SCCF announces goal reached in $5.3 million Bailey campaign
Back in late October, when the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation announced the launch of the “Honoring the Past – Protecting the Future” campaign, their goal of acquiring $5.3 million in less than nine months seemed like a very tall task.
It certainly was, but thanks to the tremendous support from the island community, SCCF announced on Monday that they have reached their goal for the acquisition and initial restoration of the historic Bailey homestead.
“We are so grateful to everyone who supported this campaign,” said SCCF Executive Director, Erick Lindblad. “Gift amounts ranged from $5 to $1 million, and it took every single donation to help us reach our goal.”
The four primary components of the campaign, which had faced a June 24 deadline, was to acquire the 28.3-acre Bailey Homestead (priced at $4 million), restore the landmark property as a place to tell the Bailey family history and as a Center for Conservation History, restore wildlife habitat and continue SCCF’s conservation work for the islands.
The last component supports the quality work being done in all program areas and addresses SCCF’s operating expenses, specifically those not covered by grant monies and other income generated by SCCF staff. To balance the annual operating budget, $675,000 has been raised.
“With donations from almost 1,400 families, islanders have sent a strong signal that they still support the preservation of wildlife habitat on the islands,” said SCCF President Paul Roth.
Funds raised will also be used to open the Shipley Trail for hikers, bikers and birders and begin the restoration of wildlife habitat on the property and create a Conservation Gateway to direct visitors on to other historical and environmental organizations and sites on Sanibel and Captiva.
In addition, the success of the capital campaign will allow SCCF to continue their conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on the islands and in the surrounding watershed.
“Words cannot adequately convey how amazing this is,” said SCCF campaign coordinator Cheryl Giattini. “For so many islanders to give so generously and so quickly just speaks volumes about the special community that is Sanibel and Captiva. People recognized this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our islands, and everyone dug deep to make it happen. Thank you! Thank you!”
“Watch for news about a donor celebration party in the fall,” added Lindblad. “We couldn’t be happier.”
The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation is dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed through environmental education, land acquisition, landscaping for wildlife, marine research, natural resource policy, sea turtle conservation and wildlife habitat management.
For additional information, visit www.sccf.org.