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 Heartand 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 Storyhouse 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
- Added our first-ever wheelchair accessible cabin.
In the coming years, we will:
- care for those we serve: through Cabin Village 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 and a safe, dry four-season workspace situated near the entrance to our 106 acres.
- care for our human future: through a Storyhouse Campus that provides a beautiful, comfortable, and inspiring environment for youth leadership to emerge.