As We Prepare to Reopen
This letter was sent to the Snow Farm community on August 2, 2020.
Dear Snow Farm community,
We are days away from reopening, and I want to share an update.
During normal operations, Snow Farm:The New England Craft Program derives approximately 75% of its operating budget from earned income which comes primarily from residential craft workshops. As you probably know, Snow Farm is a relatively young nonprofit; the last four years were a period of strong growth. However, Snow Farm does not have an endowment or significant cash reserves. In 2019, in a financial wellness workshop series held by the Nonprofit Finance Fund and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Snow Farm was identified as operationally healthy, but “vulnerable to shocks.”
Snow Farm is a resilient and nimble organization. We are so proud to be opening soon for in-person workshops; other craft schools who have closed for the year are looking to us as a leader.
We have seen tremendous generosity from our community over the last months with over $60,000 in gifts, including many first time donors and many who have doubled and tripled their annual gifts. Still, despite all our efforts, we are facing nearly $350,000 in lost earned revenue.
If you are able, we ask for your support at this critical time. All gifts are valued and make a difference.
I believe that Snow Farm is essential; I can't tell you how often someone says to me: I depend on Snow Farm to feed my soul or My visit to Snow Farm keeps me going all year long.
If Snow Farm is essential to YOU, please give generously.