge and the other from the Croyder family.  Peter Nurge, who attended Camp Trexler with Harry Croyder, wrote the following:

I hope that today’s internet age, plugged-in kids can get...

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$150, 000 Challenge Grant!

Posted on October 1, 2015 at 2:25 PM

The Cornerstone Campaign - our five year effort to raise $500,000 for Ma-He-Tu's endowment fund - has been wonderfully blessed to receive a $150,000 challenge grant from the JEM Fund.  This Fund will match all donations between now and December 31, 2016 dollar for dollar up to $150,000.  This is an incredible opportunity for Ma-He-Tu!  For those who have been intending to donate to the endowment fund but h...

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Generosity Begets Generosity

Posted on September 18, 2015 at 3:15 PM

The Foundation received a $10,000 pledge in honor of Jeannie Bionda from an anonymous donor.  The donor wrote:

"Over the last several years Jeannie Bionda has, without any fanfare, donated tens of thousands of dollars to Camp Ma-He-Tu. I want to acknowledge her incredible generosity and self-effacement in a permanent way, by donating $10,000 over the next five years to Ma-He-Tu's endowment fund. While I wish I could give more, I know that this money will grow and become a...

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Ma-He-Tu's Fundraising Campaigns

Posted on February 1, 2015 at 8:20 AM

The Foundation ended 2014 with a flourish, receiving another $2500 from Messiah Lutheran Church on Staten Island, as well as contributions and pledges from some long-standing, incredibly faithful donors.   We now stand at $125,000 in combined investments and pledges for Ma-He-Tu's endowment fund after one year!

This was accomplished even as Keep the Campfires Burning had another successful year, a testament to the generosit...

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A Time for Thanksgiving

Posted on November 9, 2014 at 4:15 PM

As we near the end of the first year of our 5-year, $500,000 campaign to create a permanent income for Camp Ma-He-Tu, we pause to reflect and express gratitude to those who have made the following possible: 

$ 65,500 invested
53,550 in additional pledges

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Summer of '14 News

Posted on August 10, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Just before the beginning of Ma-He-Tu's 77th summer, the Foundation received a donation and note from one of its most iconic directors, Jean Gaise Swedberg, and her husband John.  Jean was director from 1964 to 1970, and this summer marks her 50th anniversary as Ma-He-Tu's director.  Calling her directorship her "dream job," Jean wrote, "I thank you...[for creating] an endowment fund for the Lutheran Gi...

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