We launched the Whidbey Institute 2020 capacity-building initiative in 2017, with the goal of raising $4.5 million in four years. Together, we’re evolving our Heartland facilities to better serve leaders and learners of all ages and backgrounds; to permanently protect 106 acres of public-access forests and wetlands; and to develop a Legacy Forest Youth Campus that honors the passion and potential of youth.
In the first year of this initiative, in partnership with 399 individual donors plus in-kind donors and volunteers, we:
- protected 106 acres through a comprehensive conservation easement with the Whidbey Camano Land Trust
- raised $1.5 million in gifts and pledges
- built new Cabin Village lodging, adding 16 beds to provide a home for 800 more program participants each year
In the coming years, we will:
- care for those we serve: through the Commons, a beautiful meeting space for up to 30 people; through an ADA cottage, providing home for up to four program participants per session; and through additional cabins, bringing total Heartland lodging to 50 beds.
- care for those who care for us: through a modest new caretaker home, completed Autumn 2020, and a safe, dry four-season workspace situated near the entrance to our 106 acres.
- care for our human future: through a Legacy Forest Youth Campus that provides a beautiful, comfortable, and inspiring environment for youth leadership to emerge.
Coming Soon: The Commons
A substantial gift from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust plus a $200,000 matching gift from a community member helped us reach our fundraising goal! Construction begins Autumn 2020.
Coming Soon: Caretaker Cabin
You stepped up to make a safe, warm, dry home for our Resident Caretaker possible. He’ll move in this Autumn!
A Four-Year Journey
In 2017, we made a commitment to strengthen the reach and resiliency of our organization through Whidbey Institute 2020. In the initiative’s first two years, we completed the Cabin Village lodging, adding 16 more beds and serving 800 more participants each year. We acquired the 30-acre Legacy Forest and established a comprehensive conservation easement to protect 106 sacred acres in perpetuity—for Earth, for the wild creatures, and for our human community. We’ve also begun planning the Legacy Forest Youth Campus: a full service home to hold the power, purpose, and potential of diverse young leaders.
This year, thanks to your generosity, we complete construction of the Caretaker Cabin and break ground for the Commons—an accessible and versatile gathering space to help us serve more groups, with greater flexibility, under the new conditions imposed by COVID-19 and whatever comes next.
With the support of you, our donor community, we’ve grown to serve more people and programs than ever before, providing the nurturing conditions that support individuals and communities in tackling the world’s greatest challenges. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who’s given to the Whidbey Institute 2020 Initiative thus far—it has truly been a community effort, and will stand as our collective legacy.
We’re so grateful to the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, matching fund donor Nancy Nordhoff, and each and every donor who’s said yes to our next big step: Commons construction.