$8 Million for Scholarships, Outreach
Lander, Wyo. - January 8, 2001 -- The National
Outdoor Leadership School recently completed
an $8 million endowment to further the school's
mission as the world's leader in wilderness
endowment, which took only five years
to complete, will be used to fund the school's
program, as well as outreach efforts
such as the internationally recognized
Leave No Trace effort. Last year, 459 students
were able to explore a portion of the world's
great wilderness areas through scholarships.
The school is working to expand that reach
in the coming years.
"It was an extraordinary campaign," noted
Mark Cole, director of development for NOLS. "The
generosity of our alumni and friends was
amazing. We had donors from all walks of
life who demonstrated their deep commitment
to the school in many forms."
Cole noted that more than 80 percent of
the commitments are already in the door,
further making this campaign unusual. "In
most endowment campaigns, as much as 50-60
percent of the gifts are deferred for a number
of years," said Cole.
"It was gratifying to work with people
who wanted to support NOLS," continued
Cole. "Our alumni feel passionate about
how NOLS has helped shape them as people
and they want to help other people have the
Cole noted that Sarah Pierce, associate
director of development and major gifts,
was particularly instrumental in helping
to complete the campaign.