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2020 Annual Report

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2020SUSAN L. CURTIS FOUNDATIONANNUAL REPORT

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Dear Friends of Camp Susan Curtis,Every summer we are inspired by the stick-with-it-ness of our campers asthey try new activities that challenge them to face their fears, lean on theirpeers, and expand their worldview. It is remarkable to see how much theygrow through these experiences. This summer we followed their example and stuck with our camp season,despite the challenges posed by COVID-19. COVID-19 was our high ropescourse. How do our campers conquer the course? They learn to tap into aninner strength they didn’t know they had. How did we persevere and openCamp Susan Curtis safely to campers this summer? Yes, we had dailyhealth and wellness checks at breakfast, scrub in/scrub out procedures atprogram areas, reduced cabin size to allow more personal space, and adrive-through check-in. But you need more than a safety harness toconquer the high ropes course. We found our inner strength in ourfounding vision: Camp Susan Curtis will be a safe haven where young spiritsare nourished, young minds developed, and where people believe fully andunconditionally that the future of every Maine child has value and promise. This summer, more than ever, economically disadvantaged Maine kidsneeded their safe haven. They needed Camp Susan Curtis. So we stuck withit. And you stuck with us. My thanks goes out to our many friends whomade this summer season possible. You gave our campers a supportsystem and a place to turn to for fun, friendship, and enriching experienceswhen they had nowhere else to go. With gratitude,Kathryn R. PierceA W O R D F R O M T H E E X E C U T I V E D I R E C T O RS U S A N C U R T I S F O U N D A T I O N A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 2 0

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A B O U T U SS U S A N C U R T I S F O U N D A T I O N A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 2 02020 Board of TrusteesOfficersChair: Matthew CyrVice Chair: Kylie MasonClerk: Lisa DrewTreasurer: Robert NadeauPast Chair: Rocky CianchetteTrusteesTodd BeachamBenji BorowskiElyse CorbettBrian DeveauxRichard EmersonDon FoersterMichael GeneseoPamela JoyChris NortonMichael NortonNolan ReichlRobert StevensSusan ThomasBryan WigginsPaul C. WhiteAdministrative StaffKathryn R. Pierce, Executive DirectorTerri L. Mulks, Director, Camp Susan CurtisLori J. Southworth, Director of Grants andSpecial EventsJessica J. Eller, Office Associate Our vision is that all Maine children feel valued and have the opportunity to thrive.*Our mission is to provide a transformative camp experience that nurtures self-confidence and a sense of belonging in Maine children facing economic hardship.*The Board approved this new mission and vision in November.Contact Us: info@susancurtis.org; www.susancurtis.org207-774-1552Follow Us:FaceBook: Friends of Camp Susan CurtisTwitter: @CampSusanCurtisLinked In: Susan L. Curtis FoundationInstagram: camp_susan_curtis

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Mobile Teams: We piloted a Mobile Teams initiative to reach campers in their homecommunities who could not attend Camp in-person. We didn't reach as many campersas we had hoped, but we DID reach Maine kids facing economic hardship with our CampActivity Kits – and in a BIG way! Read more about this collaborative initiative on Page 11.Virtual Programming: In an effort to bring camp to our at-homecampers, staff did a daily broadcast on Facebook Live with activitiesincluding: camp songs, crafts, book club, journal prompts, and naturefun facts from our camp puppets (At right: Trout Loon, CampPorcupine, Allen Owl, and McDaniel Beaver). There were a total ofover 4,500 views throughout the summer. Like so many nonprofits, we were impacted by the forced cancellation of our annualevents, including our Leadership Celebration Dinner, Camp Clean Up Day, Susan CurtisGolf Classic, and An Evening with Maine Authors. We missed the joy of celebrating theresilience of our alums and the generosity of our supporters that we count on.I N N O V A T I N G I N R E S P O N S E T O C O V I D - 1 9S U S A N C U R T I S F O U N D A T I O N A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 2 0This summer, which marked our 46th season, looked different than past summers. We pivoted to a hybrid approach in order to reach as many Maine kids facingeconomic hardship as possible, while carefully following all State of MaineGuidelines and Orders.On-site Camp: We held camp for 91 Bridge &Leadership Program campers (entering 8th-11th grade) over the course of three, 10-daysessions in July and August.Our Hybrid Approach• 91 Residential Campers Served• 800 Camp Activity Kits Distributed• 4,500 Facebook Live ViewsWe are grateful to the An Evening with Maine Authors Committee for quicklypivoting from their annual event to a creative email appeal with featuredauthor, Richard Russo, that raised over $10,000 for Camp Susan Curtis!Our Events

