Passport, Inc., unveils a 1.5 million dollar Capital Campaign this week, with nearly two thirds of the goal already pledged. The campaign announcement coincides with a $500,000 challenge grant from the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation. “The students and staff that are attending Passport camps now will one day be leading our CBF churches as pastors, musicians, and lay people,” says Jackie Baugh Moore, a member of the Baugh Foundation Board and granddaughter of John and Eula Mae Baugh. “There is no more practical way to invest in the future of compassionate Christian leaders than to give to Passport.”
The PASSPORT Matters Capital Campaign has four main goals: to increase a camper scholarship fund, upgrade all facets of summer programs, expand leadership development capacity, and secure a solid financial foundation for Passport’s future.
“Passport has always worked hard to stretch every dollar,” says co-founder and President David Burroughs. “We are excited about this challenge grant from the Eula Mae and JohnBaugh Foundation because it gives confidence to our participating churches, former campers and staff, and Passport friends that their gifts will be matched by the Baugh Challenge Grant up to $500,000!”
“The Baugh Foundation is challenging anyone who has been impacted by PASSPORT or who believes that our ministry matters to make a contribution to the campaign. You can donate by visiting passportcamps.org/matters,” says Burroughs. Passport has developed into a theologically moderate pipeline for church leadership and church members. Offering programming designed to engage students in conversations about thoughtful theology, grace, justice, and religious freedom, Passport nurtures Christian voices that can counter cultures of fundamentalism. “Passport’s moderate theological voice is not easily found in mainstream student ministry programs. After twenty-four years, we know that our specific theological voice comes at a premium – a premium we can no longer ask campers and their parents to bear alone,” states Burroughs. “We are grateful to the Baugh Foundation for this incredible gift and are prayerful that others will accept this challenge for support.”
“An investment in Passport is an investment in the future of the church. We believe that Passport needs to be around for a long time and we want to help make that happen. Please consider making an investment in the future of the church through Passport,” says Moore.
Passport, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) ecumenical Christian ministry, providing mission and discipleship focused camps for youth and children, student ministry resources, and is a long time partner with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
Article provided by Communications Office, Passport, Inc.
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