With just two weeks remaining in the year, we’re getting oh-so-close, but it will still take a bit of a “push” to get to the summit of this mountain!

As of the end of the day Thursday, we had received $54,045 from 320 donors. You may recall that on Monday, the beginning of the week, we had $50,721 in donations and pledges from 306 donors. That means that we added more than $1000 per day this week. That’s outstanding – and exactly what we needed to do to stay on track and meet our $65,000 goal for the year. Let’s keep it up!

Also, I want to clarify something that may have been misinterpreted from my previous e-mails. I often share with you the AVERAGE sized gift per donor. That number is usually in the $150 to $180 range. (This week, that average number is $169.) You might be looking at that number and saying, “I can only afford $10 or $25. That really doesn’t make a difference.”

Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, the reason the AVERAGE number is so high is because we have a few VERY generous givers who drive up the average. Those large gifts are wonderful. Without them we likely wouldn’t make our goal. But the smaller gifts are vital, too. Without them we wouldn’t make our goal either. And I’m sure the large givers would agree with me when I say this: Those who make the bigger gifts to the PSA do so in part because they have grown confident in the organization’s ability to mobilize people from all across the country when we need to do something to support the Ranch. They know that the PSA’s impact has not been because of the power of an elite few but because of the enthusiastic support of many. In other words, the small giver – whether a giver or time, money, or talent — inspires the big giver as much as the big giver inspires the small giver.

So if you can afford only $10, don’t let that deter you. Your contribution matters – more than you know. They encourage the leadership of the PSA and inspire those with more significant ability to do even more than they otherwise would have.

Don’t forget that in order for your donation to be deductible in the 2006 tax year, it must be RECEIVED by Dec. 31. That means that if you are going to use the traditional mail route, please keep in mind that the mail tends to run a bit slower during the holidays, due to the increased volume. If you are going to use the U.S. Mail, please get your check in the mail THIS WEEK. Here’s the address:

Philmont Staff Assocation
17 Deer Run Road
Cimarron, NM 87714

If you prefer electronic means, we have an EASY and SAFE for you to make a donation on-line. Just go to this link and follow the directions.

We hope to hear from you soon!


Warren Smith

Graphic courtesy of Fundraising Know How

Additional information: Annual Fund FAQ, Corporate Matching, and IRS Newswire: 2006 Charitable Giving