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On the left campers gather around one of 6telescopes donated by Robin Taylor-Chiarello for anew program called Look Up! On the right campers participate in the telescopeprogram, which focuses on the sky and celestialbodies with additional opportunities for in-depthnature exploration. All campers received an Audubon ConstellationGuide to take home and continue to explore thewonder and learning sparked at camp.B Y T H E N U M B E R SS U S A N C U R T I S F O U N D A T I O N A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 2 08 7% O F C A M P E R S R E P O R T E D A N I N C R E A S E D C O N N E C T I O N T ON A T U R E A F T E R S P E N D I N G T I M E A T C S C .The Food Service team prepared 4,899healthy meals this summer to addressfood instability concerns post-camp. CSC partnered with Good Shepherd Food Bank and Hannafordto distribute 150 boxes of fresh produce and200 bags of shelf-stable food for familiesto take home on check out day.8 6 % O F C A M P E R S R E P O R T E D T H A T T H E Y U N D E R S T O O D T H EI M P O R T A N C E O F H E A L T H Y M E A L S A N D P H Y S I C A L A C T I V I T I E SA F T E R S P E N D I N G T I M E A T C S C . 9 1 % O F C A M P E R S R E P O R T E D T H A T T H E I R E N J O Y M E N T O FO U T D O O R A C T I V I T I E S I N C R E A S E D W H I L E A T C A M P .

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91% of campers reported that they wereable to successfully work together as a teamwith people that were different thanthemselves.Staff reported that 98% of campersimproved on teambuilding skills likecommunication, cooperation, and problem-solving.89% of Leadership Development campersreported that they have an idea of what theywould like to pursue after High School84% of Leadership Development campersreported that they feel more confident intheir leadership abilities.B Y T H E N U M B E R SS U S A N C U R T I S F O U N D A T I O N A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 2 0Photo Above: Campers buildconfidence in their leadershipabilities through leading a WaterAerobics classPhoto Above: A camper on a highelement communicates with teammembers below, practicingcommunication skills and buildingcooperation. Teambuilding is a criticaloutcome of themulti-year camp experience.Leadership Development is a 3 stepprogram to build future staffmembers and increase critical skillsfor high school campers.

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Riley Cutter is a High School Senior who has beenattending CSC for 9 years."CSC has helped me become the person I am today!My first year I was in Cabin 5 and I’ll never forget how I wasvery energetic and crazy but I’ve learned to calm down andnot be so energetic which is helpful especially when I haveto act professional. Being part of the CSC Community means that everyone atcamp has my back and is there for me when I need and theyare there to help me if I need help and hopefully I will beable to give back to the camp as much as it has given to me. I keep coming back every year due to the fun and the friendsand skills you make and learn with your time at camp andcamp has always been a happy place for me!"I N T H E I R O W N W O R D SS U S A N C U R T I S F O U N D A T I O N A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 2 0

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"CSC has helped me become the person I am today!There was a time during my life that I remember thatwas really difficult for me, but that specific summer,when I went to camp, I was able to just go and havefun and be a kid and that just did a lot for me. Camphelped me grow into much more of a resilient humanbeing because of the atmosphere and the peoplethere.Being a part of the CSC community has impacted meso much. As cliche as this probably sounds, I feel likeCSC is like a second family. The staff there havetaught me so much and have been such huge rolemodels and now that I’ve actually been able to workthere as a staff member, I feel like I can give to otherkids the amazing experience that CSC gave me as acamper. Knowing I have the CSC community, I reallyfeel supported and cared about.I keep coming back every year because of how fun itis, because of how amazing the staff and campers are,and because I know how important camp is to somany kids and I always want to be a part of that."S U S A N C U R T I S F O U N D A T I O N A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 2 0I N T H E I R O W N W O R D SJasmine Liberty is a College Freshman who has beenattending CSC for 7 Years as Camper and is a 1st YearStaff Member. She began attending in 2013 inpartnership with AOS 92 Schools and recentlygraduated 10th in her class at Waterville High Schoolreceiving a Mitchell Scholarship and the CSC TimothyEven Scholarship. She is attending Husson Universityfor Occupational Therapy.

