Post By John Chandler, Wolf Ridge Development Director
If you walked on site this week, you would see some major transformations in our Maintenance building. It actually looks like a building! The windows are in and the siding is on. The much welcomed “warm-up” is speeding along the interior work in the Staff House as well. Temporary heaters have been installed so the rough electric and duct work can be done.
The Making Waves Campaign Leadership Team gathered on Wednesday, December 7, at Fulton Brewery in downtown Minneapolis on the first true wintry day this season. We were joined by several Wolf Ridge enthusiasts and brainstormed ways to progress our campaign efforts closer to our $9.4 million goal.
We are pleased to report that over $5.5M has now been raised from many people, foundations, and corporations. Construction is well underway on the first phase (student naturalist housing and maintenance building) of the project. The construction is proceeding on schedule.
One example of the generosity bestowed on us is The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation (MAC). Our environmental value is shared to support the conservation of natural resources and protection of natural habitats. This donor has already contributed $2.5 million. They promised that when we raise an additional $900,000, they will contribute another $250,000 to the effort. We are thankful for all of the campaign donors but especially wanted to highlight the MAC. Learn more about their incredible work at www.macphilanthropies.org.
If you have ideas of other people, corporations, or foundations you think may help us reach our goal, please let us know. All leads are appreciated. We are hopeful that 2017 will continue to bring us closer to completion of this very exciting campaign.