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Dear Camp Susan Curtis/ Terri Mulks, Hello! I am writing this letter to truly express some of my gratitude. I do not thinkthat I would be able to say today that I have a place that makes me feel so much athome, that isn't my household. Every year upon arrival at camp, there is a feelingthat I am finally home, a feeling that is so warm. I know that at camp, no one willjudge me, and that all the people surrounding me are all connected by thisbeautiful place. I think I can recall almost every part of every time I went to camp. I carry thesememories with me wherever I go, knowing that I have something to look forwardto in the summer. This motivates me to be the best me by using some of the skillsthat camp taught me. I am able to make friends, and know how to handle someharder situations that I would not be prepared for without camp. I remember when I was first called into the guidance counselor's office. I wasnervous because I had never been in any sort of office before, and the counselorbrought up camp. I remember walking out of that office with such pride and joy,because I felt like I had people that were there waiting for me. I knew I had to go,and thankfully my mother agreed. Similarly, this summer when it came time forcamp, I was upset because I did not want to have to go through a summer withoutcamp. When my mother told me that I would be going, I felt that feeling of homeagain; I was going to go home again. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to experience this. I can never thank you enough. Sincerely, Emma E. DeCoster S U S A N C U R T I S F O U N D A T I O N A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 2 0I N T H E I R O W N W O R D S

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What is a story or memory that has helped grow your connection to the organization?I met a boy at the waterfront two summers ago who had a broken arm. Iasked him about it and he told me that he was bullied at school because hewas poor. I couldn’t believe it. I think of him often and of other kids fromsimilar circumstances who might think that that experience is normal, orthat they somehow deserve it. I am so glad that Camp Susan Curtis can bethere for him and other children like him as a safe place where they findacceptance and build self-esteem, while having fun outdoors and makingfriends. What has it meant to you to be a CSC supporter?Being connected and building relationships is at the core of what we do atRogers Norton Wealth Management Group of Raymond James. I have seenthe impact that social connection and positive relationships have had on kidsat Camp Susan Curtis. This is why I give both personally and through mycompany. I find great satisfaction knowing I can make a difference in achild’s life in a positive way. What keeps you engaged?I like the idea of sending kids to camp who may have drawn a short straw inlife, and find themselves with very little hope and self confidence. They arethe future of Maine, they deserve a chance to reach their potential, and thatis what we help them do at Camp Susan Curtis.S U S A N C U R T I S F O U N D A T I O N A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 2 0I N T H E I R O W N W O R D SChristopher NortonVice President, Investments, Rogers Norton WealthManagement Group of Raymond JamesSusan Curtis Foundation Trustee

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A N I N N O V A T I O N I N S P I R E D B Y C O V I D - 1 9In partnership with theSummer Food ServicePrograms and SchoolReferral Partners over800 Camp Activity Kitswere distributed thissummer to Mainechildren facingeconomic hardship.Aroostook County: Presque Isle, EastonL O C A T I O N SCumberland County: Portland Franklin County: FarmingtonKennebec County: WatervilleOxford County: Norway, Oxford, ParisS U S A N C U R T I S F O U N D A T I O N A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 2 0Sagadahoc County: BowdoinWashington County: CalaisYork County: SanfordA B O V E L E F TTwo campers visit a Mobile Teamsite at Rowe Elementary School(Norway).88 campers who could not attendcamp in-person this summerreceived a camper-specific MobileKit and were able to select a book totake home.A B O V E R I G H TStaff members traveled the Statedelivering 751 enrichment activitykits to non-CSC campers at SummerFood Service Program Sites forfamilies experiencing economichardship. Kits included a CraftProject and a STEM Activity.

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*The above financials are intended to provide a snapshot of major categories of revenues andexpenses for the Susan Curtis Foundation. For a more detailed breakdown of our financials, pleaserefer to our Form 990, which is publicly available through GuideStar. Our audited financialstatements are available upon request. *In-kind revenues and expenses are not included in the totals above.*Funding from Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness is not included in the totals above.*Charitable bequest from the Estate of George Crockett is not included in the totals above.F A C T S & F I G U R E SS U S A N C U R T I S F O U N D A T I O N A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 2 0

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This preliminary listing isfor gifts $500 and abovereceived during fiscal year2020 (11/1/19—10/31/20). In addition to thewonderful organizationsand individuals listed, wewant to thank the manyfriends of Camp SusanCurtis who helped make adifference in the lives ofMaine children facingeconomic hardship. We apologize for anyomissions or errors. Pleasecontact us with anyquestions at 207-774-1552or info@susancurtis.org.D O N O R L I S T We remember fondlythe compassionate andcaring spiritof Honorary TrusteeGeorge Crockett, andacknowledge hisgenerous bequest toCamp Susan Curtis.S U S A N C U R T I S F O U N D A T I O N A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 2 0

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D O N O R L I S TS U S A N C U R T I S F O U N D A T I O N A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 2 0